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The 2022 Florida Statutes

Title XXXIV
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO
Chapter 565
LIQUOR
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CHAPTER 565
CHAPTER 565
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565.01 Definition; liquor.
565.02 License fees; vendors; clubs; caterers; and others.
565.03 License fees; manufacturers, distributors, brokers, sales agents, and importers of alcoholic beverages; vendor licenses and fees; distilleries and craft distilleries.
565.04 Package store restrictions.
565.045 Regulations for consumption on premises; penalty; exemptions.
565.05 Purchase of distilled spirits by licensed clubs; size of individual containers.
565.06 Clubs to sell only individual drinks.
565.07 Sale or consumption of certain distilled spirits prohibited.
565.08 Labeling regulations; liquor.
565.095 Licensure as primary American source of supply.
565.10 Distilled spirits container limit.
565.11 Refilling liquor bottles; misrepresentation; penalty.
565.12 Excise tax on liquors and beverages.
565.13 Monthly payment of tax by distributor.
565.16 Beverage lists furnished to vendors.
565.17 Beverage tastings by distributors, craft distilleries, and vendors.
565.01 Definition; liquor.The words “liquor,” “distilled spirits,” “spirituous liquors,” “spirituous beverages,” or “distilled spirituous liquors” mean that substance known as ethyl alcohol, ethanol, or spirits of wine in any form, including all dilutions and mixtures thereof from whatever source or by whatever process produced.
History.s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 14, ch. 86-269.
Note.Former s. 561.01(6).
565.02 License fees; vendors; clubs; caterers; and others.
(1) The following state license taxes apply to vendors who are permitted to sell any alcoholic beverages regardless of alcoholic content:
(a) A vendor operating a place of business where beverages are sold only in sealed containers for consumption off the premises where sold shall pay an amount equal to 75 percent of the amount of the license tax for vendors in the same county as provided in paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f).
(b) A vendor operating a place of business where consumption on the premises is permitted in a county having a population of over 100,000, according to the latest population estimate prepared pursuant to s. 186.901, for such county, shall pay $1,820.
(c) A vendor operating a place of business where consumption on the premises is permitted in a county having a population over 75,000 and not over 100,000, according to the latest population estimate prepared pursuant to s. 186.901, for such county, shall pay $1,560.
(d) A vendor operating a place of business where consumption on the premises is permitted in a county having a population of over 50,000 and not over 75,000, according to the latest population estimate prepared pursuant to s. 186.901, for such county, shall pay $1,300.
(e) A vendor operating a place of business where consumption on the premises is permitted in a county having a population of over 25,000 and not over 50,000, according to the latest population estimate prepared pursuant to s. 186.901, for such county, shall pay $858.
(f) A vendor operating a place of business where consumption on the premises is permitted in a county having a population of 25,000 or less, according to the latest population estimate prepared pursuant to s. 186.901, for such county, shall pay $624.
(g) A vendor operating a place of business where consumption on the premises is permitted and which has more than three separate rooms or enclosures in which permanent bars or counters are located from which alcoholic beverages are served for consumption on the licensed premises shall pay, in addition to the license tax imposed in paragraphs (b)-(f), $1,000. However, such permanent bars or counters do not include service bars not accessible to the public or portable or temporary bars being used for a single occasion or event. A golf club licenseholder may operate service bars or portable or temporary bars on the grounds contiguous to its licensed premises and shall pay $100 for a certified copy of the club license, which shall be posted on the bar. The area contiguous to the licensed premises shall be considered an extension of the licensed premises upon payment of the fee, posting of the certified copy of the license, and notation of such extension upon the sketch accompanying the original license application.
(2) An operator of railroads or sleeping cars, or a vendor in a railroad transit station, in this state may obtain a license to keep for sale and to sell the beverages mentioned in the Beverage Law upon the payment of an annual license tax of $2,500 to the division. A municipality or county may not require an additional license or levy a tax for the privilege of selling such beverages.
