Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of Directors
Retail Operations [3 VAC 5 ‑ 50]
30 Minute Rule for Mixed Beverage Licensees
Action 5442
General Information
Action Summary During the 2017 General Assembly session, Senate Bill 1216 amended §4.1-111 of the Code of Virginia (“Code”) to include a subsection mandating the Board to promulgate a regulation requiring mixed beverage licensees to have food, cooked or prepared on the licensed premises, available for on-premises consumption until at least 30 minutes prior to an establishment's closing, and that such food shall be available in all areas of the licensed premises in which spirits are sold or served. The proposed regulation change will amend 3VAC5-50-110(D) to include an additional subsection that will require a mixed beverage licensee to have food available for on-premises consumption until at least 30 minutes prior to closing.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006256]
Is Federal action a driving factor in this regulatory change? If so, please provide a specific reference to the law, regulation or court case.
Associated Mandates Alcoholic beverage control; availability of food when spirits served
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8841 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/08/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: LaTonya D. Hucks-Watkins  / Senior Legal Counsel
Address: 7450 Freight Way
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Email Address:
Phone: (804)213-4698    FAX: (804)213-4574    TDD: ()-

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