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AACEA Oregon: Series - Most Common Oregon Liquor Licenses: Learn About the Full On-Premises Sales (F) License!

If you’re planning to open up an establishment that will sell or serve alcohol, you’re going to want to know which Oregon Liquor License will suit your vision best before beginning the application process!

We're putting together a series about various OLCC Liquor Licenses, but in this post we’re going to specifically talk about the Full On-Premises Sales (F) License.

Question: What sort of establishment would a Full On-Premises Sales (F) License be best for?

Answer: Full On-Premises Sales (F) Licenses work well for fine dining restaurants, neighborhood/family restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and private clubs.

The F license is great for establishments that plan to sell hard liquor (distilled spirits), beer, wine, and cider by the drink for customers to consume within the grounds of the establishment. In other words, this license does not permit your customers to take drinks to go UNLESS your business also has an Off-On-Premises Sales license.

The only two exceptions to this rule are:

  1. Your customers can take a partially consumed bottle of wine home with them if it was served during their meal.
  2. Your customers can purchase beer to take home with them as long as it is dispensed in a securely covered container (growler) that the customer provides.

In order to qualify for this license, you must have food available for your customers to purchase at all times when alcohol is being sold, and you cannot discourage your customers from purchasing food!

A couple other things to note:

  1. Minor service permittees (individuals who are 18-20 years old) may work at these establishments under certain circumstances.
  2. Under strict conditions, F licenses can be used at a catered or temporary event away from the premises so long as prior notice and permission is granted from the OLCC ahead of time. We recommend contacting the OLCC directly if you plan to have a catered or temporary event at a location other than your establishment!

These are the basic requirements for a Full On-Premises Sales (F) License. We hope this has provided you with some helpful information that you can now use to begin creating your vision, whether it be that restaurant you’ve always wanted to start, a super cool nightclub, or whatever else your heart desires!

We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors, and welcome you to check out our OLCC Approved Online Alcohol Service Permit Training once you begin hiring bartenders and waitstaff so your employees can get Top-Shelf Worthy Training!


Tags: Oregon, OLCC, OLCC Service Permit

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