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Retail Operations [3 VAC 5 ‑ 50]
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Chapter Information
Description This chapter sets forth the qualifications for obtaining a retail license for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages and regulates the operation of licensed retail businesses.
State Authority Title 4.1, Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. To prescribe reasonable minimum qualifications for holders of retail licenses; and
2. To promote the public health, safety, and welfare by reasonably regulating retail alcoholic beverage sales so as to prevent sales to those under the legal age or intoxicated, and to discourage over-consumption.

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Contact Information
Name / Title: W. Curtis Coleburn III  / Chief Operating Officer
Address: 2901 Hermitage Rd.
Richmond, VA 23220
Email Address: curtis.coleburn@abc.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)213-4409    FAX: (804)213-4411    TDD: (804)213-4687
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Retail Operations - -

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Updating Retail Operations Regulations as a Result of Periodic Review Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/29/2014.
Infusion of Distilled Spirits by Mixed Beverage Licensees Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/26/2014.
Gourmet Oyster House Food Requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/18/2013.
Alcoholic Energy Drinks Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/20/2011.
Definition of Dessert Wines Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/16/2011.
Clarifying and Simplifying Retailer Regulations Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/4/2009.
Caterer Reports Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/28/2002.
Sale of Soju by the Bottle Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/26/2005.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
New Regulation Prohibiting Disorderly Conduct on Licensed Premises Emergency/NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 9/27/2011 after the comment period had ended.
Nudity and Related Activity on Licensed Premises Proposed Stage withdrawn before DPB completed its review.
New regulation regulating noise emanating from licensed establishments NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 6/5/2008 after the comment period had ended.
Nudity and Related Activity on Licensed Premises -
Changes Resulting from Periodic Review NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 8/11/2006 after the comment period had ended.
Lewd or Disorderly Conduct Emergency Stage withdrawn before the Governor's office completed its review.
Designated Manager Posting and Caterer Reports NOIRA Stage withdrawn before the Secretary's office completed its review.