(a) Operators of railroads or sleeping cars in this state are authorized to keep for sale and to sell all beverages mentioned in the Beverage Law for consumption upon any dining, club, parlor, buffet, or observation car of a passenger train in which certified copies of the licenses issued to the operators are posted. Certified copies of such licenses shall be issued by the division upon the payment of a $10 fee. A license for the sale of alcoholic beverages on a passenger train shall be good throughout the state. Except for alcoholic beverages sold within the licensed premises of a railroad transit station, it is unlawful for operators of interstate railroads and sleeping cars to purchase or sell any liquor on a passenger train except in miniature bottles of not more than 2 ounces.
(b) A vendor in a railroad transit station is authorized to keep for sale and to sell all beverages mentioned in the Beverage Law. A license issued to a vendor in a railroad transit station may not be transferred to locations beyond the railroad transit station. The alcoholic beverages sold are for consumption on the licensed premises and may be consumed in all areas within the railroad transit station and on a passenger train. Operators of interstate railroads and sleeping cars shall keep separate the alcoholic beverages intended for sale on passenger trains and the alcoholic beverages intended for sale in the railroad transit station.
(3)(a) Operators of steamships and steamship lines, buses and bus lines, or airplanes and airlines engaged in interstate or foreign commerce or plying between fixed terminals and upon fixed schedules in this state may obtain licenses to sell the beverages mentioned in the Beverage Law:
1. On steamships, buses, and airplanes operated by such operators, upon the payment of an annual license tax of $1,100; and
2. In no more than one passenger waiting lounge licensed by the division and operated by an airline licensed herein at each of its terminals in the state for ticketed passengers whose flights are scheduled to depart within 24 hours of service and guests in the company of such ticketholders, provided such licensed airline has first obtained an appropriate space lease or permit providing for payment of nondiscriminatory rental and concession fees and upon the payment of an additional license tax of $1,100 per lounge.

All such license taxes shall be paid to the division. Such licenses shall authorize the holders thereof to keep for sale and sell all beverages mentioned in the Beverage Law upon any steamship, bus, or airplane or in any such airline passenger waiting lounge operated by such operators in this state, but such beverages may be sold only to passengers upon such steamships, buses, and airplanes and to ticketed passengers and their guests in such airline passenger waiting lounges and may be served only for consumption on such steamships, buses, and airplanes or in such airline passenger waiting lounges. It is unlawful for such licensees to purchase for resale any liquor except in miniature bottles of not more than 2 ounces or liquor in individual containers of not less than one-fifth of 1 gallon. Such sales are permitted while such steamships, buses, and airplanes are in transit; but such sales are not permitted on airplanes while such airplanes are in airports. Every such license shall be good throughout the state. No license may be required or tax levied by any municipality or county for the privilege of selling such beverages for consumption on such steamships, buses, or airplanes or in such airline passenger waiting lounges. The division shall issue a license to sell alcoholic beverages on steamships, buses, and airplanes to an operator of a steamship line, bus line, or airline, at a central location designated on the sworn application for license. The application for initial issuance of such a license must specify the number of steamships, buses, or airplanes in the fleet scheduled by the operator of the line for operation in this state. An application for renewal of such a license must specify the total number of steamships, buses, or airplanes in the fleet that operated in this state during the preceding license year. In addition to the annual license tax imposed under this subsection, a tax of $25 is imposed for each steamship, bus, or airplane which is disclosed on the application for license or renewal of license. Upon the payment of all applicable license taxes, each such steamship, bus, or airplane is considered a licensed premises under the Beverage Law. However, this paragraph does not apply to operators of pleasure, excursion, sightseeing, or charter boats not having regular round-trip runs of more than 100 miles in each direction; but operators of such boats may obtain licenses, with such boats being designated as their places of business, upon compliance with all the laws relating to vendors operating places of business where consumption on the premises is permitted. However, the operator of any pleasure, excursion, sightseeing, or charter boat which has a Coast Guard-approved capacity of at least 125 passengers may be granted a special liquor license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages to passengers during a period of no longer than 1 hour prior to departure on a scheduled or chartered cruise while the boat is docked at a docking facility or marina and the period during which the boat is in operation on the scheduled or chartered cruise for consumption on the premises only. The fee for such special license shall be the same as that charged pursuant to paragraphs (1)(b)-(f) based on the location of the home port of the boat. Also, no license to sell the beverages herein defined shall be issued to the operator of any boat which plies upon or is anchored upon the waters of any lake within this state.

