Spring/summer season provides opportunity to brush up on liquor laws


As we head into spring and summer – and hopefully the warmer months, a new opportunity emerges for liquor licenses to bring in new customers with festivals, beer gardens, and community activities. It also provides a new opportunity to brush up on what activities need prior approval, permitting and licensing. Here’s some quick info about what you need to know:

Activities that require 48 hour advance notice to your liquor enforcement agent:

–    Live boxing or wrestling

–    Contests or games where patrons are part of the activity:


  • Karaoke contests
  • Mystery Theater events
  • Professional eating contests (?!)
  • Scavenger hunts



–    Extending your hours of operation

Alcohol may only be served between the hours of 6 am and 2 am. However, you may continue to serve food, provide for dancing, etc.

Activities that need board approval

–    Excluding or reclassifying areas where minors are permitted

–    Your license amount is determined based on your “dedicated dining” area. Any alterations to your floor plan,   dining area size, lounge, etc.

–    Extending the alcohol service area, i.e. deck or patio, beer garden

–    Installing a “walk up window” for customers (for food only)

–    Allowing your area as a “pass through” to another business – i.e. waterfront restaurants to activity rentals, etc.

–    Anything that changes the size, shape, of the licensed area or changes the nature of your business or license type

Activities you need additional permitting/license alterations for

–     Selling that summertime brews to-go! Kegs and/or growlers require and endorsement on your license

–     Selling wine to go – wine to go endorsement

–      Provide catering services off-site require a catering endorsement

For additional information, contact the WRA or visit the Licensee Information section of the WSLCB’s website: http://www.liq.wa.gov/licensing/licensing-services.

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