Can your B&B serve alcohol?

In order to be granted a bed & breakfast alcohol license, an establishment must:

  • consist of no more than 15 bedrooms available for rent,
  • offer transitory lodging (or non-permanent sleeping accommodations) to the public, in exchange for compensation,
  • and offer at least one meal per day (does not need not be breakfast) to each person to whom overnight lodging is provided
B&B Alcohol Serving Guidelines

Restrictions & Conditions:

  • Where you purchase your alcohol that you plan to sell is also important.
    • it must be purchased from a government store, wine or beer wholesaler or farm winery. 
    • you must keep purchase receipts.
  • Alcoholic beverages may be served:
    • only to overnight guests (over legal drinking age),
    • in dining areas,
    • in private guest rooms,
    • or in outside terraces or patios.
  • No additional fees, premiums or surcharges, are allowed be charged for the service of alcoholic beverages.
  • Guests making reservations may order any alcohol beverage to be available upon their arrival (at no additional fee above the purchase price). 

Organization is key:

  • Alcohol inventory for your B&B must be stored away from any private alcohol stock (always keep personal alcohol stored separately).
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of the purchases of alcoholic beverages and provide sufficient evidence that at least one meal per day is offered to overnight guests.
  • As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to be in complete compliance of the law. If you have questions, we welcome them! No matter what kind of business you are in or Starting Up, we can help. Call us: 800-785-0161

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