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Clarifying and Simplifying Retailer Regulations
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3VAC5-50-40. Designated managers of licensees; appointment generally; disapproval by board; restrictions upon employment.

A. Each licensee, except a licensed individual who is on the premises, shall have a designated manager present and in actual charge of the business being conducted under the license at any time the licensed establishment is kept open for business, whether or not the privileges of the license are being exercised. The name of the designated manager of every retail licensee shall be kept posted in a conspicuous place in the establishment, in letters not less than one inch in size, during the time he is in charge.

The posting of the name of a designated manager shall qualify such person to act in that capacity until disapproved by the board.

B. The board reserves the right to disapprove any person as a designated manager if it shall have reasonable cause to believe that any cause exists which would justify the board in refusing to issue such person a license, or that such person has committed any act that would justify the board in suspending or revoking a license.

Before disapproving a designated manager, the board shall accord him the same notice, opportunity to be heard, and follow the same administrative procedures accorded a licensee cited for a violation of Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia.

C. No licensee of the board shall knowingly permit a person under 21 years of age, nor one who has been disapproved by the board within the preceding 12 months, to act as designated manager of his business.

D. If a licensee wishes to employ a person who has committed an act that would justify the board in suspending or revoking a license under subdivision 1 i of §4.1-225 of the Code of Virginia, the licensee may apply to the board for approval of such employment. The board will cause the Bureau of Law Enforcement Operations to conduct an investigation into the suitability of the person for employment and recommend approval or disapproval. Before disapproving the employment of a person, the board shall accord him the same notice, opportunity to be heard, and follow the same administrative procedures accorded a licensee cited for a violation of Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§4.1-103 and 4.1-111 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 §4, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 6, January 21, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 7, Issue 4, eff. December 19, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 6, eff. January 15, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994.

3VAC5-50-50. Restrictions upon employment of minors.

No person licensed to sell alcoholic beverages at retail shall permit any employee under the age of 18 years to sell, serve or dispense in any manner any alcoholic beverage in his licensed establishment for on-premises consumption, nor shall such person permit any employee under the age of 21 years to prepare or mix alcoholic beverages in the capacity of a bartender. "Bartender" is defined as a person who sells, serves or dispenses alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption at a counter, as defined in 3VAC5-50-110, and does not include a person employed to serve food and drink to patrons at tables as defined in that section. However, a person who is 18 years of age or older may sell or serve beer for on-premises consumption at a counter in an establishment that sells beer only, or may sell or serve wine for on-premises consumption in an establishment that sells wine only.

Statutory Authority

§§4.1-103, 4.1-111 and 4.1-307 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 §5, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 6, January 21, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 7, Issue 4, eff. December 19, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 6, eff. January 15, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994.

3VAC5-50-80. Entreating, urging or enticing patrons to purchase prohibited.

No retail licensee shall entreat, urge or entice any patron of his establishment to purchase any alcoholic beverage; nor shall such licensee allow any other person to so entreat, urge or entice a patron upon his licensed premises. Entreating, urging or enticing shall include, but not be limited to, placing alcoholic beverages in containers of ice which are visible, located in public display areas and available to patrons of retail establishments for off-premises sales, except for farm winery licensees operating at a remote location in connection with a wine festival. Knowledge by a manager of the licensee of a violation of this section shall be imputed to the licensee.

This section shall not be construed to prohibit the taking of orders in the regular course of business, the purchase of a drink by one patron for another patron as a matter of normal social intercourse, nor advertising in accordance with regulations of the board.

Statutory Authority

§§4.1-103, 4.1-111, 4.1-113, 4.1-320 and 4.1-329 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 §8, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 6, January 21, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 7, Issue 4, eff. December 19, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 6, eff. January 15, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994.

3VAC5-50-100. Definitions and qualifications for retail off-premises wine and beer licenses and off-premises beer licenses; exceptions; further conditions; temporary licenses.

