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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 3. Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control
Agency 5. Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority
Chapter 50. Retail Operations

3VAC5-50-200. Gift shops; wine and beer off-premises licenses; conditions; records; inspections.

A. Pursuant to § 4.1-206.3 C 1 of the Code of Virginia, the board may grant retail wine and beer off-premises licenses to gift shops. Such gift shop may be located (i) on the premises or grounds of a government registered national, state or local historic building or site or (ii) within the premises of a museum.

B. The following restrictions and conditions apply:

1. A gift shop shall be defined as any bona fide retail store selling, predominately, (i) floral arrangements or handmade arts and crafts, which may include a combination of gifts, books, souvenirs, specialty items, collectibles, or other original and handmade products; and (ii) which is open to the public on a regular basis in a permanent structure where stock is displayed and offered for sale and which has facilities to properly secure any stock of wine or beer.

2. The board shall consider the purpose, characteristics, nature, and operation of the applicant establishment in determining whether it shall be considered a gift shop within the meaning of this section.

3. Gift shop licenses, pursuant to this regulation, shall be granted only to persons who have places of business which have been in operation for no less than 12 months next preceding the filing of the application.

4. Gift shop licenses shall authorize the licensees to sell wine and beer, which have been purchased from and received at the establishment from farm winery or wholesale licensees, to sell such alcoholic beverages unchilled only within the interior premises of the gift shop in closed containers for off-premises consumption, and to deliver or ship the same to purchasers thereof in accordance with Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia and regulations of the board.

5. In granting licenses under this regulation, the board may impose restrictions and conditions upon purchases and sales of wine and beer in accordance with this regulation or as may be deemed reasonable by the board to ensure that the distribution of alcoholic beverages is orderly, lawful and only incidental to the principal business of the licensee. In no event may the sale of such alcoholic beverages exceed 25% of total annual gross sales at the establishment.

6. Every person licensed to sell alcoholic beverages under this regulation shall comply with 3VAC5-70-90.

Statutory Authority

§ 4.1-111 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-5 § 20, 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 38, Issue 1, eff. January 1, 2022.

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