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Washington Administrative Code

Title 478 WAC - University of Washington


Chapter 478-136 WAC: Use of University of Washington Facilities

WAC 478-136-041: Alcoholic beverage policy.


Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, sold, served, and consumed at university facilities only if the procedures set forth in this section are followed.

(1) The appropriate permits/licenses for possession, sale, service, and consumption of alcohol must be obtained from the Washington state liquor control board.

(2) Permits/licenses must be displayed during the event and all other guidelines and restrictions established by the Washington state liquor control board must be followed.

(3) Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, sold, served, and consumed at the University of Washington club, as so designated by the university board of regents to the Washington state liquor control board, pursuant to a spirits, beer, and wine private club license issued by the Washington state liquor control board.

(4) Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, sold, served, and consumed at university facilities leased to a commercial tenant under a lease that includes authorization for the tenant to apply and hold a license issued by the Washington state liquor control board.

(5) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4) of this section, alcoholic beverages may be possessed, sold, served, and consumed at university facilities only under permits/licenses issued by the Washington state liquor control board (including third-party vendors with a caterer's business license with liquor endorsement) and only as follows:

  (a) Events at which alcohol is to be possessed, sold, served, or consumed must be approved by the appropriate committee chair for the committee on the use of university facilities and an application to the chair must be accompanied by a request for written authorization under subsection (6) of this section or proof that the seller holds an appropriate license; and

  (b) Events at athletic venues at which alcohol is to be possessed, sold, served, or consumed must:

    (i) Be within designated areas and must have restricted attendance; or

    (ii) Operate under a sport entertainment facility license issued by the Washington state liquor control board; and

  (c) A university unit, or an individual or organization applying for a permit/license must have obtained approval under subsection (6) of this section; and

  (d) Sale, service, and consumption of alcohol is to be confined to the specified room or area identified on the license or permit.

(6) Written authorization to apply for a special occasion license or a banquet permit must be obtained from the appropriate committee chair for the committee on the use of university facilities prior to applying for a special occasion license or banquet permit from the Washington state liquor control board. Authorization should be requested sufficiently in advance of the program to allow timely consideration. (Note: Some license applications must be filed with the Washington state liquor control board at least forty-five days or more before the event.) Written authorization to apply for such a permit/license shall accompany the application filed with the Washington state liquor control board.

(7) Consumption, possession, dispensation, or sale of alcohol is prohibited except for persons of legal age.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and 66.24.380. WSR 14-13-079, § 478-136-041, filed 6/16/14, effective 7/17/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130. WSR 13-15-062, § 478-136-041, filed 7/15/13, effective 8/15/13; WSR 10-13-098, § 478-136-041, filed 6/17/10, effective 7/18/10.]