Don’t Overpay for your Liquor Licenses, Permits and Endorsements!
Do You Know Someone Who Is Planning an Event? Do They Have the Right Licenses and Permits?
This is the busy season for Special Occasion Licenses and Banquet Permits. Help your customers understand what kind of permit or license they need.
- Do you have a catering endorsement? If you don’t have a catering endorsement, you cannot cater alcohol.
- Is a non-profit asking for your services? Only a non-profit entity that is sponsoring an event can hire you to sell alcohol. Promoters and/or event coordinators may not hire you.
- Do you have approval from your LCB Enforcement officer? You'll need to get approval from your officer prior to the event. The officer will need the non-profits UBI number before they can approve the event.
- ALL profit from alcohol sales at the event must go to the licensee. You are not required to donate the proceeds to the non-profit. You may donate after the event, if you choose.
- Can a non-profit have a Special Occasion event at my liquor-licensed location? Yes, but you may not serve your alcohol during the event. Only one license/permit can be in use at a location at one time.
- Can a non-profit hold an auction at my liquor-licensed premises? Yes, only if they have a Special Occasion license. Groups without non-profit status may not auction alcohol.
Public Events and Festivals
- Apply for a Special Occasion License, or
- Hire a licensee with a catering endorsement.
Have You Joined the Responsible Vendor Program (RVP)?
- Submit your completed RVP application
- Establish and enforce “house policies” for alcohol sales, require all employees to read and sign the policies, and post them where employees can see them.
- Post signs to deter the illegal purchase of alcohol by patrons.
- Train your employees in responsible alcohol sales prior to making alcohol sales and repeat training at least once a year.
WSLCB Responsible Sales Video
- One spirits sales violation in a 12-month period, could have the monetary penalty reduced from $1,000 to $500.
- One beer and or wine sales violation in a 24-month period may be deferred for two years. If no more violations occur during the two year time frame, the violation will be dismissed.
Chief Justin Nordhorn named President of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association
Observations from the Field
New Over Service Educational Video
Our Enforcement division has created a new and updated over service awareness video for licensees. This video can educate licensees and their employees on how to serve alcohol responsibly, help viewers recognize the signs of intoxication and how to deal with apparently intoxicated customers. Below is the video to share with anyone who sells alcohol, a version is also located on the LCB website and Youtube channel.
Did You Know You Can Get Approval for Outdoor Service?
Promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws.-WSLCB Mission Statement