(b) Operators of railroads, sleeping cars, steamships, buses, and airplanes licensed under this section shall not be required to obtain their beverages from licensees under the Beverage Law, but such operators shall keep strict accounts of all such beverages sold within this state and shall make monthly reports to the division on the forms prepared and furnished by the division. Such operators are required to pay an excise tax for such beverages sold within this state as to which such excise tax has not theretofore been paid, equal to the tax assessed against manufacturers and distributors. Such operators shall pay such tax monthly to the division at the same time they furnish the reports hereinabove provided for. Such reports shall be filed on or before the 15th day of each month for sales for the previous calendar month.
(4) Persons associated together as a chartered or incorporated club, including any social club incorporated by order of a circuit judge after its charter has been found to be for objects authorized by law and approved by the judge as organized for lawful purposes and not for the purpose of evading license taxes on dealers in beverages defined herein, which such organization is a bona fide club, and has been at the time of application for license hereunder in continuous active existence and operation for a period of not less than 2 years in the county where it exists, shall before serving or distributing to its members or nonresident guests the beverages defined herein, whether such service or distribution is made upon contribution to the club of money or by check or other device, pay an annual state license tax of $400. However, any golf club operated by or on behalf of any incorporated municipality in this state, and any veterans’ or fraternal organization of national scope, need not have been, or need not be, in continuous active existence or operation for any required period of time prior to an application for license hereunder. The payment of such club license tax shall authorize the service and distribution to members and nonresident guests of the club only, and such service and distribution to the members and nonresident guests shall not be deemed sales within the meaning of the law in this state; but any service or distribution to anyone other than a member or nonresident guest of such licensed club shall be deemed a sale, and any officer, member, or employee of any such licensed club who sells or distributes or serves any such beverages to any person other than a member or nonresident guest of such club for money or other value shall be deemed guilty of selling such beverages without a license and shall be punished as provided by law. The holders of a golf club license may sell alcoholic beverages to those other than members and their nonresident guests on days when the club is open to the public. For each such day of service to nonmembers, the club shall obtain from the division for a fee of $50 an extension of its license to permit such sales. Such license extensions shall be limited to one event per year, not to exceed 8 consecutive days. Any officer of any such club which has not paid such license who knowingly permits such service or distribution by such club of the beverages herein defined to members or nonresident guests of such club shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as herein provided. However, this subsection does not apply to a club organized or used for the purpose of evading the payment of the license tax on vendors of such beverages; such club is subject to the payment of the license tax imposed by the Beverage Law upon vendors. The president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer, or officers of corresponding duties by any name they may be called, of any club required by this section to pay a license tax are required to see that such license tax is paid and, in default thereof, shall each be personally liable to the punishment provided by the Beverage Law for nonpayment of the license tax hereby required. Clubs which are not authorized to obtain licenses under this subsection or which do not obtain licenses under this subsection may, if they comply with this provision of the Beverage Law, obtain licenses as vendors. A club obtaining such club license shall not purchase any beverage herein defined from anyone other than a distributor or vendor licensed under the Beverage Law; nor shall such club dispense or serve any beverage defined herein unless such beverage has been purchased by such club from such licensed distributor or vendor; nor shall the club dispense or serve any such beverage on which a tax is required by the Beverage Law unless such beverage tax has been paid as required by that law. Such club license cannot be transferred in any manner whatsoever.
(5) A caterer at a pari-mutuel facility licensed under chapter 550 may obtain a license upon the payment of an annual state license tax of $675. Such caterer’s license shall permit sales only within the enclosure in which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted under the authority of the Florida Gaming Control Commission. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, caterers licensed hereunder shall be treated as vendors licensed to sell by the drink the beverages mentioned herein and shall be subject to all the provisions hereof relating to such vendors.
