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Winery

Privileges and Requirements

  • In order to hold an Oregon Winery license, unless the licensee meets the exception described in the next bullet, ORS 471.223(4) requires the licensee to hold at least one of the following TTB permits:
    • A valid Producer and Blender Basic Permit from federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) at the premises where production occurs; or
    • A valid TTB Wholesaler Basic Permit (at any address in the U.S.) with a written contract with an Oregon Winery that does have a valid TTB Producer and Blender Basic Permit to produce wine or cider for the licensee (this contract is typically called a “custom crush” agreement) and the licensee must own the brand under which the wine or cider is labeled; or
    • A valid TTB Wine Blender Basic Permit (at an Oregon address) with a written contract with an Oregon Winery that does have a valid TTB Producer and Blender Basic Permit to produce wine or cider for the licensee (this contract is typically called a “custom crush” agreement) and the licensee must own the brand under which the wine or cider is labeled.
  • The OLCC does not require a licensee who will produce only cider to obtain a TTB permit.  The OLCC defines “cider” as an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of the juice of apples or pears that contains not more than 8.5 percent of alcohol by volume, including, but not limited to, flavored, sparkling or carbonated cider.  Note that despite the OLCC requirement, the TTB will likely require the licensee to obtain a permit.
 
If the licensee holds or will hold a valid TTB Producer and Blender Basic Permit
    • May manufacture, blend, store, bottle, and export wine and cider.
    • May import wine or cider into Oregon a) In containers that have a capacity of more than four liters; or b) In containers that have a capacity of four liters or less if the brand of wine or cider is under the control of the licensee.  “Control” is defined in ORS 471.223.
    • May sell wine and cider to wholesale and retail licensees in Oregon.
    • May sell malt beverages, wine, and cider to individuals in Oregon for consumption on or 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 (the container may not hold more than 2 gallons).
    • The license comes with the privilege to make next-day delivery of malt beverages, wine, and cider directly to an Oregon resident.  Note: must follow OAR 845-006-0392 and 845-006-0396.
    • To make same-delivery of malt beverages, wine, and cider directly to an Oregon resident the licensee must apply and received OLCC prior approval.  Note: must follow OAR 845-006-0392 and 845-006-0396.
    • May export wine and cider out of Oregon (Oregon has no requirements to ship or deliver wine or cider to a business or individual outside of Oregon; however, the state or country in which the business or individual is located may have requirements).
    • Eligible to obtain a 2nd and 3rd location (and starting on January 1, 2020 also a 4th and 5th location) to do all license privileges (note that the TTB will likely require a valid Producer and Blender Basic Permit at each location where production occurs).
    • Eligible to apply for a “special event” license: SEW.
    • Must obtain an OLCC privilege tax bond.
 
If the licensee holds or will hold a valid TTB Wholesaler Basic Permit or a valid TTB Wine Blender Basic Permit
    • Must have a written contract with an Oregon Winery that has a valid TTB Producer and Blender Basic Permit to produce wine or cider for the licensee (this contract is typically called a “custom crush” agreement) and the licensee must own the brand under which the wine or cider is labeled.
    • May exercise the privileges of the license only for wine and cider brands that are under the control of the licensee.  “Control” is defined in ORS 471.223.
    • May store and export such wine and cider out of Oregon (Oregon has no requirements to ship or deliver wine or cider to a business or individual outside of Oregon; however, the state or country in which the business or individual is located may have requirements).
    • May import such wine and cider into Oregon (in any size container).
    • May sell such wine and cider to wholesale and retail licensees in Oregon.
    • May sell such wine and cider to individuals in Oregon for consumption on or off the licensed business.
    • May sell such 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).
    • The license comes with the privilege to make next-day delivery of malt beverages and such wine and cider directly to an Oregon resident.  Note: must follow OAR 845-006-0392 and 845-006-0396.
    • To make same-delivery of malt beverages and such wine and cider directly to an Oregon resident the licensee must apply and received OLCC prior approval.  Note: must follow OAR 845-006-0392 and 845-006-0396.
    • Eligible to obtain a 2nd and 3rd location (and starting on January 1, 2020 also a 4th and 5th location) to do all license privileges but manufacture.
    • Eligible to apply for a “special event” license: SEW.
    • Must obtain an OLCC privilege tax bond.
  
  
  
  
 
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Food Service Requirements

Food service is not a requirement of this license. However, if you plan to allow on-site consumption of alcohol (including “tastings”) by customers and you want to allow minor customers (people age 20 and under), you must describe how drinking will not be the predominant activity in the areas and times you will allow minors. Often, the best way to do this is to offer food service in the areas and during the times you will allow minors. The OLCC will work with you during the application process to help you with this issue.





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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.

ORS 471

  • See section .001 for definitions of Malt Beverage and Wine
  • See section .023 for the definition of Cider
  • See section .155 for Privilege Tax Bond requirement
  • See section .223 for the Winery license

ORS 473

  • Wine, Cider and Malt Beverage Privilege Tax

OAR 845, Division 5

 

  • 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

OAR 845, Division 6

  • 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  
  
  
 

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Taxes and Bond Requirements

Privilege Tax
You are responsible for reporting to the OLCC the amount of wine and cider you make in Oregon, and wine and cider you import into Oregon. You may be required to pay a tax, called a privilege tax, on the wine and cider. 
 
Privilege Tax Bond
Unless you qualify for an exception, you will be required to maintain a privilege tax bond with the OLCC.  More information is available at http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/privilege_tax.shtml#Bond_Requirement
 
Oregon Wine Board Tax
You may be responsible for this tax. For more information, read: Oregon Wine Board Tax Fact Sheet 

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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 or wine 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: 
 
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

If you are taking over a business that already has a liquor license and are ready to operate the business immediately, we may be able to issue a 90-Day Temporary Authority to Operate. 
 
Before the authority can be issued, you must:
  • Pay the license fee
  • Complete Law Orientation
  • Provide proof of Liquor Liability Insurance, if you will allow on-site consumption of alcohol, including tastings.
 
 

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Liquor Liability Insurance

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
 

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Special Event Licensing

A Special Event Winery (SEW) license allows an Oregon Winery licensee to exercise the retail privileges of the license on a special event licensed premises:
·        A licensee with a valid TTB Producer and Blender Basic Permit may a) sell malt beverages, wine, and cider for consumption on the special event licensed premises or in manufacturer-sealed containers for consumption off of the special event licensed premises and b) 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).
·        A licensee with a valid TTB Wholesaler Basic Permit or TTB Wine Blender Basic Permit may a) sell malt beverages for consumption on the special event licensed premises or in manufacturer-sealed containers for consumption off of the special event licensed premises, b) sell only wine or cider brands that are under the control of the licensee for consumption on the special event licensed premises or in manufacturer-sealed containers for consumption off of the special event licensed premises, and c) sell only wine or cider brands that are under the control of the licensee to individuals in a securely covered container (“growler”) for consumption off the licensed premises (the container may not hold more than 2 gallons).
 

Fee: $10 per day

 

Special Event Winery (SEW) application

 

 

 
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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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