LCB extends expiration dates for temporary allowances
During the pandemic, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) enacted temporary allowances that allow liquor license holders to rent their kitchens and expand allowable job duties for some minor employees. These allowances were set to expire soon, however the LCB announced they will extend these allowances.
Webinar with LCB: Alcohol to-go compliance
Are you working with a third-party company to deliver alcohol to your customers? Are you thinking about offering alcohol to-go sales? If so, you won’t want to miss this webinar on alcohol-to-go laws and regulations. You can view the slide deck here: LCB Alcohol To-Go Temp Endorsements Training
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Rules that allow liquor to-go and alcohol delivery in Washington are great wins for our industry, but if we want to see these rules become permanent, ensuring compliance is important. Remember, liquor license holders are ultimately the ones who are responsible and accountable for ensuring compliance with all liquor laws and rules.
The sale of alcohol products in factory- and manufacturer–sealed containers through curbside, takeout, and delivery service is currently allowed and the rule is set to expire on July 1, 2023. Licensees may only sell the types of manufacturer- sealed alcohol products that they are authorized to sell under the terms of their license, and the packaging must be clearly marked as alcohol for persons 21 and older.
In 2021, the Legislature passed House Bill 1480, which contained crucial relief for hospitality businesses. Your government affairs team fought hard to secure temporary alcohol to-go allowances to open more potential revenue streams during the various lockdowns. These temporary allowances are set to expire on July 1, 2023.
In the 2023 legislative session, before the current temporary allowance ends, we will be working hard to make alcohol to-go permanent in Washington. Operators that are considering alcohol to-go should show their enthusiastic support for this policy so we can make it a permanent option in Washington state. That starts with filling out this application. It is free and only takes a few minutes to complete. Read below for more information on what the state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) requires for operators who are offering alcohol to-go.