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4-203.02

A.R.S. §4-203.02: Special event licenses: rules

  1. The director may issue on a temporary basis:
    1. A daily on-sale special event license authorizing the sale of spirituous liquor for consumption on the premises where sold. The fee for the license is twenty-five dollars per day. The director shall transfer the monies collected to the department of health services for the purpose prescribed in title 36, chapter 18, article 2.
    2. A daily off-sale special event license authorizing a charitable auction for the sale of spirituous liquor for consumption off premises.
  2. Before the director may issue a temporary special event license, a special event that is to occur at an otherwise unlicensed location or by a licensee at a location that is not fully within the licensee's existing licensed premises must be approved by the board of supervisors of a county if the event is to be held in an unincorporated area or by the governing body of the city or town if the event is to be held in a city or town.
  3. The approval process prescribed in this section does not apply to physical locations that are fully within premises licensed pursuant to this title.
  4. A physical location, other than a physical location that is owned, operated, leased, managed or controlled by the united states, this state or a city, town or county of this state, that is not licensed pursuant to this title may not be issued more than twelve special event licenses during the same calendar year. All applications for a special event license issued pursuant to this subsection must be submitted to the department at least ten days before the scheduled event.
  5. The director may only issue the special event license to a political party or campaign committee supporting a candidate for public office or a ballot measure, an organization formed for a specific charitable or civic purpose, a fraternal organization in existence for over five years with a regular membership or a religious organization.
  6. The director may issue a special event license concurrently with a wine festival license and a craft distillery festival license and may approve the location of the wine festival license within an excluded area of a special event license specifically described in each license. Notwithstanding section 4-244, paragraphs 13 and 19, both licenses shall permit the presence of purchased spirituous liquor in the possession of the purchaser.
  7. An organization selling spirituous liquor under a special event license shall purchase the spirituous liquor from the holder of a license authorized to sell off sale or a licensed wholesaler. In the case of a nonprofit organization that has obtained a special event license for the purpose of charitable fund raising activities, the nonprofit organization may receive the spirituous liquor from a wholesaler, farm winery, microbrewery or producer as a donation, except that a licensee licensed pursuant to Subsection A, Paragraph 2 of this section may receive spirituous liquor from a donor when the donor receives no remuneration or payment of any kind, directly or indirectly, other than any tax benefits that might result.
  8. An organization that is issued a license pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section shall receive at least seventy five per cent of the gross receipts of the auction. Up to twenty five per cent of the gross receipts of a special event auction conducted pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section may be used to pay reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the auction. All expenses shall be supported by written contracts, invoices or receipts, which shall be made available to the director on request.
  9. The director may adopt those rules the director determines are necessary to implement and administer this section including a limitation on the number of times during a calendar year a qualified organization may apply for and be issued a license under this section. The qualified organization issued a license pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section must receive at least twenty five per cent of the gross revenues of all spirituous liquor sold at the special events, which shall be supported by a contract between the parties to be supplied at the time of application.
  10. An organization that is issued a license pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section shall not sell more than twenty cases of spirituous liquor annually under a special event license.
  11. Section 4-201 does not apply to the licenses provided for under this section.
  12. A licensed wholesaler may donate spirituous liquor directly to an organization that is issued a license pursuant to subsection A of this section. The licensed wholesaler shall in such instances issue a net zero cost billing invoice in the name of the special event licensee. All licensees making or receiving spirituous liquor donations remain subject to the applicable limitations and requirements set forth in this title and in the rules adopted by the department.
  13. A licensed wholesaler may temporarily leave a delivery vehicle and other items of equipment necessary for the sale or service of spirituous liquor on the premises of a licensed special event for the duration of the event and up to one business day before and after the event.
  14. A licensed wholesaler may leave spirituous liquor products at a special event if the products are properly described on a preliminary billing invoice from the wholesaler that is issued in the name of the special event licensee. The licensed wholesaler has up to five business days after the special event ends to make any necessary billing adjustments and issue a final billing invoice to the special event licensee.