Law:Title 3. Licenses And Permits. Subtitle A. Permits from Chapter 51. Minibar Permit (Texas)

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Subtitle A. Permits

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Chapter 51. Minibar Permit

Section  51.01.  Eligibility For Permit.

The commission or the administrator may issue a minibar permit only to the holder of a mixed beverage permit issued for operation in a hotel.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.02.  Authorized Activities.

The holder of a minibar permit may sell the following alcoholic beverages out of a minibar:

(1)  distilled spirits in containers of not less than one ounce nor more than two ounces;

(2)  wine and vinous liquors in containers of not more than 13 fluid ounces; and

(3)  beer, ale, and malt liquor in containers of not more than 12 fluid ounces.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.03.  Limited Access To Minibar.

(a) Minibars shall be of such design as to prevent access to alcoholic beverages to all persons who do not have a minibar key. The minibar key shall be different from the hotel guestroom key, and the permittee shall not provide the minibar key to any person who is not of legal drinking age.

(b)  A permittee may not provide a minibar key to any person other than an employee of the permittee or a registered guest of the hotel.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.04.  Stocking Restrictions.

(a) All employees handling distilled spirits, wine, beer, ale, and malt liquor being stocked in the minibar must be at least 18 years of age.

(b)  A minibar may not be restocked or replenished during any hours that a mixed beverage permittee may not sell alcoholic beverages at the location as provided by Section 105.03 of this code and it may contain no more than 40 individual containers of alcoholic beverages at any one time.

(c)  A minibar may only be maintained, serviced, or stocked with alcoholic beverages by a person who is an employee of the holder of a minibar permit, and no other person shall be authorized to add alcoholic beverages to a minibar or, with the exception of a registered hotel guest consumer, to remove alcoholic beverages from a minibar.

(d)  The holder of a minibar permit shall adhere to standards of quality and purity of alcoholic beverages prescribed by the commission and shall destroy any alcoholic beverages contained in a minibar on the date which is considered by the manufacturer of the alcoholic beverage to be the date the product becomes inappropriate for sale to a consumer.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 47, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  51.05.  Fee.

The annual state fee for an original minibar permit is $2,000. The annual state fee for the first renewal of a minibar permit is $1,500. The annual state fee for the second renewal of a minibar permit is $1,000. The annual state fee for the third and each subsequent renewal of a minibar permit is $750.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.06.  Prohibited Interests.

The holder of a minibar permit may not have a direct or indirect interest in a package store permit, and no package store may be located on the premises of a hotel in which a mixed beverage permittee holds a minibar permit.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.07.  Mixed Beverage Permit Is Primary.

All purchases made by a minibar permittee shall be made under the authority of and subject to the limitations imposed on the mixed beverage permit held by the permittee. All sales made by a minibar permittee shall, for tax purposes, be considered sales under the mixed beverage permit held by the permittee and shall be taxed accordingly. To ensure that the marketing of alcoholic beverages for stocking minibars is not used by suppliers for purposes of inducement or unauthorized or illegal advertising, it is further provided that:

(1)  No person who holds a permit or license authorizing sale of any alcoholic beverage to mixed beverage permittees may sell or offer to sell alcoholic beverages to a minibar permittee at a cost less than the seller's laid-in cost plus the customary and normal profit margin applicable to other container sizes. The laid-in cost shall be defined as the manufacturer's or supplier's invoice price, plus all applicable freight, taxes, and duties.

(2)  Proof of laid-in cost shall become a part of the permanent records of each permittee or licensee supplying alcoholic beverages to minibar permittees and be available for a period of two years for inspection by the commission.

(3)  No alcoholic beverages offered for use in a minibar may be sold in connection with or conveyed as part of any promotional program providing a discount on the purchase of any other type, size, or brand of alcoholic beverage.

(4)  Distilled spirits in containers with a capacity of more than one but less than two fluid ounces must be invoiced separately from any other alcoholic beverage, and the price must be shown on the invoice.

(5)  Distilled spirits in containers with a capacity of more than one but less than two fluid ounces may not be returned by the holder of a minibar permit. Neither may the beverages be exchanged by the holder of a minibar permit or redeemed for any reason other than damage noted at the time of delivery and approved by the commission. Claims for breakage or shortage after delivery to a minibar permittee shall not be allowed.

(6)  No person holding a wholesaler's, local distributor's, or package store permit may participate in the cost of producing any room menu, beverage list, table tent, or any other device or novelty, written or printed, relating to the sale of distilled spirits in containers with a capacity of more than one but less than two fluid ounces. No permittee or licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages to a minibar permittee may pay for or contribute to the cost of providing in-house television or radio announcements to be used by any holder of a minibar permit to promote the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.08.  Distilled Spirits Purchases.

Distilled spirits purchased for resale in a minibar must be purchased in unbroken cases, and the cases shall bear the appropriate identification stamps.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.09.  Coin-operated Machines Prohibited.

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as authorizing nor may the commission or administrator authorize the sale of any alcoholic beverage from a coin-operated machine or similar device.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.



Section  51.10.  Commission May Adopt Rules.

The commission may adopt rules necessary to regulate the use and operation of minibars.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 1989.


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