CHAPTER 60. STATE CONTROL OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS.

§60-7-2. Definitions; power to lease building for establishment of private club.

Unless the context in which used clearly requires a different meaning, as used in this article:

(a) "Applicant" means a private club applying for a license under the provisions of this article.

(b) "Code" means the official Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended.

(c) "Commissioner" means the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner.

(d) "Licensee" means the holder of a license to operate a private club granted under this article, which license shall remain unexpired, unsuspended, and unrevoked.

(e) "Private club" means any corporation or unincorporated association which either: (1) Belongs to or is affiliated with a nationally recognized fraternal or veterans" organization which is operated exclusively for the benefit of its members, which pays no part of its income to its shareholders or individual members, which owns or leases a building or other premises to which club are admitted only duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing of the corporation or association and their guests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which club maintains in the building or on the premises a suitable kitchen and dining facility with related equipment for serving food to members and their guests; or (2) is a nonprofit social club, which is operated exclusively for the benefit of its members, which pays no part of its income to its shareholders or individual members, which owns or leases a building or other premises to which club are admitted only duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing of the corporation or association and their guests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which club maintains in the building or on the premises a suitable kitchen and dining facility with related equipment for serving food to members and their guests; or (3) is organized and operated for legitimate purposes which has at least 100 duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing, which owns or leases a building or other premises, including any vessel licensed or approved by any federal agency to carry or accommodate passengers on navigable waters of this state, to which club are admitted only duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing of the corporation or association and their guests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which club maintains in the building or on the premises a suitable kitchen and dining facility with related equipment and employs a sufficient number of persons for serving meals to members and their guests; or (4) is organized for legitimate purposes and owns or leases a building or other delimited premises in any state, county or municipal park or at any airport, in which building or premises a club has been established, to which club are admitted only duly elected and approved dues-paying members in good standing and their guests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which maintains in connection with the club a suitable kitchen and dining facility and related equipment and employs a sufficient number of persons for serving meals in the club to the members and their guests.

(f) "Private fair and festival" means an applicant for a private club or a licensed private club meeting the requirements of §60-7-8a of this code for a temporary event, and the criteria set forth in this subsection which:

(1) Has at least 100 members;

(2) Has been sponsored, endorsed, or approved, in writing, by the governing body (or its duly elected or appointed officers) of either the municipality or of the county wherein the festival, fair, or other event is to be conducted;

(3) Shall prepare, provide, or engage a food caterer to provide adequate freshly prepared food or meals to serve its stated members and guests who will be attending the temporary festival, fair, or other event, and further shall provide any documentation or agreements of such to the commissioner prior to approval;

(4) Shall not use third-party entities or individuals to purchase, sell, furnish, or serve alcoholic liquors (liquor and wine), nonintoxicating beer, or nonintoxicating craft beer;

(5) Shall provide adequate restroom facilities, whether permanent or portable, to serve the stated members and guests who will be attending the festival, fair, or other event;

(6) Shall provide a floorplan for the proposed premises with a defined and bounded area to safely account for the ingress and egress of stated members and guests who will be attending the festival, fair, or other event; and

(7) Utilizes an age verification system approved by the commissioner.

(g) "Private hotel" means an applicant for a private club or licensed private club licensee meeting the criteria set forth in this subsection which:

(1) Has at least 2,000 members;

(2) Offers short-term, daily rate accommodations or lodging for members and their guests amounting to at least 30 separate bedrooms, and also offers a conference center for meetings;

(3) Operates a restaurant and full kitchen with ovens, four-burner ranges, walk-in freezers, and other kitchen utensils and apparatus as determined by the commissioner on the licensed premises and serves freshly prepared food at least 20 hours per week;

(4) Maintains, at any one time, $2,500 of fresh food inventory capable of being prepared in the private hotel’s full kitchen, and in calculating the food inventory the commissioner may not include microwavable, frozen, or canned foods;

(5) Owns or leases, controls, operates, and uses acreage amounting to more than one acre but fewer than three acres, which are contiguous acres of bounded or fenced real property which would be listed on the licensee’s floorplan and would be used for hotel and conferences and large contracted for group-type events such as weddings, reunions, conferences, meetings, and sporting or recreational events;

(6) Lists in the application referenced in subdivision (5) of this subsection the entire property and all adjoining buildings and structures on the private hotel’s floorplan which would comprise the licensed premises, which would be authorized for the lawful sales, service, and consumption of alcoholic liquors throughout the licensed premises whether these activities were conducted in a building or structure or outdoors while on the private hotel’s licensed premises and as noted on the private hotel’s floorplan;

(7) Has an identified person, persons, or entity that has right, title, and ownership or lease interest in the real property buildings and structures located on the proposed licensed premises; and

(8) Utilizes an age verification system approved by the commissioner.

