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Off-Premises Sales License

Privileges and Requirements

 

  • May sell factory-sealed containers of malt beverages, wine, and cider at retail to individuals in Oregon for consumption off the licensed premises
  • May sell malt beverages, wine, and cider to individuals in a securely covered container (“growler”) for consumption off the licensed premises
  • Eligible to apply to get pre-approval to provide sample tastings of malt beverages, wine, and cider for consumption on the premises
  • Eligible to ship malt beverages, wine, or cider directly to an Oregon resident

 

 
 
Optional privileges

 

  
 

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Laws and Rules

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are adopted, repealed and amended by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by the Governor.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 These regulations are proposed by, adopted, repealed and amended by the OLCC.
  • See section .186 for the Off-Premises Sales license
  • See subsection 0416 for definitions for delivery of Malt Beverages, Wine or Cider to Individuals
  • See subsection 0417 for Qualifications for Direct Shipment and Retail Delivery of Malt Beverages, Wine, or Cider to a Resident of Oregon
  • See subsection 0391 for definitions for delivery of Malt Beverages, Wine or Cider to Individuals
  • See subsection 0392 for Requirements for Same-Day and Next-Day Retail Delivery of Malt Beverages to a Resident of Oregon
  • See subsection 0396 for Requirements for Direct Shipment and Delivery of Wine and Cider to a Resident of Oregon
  • See subsection 0450 for Retail On-Premises Malt Beverage, Wine, or Cider Sampling: Operating Requirements and Limits

 

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Before You Apply

  • 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. 

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Application Forms

In order for the OLCC to be able to accept your application packet, it must contain all of the following OLCC forms and information. Don't forget to include the forms if you would like to apply for any of optional privileges listed above. 
 
If you apply as a Corporation, LLC, Limited Partnership, or Franchise, you will need to complete the appropriate form below:
 
Additional REQUIRED DOCUMENTS to submit with your application 
  • Proof that you have, or will have access to the real property. Real property is the land or the building. This can be a lease, sale agreement or other proof of ownership, or a signed or draft document.

 

 
 

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Submitting the Application Packet

You will be working with the OLCC office that covers the city or county where your business will be located.  
 
Mail or deliver your completed application packet to the OLCC office that covers the city or county in Oregon where your business address is located.  Do not include the license fee at this time. 
 
If you need help completing your application, contact the OLCC office where you will be submitting your application packet. 
 
OLCC Office Locations


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City or County Approval

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.


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90-Day Temporary Authority to Operate

90-Day Temporary Authority to Operate
 
We may be able to issue you a 90-Day Temporary Authority to Operate.  Before the authority can be issued, you must: 
  • Have your application packet accepted by the OLCC
  • Either be taking over a business that already has a current Off-Premises Sales license and you are ready to operate the business; or, you have provided to the OLCC proof from the local government where your business is located that your business location is presently zoned for commercial use (this proof is met when the local government has provided a favorable recommendation on your application)
  • Law Orientation for Retailers and submit the Affirmation
  • Pay the license fee 
 

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Required Training

Applicants for an Off-Premises Sales license must: 
  • Read Law Orientation for Retailers.   
  • Submit the Law Orientation Affirmation.   
  • If you will provide sample tastings of malt beverage, wine, or cider in your store you must make sure that any person who serves those tastes has a valid service permit. Get Your Alcohol Service Permit
  • Have each employee read, sign, and date the OLCC brochure “What Every Store Clerk Needs to Know About Selling AlcoholBEFORE allowing the employee to sell alcohol at the store. You must keep the completed brochure on the licensed premises for as long as the person is employed by you and works at the business selling alcohol. NOTE: if you also have an OLCC license that allows the sale of alcohol for drinking on the premises at the same business as the Off-Premises Sale license, employees with a valid service permit don’t need to have completed the brochure. 

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Special Event Licensing

An Off-Premises Sales licensee is eligible to apply for a Temporary Sales License (TSL).  A TSL licensee:
·  May sell and serve distilled spirits, malt beverages, wine, and cider for consumption on the special event licensed premises.
·  May sell factory-sealed containers of beer, wine, or cider at retail to individuals in Oregon for consumption off of the special event licensed premises.
·  May sell malt beverages, wine, and cider to individuals in a securely covered container (“growler”) for consumption off the licensed premises (the container may not hold more than 2 gallons).
·  Other than a “growler” may not allow patrons to take an open container of alcohol off of the special event licensed premises.
 

  
  
  
 

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For more information

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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