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Alcohol Beverage Festival Participation

Concerning the ability of certain alcohol beverage license holders to participate in festivals for alcohol beverage retail activity.
2023 Regular Session
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

Currently, certain persons licensed to sell alcohol beverages (licensee) may apply for a permit to hold a festival. The act makes the following changes to the festival permitting process:

  • Requires the licensee to file a permit application at least 30 calendar days before the festival, which increases the current requirement of at least 10 business days before the festival;
  • Increases the fee for a permit from $25 annually to $50 per festival;
  • Authorizes a licensee to jointly participate in up to 52 festivals held by other licensees; and
  • Changes the window during which festivals are counted for the purpose of determining how many festivals a licensee holds or participates in from 12 months after the issuance of a permit to a calendar year.

APPROVED by Governor May 17, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details