Chapter 43: LICENSES FOR THE SALE OF LIQUOR TO BE CONSUMED ON THE LICENSED PREMISES
Subchapter 1: GENERAL CONDITIONS
§1051. Licenses generally
1.Licenses for sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises where sold.
Subject to subsection 2, the bureau may issue licenses for the sale of spirits, wine and malt liquor to be consumed on the
premises where sold to qualified applicants upon payment of fees provided.
2005, c. 539, §7 (AMD)
2.Local approval of application for license.
The initial application for the license must first be approved under section 653 by the municipal officers of the municipality
in which the applicant's premises are located or, if the premises are located in an unincorporated place, the application
must be approved by the county commissioners of the county within which the unincorporated place is located.
2003, c. 493, §14 (AFF);
2003, c. 493, §9 (AMD)
2-A.Temporary license upon transfer of ownership.
An applicant applying for a new license, in accordance with subsection 2, resulting from the transfer of ownership of an
existing on-premises license may simultaneously apply to the bureau for a temporary on-premises license. The bureau may issue
a temporary license upon application unless the municipal officers or county commissioners notify the bureau of their objection
to the issuance of the license. A temporary license issued in accordance with this subsection is valid from the date it is
issued until a decision is made on the application for an annual on-premises license or for 60 days, whichever is shorter.
The fee for a temporary license issued under this subsection is $100.
2003, c. 213, §2 (NEW)
3.Liquor not to be consumed elsewhere.
Except as provided in paragraphs A and B and in section 1207, no licensee for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises where sold may personally or by an agent or employee,
sell, give, furnish or deliver any liquor to be consumed elsewhere than upon the licensed premises. The service and consumption
of liquor must be limited to areas that are clearly defined and approved in the application process by the bureau as appropriate
for the consumption of liquor. Outside areas must be controlled by barriers and by signs prohibiting consumption beyond the
A. Subject to law and the rules of the bureau, hotel or bed and breakfast licensees may sell liquor in the original packages
or by the drink to bona fide registered room guests. Any sale to a guest may be delivered to the guest's room only by a hotel
or bed and breakfast employee. [1999, c. 236, §2 (AMD).]
B. A licensee may serve liquor at locations other than the licensed premises under the off-premise catering license issued
under section 1052. [1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW).]
2009, c. 438, §2 (AMD)
4.Partially consumed bottles of wine.
Notwithstanding subsection 3, any establishment licensed by the State to sell wine on the premises may permit a person who
has purchased a full course meal, and purchased and partially consumed a bottle of table wine with the meal, to remove the
partially consumed bottle from the premises upon departure, provided that the person is not visibly intoxicated as provided
in section 2503, subsection 7, and the bottle of table wine is removed and transported in a manner consistent with subsection
1997, c. 306, §1 (NEW)
5.Transporting partially consumed bottles.
A partially consumed bottle of table wine that is removed from the premises under subsection 4 must be transported in compliance
with Title 29-A, section 2112-A, if transported by motor vehicle, or securely sealed and bagged if transported on foot or
by means other than a motor vehicle.
1999, c. 293, §1 (AMD)
6.Spirits taste-testing events on retail licensee's premises.
A distiller, licensed distilled spirits sales representative and the State's wholesale liquor provider, with the written
permission of the bureau, may rent or lease an area or room from an on-premises retail licensee for the purpose of inviting
retail licensees to taste test spirits. Spirits taste-testing events must be conducted during hours that are authorized by
the bureau for the sale of the product on the premises. The following conditions apply to all taste testing conducted under
A. The distiller, licensed distilled spirits sales representative or the State's wholesale liquor provider may provide the
products for taste testing only if the retail price has been paid and a record of the transaction is maintained and made available
to the bureau. [2005, c. 319, §3 (NEW).]
B. The taste-testing activity may be conducted only within a special designated area or room. [2005, c. 319, §3 (NEW).]
C. The taste-testing activity may be open only to invited retail licensees or their authorized agents and not to family members,
guests or the general public. [2005, c. 319, §3 (NEW).]
D. After the taste-testing activity is concluded, the distiller, licensed distilled spirits sales representative or wholesale
liquor provider, as applicable, shall remove all products supplied for the taste-testing activity from the retail licensee's
premises. [2005, c. 319, §3 (NEW).]
2005, c. 319, §3 (NEW)
An eating establishment licensed in accordance with this chapter is required to have toilet facilities as prescribed by
rule, except that an eating establishment that has a seating capacity of 40 or fewer persons is required to have at least
one toilet facility but may not be required to have more than one toilet facility.
2011, c. 242, §2 (NEW)
1987, c. 45, §A4 (NEW).
1997, c. 306, §1 (AMD).
1997, c. 501, §3 (AMD).
1999, c. 236, §2 (AMD).
1999, c. 293, §1 (AMD).
1999, c. 421, §6 (AMD).
2003, c. 213, §2 (AMD).
2003, c. 493, §14 (AFF).
2003, c. 493, §9 (AMD).
2005, c. 319, §3 (AMD).
2005, c. 539, §7 (AMD).
2009, c. 438, §2 (AMD).
2011, c. 242, §2 (AMD).
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