Chapter 67.14 RCW



67.14.010Hawkers and auctioneers must procure licenseExceptions.
67.14.020Sale or other disposition of liquorCounty licensePenalty.
67.14.030Hawkers and auctioneersIssuance of license.
67.14.040Retail liquor license.
67.14.050Wholesale liquor licenseBilliard table, bowling alley licenses.
67.14.060Liquor sales, keeping games, without licensePenalty.
67.14.070Purchase of licenseBond.
67.14.080Duration of license.
67.14.090Issuance of license.
67.14.100When contrivance deemed kept for hire.
67.14.110Druggists excepted.
67.14.120Disposition of fees, fines, and forfeitures.


Reviser's note: The territorial act codified in this chapter, though for the most part obsolete, has never been expressly repealed. "An Act in relation to licenses," it empowers the county commissioners to license hawkers and auctioneers, persons dealing in intoxicating liquors, and persons conducting bowling alleys, billiard tables and other games. The auctioneer sections have been codified as RCW 36.71.070 and 36.71.080. As to the sections relating to intoxicating liquors, it seems clear that this field has been preempted by the state; see RCW 66.08.120. For a later enactment concerning the licensing of rural pool halls, billiard halls, and bowling alleys, see RCW 67.12.110.
Alcoholic beverage control: Title 66 RCW.

Hawkers and auctioneers must procure licenseExceptions.

See RCW 36.71.070.

Sale or other disposition of liquorCounty licensePenalty.

If any person shall sell or dispose of any spirituous, malt, or fermented liquors or wines, in any quantity less than one gallon, without first obtaining a license therefor as hereinafter provided, such person shall, for each and every such offense, be liable to a fine of not less than five nor more than fifty dollars, with costs of prosecution.
[ 1873 p 437 § 2; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 26 § 2.]

Hawkers and auctioneersIssuance of license.

See RCW 36.71.080.

Retail liquor license.

The legislative authorities of each county, in their respective counties, shall have the power to grant license to persons to keep drinking houses or saloons therein, at which spirituous, malt, or fermented liquors and wines may be sold in less quantities than one gallon; and such license shall be called a retail license upon the payment, by the person applying for such license, of the sum of three hundred dollars a year into the county treasury, and the execution of a good and sufficient bond, executed to such county in the sum of one thousand dollars, to be approved by such legislative authority or the county auditor of the county in which such license is granted, conditioned that he or she will keep such drinking saloon or house in a quiet, peaceable, and orderly manner: PROVIDED, The foregoing shall not be so construed as to prevent the legislative authority of any county from granting licenses to drinking saloons or houses therein, when there is but little business doing, for less than three hundred dollars, but in no case for less than one hundred dollars per annum: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That such license shall be used only in the precinct to which it shall be granted; PROVIDED FURTHER, That no license shall be used in more than one place at the same time. AND FURTHER PROVIDED, That no license shall be granted to any person to retail spirituous liquors until he or she shall furnish to the legislative authority satisfactory proof that he or she is a person of good moral character.


Severability1973 1st ex.s. c 154: See note following RCW 2.12.030.

Wholesale liquor licenseBilliard table, bowling alley licenses.

Said county commissioners in their respective counties shall also have power to grant licenses to sell spirituous liquors and wines therein in greater quantities than one gallon, to be called a wholesale license upon payment of the sum of not to exceed one hundred dollars per annum into the county treasury by such person so desiring such license; also, upon payment of not to exceed a like sum into the county treasury by any person desiring a grocery license to sell lager beer to grant such person such license to sell for the period of one year. Also, upon the payment of such sum as the county commissioners may establish and fix, by order duly entered in the record of their proceedings, not exceeding twenty-five dollars per annum for each billiard table, pigeon-hole table, or bowling alley, grant a license to any person applying for the same and giving such bond not exceeding two hundred dollars, as such commissioners may require: PROVIDED, No person shall be required to take out any license to sell any wine made from fruit produced by such person's own labor, in this territory.
[ 1873 p 438 § 5; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 26-27 § 5.]


