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Beer Permit Initial Inspections Information

Starting a new business can be an extremely stressful time in your life. Here are some helpful tips for the initial inspection process. These checklists should provide for a smoother process for all involved.

On-Sale Initial Inspection

A retailer’s “on-sale” permit shall be issued to any person engaged in the sale of beer where the beer is to be consumed by the purchaser or his guests upon the premises of the seller. A retailer’s on-sale permit may be issued to regularly conducted hotels or motels as well as regularly incorporated clubs and lodges in which places beer may be sold and consumed by the purchaser when a retailer’s on-sale permit has been issued for the premises.

  1. Distances (new locations only)
  2. Seating (must have seating for 16 or more)
  3. Adequate toilet facilities, handwashing facilities, including hot and cold running water, for use by customers
  4. Kitchen appliances on premises that are operational
  5. Food (must be on premises or date when such food will be available)
  6. Mechanisms to store beer on premises that are operational (includes coolers, beer tubs, shelves, or draft beer already set up – whichever may apply to your specific location)
  7. Exterior decks, patios or beer storage facilities to include location and particulars. Example – A patio is contiguous to the building, contained, located to the left of the main entrance, and is operated by the applicant
  8. Must provide business phone number and hours, if not included in original application

Off-Sale Initial Inspection

A retailer’s “off-sale” permit shall be issued to any person engaged in the sale of beer for consumption and not resale where the beer sold is not to be consumed by the purchaser upon or near the premises of such seller.

  1. Applicant shall provide copy of floor plan
  2. Distances (applies to new locations only)
  3. Mechanisms to store beer on premises that are operational (coolers, beer tubs, shelves, or draft beer already set up, as may apply to your specific location)
  4. Posting of beer signage
  5. Applicant shall make inspector aware of any exterior beer storage facilities
  6. Applicant and inspector shall discuss the following rules:
    1. Rule 2: An off-sale beer permittee shall sell beer only in commercially sealed containers.
      In the event that the off-sale beer permittee desires to commercially seal the containers containing beer on said permittee's premises, said permittee shall seal the containers in an area separate from the area which is used by the public. The presence of a non- commercially sealed or unsealed container containing beer within an area of the off-sale beer permittee's premises which are used by the public is strictly prohibited. The presence of a non-commercially sealed or unsealed container containing beer within an area of the off-sale beer permittee's premises which are used by the public creates a presumption that the off-sale beer permittee is selling beer for on-premises consumption.
    2. Rule 3: No person under 18 years of age shall transport, possess, sell or dispense beer or other beverages with an alcoholic content of eight (8%) percent or less by weight.
    3. Rule 6: Beer shall not be sold through any drive-through or delivery window or by curb service by any retail establishment possessing an on-premises or off-premises beer sale permit.
  7. Applicant shall provide business phone number / store hours, if not included in original application.

Special Event Inspection

  1. Have you provided a site plan? If not, do so at this time.
  2. Provide date(s) and time(s) of special event.
  3. Provide event location and containment strategy (do you foresee any distance issues?).
  4. From whom will you purchase or who will donate the beer (through authorized wholesalers only)?
  5. Describe the type of event (all ages allowed or will it be 21 and up?).
  6. Describe how IDs will be checked / specific location.
  7. Will wristbands be issued for individuals 21 and up?
  8. Will servers be volunteers or Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) certified? If volunteers, applicant must provide training?
  9. Will you offer wine or liquor? If so, have you applied for “Special Occasions” permit through Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission?
  10. Will “Home Brew” be allowed at event? If so, state law must be adhered to – utilization of authorized wholesalers only.
  11. Will adequate toilet facilities with handwashing / cleaning capabilities be available?
  12. Will applicant supply adequate state licensed security? What are their duties?
  13. Permit shall be posted during the event.
  14. Emergency plan and sober ride plan must be maintained.
  15. Provide name and phone number of contact person for event.
  16. Applicant must maintain invoices of beer purchases.
  17. Will food be provided?