(h) "Private resort hotel" means an applicant for a private club or licensed private club licensee meeting the criteria set forth in this subsection which:

(1) Has at least 5,000 members;

(2) Offers short-term, daily rate accommodations or lodging for members and their guests amounting to at least 50 separate bedrooms;

(3) Operates a restaurant and full kitchen with ovens, six-burner ranges, walk-in freezers, and other kitchen utensils and apparatus as determined by the commissioner on the licensed premises and serves freshly prepared food at least 25 hours per week;

(4) Maintains, at any one time, $5,000 of fresh food inventory capable of being prepared in the private resort hotel’s full kitchen, and in calculating the food inventory the commissioner may not include microwavable, frozen, or canned foods;

(5) Owns or leases, controls, operates, and uses acreage amounting to at least 10 contiguous acres of bounded or fenced real property which would be listed on the licensee’s floorplan and would be used for destination, resort, and large contracted for group-type events such as weddings, reunions, conferences, meetings, and sporting or recreational events;

(6) Lists the entire property from subdivision (5) of this subsection and all adjoining buildings and structures on the private resort hotel’s floorplan which would comprise the licensed premises, which would be authorized for the lawful sales, service, and consumption of alcoholic liquors throughout the licensed premises whether these activities were conducted in a building or structure or outdoors while on the private resort hotel’s licensed premises and as noted on the private resort hotel’s floorplan;

(7) Has an identified person or persons or entity that has right, title, and ownership or lease interest in the real property buildings and structures located on the proposed licensed premises;

(8) Utilizes an age verification system approved by the commissioner; and

(9) May have a separately licensed resident brewer with a brewpub license inner-connected via a walkway, doorway, or entryway, all as determined and approved by the commissioner, for limited access during permitted hours of operation for tours and complimentary samples at the resident brewery.  

(i) "Private golf club" means an applicant for a private club or licensed private club licensee meeting the criteria set forth in this subsection which:

(1) Has at least 100 members;

(2) Maintains at least one 18-hole golf course with separate and distinct golf playing holes, not reusing nine golf playing holes to comprise the 18 golf playing holes, and a clubhouse;

(3) Operates a restaurant and full kitchen with ovens, as determined by the commissioner, on the licensed premises and serves freshly prepared food at least 15 hours per week;

(4) Owns or leases, controls, operates, and uses acreage amounting to at least 80 contiguous acres of bounded or fenced real property which would be listed on the private golf club’s floorplan and could be used for golfing events and large contracted for group-type events such as weddings, reunions, conferences, meetings, and sporting or recreational events;

(5) Lists the entire property from subdivision (4) of this subsection and all adjoining buildings and structures on the private golf club’s floorplan which would comprise the licensed premises, which would be authorized for the lawful sales, service, and consumption of alcoholic liquors throughout the licensed premises whether these activities were conducted in a building or structure or outdoors while on the private golf club’s licensed premises and as noted on the private golf club’s floorplan;

(6) Has an identified person or persons or entity that has right, title, and ownership interest in the real property buildings and structures located on the proposed licensed premises; and

(7) Utilizes an age verification system approved by the commissioner.