(6) A vendor who operates places of business where consumption on the premises is permitted, which premises are located within a theme park complex that is owned, managed, controlled, and operated by such vendor, may operate under a master license issued for the type of service offered if the theme park complex comprises at least 25 enclosed acres of land with permanent exhibitions and a variety of recreational activities, the enclosed area has a controlled entrance to, and exit from, the enclosed area, and at least 1 million visitors annually pay admission fees to the theme park complex. In addition to the license taxes imposed in paragraphs (1)(b)-(f), an additional tax of $1,500 shall be imposed for up to 5 additional bars, $2,500 for 6 to 10 additional bars, and $3,500 for more than 10 additional bars. The enclosed area within the theme park shall be considered an extension of the licensed premises upon the payment of the fee and the notation of such extension on the sketch accompanying the original license application.
(7) A marine exhibition park complex may obtain, upon the payment of appropriate fees, a license for on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages not subject to any quota or limitation if:
(a) The marine exhibition park complex comprises at least 25 enclosed acres of land.
(b) The enclosed area has a controlled entrance to, and exit from, the enclosed area.
(c) At least 450,000 visitors annually pay admission fees to the marine exhibition park.
(d) The marine exhibition park has been in continuous existence for at least 30 years.

In addition to the license taxes imposed in paragraphs (1)(b)-(f), an additional tax of $1,500 shall be imposed for up to 5 additional bars, $2,500 for 6 to 10 additional bars, and $3,500 for more than 10 additional bars. The enclosed area within the marine exhibition park shall be considered the licensed premises upon the payment of the fee. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, entities licensed under this subsection shall be treated as vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink and shall be subject to all the provisions relating to such vendors.

(8) A state-chartered legal entity not for profit organized principally for the purpose of supporting or managing the affairs of a symphony orchestra may obtain a license upon the payment of an annual license tax of $400. Such license shall permit sales only within the enclosure in which such symphony normally and regularly performs and in which alcoholic beverages are otherwise authorized; and such licensee shall be permitted to sell only during the hours in which the symphony premises are in use for a cultural event under the auspices or authorization of the licensee. The issuing of a license under this section is not subject to any quota or limitation, except that the license shall be issued only to an entity supporting a well-recognized symphony the reputation of which is known generally in the state or region of operation. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, entities licensed hereunder shall be treated as vendors licensed to sell by the drink the beverages mentioned herein and shall be subject to all the provisions hereof relating to such vendors.
(9)(a) As used in this subsection, the term:
1. “Annual capacity” means an amount equal to the number of lower berths on a vessel multiplied by the number of embarkations of that vessel during a calendar year.
2. “Base rate” means an amount equal to the total taxes and surcharges paid by all permittees pursuant to the Beverage Law and chapter 210 for sales of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and other tobacco products taking place between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015, inclusive, divided by the sum of the annual capacities of all vessels permitted pursuant to former s. 565.02(9), Florida Statutes 2015, for calendar year 2015.
3. “Embarkation” means an instance in which a vessel departs from a port in this state.
4. “Lower berth” means a bed that is:
a. Affixed to a vessel;
b. Not located above another bed in the same cabin; and
c. Located in a cabin not in use by employees of the operator of the vessel or its contractors.
5. “Quarterly capacity” means an amount equal to the number of lower berths on a vessel multiplied by the number of embarkations of that vessel during a calendar quarter.
(b) It is the finding of the Legislature that passenger vessels engaged exclusively in foreign commerce are susceptible to a distinct and separate classification for purposes of the sale of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and other tobacco products under the Beverage Law and chapter 210.
(c) Upon the filing of an application and payment of an annual fee of $1,100, the director is authorized to issue a permit authorizing the operator, or, if applicable, his or her concessionaire, of a passenger vessel which has cabin-berth capacity for at least 75 passengers, and which is engaged exclusively in foreign commerce, to sell alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and other tobacco products on the vessel for consumption on board only:
1. For no more than 24 hours before departure while the vessel is moored at a dock or wharf in a port of this state; or
2. At any time while the vessel is located in Florida territorial waters and is in transit to or from international waters.

