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Rule Title: WINERY, BREWERY, AND DISTILLERY - PREMISES SUITABILITY REQUIREMENTS
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Department: REVENUE
Chapter: LIQUOR LICENSES AND PERMITS
Subchapter: License Applications
 
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42.12.149    WINERY, BREWERY, AND DISTILLERY - PREMISES SUITABILITY REQUIREMENTS

(1) The department shall determine the suitability of the premises where an alcoholic beverage manufacturer proposes to operate a license when a party applies to obtain a license, transfer ownership interest in an existing license requiring the vetting of a new party pursuant to 16-4-401, MCA, change the location where a license will be operated, or make alterations to a premises with a floor plan that the department approved.

(2) The premises of a manufacturer may be considered suitable only if:

(a) the applicant or licensee has possessory interest in the premises;

(b) the applicant or licensee has adequate control over the premises;

(c) a single alcoholic beverage license of any kind will be operated on the premises, except as authorized under an approved alternating proprietor arrangement;

(d) the premises are identified by a unique address;

(e) building, health, and fire code approval is obtained;

(f) the premises are located in one building or a specific portion of one building, except that a patio/deck may extend the premises beyond the interior portion of the building. The interior portion of the premises must be a continuous area that is not broken by any area in which the applicant or licensee does not have adequate control, such as another business or a common area shared with other building tenants. If the premises are located in a portion of a building, the premises must be separated by permanent floor-to-ceiling walls from any other licensed alcoholic beverage business. The only access from the premises to another licensed alcoholic beverage business may be through a single lockable door, no more than six feet wide, in the permanent floor-to-ceiling wall. Additional lockable doors in the permanent floor-to-ceiling wall may be allowed only upon department approval;

(g) the floor plan accurately states the dimensions of the premises, includes the entity name, alcoholic beverage license number, physical address, and date and identifies any manufacturing area, storage area, sample room, drink preparation area, patio/deck, perimeter barrier, and permanent floor-to-ceiling wall required between the premises and another licensed alcoholic beverage business;

(h) there is interior access to any interior portion of the premises;

(i) all storage areas are located in the interior portion of the premises;

(j) access by unauthorized persons to manufacturing areas is restricted; and

(k) it is readily determinable that a manufacturer operates at the premises due to outdoor signage and the existence of the equipment necessary to undertake the activities for which the premises are licensed.

(3) The premises may include more than one building for manufacturing purposes only if the property on which the buildings are located is contiguous and the licensee has possessory interest in the property on which the buildings are located. To seek approval, the licensee shall submit a form provided by the department and include verification that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the licensee's registration to operate any additional building under the manufacturer's existing federal permit or notice. All buildings on the premises are subject to the suitability requirements in (2).

(4) A domestic brewery may operate a warehouse on property that is not contiguous to property on which the manufacturing premises are located only if the warehouse is used exclusively for storage. To seek approval, the licensee shall submit a form provided by the department. A licensee may seek approval for more than one warehouse. Each warehouse must have a separate storage depot license. All warehouses are subject to the suitability requirements in (2) and must be equipped with refrigeration and cooling apparatus.

(5) A domestic distillery may operate a warehouse on property that is not contiguous to property on which the manufacturing premises are located only if the warehouse is used exclusively for storage. To seek approval, the licensee shall submit a form provided by the department and include verification that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the licensee's registration to operate the warehouse. A licensee may seek approval for more than one warehouse. Each warehouse must have a separate domestic distillery storage warehouse license. All warehouses are subject to the suitability requirements in (2).

(6) In addition to all other requirements, a manufacturer's premises with a sample room shall be considered suitable only if:

(a) there is a single contiguous sample room;

(b) the sample room is located in the interior portion of the premises;

(c) the sample room is not located in a storage warehouse;

(d) the sample room contains a drink preparation area. The premises may have more than one drink preparation area, including drink preparation areas on the patio/deck, subject to department approval;

(e) the physical layout and equipment utilized provide sufficient physical safeguards to prevent the self-service of alcoholic beverages at any drink preparation area; and

(f) self-service devices and vending machines are not used to serve alcoholic beverages.

(7) A manufacturing premises with a sample room may have a patio/deck. The patio/deck will be considered suitable only if:

(a) building, health, and fire code approval is obtained;

(b) the patio/deck is contiguous with and immediately accessible from the sample room, except where the department approves a path connecting the sample room and the patio/deck. The use of a path may only be approved if the licensee holds possessory interest in the path, the path is clearly marked, and the department determines that sufficient physical safeguards are in place to ensure proper service and consumption of alcoholic beverages;

(c) a perimeter barrier clearly marks where the service and consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed; and

(d) the physical layout and equipment prevent the self-service of alcoholic beverages. This includes a prohibition against the service of alcoholic beverages through self-service devices and vending machines. Reach-in coolers and open shelving are prohibited unless they are located in a drink preparation area and the department determines that sufficient physical safeguards are in place to prevent the self-service of alcoholic beverages.

(8) The premises must meet and maintain compliance with all suitability standards in place at the time the premises are inspected. The department may, at any time, verify that the premises remain in compliance with all suitability standards in place at the time the suitability of the premises was last determined. Upon determining that the premises do not meet all applicable suitability standards, the department may deny an application or take administrative action against a licensee, including license revocation.

(9) The privileges granted under a license extend only to the premises depicted in the floor plan approved by the department. The licensee shall follow the process in ARM 42.13.106 for a premises alteration.

 

History: 16-1-303, MCA; IMP, 16-4-102, 16-4-402, MCA; NEW, 2017 MAR p. 493, Eff. 4/29/17.


 

 
MAR Notices Effective From Effective To History Notes
42-2-967 4/29/2017 Current History: 16-1-303, MCA; IMP, 16-4-102, 16-4-402, MCA; NEW, 2017 MAR p. 493, Eff. 4/29/17.
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