Banquet permits, purchase now to avoid a headache later

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Due to the new liquor law going into effect in Washington state on June 1, if you are getting married in June and your reception venue requires you to have a banquet permit, it would save you time and a major headache if you purchase it before the end of business day on May 31.

We're now a just week away from the Thursday, May 31 close of the last of the Washington State Liquor Stores and the start of private liquor sales on Friday, June 1st. All sales of Washington State banquet permits will now be made online...and there appear to be some problems. Apparently, the credit card processing is proving difficult for some types of cards and there is an alert on the website....which directs you to the state run liquor store. To avoid problems, don't wait 'til the last minute.

While the state is out of the liquor selling business, it is NOT out of the permit business and you still need a Banquet Permit to serve liquor at a private event held in a public place. State Liquor Control Officers can visit events, so remember to sign and post a copy of the banquet permit at your event where the alcohol is served.

Some important facts about a Banquet Permit

What is a banquet permit?
A banquet permit is a permit you apply for that allows the service and consumption of liquor at a private, invitation-only banquet or gathering held in a public place or business. Examples include weddings, company banquets, retirement parties, and club, organization or church events.

What does the Liquor Control Board do with my banquet permit?
When you purchase your banquet permit online, an email copy of it is sent to your local liquor enforcement office. Officers can visit gatherings, so it is important that you sign and post a copy of your permit at the location where you will be serving the alcohol at your event.

Who do I contact with questions about banquet permits?
For questions, call the Licensing Customer Service desk at (360) 664-1600 (select option 1).

Make sure to check with your venue to see if you need a banquet permit for your wedding.

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