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Full On-Premises, Commercial

Effective June 11, 2021, Senate Bill 317 permanently allows Full-On-Premises Sales licensees to sell cocktails and single servings of wine to-go. Get more information about Drinks To-Go in Oregon.

  • May sell and serve distilled spirits, malt beverages, wine, and cider for consumption on the licensed premises (this is the license most “full-service" restaurants obtain)
  • May sell malt beverages, wine, and cider to individuals in a securely covered container (“growler") for consumption off the licensed premises 

Optional privileges


Food service is a requirement of this license.

  • A business not open after 5:00 pm must have a regular meal period of at least 2 hours.
  • A business open after 5:00 pm must have a regular meal period of at least 3 hours after 5:00 pm.
  • All businesses must offer at least 5 different meals during the regular meal period.
  • All business must, at all times other than the regular meal period, offer at least 5 different substantial food items in all areas where alcohol service is available.
  • “Meal" means a substantial food item offered together with at least one side dish or a substantial food item with two or more side dishes available to order separately.
  • “Substantial food item" means food items prepared or cooked on the licensed premises and that are typically served as a main course or entrée. Some examples are: fish; steak; chicken; pasta; pizza; sandwiches; dinner salads; hot dogs; soup; and sausages. Side dishes, appetizer items, dessert items, and snack items such as popcorn, peanuts, chips, and crackers do not qualify as substantial food items.
  • “Side dishes" include vegetables, fruit, salad, rice, French fries, and bread.
  • “Different" means substantial food items that the OLCC determines differ in their primary ingredients or method of preparation.  Different sizes of the same item are not considered different.
  • Must have a food preparation area and equipment on the licensed premises adequate to meet the food service requirements.


Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are adopted, repealed and amended by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by the Governor.  
 
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) are implemented by the OLCC. These regulations are proposed by, adopted, repealed and amended by the OLCC.

ORS 471

  • See section .175 for the Full On-Premises Sales license

OAR 845, Division 6

  • See subsection 0459 for definitions for food service
  • See subsection 0460 for food service at Commercial Establishments
  • See subsection 0466 for general food service requirements

 


  • Contact the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to determine what you need to do to comply with Federal laws. 
  • You must have an address in Oregon where you will do business. 
  • You must currently own, lease, or rent the business property or you must be in the process of purchasing, leasing, or renting the property. You may make any purchase, lease, or rent agreement contingent on obtaining a liquor license. 
  • Determine whether your business will be a sole proprietorship or some form of legal entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company). If you are a legal entity you must be registered to do business in Oregon with the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division
  • If you will offer lottery games (including video poker) contact the Oregon Lottery Commission
  • If you will make, warehouse, or sell at retail beer, wine or distilled spirits for drinking on site, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Division may require a license. 


In order for the OLCC to be able to accept your application packet, it must contain ALL of the following OLCC forms and information: 

 If you apply as a Corporation, LLC, Limited Partnership, or Franchise, you will need to complete the appropriate form below:


You can submit your application by email, mail or in person.

  • ​Email: olcc.liquorlicenseapplication@oregon.gov
  • Mail: OLCC Liquor Licensing, PO Box 22297, Milwaukie, OR 97269
  • In person (by appointment only): Deliver your completed application to the OLCC office that covers the city or county in Oregon where your business address is located.

Note: Do not include any license fees at this time.

If you need help completing your application, email olcc.alcohollicensing@oregon.gov or contact your local office.

OLCC Office Locations

Once the OLCC has determined that your application packet is complete and accurate, we will begin working on your application. We will then give you some documents to you take to the local government for their recommendation.

  • The local government is the city if your business address is within the city limits; or
  • The local government is the county if your business address is outside of the city limits

 
Contact your city or county to make sure you understand their process. They generally will not review your application until it is accepted by OLCC.


Liquor liability insurance is required for any business that allows on-premises consumption of alcohol. The OLCC will not issue a 90-Day Temporary Authority or license without proof of insurance.
 
The most common proof of insurance is an insurance certificate or ACORD form from your insurance agent. The form must show all of the following:

  • All applicant(s) as the named insured
  • Business address (not just the mailing address)
  • Liquor liability insurance
  • Coverage of at least $300,000 
  • Coverage must be current 
  • OLCC is listed as a certificate holder


Applicants for a Full On-Premises Sales license must: 

  • Read Law Orientation for Retailers
  • Submit the Law Orientation Affirmation
  • Take and pass an Alcohol Server Education course: If you are applying as a legal entity (corporation or LLC) you must choose a person (server education designee) to take and pass the course on behalf of the legal entity. The server education designee must be a person with the authority to set, implement or change the licensee's practices for selling and serving alcoholic beverages (usually an owner or a manager).


A Temporary Use of an Annual License (TUAL) allows a Full On-Premises Sales licensee to:

  • Sell and serve distilled spirits, malt beverages, wine, and cider for consumption on the special event licensed premises

Fee: For license days October 1, 2019 and after, the fee is $10 per license day.

Temporary Use of an Annual License 


You will be working with the OLCC office that covers the city or county where your business will be located. 

If you need help completing your application, or have additional questions, please contact the office where you will be submitting your application packet. 
 
OLCC Office Locations

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