One such permit shall be required for each such vessel and shall name the vessel for which it is issued. No license shall be required or tax levied by any municipality or county for the privilege of selling beverages, cigarettes, or other tobacco products for consumption on board such vessels. The beverages, cigarettes, or other tobacco products so sold may be purchased outside the state by the permittee, and the same shall not be considered as imported for the purposes of s. 561.14(3) solely because of such sale. The permittee is not required to obtain its beverages, cigarettes, or other tobacco products from licensees under the Beverage Law or chapter 210. Each permittee shall keep a strict account of the quarterly capacity of each of its vessels and shall make quarterly reports to the division on forms prepared and furnished by the division.

(d) Each permittee shall pay to the state a tax for beverages, cigarettes, and other tobacco products sold pursuant to this subsection in an amount equal to the base rate multiplied by the permittee’s quarterly capacity during the calendar quarter, less any tax or surcharge already paid by a licensed manufacturer or distributor pursuant to the Beverage Law or chapter 210 on beverages, cigarettes, and other tobacco products sold by the permittee pursuant to this subsection during the quarter for which tax is due.
(e) A vendor holding such permit shall pay the tax quarterly to the division at the same time he or she furnishes the required report. Such report shall be filed on or before the 15th day of each calendar quarter for the quarterly capacity during the previous calendar quarter.
(f) No later than August 1, 2016, each permittee shall report the annual capacity for each of its vessels for calendar year 2015 to the division on forms prepared and furnished by the division. No later than September 1, 2016, the division shall calculate the base rate and report it to each permittee. The base rate shall also be published in the Florida Administrative Register and on the department’s website. The division may verify independently the information provided under this paragraph.
(g) Revenues collected pursuant to this subsection shall be distributed pursuant to s. 561.121(1).
(10) A state-chartered legal entity not for profit organized principally for the purpose of operating a theater with live performances and not fewer than 100 seats may obtain a license upon the payment of an annual license tax of $400. Such license shall permit sales for consumption on the premises only to patrons during any regularly scheduled live theater performance. No licensee under this special license shall enter into any exclusive contract for its use. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, an entity licensed hereunder shall be treated as a vendor licensed to sell by the drink the beverages mentioned herein and is subject to all the provisions hereof relating to such vendor.
(11) The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art direct-support organization may obtain a license upon the payment of an annual license tax of $400. Such license shall permit sales for consumption on the premises of the museum in conjunction with artistic, educational, cultural, civic, or charitable events held on the premises of the museum under the auspices or authorization of the licensee. The issuing of a license under this subsection is not subject to any quota or limitation, except that the license shall be issued only to the direct-support organization of the museum or its designee. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the entity licensed hereunder shall be treated as a vendor licensed to sell by the drink the beverages mentioned herein and shall be subject to all provisions relating to such vendors.
(12)(a) As used in this subsection, the term “destination entertainment venue” means a venue that:
1. Is located in a designated community redevelopment area authorized under an adopted community redevelopment plan to support urban redevelopment and economic development;
2. Is owned by any person licensed as a craft distillery located within the destination entertainment venue;
3. Is adjacent to and served by multimodal transportation options, including, at a minimum, bicycle and pedestrian trails included on an adopted city or county trails map and mass transit routes established by a city, county, or regional transportation authority; and
4. Is located within a contiguous area of at least 15 acres, including associated parking and stormwater requirements as required by local law, regulation, or ordinance, and that contains:
a. At least one indoor event venue with a minimum capacity of 150 people which is fully serviced by a connected onsite kitchen;
b. At least one outdoor event venue with a minimum capacity of 1,000 people which has regularly occurring live entertainment on a stage that is at least 12 feet deep and 16 feet wide; and
c. One or more licensed craft distilleries sharing identical ownership.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Beverage Law, upon the payment of the appropriate fees, a craft distillery licensed in this state may be licensed as a vendor only for consumption on the premises of alcoholic beverages manufactured by other manufacturers and acquired through a distributor. The issuance of a license under this paragraph is not subject to any quota or limitation, except that the craft distillery must be:
1. Located on property within a destination entertainment venue; and
2. In operation and open for tours during normal business hours at least 5 days a week.
(c) The vendor license may be issued only for the premises included on the licensed premises sketch on file with the division under s. 565.03 for the craft distillery, including its souvenir gift shop or tasting room.
