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A Guide to Serving Alcohol in an Oregon Restaurant: Responsibilities and Best Practices

Serving alcohol in an Oregon restaurant comes with a set of responsibilities and legal requirements. Understanding these requirements is essential for restaurant owners, managers, and staff to ensure compliance with state laws and promote responsible alcohol service. This guide provides an overview of serving alcohol in an Oregon restaurant, including licensing, training, and best practices.

Serving Alcohol in an Oregon Restaurant
  1. Licensing Requirements:
    • To serve alcohol in an Oregon restaurant, the establishment must obtain a liquor license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
    • Different types of liquor licenses are available, depending on the type of establishment and the scope of alcohol service.
  2. Alcohol Server Permit:
    • All individuals who serve or sell alcohol in an Oregon restaurant must obtain an Alcohol Server Permit from the OLCC.
    • The permit is valid for five years and must be renewed upon expiration.
  3. Alcohol Server Education:
    • To obtain an Alcohol Server Permit, individuals must complete a state-approved alcohol server education course.
    • The course covers topics such as checking IDs, recognizing signs of intoxication, and legal responsibilities associated with alcohol service.
  4. Responsible Alcohol Service:
    • Restaurant staff should be trained to serve alcohol responsibly, including monitoring alcohol consumption and refusing service to intoxicated patrons.
    • Providing non-alcoholic beverage options and food can help mitigate the effects of alcohol consumption.
  5. Legal Requirements:
    • Oregon law prohibits the service of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 and to anyone who is visibly intoxicated.
    • Restaurants must comply with all OLCC regulations regarding alcohol service, including hours of operation and advertising restrictions.
  6. Enforcement and Penalties:
    • The OLCC enforces alcohol service regulations through regular inspections and compliance checks.
    • Failure to comply with regulations can result in fines, suspension of liquor licenses, or other penalties.
  7. Best Practices:
    • Train staff on responsible alcohol service practices and ensure they are familiar with state laws and regulations.
    • Monitor alcohol consumption and intervene if patrons appear intoxicated.
    • Provide transportation options for patrons who may be too impaired to drive.

Serving alcohol in an Oregon restaurant requires compliance with state laws and regulations. By obtaining the necessary licenses and permits, training staff on responsible alcohol service practices, and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, restaurants can promote a safe and enjoyable dining experience for patrons.


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