WSR 98-15-068

PERMANENT RULES

LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD

[Filed July 13, 1998, 4:06 p.m.]



Date of Adoption: June 17, 1998.

Purpose: This rule clarifies the conditions under which retail liquor licensees (primarily public house licensees) may convert their license to a brewery, microbrewery, or winery license.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 66.08.030, 66.24.580.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-05-103 on February 18, 1998.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 1, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

July 13, 1998

Nathan S. Ford, Jr.

Chairman

OTS-2318.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 314-12-200  Converting a public house license (RCW 66.24.580) to a domestic brewery, microbrewery or domestic winery license. (1) Can a person who holds a public house license (class Q) convert to a domestic brewery, microbrewery or domestic winery license (class B1 or W1)?

Yes, if the licensee has held a public house license for at least six months.

(2) If a person holds several different retail liquor licenses, are those licenses affected by the conversion?

Yes. All other retail liquor licenses must either be converted to a domestic brewery, microbrewery or domestic winery license at the same time or the licensee must discontinue business or divest themselves of all interest in those nonbrewery/winery licenses.

For instance, if a licensee holds three public house licenses, two grocery licenses and a tavern license and only wants to convert the three public house licenses to brewery or winery license, they must discontinue business or divest themselves of all interest in the other three businesses or they must convert them to a brewery or winery license as well.

Additionally, if the licensee has held any public house licenses for less than six months, they must discontinue business or divest themselves of all interest in that business as well.

(3) If a person currently holds a restaurant license (class H) in conjunction with their public house license, will the restaurant license be affected?

No. If the restaurant remains on the same or contiguous property as the brewery or winery, the restaurant license will be unaffected.

(4) Is there a waiting period between the closure of the public house business and the opening of the brewery or winery?

No. The licensee does not have to close the existing business before the domestic brewery, microbrewery or domestic winery license can be issued.



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