A. Retail off-premises wine and beer licenses may be issued to persons operating the following types of establishments provided the total monthly sales and inventory (cost) of the required commodities listed in the definitions are not less than those shown:

1. "Delicatessen." An establishment which sells a variety of prepared foods or foods requiring little preparation such as cheeses, salads, cooked meats and related condiments:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $2,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $2,000

2. "Drugstore." An establishment selling medicines prepared by a registered pharmacist according to prescription and other medicines and articles of home and general use;


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $2,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $2,000

3. "Grocery store." An establishment which sells edible items intended for human consumption, including a variety of staple foodstuffs used in the preparation of meals:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $2,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $2,000

4. "Convenience grocery store." An establishment which has an enclosed room in a permanent structure where stock is displayed and offered for sale, and which sells edible items intended for human consumption, consisting of a variety of such items of the type normally sold in grocery stores:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $2,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $2,000

In regard to both grocery stores and convenience grocery stores, "edible items" shall mean such items normally used in the preparation of meals, including liquids, and which shall include a variety (at least five) of representative items from each of the basic food groups: dairy, meat, grain, vegetables and fruit.

5. "Gourmet shop." An establishment provided with adequate shelving and storage facilities which sell products such as cheeses and gourmet foods:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $2,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $2,000

B. Retail off-premises beer licenses may be issued to persons operating the following types of establishments provided the total monthly sales and inventory (cost) of the required commodities listed in the definitions are not less than those shown:

1. "Delicatessen." An establishment as defined in subsection A:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $1,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $1,000

2. "Drugstore." An establishment as defined in subsection A:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $1,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $1,000

3. "Grocery store." An establishment as defined in subsection A:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $1,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $1,000

4. "Marina store." An establishment operated by the owner of a marina which sells food and nautical and fishing supplies:


  Monthly sales .......................................................... $1,000


  Inventory (cost) ....................................................... $1,000

C. The board may grant a license to an establishment not meeting the qualifying figures in subsections A and B provided it affirmatively appears that there is a substantial public demand for such an establishment and that public convenience will be promoted by the issuance of the license.

D. The board in determining the eligibility of an establishment for a license shall give consideration to, but shall not be limited to, the following:

1. The extent to which sales of required commodities are secondary or merely incidental to sales of all products sold in such establishment;

2. The extent to which a variety of edible items of the types normally found in grocery stores are sold; and

3. The extent to which such establishment is constructed, arranged or illuminated to allow reasonable observation of the age and sobriety of purchasers of alcoholic beverages.

E. Notwithstanding the above, the board may issue a temporary license for any of the above retail operations. Such licenses may be issued only after application has been filed in accordance with §4.1-230 of the Code of Virginia and in cases where the sole objection to issuance of a license is that the establishment will not be qualified in terms of the sale of food or edible items. If a temporary license is issued, the board shall conduct an audit of the business after a reasonable period of operation not to exceed 180 days. Should the business be qualified, the license applied for may be issued. If the business is not qualified, the application will become the subject of a hearing if the applicant so desires. No further temporary license shall be issued to the applicant or to any other person with respect to that establishment for a period of one year from the expiration and, once the application becomes the subject of a hearing, no temporary license may be issued.

Statutory Authority

§§4.1-103, 4.1-111, 4.1-208, 4.1-209, 4.1-211 and 4.1-222 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 §10, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 6, January 21, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 7, Issue 4, eff. December 19, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 6, eff. January 15, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994.

3VAC5-50-130. Clubs; applications; qualifications; reciprocal arrangements; changes; financial statements.

A. Each applicant for a club license shall furnish the following information:

1. A certified copy of the charter, articles of association or constitution;

2. A copy of the bylaws;

3. A list of the officers and directors showing names, addresses, ages and business employment;

4. The average number of members for the preceding 12 months. Only natural persons may be members of clubs; and

5. A financial statement for the latest calendar or fiscal year of the club, and a brief summary of the financial condition as of the end of the month next preceding the date of application.

B. In determining whether an applicant qualifies under the statutory definition of a club, as well as whether a club license should be suspended or revoked, the board will consider, but is not limited to, the following factors:

1. The club''s purposes and its compliance with the purposes;

2. The club''s qualification for tax exempt status from federal and state income taxes; and

3. The club''s permitted use of club premises by nonmembers, including reciprocal arrangements.

C. The club shall limit nonmember use of club premises according to this section and shall notify the board each time the club premises are used in accordance with subdivision 1 of this subsection. The notice shall be received by the board at least two business days in advance of any such event.

1. A licensed club may allow nonmembers, who would otherwise qualify for a banquet or banquet special events license, to use club premises, where the privileges of the club license are exercised, 12 times per calendar year for (i) hold public events held at the licensed premises, such events allowing nonmembers to attend and participate in the event at the licensed premises; or (ii) allow its premises to be used by organizations or groups who obtain banquet or banquet special events licenses. The total number of such events in both categories may not exceed 24 per calendar year.

