Frequently Asked Questions About Licensee Operations

Can underage children be in a bar with their parents when alcohol is being served?
There is not any statute or regulation prohibiting this. However, local ordinances may impose other restrictions.

What is the age limit to enter a club?
There is no state statute that limits entrance to a club based upon age, but some city or county ordinances may prohibit entry based upon age.

Must the doors be locked after business hours?
There is not any statute or regulation requiring this, but local ordinances may impose a separate requirement.

Can I have a public function on my licensed premise?
A drinking establishment may have a public function on the licensed premises. Class A Club and Class B Clubs may also have public functions but they must request permission from director. In either case, no liquor may be served.

Can I serve liquor at a public function?
Yes, if you are properly licensed.

Is there a state statute against a caterer, drinking establishment or Class B Club being next to a church?
No, but local city laws may prohibit this.

Is there a state statute against a caterer, drinking establishment or Class B Club being next to a school?
No, but local city laws may prohibit this.

Is there a state statute against a retail liquor store being located next to a church?
Yes. A retail liquor store cannot be located within 200 feet of a church. K.S.A. 41-710(c)(1). A city may approve an ordinance for the retailer to be located within a core commercial district. K.S.A. 41-710(d)

Is there a state statute against a retail liquor store being located next to a school?
Yes. A retail liquor store cannot be located within 200 feet of a school. K.S.A. 41-710(c)(1)

Can a person who is on parole have a drink in a bar?
There is no provision within the Liquor Control Act prohibiting parolees from drinking in a bar. The individual's parole conditions may impose other prohibitions.

Can patrons order more than one drink for themselves?
Yes.

Do licensees have to pay tax on a drink that he or she consumes?
Yes.

Can a private party be held in a business after hours in which liquor is served?
A private party may be held on a licensed premise after it closes to the public; but absolutely no alcoholic beverages may be served, sold, possessed or consumed on the premises except during the legal hours for operation of 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., regardless of whether the premises are open to the public or being used for a private party.

Can liquor be sold at a street dance?
Yes, if the city passes a resolution to allow the event. The area must be licensed by a temporary permit; or, a licensed liquor caterer may serve and sell liquor at the event.

Where can a licensee purchase liquor?
A retailer must purchase inventory from licensed Kansas distributors. Clubs or drinking establishment licensees and temporary permit holders may only purchase Inventory from a licensed retail liquor store which has a federal wholesale permit and is located in the same or adjacent county as the club or drinking establishment. The club or drinking establishment may also purchase bulk wine or beer from a licensed distributor.

Can distributors "exchange out" slow moving products with faster moving products?
Not without special permission. K.S.A. 41-728 authorizes returns/exchanges in certain circumstances with the approval of the ABC Director.

Can a bingo parlor and a drinking establishment be at the same location?
Yes, provided the establishment is in a wet county.

Does a member of a private club need to be present if they have invited guests?
Yes.

Can a drinking establishment or club charge a corkage fee?
Yes.

Can a retail liquor store have a door at the back of the store for employees to go from one business to another?
No. The retailer may only have a door that leads outside.

Can we use coupons in the liquor store?
Mail-in coupons to the manufacturer are allowed; however, no payment or discounts are allowed in the store when these coupons are used. Coupons created and distributed by the licensee can be used and redeemed within the retail liquor store.

How big does a vestibule need to be between party shop and liquor store?
The statute does not make mention of a vestibule. Refer to the Policy Memo 2002-1 Guidelines for Retail Liquor Store Entrance and Vestibules.

Can a retailer sell ice out of a mix shop or liquor store?
Only alcohol, wine, spirits and lottery tickets may be sold from the liquor store. All other products must be sold from the mix shop.

Can you work at a retail liquor store and at a drinking establishment or Class B Club?
No.

What is allowed as far as advertising in the newspaper, radio, TV?
Retailers can advertise the price, brand and location.

How can I add a patio to my licensed premise or change my licensed premise?
Complete the Request for Permanent Premise Approval form (ABC-806) and submit to your licensing representative for approval.

What days must you be closed?
Refer to A Chart of Hours and Days When Alcoholic Liquor and CMB May be Sold or Served.

What are the business hours of an on premise location?
Seven days a week 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.

What are the retail liquor store business hours?
Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., expanded hours Sunday between noon and 8 p.m. (sub section (b) of KSA 41-712)

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