Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 35098

This rule was published in the August 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 16) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration

Rule R81-1

Scope, Definitions, and General Provisions

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 35098
Filed: 07/28/2011 01:55:31 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule amendment is being proposed to implement S.B. 314. which was passed in the 2011 General Session, and to remove antiquated references to the state label. The rule amendment also makes nonsubstantive changes regarding statutory references subsequent to the recodification the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act that replaced Title 32A with Title 32B effective 07/01/2011.

Summary of the rule or change:

To implement S.B. 314, passed in the 2011 General Session, amendments are proposed to the following: in Section R81-1-2, definitions are made consistent with the new license types created in S.B. 314, and with the new warning sign language specified in S. B. 314; and in Section R81-1-22, Diplomatic Embassy Shipments and Purchases whereby references to the state label on bottles are removed because the Legislature eliminated the state label in S.B. 187 (2009 General Session). The rule amendment also makes nonsubstantive changes regarding statutory references subsequent to the recodification the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act that replaced Title 32A with Title 32B effective 07/01/2011.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 32B-2-202

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

None--This amendment deals with two definitions only and does not impose any costs or savings to the state budget. The state stopped using the state labels in 2009, so there is no further effect on the state budget.

local governments:

None--This rule deals in areas that are regulated by state government and do not affect costs or savings of local governments.

small businesses:

None--Many licensees are small businesses that are already operating under the rules that these definitions address in this amendment. There will be no additional costs or savings associated with this amended rule.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

None--These rules only affect licensed businesses and there is no cost or savings effect on other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

None--Statutory requirements establish compliance parameters and any resulting costs. This rule does not impose any additional compliance costs.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

This rule amendment makes changes to definitions that are consistent with S.B. 314, and removes an antiquated reference to state labels. There will be no fiscal impact on businesses.

Dennis Kellen, Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Alcoholic Beverage Control
Administration
1625 S 900 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84104-1630

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Neil Cohen at the above address, by phone at 801-977-6800, by FAX at 801-977-6889, or by Internet E-mail at ncohen@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

09/14/2011

This rule may become effective on:

09/22/2011

Authorized by:

Dennis Kellen, Director

RULE TEXT

R81. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Administration.

R81-1. Scope, Definitions, and General Provisions.

R81-1-1. Scope and Effective Date.

R81-1-2. Definitions.

Definitions of terms in the Act are used in these rules, except where the context of the terms in these rules clearly indicates a different meaning.

(1) "ACT" means the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, Title [32A]32B.

(2) "COMMISSION" means the Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

(3) "DECISION OFFICER" means a person who has been appointed by the commission or the director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to preside over the prehearing phase of all disciplinary actions, and, in all cases not requiring an evidentiary hearing.

(4) "DEPARTMENT" or "DABC" means the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

(5) "DIRECTOR" means the director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

(6) "DISCIPLINARY ACTION" means the process by which violations of the Act and these rules are charged and adjudicated, and by which administrative penalties are imposed.

(7) "DISPENSING SYSTEM" means a dispensing system or device which dispenses liquor in controlled quantities not exceeding 1.5 ounces and has a meter which counts the number of pours served.

(8) "GUEST ROOM" means a space normally utilized by a natural person for occupancy, usually a traveler who lodges at an inn , hotel or resort.

(9) "HEARING OFFICER" or "PRESIDING OFFICER" means a person who has been appointed by the commission or the director to preside over evidentiary hearings in disciplinary actions, and who is authorized to issue written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations to the commission for final action.

(10) "LETTER OF ADMONISHMENT" is a written warning issued by a decision officer to a respondent who is alleged to have violated the Act or these rules.

(11) "MANAGER" means a person chosen or appointed to manage, direct, or administer the affairs of another person, corporation, or company.

(12) "POINT OF SALE" means that portion of a package agency, restaurant, limited restaurant, beer-only restaurant, airport lounge, on-premise banquet premises, reception center,[private] club, recreational amenity on-premise beer retailer, tavern, single event permitted area, temporary special event beer permitted area, or public service special use permitted area that has been designated by the department as an alcoholic beverage selling area. It also means that portion of an establishment that sells beer for off-premise consumption where the beer is displayed or offered for sale.

(13) "REASONABLE" means ordinary and usual thinking, speaking, or acting, which is fit and appropriate to the end in view.

(14) "RESPONDENT" means a department licensee, or permittee, or employee or agent of a licensee or permittee, or other entity against whom a letter of admonishment or notice of agency action is directed.

(15) "STAFF" or "authorized staff member" means a person duly authorized by the director of the department to perform a particular act.

