WSR 13-07-031



[ Filed March 13, 2013, 1:44 p.m. ]

     Original Notice.

     Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-12-013.

     Hearing Location(s): Washington State Liquor Control Board, Board Room, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, on April 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

     Date of Intended Adoption: May 1, 2013.

     Submit Written Comments to: Karen McCall, P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 664-9689.

     Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Karen McCall by April 24, 2013, (360) 664-1631.

     Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: RCW 66.24.630, created with the passing of Initiative 1183, require[s] clarification on the definition of "trade area" to determine if a location for a spirits retail license in a location less than ten thousand square feet of retail space meets the requirements for the license.

     Reasons Supporting Proposal: Rules will clarify the definition of "trade area" for those applicants wanting to open a spirits retail licensed location under ten thousand square feet. The law did not define "trade area."

     Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 66.08.030.

     Statute Being Implemented: RCW 66.24.630.

     Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

     Name of Proponent: Washington state liquor control board, governmental.

     Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Karen McCall, Rules Coordinator, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1631; Implementation: Alan Rathbun, Licensing Director, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1615; and Enforcement: Justin Nordhorn, Enforcement Chief, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1726.

     No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule is to clarify RCW 66.24.630 (3)(c).

     A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.

March 13, 2013

Sharon Foster



WAC 314-02-1071   What is "trade area"?   (1) "Trade area" as used in RCW 66.24.630 means an area where there is no spirits retail license within a twenty mile travel distance at the time of license application.

     (2) The board will use the following criteria when determining to accept a spirits retail license application where the proposed premises location is less than ten thousand square feet of fully enclosed retail space:

     (a) There is no spirits retail license holder within twenty travel miles at the time of license application; and

     (b) The board will determine travel distance by a publicly available mapping tool which may be accessed on the board's web site. The web address of this site at the time of rule adoption is

     (3) Former contract liquor stores and certificate holders by those who purchased a state store at auction are exempt from the ten thousand square foot minimum required by law. Should either choose to locate within an established trade area and they are in compliance with board relocation criteria, they may be issued a license.