14B NCAC 15B .0103       Additional permit limitations and Requirements

(a)  No permit for the possession, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be issued to any establishment when there are living quarters in or connected to the premises being permitted, and no permittee shall establish or maintain living quarters in or connected to the permittee's licensed premises.

(b)  No permit for the on-premises possession, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be issued to any establishment unless there are two restrooms in working order on the premises. The Commission shall waive the two-restroom requirement upon a showing by the permittee that it is not possible to have a second restroom in the existing premises due to building restrictions under historical preservation or zoning laws, or building or fire codes.

(c)  In determining the areas where alcoholic beverages may be sold and consumed, the Commission shall consider the convenience of the permittee and patrons, allowing the maximum use of the premises consistent with the control of the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Consumption shall not be allowed in areas open to the general public other than patrons. To be approved, any premises shall have delineated vertical boundaries that the consumer would recognize as indicating the boundaries that physically separate areas where consumption is allowed from areas open to the general public other than patrons.

(d)  The sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages by permitted retail outlets located on fairgrounds, golf courses, ball parks, race tracks, and other similar public places are restricted to an enclosed establishment in a designated place. No alcoholic beverages shall be sold, served, or delivered by these outlets outside the enclosed establishment, nor in grandstands, stadiums, or bleachers at public gatherings, except as provided in Paragraph (g) of this Rule. As used in this Paragraph, the term "enclosed establishment" includes a temporary structure or structures constructed and used for the purpose of dispensing food and beverages at events to be held on fairgrounds, golf courses, ball parks, race tracks, and other similar places. Sales of alcoholic beverages may be made in box seats only under the following conditions:

(1)           table service of food and non-alcoholic beverages are available to patrons in box seats;

(2)           no alcoholic beverages are delivered to the box seats area until after orders have been taken; and

(3)           box seat areas have been designated as part of the permittee's premises on a diagram submitted by the permittee, and the Commission has granted written approval of alcoholic beverage sales in these seating areas.

(e)  If one permittee has more than one location within a single terminal of an airport boarding at least 150,000 passengers annually and that permittee leases space from the airport authority, the permittee in such a situation may:

(1)           obtain a single permit for all its locations in the terminal;

(2)           use one central facility for storing the alcoholic beverages it sells at its locations; and

(3)           pool the gross receipts from all its locations for determining whether it meets the requirements of G.S. 18B-1000(6) and 14B NCAC 15B .0514.

(f)  Unless the business otherwise qualifies as a wine shop primarily engaged in selling wines for off-premise consumption, a food business qualifies for an off-premise fortified wine permit only if it maintains an inventory of staple foods worth at least one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) at retail value. Staple foods include meat, poultry, fish, bread, cereals, vegetables, fruits, vegetable and fruit juices, and dairy products. Staple foods do not include coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks, candy, condiments, and baked goods ingredients, except for ingredients also listed as staple foods in this Paragraph.

(g)  Notwithstanding Paragraph (d) of this Rule, holders of a retail permit pursuant to G.S. 18B-1001(1) may have in-stand sales pursuant to G.S. 18B-1009, provided that:

(1)           the permittee or the permittee's employee shall not wear or display alcoholic beverage branded advertising;

(2)           the permittee or the permittee's employee shall not use branded carrying trays, coolers, or other equipment to transport malt beverage products;

(3)           the permittee or the permittee's employee may display the malt beverage product names and prices provided that all of the product names are displayed with the same font size and font style; and

(4)           in-stand sales shall cease, whichever is earlier, upon the cessation of other malt beverage sales otherwise in the sports facility or upon the commencement of:

(A)          the eighth inning during baseball games. However, if a single ticket allows entry to more than one baseball game, then the eighth inning of the final game;

(B)          the fourth quarter during football and basketball games;

(C)          the sixtieth minute during soccer games;

(D)          the third period during hockey games;

(E)           the final 25 percent of the distance scheduled for automotive races; and

(F)           the final hour of the anticipated conclusion of a contest or event for all other events.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 18B-100; 18B-207; 18B-900; 18B-901; 18B-902; 18B-903; 18B-1000(3); 18B-1001; 18B-1008; 18B-1009;

Existing rule text was recodified to 14B NCAC 15B .0109, and current rule text was transferred from 14B NCAC 15B .0102(c)-(l) Eff. July 1, 2018;

Readopted Eff. July 1, 2018.