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PDFWAC 314-03-200

Outside or extended alcohol service.

A licensee must request approval from the board's licensing division for ongoing outside or extended alcohol service. The following conditions must be met:
(1) The area must be enclosed with a permanent or movable barrier a minimum of forty-two inches in height.
(2) There must be an interior access to the licensed premises. If the interior access is from a minor restricted area of the premises, minors are prohibited in the outside or extended alcohol service area.
(3) There must be an attendant, wait staff, or server dedicated to the outside service area when patrons are present.
(4) Must have leasehold rights to the area and have and be connected to the licensed premises.
(5) Openings into and out of the outside area cannot exceed ten feet. If there is more than one opening along one side, the total combined opening may not exceed ten feet.
(6) Exception. For sidewalk cafe outside service, the board allows local regulations that, in conjunction with a local sidewalk cafe permit, requires a forty-two inch barrier or permanent demarcation of the designated alcohol service areas for continued enforcement of the boundaries.
(a) The permanent demarcation must be at all boundaries of the outside service area;
(b) The permanent demarcation must be at least six inches in diameter;
(c) The permanent demarcation must be placed no more than ten feet apart;
(d) There must be an attendant, wait staff, or server dedicated to the outside service area when patrons are present;
(e) This exception only applies to restaurant liquor licenses with sidewalk cafe service areas contiguous to the liquor licensed premises. "Contiguous" means touching along a boundary or at a point;
(f) This exception does not apply to beer gardens, standing room only venues, and permitted special events. Board approval is still required with respect to sidewalk cafe barrier requirements.
(7) Limited exception. The board may grant limited exceptions to the required forty-two inch high barrier for outside alcohol service areas.
(a) The licensee must have exclusive leasehold rights to the outside service area.
(b) There must be permanent demarcations at all boundaries of the outside service area for continued enforcement of the boundaries.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030 and 66.44.310. WSR 20-03-180, § 314-03-200, filed 1/22/20, effective 2/22/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030. WSR 17-12-030, § 314-03-200, filed 5/31/17, effective 7/1/17.]
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