2. A member of a licensed club may sponsor private functions on club premises for an organization or group of which he is a member, such attendees being guests of the sponsoring member; or .

3. Notwithstanding subdivisions C 1 and C 2, a licensed club may allow its premises to be used no more than a total of 12 times per calendar year by organizations or groups who obtain banquet or banquet special events licenses.

3. Additionally, there shall be no limitation on the numbers of times a licensed club may allow its premises to be used by organizations or groups if alcoholic beverages are not served at such functions.

D. A licensed club may not obtain a banquet special events license or a mixed beverage special events license for use on its premises. However, a club may obtain a banquet special events license or a mixed beverage special events license not more than 12 times per calendar year upon the unlicensed portion of its premises.

E. D. Persons who are resident members of other clubs located at least 100 miles from the club licensed by the board (the "host club") and who are accorded privileges in the host club by reason of bona fide, prearranged reciprocal arrangements between the host club and such clubs shall be considered guests of the host club and deemed to have members'' privileges with respect to the use of its facilities. The reciprocal arrangements shall be set out in a written agreement and approved by the board prior to the exercise of the privileges thereunder.

The mileage limitations of this subsection notwithstanding, members of private, nonprofit clubs or private clubs operated for profit located in separate cities which are licensed by the board to operate mixed beverage restaurants on their respective premises and which have written agreements approved by the board for reciprocal dining privileges may be considered guests of the host club and deemed to have members'' privileges with respect to its dining facilities.

F E. Any change in the officers and directors of a club shall be reported to the board within 30 days, and a certified copy of any change in the charter, articles of association or by-laws shall be furnished the board within 30 days thereafter.

G F. Each club licensee shall prepare and sign an annual financial statement on forms prescribed by the board. The statement may be on a calendar year or fiscal year basis, but shall be consistent with any established tax year of the club. The statement must be prepared and available for inspection on the club premises no later than 120 days next following the last day of the respective calendar or fiscal year, and each such statement must be maintained on the premises for a period of three consecutive years. In addition, each club holding a mixed beverage license shall be required to prepare and timely submit the mixed beverage annual review report required by 3VAC5-70-90 D.

Statutory Authority

§§4.1-100, 4.1-103, 4.1-111, 4.1-208, 4.1-209, 4.1-210 and 4.1-316 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 §13, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 6, January 21, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 7, Issue 4, eff. December 19, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 6, eff. January 15, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994.

3VAC5-50-140. Lewd or disorderly Prohibited conduct on licensed premises.

While not limited thereto, the board shall consider the The following conduct upon any licensed premises to constitute lewd or disorderly conduct is prohibited:

1. The real or simulated display of any portion of the genitals, pubic hair or buttocks, or any portion of the breast below the top of the areola, by any employee, or by any other person; except that when entertainers are on a platform or stage and reasonably separated from the patrons of the establishment, they shall be in conformity with subdivision 2;

2. The real or simulated display of any portion of the genitals, pubic hair or anus by an entertainer, or any portion of the areola of the breast of a female entertainer. When not on a platform or stage and reasonably separate from the patrons of the establishment, entertainers shall be in conformity with subdivision 1;

3. Any real or simulated act of sexual intercourse, sodomy, masturbation, flagellation or any other sexual act prohibited by law, by any person, whether an entertainer or not; or

4. The fondling or caressing by any person, whether an entertainer or not, of his own or of another''s breast, genitals or buttocks.

As used in this section, the term "reasonably separated" shall mean that no portion of the body of an entertainer is less than three feet from any portion of the body of a patron.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to the exhibition, presentation, showing or performance of any play, ballet, drama, tableau, production or motion picture in any theater, concert hall, museum of fine arts, school, institution of higher learning or other similar establishment that is primarily devoted to such exhibitions, presentations, shows or performances as a form of expression of opinion, communication, speech, ideas, information, art or drama of serious literary, artistic, scientific or political value, and in which the predominant business or attraction is not the offering to customers of entertainment that is intended to provided sexual stimulation or sexual gratification to such customers.

Statutory Authority

§§4.1-103, 4.1-111, 4.1-225, 4.1-226 and 4.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 §14, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 6, January 21, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 7, Issue 4, eff. December 19, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 6, eff. January 15, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994.