(d) No more than three craft distilleries may be licensed as a vendor in a community redevelopment area under this subsection. Craft distilleries licensed as a vendor under this subsection must be located within the same destination entertainment venue and must share identical ownership, and each craft distillery must distill, blend, or rectify at least 50,000 gallons of branded products per calendar year.
(e) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, a craft distillery licensed as a vendor under this subsection shall be treated as a vendor and is subject to all provisions relating to such vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises. A craft distillery licensed as a vendor may not make package sales for off-premises consumption or make any delivery or shipment of alcoholic beverages away from the destination entertainment venue or the craft distillery, unless such shipment or delivery is authorized for a craft distillery under s. 565.03.
(f) Alcoholic beverages manufactured by another licensed manufacturer, including branded products manufactured at another craft distillery location sharing identical ownership, must be obtained through a licensed distributor.
(13) Except as expressly provided otherwise in this section, a vendor holding a permit is subject to the provisions of the Beverage Law.
History.s. 1, ch. 72-42; s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 2, ch. 72-272; s. 1, ch. 74-96; s. 2, ch. 75-278; s. 1, ch. 80-100; ss. 13, 22, ch. 81-158; s. 2, ch. 83-79; s. 2, ch. 84-142; ss. 2, 3, ch. 84-286; s. 5, ch. 85-161; s. 1, ch. 87-348; s. 1, ch. 89-361; s. 9, ch. 92-176; s. 221, ch. 94-218; s. 13, ch. 95-346; s. 875, ch. 97-103; s. 69, ch. 2000-258; s. 96, ch. 2004-5; s. 8, ch. 2016-190; s. 22, ch. 2016-220; s. 1, ch. 2018-138; s. 1, ch. 2021-166; s. 33, ch. 2021-271; s. 63, ch. 2022-7.
Note.Former s. 561.34.
1565.03 License fees; manufacturers, distributors, brokers, sales agents, and importers of alcoholic beverages; vendor licenses and fees; distilleries and craft distilleries.
(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Branded product” means any distilled spirits product that:
1. Is owned by a craft distillery;
2. Contains distilled spirits that are manufactured by distilling, rectifying, or blending by the craft distillery on its licensed premises; and
3. Has a federal certificate and label approval by the Federal Government.
(b) “Craft distillery” means a licensed distillery in this state which distills, rectifies, or blends 250,000 gallons or less of distilled spirits per calendar year on its premises.
(c) “Distillery” means a manufacturer of distilled spirits.
(2)(a) A distillery may not operate as a craft distillery until the distillery has provided to the division written notification that it meets the criteria specified in paragraph (1)(b). Upon the division’s receipt of the notification and its verification that the distillery meets all such criteria, the division shall add the designation of craft distiller on the distillery’s license.
(b) A person may not share common ownership in more than 10 craft distilleries, provided that no more than:
1. Four of the distilleries each distill, rectify, or blend 250,000 gallons or less of distilled spirits per calendar year; and
2. Six of the distilleries each distill, rectify, or blend 50,000 gallons or less of distilled spirits per calendar year.

As used in this paragraph, the term “common ownership” means having a direct or indirect financial interest in two or more distilleries by the same person.

(c) Effective July 1, 2026, a minimum of 60 percent of a craft distillery’s total finished branded products must be distilled in this state and contain one or more Florida agricultural products.
(d) A distillery or a craft distillery authorized to do business under the Beverage Law shall pay an annual state license tax for each plant or branch operating in the state, as follows:
1. A distillery engaged in the business of manufacturing distilled spirits: $4,000.
2. A craft distillery engaged in the business of manufacturing distilled spirits: $1,000.
3. A person engaged in the business of rectifying and blending spirituous liquors and nothing else: $4,000.
(e) A licensed distillery or licensed craft distillery may engage in the business of rectifying or blending spirituous liquors without the payment of an additional license tax.
