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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 3. Alcoholic Beverages
Agency 5. Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority
Chapter 50. Retail Operations
5/20/2022

3VAC5-50-130. Clubs; applications; qualifications; reciprocal arrangements; changes; financial statements.

A. Each applicant for a club license shall furnish the following information:

1. A certified copy of the charter, articles of association or constitution;

2. A copy of the bylaws;

3. A list of the officers and directors showing names, addresses, ages and business employment;

4. The average number of members for the preceding 12 months. Only natural persons may be members of clubs; and

5. A financial statement for the latest calendar or fiscal year of the club, and a brief summary of the financial condition as of the end of the month next preceding the date of application.

B. In determining whether an applicant qualifies under the statutory definition of a club, as well as whether a club license should be suspended or revoked, the board will consider, but is not limited to, the following factors:

1. The club's purposes and its compliance with the purposes;

2. The club's qualification for tax exempt status from federal and state income taxes; and

3. The club's permitted use of club premises by nonmembers, including reciprocal arrangements.

C. The club shall limit nonmember use of club premises according to this section and shall notify the board each time the club premises are used in accordance with subdivision 1 of this subsection. The notice shall be received by the board at least two business days in advance of any such event.

1. A licensed club may (i) hold public events at the licensed premises, such events allowing nonmembers to attend and participate in the event at the licensed premises; or (ii) allow its premises to be used by organizations or groups who obtain banquet or banquet special events licenses. The total number of such events in both categories may not exceed 24 per calendar year.

2. A member of a licensed club may sponsor private functions on club premises for an organization or group of which he is a member, such attendees being guests of the sponsoring member.

3. Additionally, there shall be no limitation on the numbers of times a licensed club may allow its premises to be used by organizations or groups if alcoholic beverages are not served at such functions.

D. Persons who are resident members of other clubs located at least 100 miles from the club licensed by the board (the "host club") and who are accorded privileges in the host club by reason of bona fide, prearranged reciprocal arrangements between the host club and such clubs shall be considered guests of the host club and deemed to have members' privileges with respect to the use of its facilities. The reciprocal arrangements shall be set out in a written agreement and approved by the board prior to the exercise of the privileges thereunder.

The mileage limitations of this subsection notwithstanding, members of private, nonprofit clubs or private clubs operated for profit located in separate cities which are licensed by the board to operate mixed beverage restaurants on their respective premises and which have written agreements approved by the board for reciprocal dining privileges may be considered guests of the host club and deemed to have members' privileges with respect to its dining facilities.

E. Any change in the officers and directors of a club shall be reported to the board within 30 days, and a certified copy of any change in the charter, articles of association or by-laws shall be furnished the board within 30 days thereafter.

F. Each club licensee shall prepare and sign an annual financial statement on forms prescribed by the board. The statement may be on a calendar year or fiscal year basis, but shall be consistent with any established tax year of the club. The statement must be prepared and available for inspection on the club premises no later than 120 days next following the last day of the respective calendar or fiscal year, and each such statement must be maintained on the premises for a period of three consecutive years. In addition, each club holding a mixed beverage license shall be required to prepare and timely submit the mixed beverage annual review report required by 3VAC5-70-90 D.

Statutory Authority

§§ 4.1-103 and 4.1-111of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 § 13, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 4, Issue 6, January 21, 1988; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 7, Issue 4, eff. December 19, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 6, eff. January 15, 1992; Volume 9, Issue 6, eff. January 13, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994; Volume 25, Issue 11, eff. March 4, 2009.

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