Penalties

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The Liquor Control Board issues penalties for violations of liquor laws or rules. These violations are categorized into three groups. (CHAPTER 314-29 WAC)

Group one, public safety violations:

The standard penalty for this category of violations range from a five day suspension or a $500 dollar fine, to license cancellation. These violations include:

  • Minor frequenting a tavern, cocktail lounge, or other age restricted area
  • Sales or service of alcohol to persons under 21 years of age
  • Allowing or engaging in criminal conduct
  • Allowing disorderly conduct on the licensed premises
  • Alcohol sale or service to an intoxicated person, or allowing consumption and/or possession of alcohol by an intoxicated person
  • Refusing to allow an inspection by a law enforcement officer

Group two, conduct violations:

The standard penalty for this category of violations range from a five day suspension or a $250 dollar fine, to license cancellation. These violations include:

  • An employee under legal age or with no mandatory alcohol server training permit
  • Required food service not available
  • Alcohol sales, service, removal or consumption between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Misuse of license or unauthorized use of license
  • Employee drinking on premise
  • Lewd conduct
  • Failure to follow suspension restrictions

Group three violations are for regulatory violations:

The recommended penalty for this category of violations range from a 5-day suspension or a $1,500 dollar fine, to cancellation of your license. These violations include:

  • Advertising violations
  • Inventory below amount required
  • Failure to properly register kegs
  • Unauthorized alterations, change of trade name or added activity
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Alcohol purchased from unauthorized source or sale of alcohol below cost
  • True party of interest violation (automatic cancellation)
  • Failure to furnish required documents (automatic cancellation)
  • Operating outside of license class

 


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