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Published on Friday, March 15, 2013

LCB defines trade area for spirits licenses

Initiative 1183 requires retail stores to be at least 10,000 square feet in order to obtain a spirits retail license. Exempted from this requirement are former state-run and contract liquor stores, as well as stores located in a trade area that has no other spirit retail license holders. However, trade area was not defined in the initiative.

This week, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) proposed a rule to define a trade area as an “area where there is no spirits retail license within a twenty mile travel distance at the time of application.” So if there are no stores with a liquor license within a 20-mile travel distance, a store under 10,000 square feet could be granted a liquor license.

Today there are over 1,400 retail stores selling liquor, and 170 applications awaiting approval under the trade-area exemption. It is unclear how many of these would be granted a license under the proposed rule. The rule is open for public comment through April 24, with a public hearing set for that day. The rule would be finalized on May 1 and take effect on June 1, 2013.

For more information on this rule, visit the LCB website.

Categories: Law & justice, Liquor