(j) "Private nine-hole golf course" means an applicant for a private club or licensed private club licensee meeting the criteria set forth in this subsection which:

(1) Has at least 50 members;

(2) Maintains at least one nine-hole golf course with separate and distinct golf playing holes;

(3) Operates a restaurant and full kitchen with ovens, as determined by the commissioner, on the licensed premises and serves freshly prepared food at least 15 hours per week;

(4) Owns or leases, controls, operates, and uses acreage amounting to at least 30 contiguous acres of bounded or fenced real property which would be listed on the private nine-hole golf course’s floorplan and could be used for golfing events and large contracted for group-type events such as weddings, reunions, conferences, meetings, and sporting or recreational events;

(5) Lists the entire property from subdivision (4) of this subsection and all adjoining buildings and structures on the private nine-hole golf course’s floorplan which would comprise the licensed premises, which would be authorized for the lawful sales, service, and consumption of alcoholic liquors throughout the licensed premises whether these activities were conducted in a building or structure or outdoors while on the private nine-hole golf course’s licensed premises and as noted on the private nine-hole golf course’s floorplan;

(6) Has an identified person, persons, or entity that has right, title, and ownership interest in the real property buildings and structures located on the proposed licensed premises; and

(7) Utilizes an age verification system approved by the commissioner.

The Department of Natural Resources, the authority governing any county or municipal park, or any county commission, municipality, other governmental entity, public corporation or public authority operating any park or airport may lease as lessor a building or portion thereof or other limited premises in any such park or airport to any corporation or unincorporated association for the establishment of a private club pursuant to this article.

Bills Affecting §60-7-2

2001 Regular Session: HB2839
2002 Regular Session: HB2839
2002 Regular Session: HB4383
2003 Regular Session: HB2208
2003 Regular Session: HB2262
2003 Regular Session: HB2373
2003 Regular Session: HB2541
2003 Regular Session: HB3078
2004 Regular Session: HB2262
2004 Regular Session: HB2373
2004 Regular Session: HB2541
2004 Regular Session: HB4101
2005 Regular Session: HB2044
2005 Regular Session: HB2209
2005 Regular Session: HB2799
2006 Regular Session: HB2044
2006 Regular Session: HB2209
2006 Regular Session: HB4056
2007 Regular Session: HB2135
2007 Regular Session: HB2473
2008 Regular Session: HB2135
2008 Regular Session: HB2473
2008 Regular Session: HB4070
2008 Regular Session: SB232
2008 Regular Session: SB342
2009 Regular Session: HB2122
2009 Regular Session: HB2138
2009 Regular Session: HB3147
2009 Regular Session: SB535
2010 Regular Session: HB2122
2010 Regular Session: HB2138
2010 Regular Session: HB3147
2010 Regular Session: SB615
2011 Regular Session: HB2109
2011 Regular Session: HB2388
2011 Regular Session: HB3256
2012 Regular Session: HB2388
2012 Regular Session: HB3256
2012 Regular Session: SB640
2013 Regular Session: HB2720
2013 Regular Session: HB2946
2013 Regular Session: HB3022
2013 Regular Session: SB590
2014 Regular Session: HB2720
2014 Regular Session: HB4454
2014 Regular Session: SB362
2015 Regular Session: HB2804
2015 Regular Session: HB2944
2015 Regular Session: HB3001
2015 Regular Session: SB42
2015 Regular Session: SB492
2016 Regular Session: HB2804
2016 Regular Session: HB3001
2016 Regular Session: HB4534
2016 Regular Session: HB4565
2016 Regular Session: HB4622
2016 Regular Session: HB4702
2016 Regular Session: SB21
2016 Regular Session: SB258
2016 Regular Session: SB298
2016 Regular Session: SB307
2017 Regular Session: HB2321
2017 Regular Session: HB2954
2017 Regular Session: HB3019
2017 Regular Session: SB226
2017 Regular Session: SB637
2018 Regular Session: HB2321
2018 Regular Session: HB3019
2018 Regular Session: HB4615
2018 Regular Session: SB374
2018 Regular Session: SB426
2018 Regular Session: SB426
2019 Regular Session: HB3025
2019 Regular Session: HB3031
2019 Regular Session: HB3031
2019 Regular Session: HB3101
2019 Regular Session: HB3101
2019 Regular Session: HB3105
2019 Regular Session: HB3105
2019 Regular Session: SB97
2019 Regular Session: SB97
2019 Regular Session: SB561
2019 Regular Session: SB561
2020 Regular Session: HB4721
2020 Regular Session: HB4770
2020 Regular Session: SB638
2020 Regular Session: SB638
2021 Regular Session: HB2025
2021 Regular Session: HB2025
2021 Regular Session: HB2056
2021 Regular Session: HB2585
2021 Regular Session: HB2912
2021 Regular Session: SB299