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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 3. Alcoholic Beverages
Agency 5. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Chapter 70. Other Provisions
1/22/2022

3VAC5-70-180. Regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages in kegs and other containers; permit and registration; other requirements.

A. The following definitions shall apply for purposes of this section:

1. "Keg." Any container capable of holding four gallons or more of beer or wine and which is designed to dispense beer or wine directly from the container for purposes of consumption; and

2. "Registration seal." Any document, stamp, declaration, seal, decal, sticker or device approved by the board which is designed to be affixed to kegs and which displays a registration number and such other information as may be prescribed by the board.

B. 1. No person licensed to sell wine or beer at retail for off-premises consumption, or any officer, agent or employee thereof, shall sell any such alcoholic beverage in a keg without having (i) registered the sale on a form prescribed by the board and (ii) affixed a registration seal on the keg at the time of sale; provided, if the purchaser takes possession of the keg at the premises of the wholesale licensee pursuant to subsection G, the wholesale licensee shall affix the registration seal.

2. Prior to the sale of alcoholic beverages in kegs, the keg registration declaration and receipt form provided by the board shall be properly completed and shall contain:

a. The name and address of the purchaser verified by valid identification as defined in 3VAC5-50-20 B;

b. The type and number of the identification presented by the purchaser;

c. A statement, signed by the purchaser, that the purchaser is 21 years of age or older, does not intend to allow persons under 21 years of age to consume the alcoholic beverages purchased, and that the purchaser will not remove or obliterate the key registration tag affixed to the keg or allow its removal or obliteration; and

d. The particular address or location where the keg will be consumed, and the date or dates on which it will be consumed.

3. Where the purchaser obtains more than one keg for consumption at the same location and on the same date, only one keg registration declaration and receipt form must contain all required information. All other keg registration declaration and receipt forms for that particular transaction shall contain the registration number from the fully completed form as a reference and be signed by the purchaser. Such keg registration declaration and receipt forms which contain the reference number of a fully completed form and have been signed by the purchaser constitute a valid and properly completed keg registration and declaration receipt.

4. The keg registration seal affixed to the keg may serve as the purchaser's receipt. Upon receipt of a properly registered keg from a consumer, the retail licensee shall remove and obliterate the keg registration seal from the keg and note such action on the keg registration declaration and receipt form to be retained by the retail licensee on the licensed premises. Kegs made of disposable packaging do not have to be returned to the retail licensee. The retailer shall indicate on the keg declaration and receipt form that the keg was not returnable due to its disposable packaging.

C. For the purpose of tracing the kegs and purchaser responsibility, it shall be the responsibility of the seller to affix the properly completed and signed keg registration seal to all containers of four gallons or more of alcoholic beverages prior to the container leaving control of the seller.

D. Except in accordance with this section, no person shall remove, alter, deface, or obliterate the registration seal affixed to a keg pursuant to this section. Throwing away empty kegs made of disposable packaging shall not constitute obliteration of the keg registration seal. If any nonlicensee is in possession of a keg containing alcoholic beverages, and which keg does not bear the registration seal, or upon which keg the registration seal has been altered, defaced or obliterated, the container and its contents shall be deemed to be contraband and subject to seizure and forfeiture.

E. Licensees shall maintain a complete and accurate record of all registration forms and other documentation of the sale of kegs at the place of business designated in his license for a period of one year. Such records shall include the registration seal for nondisposable kegs, which the retail licensee shall remove from the keg upon its return by the purchaser. Moreover, such records regarding keg sales shall during reasonable hours be open to inspection by the board or its special agents or other law-enforcement officers.

F. Before a purchaser may take possession of a keg at the premises of the wholesale licensee after purchasing such keg from a retail licensee, the purchaser shall be required to (i) complete the registration of the transaction at the premises of the retail licensee and (ii) deliver the registration seal to the wholesale licensee who shall affix it to the keg; however, no wholesale licensee may deliver possession of any such keg to the purchaser until the wholesale licensee has collected payment from the retail licensee pursuant to 3VAC5-30-30.

G. Except as authorized by the board, no person shall transfer possession of or give the registered keg or container to another person. This prohibition shall not apply, however, to the return of the registered container to the seller.

Statutory Authority

§ 4.1-111 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR125-01-7 § 18, eff. December 12, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 3, Issue 1, eff. November 12, 1986; Volume 5, Issue 2, eff. November 24, 1988; Volume 6, Issue 2, eff. November 23, 1989; 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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