Few retail goods offer the loyal customer base that alcohol does. Businesses that offer alcohol service or retail alcohol sales can make a lot of money, even with few other products.
However, they also have to comply with Kentucky state laws to maintain the liquor license that allows them to sell or serve alcohol. Mistakes in how you do these things could affect your licensing.
What are some of the most common liquor license violations?
Serving liquor at an inappropriate time
Kentucky has a state law that prohibits the sale of alcohol on Sundays. Although some municipalities have laws that override the state law, it’s important to know what regulations apply in your area. Serving or selling alcohol on Sunday or at another time when sales are prohibited, such as in the early hours of the morning, could lead to the loss of your license.
Serving alcohol to the wrong person
Not everyone can legally purchase alcohol in a restaurant or retail setting in Kentucky. Those under the age of 21 cannot legally buy alcohol. Serving them alcohol or allowing them to purchase it could lead to the loss of your license. Businesses are also at risk of losing their liquor license if they serve alcohol to someone who is already visibly intoxicated.
Having the wrong person handle the alcohol
State law doesn’t just limit who can purchase and consume alcohol. It also limits who can legally sell or serve alcohol. In a pinch, businesses sometimes redistribute work from one employee to another. Having someone who is under the age of 20 serve alcohol in your business could lead to the loss of your liquor license.
Understanding what puts your liquor license at risk can help you protect it and fight back against penalties or appeal a decision if necessary.