Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Chief Counsel receives numerous inquiries each year regarding the licensing, production, and sale of alcohol and malt or brewed beverages in Pennsylvania.  The following are some of the most frequently asked questions. 

Please be advised that it is the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (“Bureau”), and not the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“Board”), which enforces the liquor laws in Pennsylvania.  Further, information provided in the Frequently Asked Questions is not binding on the Bureau and is offered for information and guidance only.
  
If you find the following information does not meet your needs, you may wish to review the Board's Advisory Opinions or Advisory Notices, or Contact the Office of Chief Counsel. 

EVENTS, TOURNAMENTS OR CONTESTS AND GAMBLING

What information should a liquor licensee be aware of regarding events, tournaments or contests?
Is gambling permissible on a retail licensed premises?

MINORS AND IDENTIFICATION

Are minors permitted on a retail licensee's premises?
What types of identification are valid at a licensed establishment?

FREE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, DAILY DRINK SPECIALS AND HAPPY HOURS

May an establishment provide free alcoholic beverages to its customers?
What are the rules for daily drink specials and happy hours at retail licensees?

PRODUCTION OF SPIRITS, WINE, AND MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES FOR PERSONAL USE

May I produce spirits for my personal use?
May I produce wine for my personal use?
May I produce beer for my personal use?

LICENSE AND PERMIT QUESTIONS

What is the status of my license application or how can I obtain forms to apply for a license?
Can my organization obtain a permit to sell alcohol to raise money?
What is a special occasion permit?

LIABILITY

Are a bartender and the bar that employs him/her liable when an intoxicated person leaves the bar and has an accident?

IMPORTING ALCOHOL AND BEER INTO PENNSYLVANIA

Can I send a bottle of wine from my residence in California (or from another state) to a friend in Pennsylvania?
I live in Pennsylvania and I was wondering if I can bring back a bottle of wine or spirits with me when I return from my vacation in France? 
I am moving from Ohio to Pennsylvania and I would like to know if it is possible for me to bring my wine and spirits with me?

I am in the United States Army and I was wondering if it is okay for me to take some wine or spirits that I purchased on the base home with me when I visit my parents in Pennsylvania?
May a friend bring a case of beer for me from California when he comes to visit me?
A resident of New Jersey would like to know if it is permissible to bring several bottles of wine that he acquired in Italy into the United States, via the Philadelphia International Airport, for personal use in New Jersey. 
What are the rules or regulations with regard to wineries or alcoholic beverage retailers shipping alcohol into Pennsylvania from other states?
Application for importation of liquor as provided in regulations of the Board

MISCELLANEOUS OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS

What are the permissible hours of operation for licensees?
Can patrons smoke inside a retail licensed premises?
Is BYOB allowed at an establishment?
Is it legal for a bartender to drink alcoholic beverages while tending bar?