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License Classifications

Liquor licenses are generally grouped or classified by their CLASS, TYPE, and SPECIAL designations. Some examples as they appear on a license:

"C(BW) M" is a class C (Club license, on sale only.  On premises consumption only by members and guests), type BW (Beer & Wine only), special M (allowed to play record music).

"D(BWL)" is a tavern allowed on and off sales of beer, wine & liquor.

Image: Blue Arrow Select the License Class to see the associated fees
 
License CLASS (Distinguishes between permanent licenses for taverns, restaurants, airports, etc.)
Class A

(Beer/Wine) or (Beer/Wine/Liquor)
Off sale only, no consumption on the licensed premises.

Class B

(Beer/Wine) or (Beer/Wine/Liquor)
Restaurant, on and off sales. Must operate a kitchen and serve hot meals at least twice daily.

Class C

(Beer/Wine) or (Beer/Wine/Liquor)
Club license, on sale only. On premises consumption only by members and guests.

Class D

(Beer/Wine) or (Beer/Wine/Liquor)
Tavern, on and off sales.

Class D (ON SALE)

(Beer/Wine) or (Beer/Wine/Liquor)
Tavern, limited to premises consumption only.

Class H

(Beer/Wine) or (Beer/Wine/Liquor)
Restaurant, on premises consumption only. Must operate a kitchen and serve hot meals at least twice daily.

Class H (M)

(Beer/Wine) or  (Beer/Wine/Liquor)
Restaurant, on premises consumption only. Must operate a kitchen and serve hot meals at least twice daily. Under some circumstances, an individual may hold more than one Class H license. These circumstances are described in the Maryland Annotated Code

Class BLXDeluxe Restaurant (Beer/Wine/Liquor) Maximum of 10, 7-day, on sale only.
Class HMR COMPLEXHotel, Motel, Restaurant Complex, on sale only. Allows for Sunday sales, music and dancing.
Class SACSpecial Airport Terminal Buildings, permits the sale of any and all alcoholic beverages within the confines of the airport terminal buildings.
Class Special Race TrackSpecial Race Track, permits the sale of any and all alcoholic beverages within the confines of the racing park. The hours during which sales of alcoholic beverages may be made are from two hours preceding the running and/or simulcasting any authorized race until two hours after the running and/or simulcasting any authorized race, and not otherwise.
Class AABWFSpecial Beer and Wine Festival, permits the sale of beer and wine at the Anne Arundel County Beer and Wine Festival in accordance with Section 8-301 of Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The annual fee for such license shall be $2,500.00 and said license can only be issued to a holder of an existing State Retail Alcoholic Beverage License, State Class 3 Winery License, or State Class 4 Winery License issued pursuant to Article 2B. A special AABWF license shall only be accepted during the month of November of the preceding year for which the festival is to be held, and a hearing shall be held on the issuance of the license commencing in January of the year for which the festival is to be held.  The Board shall have the authority to limit or condition the license in any manner deemed reasonable by the Board in furtherance of the provisions contained in Article 2B, section 8-301
Class SCC License

Special Country Club License, permits the sale of alcohol for on sale only, must have at least 200 members with dues not less than $75.00 annual, must have two (2) or more tennis courts and a swimming pool at least 30'x80' in size.

Class EF LicenseEntertainment Facility, a facility that holds a license under Title 9, Subtitle 1A of the State Government Article.  An entertainment facility license authorizes the holder to sell beer, wine, and liquor on any premises of the entertainment facility that is not covered by an entertainment concessionaire license for consumption anywhere in the entertainment facility. The hours for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages under an entertainment facility license or an entertainment concessionaire license are the same as the hours of operation for a video lottery facility established under § 9–1A–23 of the State Government Article. An off–sale privilege is not conferred by an entertainment facility license or an entertainment concessionaire license.
Class EC LicenseEntertainment Concessionaire, authorizes the holder to sell beer, wine, and liquor on the premises of the concessionaire for consumption anywhere in the entertainment facility. An off–sale privilege is not conferred by an entertainment facility license or an entertainment concessionaire license.
License TYPE (Distinguishes between the right to sell and/or serve "beer and wine" only, or "beer and wine and liquor.")
Type BWType BW permits beer and wine only.
Type BWLType BWL permits beer, wine and liquor.
License SPECIAL (Distinguishes certain licenses as having "special" rights, such as the right to play music, have dancing, etc.  Further, there is a special "1-day" liquor license.
Special 1-day

On sale only. Issued only to persons holding any non-profit club, society or association at the place described in the license, for a period not exceeding seven consecutive days from the effective date thereof.

 

Special Sunday (S)

Allows for Sunday sales.

 

Special Music (M)

Licensee is permitted to play recorded music or live music with no more than two musicians.

 

Special Entertainment (E)

Licensee may allow the playing of more than one television, live entertainment with not more than four musicians, karaoke and a disc jockey.

 

Special Dancing (D)

Licensee is permitted to have live and/or recorded music, dancing, and other legal forms of entertainment.

 

Special Beer/Wine Tasting (BWT)

Permits issued to Class A licenses only, for tasting purposes, on premises, of light wine and beer.  The licensee may not serve more than one (1) ounce of light wine from each gain brand to any one (1) person; and beer to be served in the quantity of not more than three (3) ounces to any one (1) person.

 

Special Wine Sampling (WS)

Permits issued to bona fide nonprofit organization(s) only. Authorizes the consumption of wine for tasting or sampling purposes: on Class B (Beer &Wine) (Beer, Wine & Liquor) licensed premises with the consent of the licensee; or on premises without a permanent alcoholic beverages license. The permit holder may not serve more than two (2) ounces from each brand to any one (1) person. Nonprofit organization shall apply fifteen 15 days prior to the day of issuance; and may not be issued more than twelve (12) permits a year. The permit holder is authorized to bring wine on a Class B licensed premises for sampling or tasting only.

 

Special Late Hours (LH)

May be issued to a Class B license, Hotel, Motel, Restaurant Complex license, Class A license with retail sale of alcoholic beverages which do not exceed 25 percent of the licensees total retail volume, Class H license, or to any bowling alley holding a Class B or Class D license, with twenty (20) lanes or more. Permits the holder to serve food only until specified hour. All alcoholic beverages must be kept under lock and key between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Generally, the license will show the hours permitted, for example: "LH (6 AM)".

Special Growler License (GR)

 

Refillable container license - Growler 
(1) The Board may issue a refillable container license to a holder of a Class A license, a Class B license, or a Class D license.
(2) Subject to paragraph (4) of this subsection, a refillable container license entitles the license holder to sell draft beer for consumption off the licensed premises in a refillable container with a capacity of not less than 32 ounces and not more than 128 ounces.
(3) To be used as a refillable container under paragraph (3) of this subsection, a container shall:
      (i) Be sealable;
      (ii) Be branded with an identifying mark of a license holder;
      (iii) Bear the federal health warning statement required for containers of alcoholic beverages under 27 C.F.R. 16.21;
      (iv) Display instructions for cleaning the container; and
      (v) Bear a label stating that:
         1. Cleaning the container is the responsibility of the consumer; and
         2. The contents of the container are perishable and should be refrigerated immediately and consumed within 48 hours after purchase.

 
 

 

 

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