Liquor board issues renewed guidelines for delivery

Retail licensees can now refer to an updated set of guidelines regulating beer and malt beverage delivery procedures, following approval of a new advisory notice by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) on Wednesday. 

Advisory Notice No. 22 affects those who have restaurant, eating place malt beverage or hotel licenses. The new rules state that a retailer cannot accept payment upon delivery and the sale must be completed on the licensee’s premises.

Regarding the amount of deliverable malt/brewed beverage, while there is no limit on how much may be transported at a time, a single sale cannot exceed 192 ounces. Likewise, while delivery is not restricted, sales transactions must be completed before 2 a.m.

Food or non-alcoholic beverages are permitted to accompany delivery, but are not required. All delivery items must be pre-ordered, precluding point-of-purchase sales such as those a food truck would make, for example.

Drivers must be at least 21, and an employee or contractor of the licensed transporter. The vehicle also must bear identification with specific signage requirements. Drivers or Transporter for Hire licensees must check the ID and maintain records of the person accepting delivery.

Sale of alcohol to anyone under age or visibly intoxicated remains in violation of the Liquor Code, and the licensee is liable for any infringements. Finally, any individual or company with multiple licenses is required to have only one Transporter-for-Hire license for all its operations.

The updated advisory is effective immediately. The PLCB notes that it has seen a substantial increase in applications since releasing a previous advisory in late 2014 announcing that retail licensees can obtain transporter licenses for direct delivery to customers.

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