Maine Revised Statutes

§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, §9 (AMD); 2003, c. 493, §14 (AFF) .]
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 barriers.
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 5.
[ 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 this subsection.
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) .]
7. Toilet facilities.  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) .]
8. Liquor taste-testing events for general public on retail licensee's premises.   The bureau may authorize an on-premise retail licensee to conduct taste testings of liquor open to the public on the licensed premises. Taste-testing events under this subsection must be conducted during hours that are authorized by the bureau for the sale of liquor on the licensed premises and may be held in collaboration with a certificate of approval holder, sales representative licensed under section 1502 or wholesale licensee. The following conditions apply to all taste-testing events conducted under this subsection.
A. Liquor may not be served to persons who have not yet attained 21 years of age. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
B. A person may not be served more than a total of 12 ounces of malt liquor having an alcohol content of 6% or less; for malt liquor having an alcohol content greater than 6% but less than 12%, a person may not be served more than a total of 6 ounces; or, for malt liquor having an alcohol content of 12% or greater, a person may not be served more than a total of 3 ounces. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
C. A person may not be served more than a total of 5 ounces of wine having an alcohol content of 14% or less; or, for wine having an alcohol content greater than 14%, a person may not be served more than a total of 3 ounces of wine. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
D. A person may not be served more than a total of 1 1/2 ounces, in 1/2 ounce servings, of distilled spirits having an alcohol content of 80 proof or less; or, for distilled spirits containing an alcohol content of greater than 80 proof, a person may not be served more than a total of 3/4 of an ounce in 1/4 ounce servings. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
E. A person may not be charged a fee for any liquor served as part of a taste-testing event. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
F. A person may not be served who is visibly intoxicated. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
G. A taste-testing event must be conducted within the hours of retail sale established in this Title. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
H. The retail licensee must obtain the written permission of the bureau before conducting a taste-testing event. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
I. The retail licensee may conduct no more than one taste-testing event per month. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
J. A taste-testing event is not allowed in any municipality where on-premises and off-premises sales are not allowed pursuant to chapter 5. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
K. The retail licensee must notify the bureau of the date and time scheduled for a taste-testing event. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
L. Liquor served at a taste-testing event may be provided by the retail licensee purchasing the liquor from a wholesale licensee or agency liquor store. A record of a transaction under this paragraph must be maintained and made available to the bureau. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
M. The retail licensee shall establish a designated area in which to conduct a taste-testing event in accordance with this section and shall make reasonable attempts to ensure that tastings are confined to the designated area. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
N. The retail licensee, with prior approval from the bureau, may conduct an invitation-only taste-testing event at the licensed premises in place of or to coincide with a taste-testing event that is open to the public. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
O. After a taste-testing event is concluded, the retail licensee may return any unused portion of liquor used to conduct the taste-testing event to the licensee's existing stock. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
P. A certificate of approval holder, licensed sales representative or wholesale licensee who participates in a taste-testing event may provide and distribute food or snacks to be consumed in conjunction with the liquor to be tasted at no cost to the public or the retail licensee if the total cost for the food or snacks does not exceed $200 per event. Any remaining food or snacks provided in conjunction with a taste-testing event must be removed by the certificate of approval holder, licensed sales representative or wholesale licensee from the licensed premises at the conclusion of the event. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
Q. A certificate of approval holder, licensed sales representative or wholesale licensee who participates in a taste-testing event may provide material to advertise the liquor being offered at the taste-testing event or for the promotion of responsible use of alcohol. A certificate of approval holder, licensed sales representative or wholesale licensee may use the advertising material only for promotional display on the licensed premises. Advertising material related to the taste-testing event may include signs, coasters, napkins, table tents and items of like value and must be removed by the certificate of approval holder, licensed sales representative or wholesale licensee from the licensed premises at the conclusion of the event. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
R. A certificate of approval holder, licensed sales representative or wholesale licensee who participates in a taste-testing event may distribute novelties to the public during the event at a cost not to exceed $3 per novelty. All remaining novelties under this paragraph must be removed by the certificate of approval holder, licensed sales representative or wholesale licensee from the licensed premises at the conclusion of the taste-testing event. [2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW).]
The bureau may adopt rules to implement this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
[ 2013, c. 258, §1 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
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, §9 (AMD). 2003, c. 493, §14 (AFF). 2005, c. 319, §3 (AMD). 2005, c. 539, §7 (AMD). 2009, c. 438, §2 (AMD). 2011, c. 242, §2 (AMD). 2013, c. 258, §1 (AMD).

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