License required for rural pool halls, billiard halls and bowling alleys: RCW 67.12.110.

Liquor sales, keeping games, without licensePenalty.

Any person who shall sell spirituous liquors or wines in greater quantities than one gallon, or shall retail lager beer, or keep a billiard table or tables, or bowling alley or alleys for hire, in any county in this territory, without first taking out a license therefor, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not exceeding fifty dollars nor less than five dollars, and shall be committed to the county jail of the county where such offense may be committed, and be placed at hard labor until such fine and cost shall be paid or they may otherwise be discharged by due course of law.
[ 1873 p 439 § 6; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 27 § 6; RRS § 8290. Formerly RCW 67.12.120.]

Purchase of licenseBond.

Any person desiring a license to do any business provided by this chapter that a license shall be taken out for doing, shall have the same granted by paying to the county treasurer of the county where he or she wishes to carry on such business the maximum sum that the county commissioners are by this chapter authorized to fix therefor, and executing such bond, to be approved by the county auditor, as is provided in this chapter, shall be given before license shall issue for carrying on such business.
[ 2012 c 117 § 303; 1873 p 439 § 7; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 27 § 7.]

Duration of license.

The licenses authorized to be granted by this chapter shall at the option of the person applying for the same, be granted for six, nine, or twelve months, and the person holding such license may transact the business thereby authorized at any place in the county where such license is granted: PROVIDED, That such business shall not be transacted in but one place in the county at a time.
[ 1873 p 439 § 8; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 27 § 8.]

Issuance of license.

Upon presentation to the county auditor of any county of the certificate of the county treasurer that any person has paid into the county treasury the amount provided by this chapter, to be paid for the transaction of any business that a license may be granted to transact, and for the time provided in this chapter, and upon the execution and delivery to such auditor of the bond hereinbefore required, it shall be the duty of such county auditor to issue such license to such person so presenting such certificate, executing and delivering such bond and making application therefor, for the period of time that the money as shown by the treasurer's certificate would entitle the person so presenting the same to have a license issued for.
[ 1873 p 439 § 9; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 27 § 9.]

When contrivance deemed kept for hire.

Any person who shall keep a billiard table or tables, pigeon-hole, Jenny Lind, and all other gaming tables, or bowling alley or bowling alleys in a drinking saloon or house or in a room or building adjoining or attached thereto, and shall allow the same to be used by two or more persons to determine by play thereon which of the persons so playing shall pay for drinks, cigars, or other articles for sale in such saloon or drinking house, shall, within the meaning of this chapter, be deemed to be keeping the same for hire.
[ 1873 p 440 § 10; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 27-28 § 10; RRS § 8291. Formerly RCW 67.12.130.]

Druggists excepted.

None of the provisions of this chapter shall be held to apply to the sale by apothecaries or druggists of spirituous, malt, or fermented liquors or wines for medicinal purposes, upon the prescription of a practicing physician.
[ 1873 p 440 § 11; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 28 § 11.]

Disposition of fees, fines, and forfeitures.

All fines and forfeitures collected under this chapter, and all moneys paid into the treasury of any county for licenses as aforesaid, shall be applied to school or county purposes as the local laws of such county may direct: PROVIDED, That this chapter shall not affect or apply to any private or local laws upon the subject of license in any county in this territory except King county, and no license shall be construed to mean more than the house or saloon kept by the same party or parties: PROVIDED, FURTHER, That no part of this chapter shall in any way apply to the county of Island: AND PROVIDED, FURTHER, That all moneys for licenses within the corporate limits of the town of Olympia shall be paid directly into the town treasury of said town as a municipal fund for the use of said town: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That all fees, fines, forfeitures and penalties collected or assessed by a district court because of the violation of a state law shall be remitted as provided in chapter 3.62 RCW as now exists or is later amended.
[ 1987 c 202 § 226; 1969 ex.s. c 199 § 29; 1873 p 440 § 12; Code 1881, Bagley's Supp. p 28 § 12.]


Intent1987 c 202: See note following RCW 2.04.190.
Collection and disposition of fines and costs: Chapter 10.82 RCW.