(16) "UTAH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAWS" means any Utah statutes, commission rules and municipal and county ordinances relating to the manufacture, possession, transportation, distribution, sale, supply, wholesale, warehousing, and furnishing of alcoholic beverages.

(17) "VIOLATION REPORT" means a written report from any law enforcement agency or authorized department staff member alleging a violation of the Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Act or rules of the commission by a department licensee, or permittee, or employee or agent of a licensee or permittee or other entity.

(18) "WARNING SIGN" means a sign no smaller than [six]eight and one half inches high by [twelve]eleven inches wide, [with print no smaller than one half inch bold letters and] clearly readable, stating: "Warning: drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy can cause birth defects and permanent brain damage for the child. Call the Utah Department of Health at (insert most current toll-free number) with questions or for more information" and "Warning: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime that is prosecuted aggressively in Utah." The two warning messages shall be in the same font size but different font styles that are no smaller than 36 point bold. The font size for the health department contact information shall be no smaller than 20 point bold.

 

R81-1-22. Diplomatic Embassy Shipments and Purchases.

(1) Purpose. The Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations grant foreign diplomatic missions certain exemptions from federal, state and local taxes. The United States, by treaty, is a party to the Vienna Conventions, and is obligated under international law to grant these exemptions under these agreements to accredited diplomatic missions of those countries that grant the United States reciprocal privileges. These privileges include the purchase of alcoholic beverages duty and tax free subject to certain exceptions such as indirect taxes normally incorporated in the price of goods or services, and charges levied for specific services rendered to benefit the mission.

This rule establishes department guidelines for shipments and purchases of alcohol by a foreign diplomatic mission with an accredited embassy having full diplomatic privileges under the Vienna Conventions that establishes an embassy presence in the state of Utah (hereafter "accredited foreign diplomatic mission").

(2) Application of Rule.

(a) Shipments. An accredited foreign diplomatic mission that establishes an embassy presence in Utah may have or possess, for official diplomatic use, and not for sale or resale, alcoholic beverages that have not been purchased in the state of Utah. Such products may be shipped or transported into the state of Utah under the following conditions:

(i) The embassy must first obtain the approval of this department prior to shipping or transporting its alcoholic beverages into the state.

(ii) Alcoholic beverages shipped or transported into the state must clear U.S. Customs duty free.

[ (iii) The department shall affix the official state label to the alcoholic beverages.

] (iv) The embassy shall pay the department an administrative handling fee of $1.00 per smallest unit (bottle, can, or keg). Payment of handling fees shall be made by the embassy using an official embassy check or embassy credit card.

(v) The alcoholic beverages may be used by the embassy only for official diplomatic functions, and may not be sold or resold.

(b) Purchases.

(i) Special Orders. An accredited foreign diplomatic mission that establishes an embassy presence in Utah may special order from the department alcoholic beverage products not presently sold in the state of Utah under the following procedures:

(A) The company or importer supplying the product must submit a price quotation to the department indicating the case price (in US dollars) for which it will sell the product to the state.

(B) The quoted case price must be reasonable (a minimum of $10.00 per case).

(C) The product will be marked up using the department's standard pricing formula (less the state sales tax).

(D) Special orders must be placed by the embassy at least two months in advance to allow the department sufficient time to purchase and receive the product for the embassy.

(E) The product must be paid for by the embassy using an official embassy check or embassy credit card.

(F) The product may be used by the embassy only for official diplomatic functions, and may not be sold or resold.

(ii) Presently Available Merchandise. An accredited foreign diplomatic mission that establishes an embassy presence in Utah may purchase alcoholic beverages that are presently sold in the state of Utah under the following procedures:

(A) Alcoholic beverage product purchases, other than large quantity purchases, may be made by the embassy at any state store. The store shall deduct state sales tax from the purchase price.

(B) Large quantity purchase orders must be placed by the embassy at the department's licensee warehouse. The warehouse shall deduct state sales tax from the purchase price.

(C) The products must be paid for by the embassy using an official embassy check or embassy credit card.

(D) The product may be used by the embassy only for official diplomatic functions, and may not be sold or resold.

 

KEY: alcoholic beverages

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: 2011

Notice of Continuation: May 10, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 32B-2-201(10); 32B-2-202; 32B-3-203(3)(c); 32B-1-305; 32B-1-306; 32B-1-307; 32B-1-607; 32B-1-304(1)(a); 32B-6-702; 32B-6-805(3); 32B-9-204(4); 32B-4-414(1)(b) and (c)

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Neil Cohen at the above address, by phone at 801-977-6800, by FAX at 801-977-6889, or by Internet E-mail at ncohen@utah.gov.