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General Information

Alcoholic beverages fall into two categories: liquor and beer. Liquor includes distilled spirits, wine, flavored malt beverages, and "strong" or "heavy" beer containing more than 3.2% alcohol by weight. The term beer and light beer mean traditionally brewed beer that contains 3.2% or less of alcohol by weight.

All packaged liquor is sold through state owned liquor stores or state authorized package agencies at prices set by the state. Retail Licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption are required for restaurants, on-premise banquet and catering facilities, reception centers, qualified resort buildings, airport lounges, clubs, and on-premise beer retailers. A person must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and consume alcohol in Utah.

There are also various permits that are issued for: special use (religious wine, industrial or manufacturing, scientific or educational, and public service entities such as airlines, trains, etc.), single events, and temporary beer.

Other license types are issued for manufacturers (winery, distillery, brewery, and local industry representatives); and distribution (liquor warehouses, and beer wholesalers). A certificate of approval is required for out-of-state brewers, importers, or suppliers of heavy beer, and flavored malt beverages.

Licenses and permits are issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, a part-time governing board that meets only once a month.

Because of this, you must submit your application to the Licensing & Compliance Division by the 10th of the month to allow sufficient time for processing.

Once your application and supporting documentation is complete, you will be notified of the meeting date and time that your application will be considered by the Commission.

Proximity restrictions regarding schools, churches, parks, playgrounds, and libraries.

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