Dispensing Systems

The following license types or sublicense types (in arenas, hotels or resorts) must use a calibrated metered dispensing system to dispense the primary spirituous liquor in a mixed drink:

  • Airport lounge
  • Banquet
  • Bar Establishment (equity, fraternal, and bars)
  • Full Service Restaurant
  • Hospitality Amenity
  • Reception Center
  • Type 4 Package Agency (room service only)

The dispensing system must be calibrated to pour not more than a 1.5 ounce quantity of primary liquor.  A licensee must install only approved systems for the automated mixing or dispensing of spirituous liquor.  Dispensing systems may be of various types including:

  • Gun
  • Stationary head
  • Tower
  • Insertable spout
  • Ring activator

These (and any similar type dispensing systems) are approved by the department if it meets the following minimum requirements:

  1. Dispenses spirituous liquor in calibrated quantities not to exceed 1.5 ounces
  2. Has a meter which counts the number of pours dispensed; and
  3. The margin of error of the system for a one ounce pour size cannot exceed 1/16 of an ounce or two milliliters

The licensee is responsible for verifying that the system, when initially installed, meets the specifications required.  Once installed, the licensee shall maintain the dispensing system to ensure that it continues to meet the approved specifications.  Failure to maintain the system may be grounds for suspension or revocation of the licensee's liquor license.

DABC administrative rule R81-1-9 on liquor dispensing systems.

Sample dispensing form