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Title 7 : Alcoholic Beverages, Cannabis, and Tobacco

Chapter 009 : Licensing


(Cite as: 7 V.S.A. § 221)
  • § 221. First-class licenses

    (a)(1) With the approval of the Board of Liquor and Lottery, the control commissioners may grant a first-class license to a retail dealer for the premises where the dealer carries on business if the retail dealer submits an application and pays the fee provided in section 204 of this title and satisfies the Board that the premises:

    (A) are leased, rented, or owned by the retail dealer; and

    (B) are devoted primarily to dispensing meals to the public and have adequate and sanitary space and equipment for preparing and serving meals, except in the case of clubs or holders of a manufacturer’s or rectifier’s license.

    (2) The Board of Liquor and Lottery may grant a first-class license to a boat or railroad dining car if the person that operates it submits an application and pays the fee provided in section 204 of this title.

    (3) The Division shall post notice of pending applications on its website.

    (b)(1) A first-class license permits the holder to sell malt beverages, vinous beverages, and ready-to-drink spirits beverages for consumption only on those premises.

    (2) Except as otherwise provided pursuant to sections 271 and 278 of this title, a first-class license holder shall purchase all malt beverages, vinous beverages, and ready-to-drink spirits beverages sold pursuant to the license from Vermont wholesale dealers or packagers.

    (c) A retail dealer carrying on business in more than one place shall acquire a first-class license for each place where the retail dealer sells malt beverages, vinous beverages, or ready-to-drink spirits beverages for consumption on the premises.

    (d) Partially consumed bottles of vinous beverages or specialty beers that were purchased with a meal may be removed from first-class licensed premises, provided the beverages are recapped or resealed.

    (e) No person under 18 years of age shall be employed by a first-class licensee as:

    (1) a bartender for the purpose of preparing, mixing, or dispensing alcoholic beverages; or

    (2) a waitress or waiter for the purpose of serving alcoholic beverages.

    (f)(1) A holder of a first-class license may contract with another person to prepare and dispense food on the licensed premises.

    (2) The first-class license holder shall provide to the Division written notification five business days prior to the start of the contract that includes the following information:

    (A) the name and address of the license holder;

    (B) a signed copy of the contract;

    (C) the name and address of the person contracted to provide the food;

    (D) a copy of the person’s license from the Department of Health for the facility in which food is served; and

    (E) the person’s rooms and meals tax certificate from the Department of Taxes.

    (3) The holder of the first-class license shall notify the Division within five business days of the termination of the contract to prepare and dispense food. The first-class licensee shall be responsible for controlling all conduct on the premises at all times, including in the area in which the food is prepared and stored.

    (g) A hotel that holds a first-class license and places a minibar in any room of a registered guest shall ensure that the minibar is locked and that access to the minibar is restricted to guests of legal drinking age.

    (h) The holder of a first-class license may permit a customer to:

    (1) possess or carry no more than two open containers of alcoholic beverages; and

    (2) maintain control over his or her open container of alcoholic beverages at all times while on the licensed premises. (Added 2017, No. 83, § 34; amended 2018, No. 1 (Sp. Sess.), § 37; 2019, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 13, 2020; 2021, No. 177 (Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. July 1, 2022.)