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PDFWAC 314-02-080

What are the requirements for a motel licensee or a hotel licensee to sell liquor in honor bars?

For the purposes of this chapter, an "honor bar" is a cabinet, box, cooler, or refrigerator in a guest room that can be opened only with a key, combination, magnetic card, or similar device. The following requirements apply to the use of an honor bar:
(1) The licensee must require proof of age before providing a guest access to an honor bar. The guest must sign a declaration, under penalty of perjury, verifying that:
(a) The guest is twenty-one years of age or older; and
(b) No one under twenty-one years of age will have access to the liquor in the honor bar.
(2) The honor bars must remain locked whenever the room is rented to a guest under twenty-one years of age.
(3) All liquor stored on the licensed premises must be either locked in an honor bar or locked in a secured liquor storage room.
(4) No person under twenty-one years of age may have access to the honor bars, liquor storage rooms, or keys, combinations, etc., to the locked honor bars or storage rooms.
(5) A honor bar or storage room may only be replenished during those hours when liquor may legally be sold (not between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.), and only by employees who are twenty-one years of age or older. Beer and wine wholesalers may deliver, price, and stock product only in storage rooms.
(6) Liquor in honor bars may only be sold in individual containers in the following sizes:
(a) Spirits - not to exceed fifty milliliters;
(b) Beer - not to exceed twelve ounces; and
(c) Wine - not to exceed one hundred eighty-seven milliliters.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030 and 66.24.590. WSR 08-17-067, § 314-02-080, filed 8/19/08, effective 9/19/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030, 66.24.010, 66.24.120. WSR 00-07-091, § 314-02-080, filed 3/15/00, effective 4/15/00.]
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