(f) A craft distillery may sell directly to consumers up to 75,000 gallons per calendar year of branded products that are manufactured by the craft distillery on its premises. A craft distillery may sell branded products directly to consumers by the drink for consumption on the premises or by the package in factory-sealed containers for consumption off the premises. Such sales are authorized only in the craft distillery’s souvenir gift shop or tasting room located on private property contiguous to the licensed premises. Branded products sold to consumers must have been distilled, rectified, or blended on the distillery premises that is located contiguous to the craft distillery’s souvenir gift shop or tasting room. The souvenir gift shop or tasting room must be in this state and included on the sketch or diagram defining the licensed premises submitted with the distillery’s license application. All sketch or diagram revisions by the distillery shall require the division’s approval verifying that the locations of the souvenir gift shops and tasting rooms operated by the licensed distillery are owned or leased by the distillery and on property contiguous to the distillery’s production building in this state.
1. Except as authorized under s. 565.17(2), a craft distillery may not sell any factory-sealed individual containers of spirits to consumers except in face-to-face sales transactions with such consumers at the craft distillery’s licensed premises. Such branded products must be in compliance with the container limits under s. 565.10 and be intended for personal consumption rather than for resale.
2. A craft distillery must report to the division within 5 days after it exceeds the production limits or is no longer operating under the requirements or limitations provided in paragraph (1)(b). Any retail sales of branded products by the drink or by the package to consumers at the craft distillery’s licensed premises are prohibited beginning the day after it exceeds the production limitation.
3. A craft distillery may not ship or arrange to ship any of its branded products or any other alcoholic beverages to consumers and may sell and deliver only to consumers within the state in a face-to-face transaction at the distillery property. However, a craft distillery licensed under this section may ship, arrange to ship, or deliver such spirits to any manufacturers of distilled spirits, wholesale distributors of distilled spirits, state or federal bonded warehouses, or exporters.
4. Except as provided in subparagraph 5., it is unlawful to transfer a craft distillery license or any ownership interest in such license to an individual or entity that has a direct or indirect ownership interest in any distillery that distills, rectifies, or blends 250,000 gallons or more per calendar year of distilled spirits under any license issued in this state; in another state, territory, or country; or by the United States Government to distill, blend, or rectify distilled spirits for beverage purposes.
5. Except as provided in paragraph (b), a craft distillery may not have its ownership affiliated with another distillery, unless such distillery is owned by an individual or entity that distills, rectifies, or blends 250,000 gallons or less per calendar year of distilled spirits on each of its premises in this state or in another state, territory, or country.
6. A craft distillery may transfer up to 75,000 gallons per calendar year of its branded products that it distills, rectifies, or blends from its federal bonded space, nonbonded space at its licensed premises, or storage areas to its souvenir gift shop and tasting room.
(3) Distributors authorized to do business under the Beverage Law, unless otherwise provided, shall pay a state license tax of $4,000 for each and every establishment or branch they may operate or conduct in the state. However, in counties having a population of 15,000 or less according to the latest state or federal census, the state license tax for a restricted license shall be $1,000, but the holder of such a license shall be permitted to sell only to vendors and distributors licensed in the same county, and such license shall contain such restrictions. In such counties, licenses without such restrictions may be obtained as in other counties, but the tax for a license without such restrictions shall be the same as in other counties. Warehouses of a licensed distributor used solely for storage and located in the county in which the license is issued to such distributor shall not be construed to be separate establishments or branches.
(4) Each broker or sales agent and each importer of alcoholic beverages, as defined in s. 561.14(4) and (5), respectively, shall pay an annual state license tax of $500.
(5) A craft distillery making sales under paragraph (2)(f) is responsible for submitting any excise taxes due to the state on distilled spirits under the Beverage Law with its monthly report to the division.
(6) A craft distillery shall keep complete and accurate records of all alcoholic beverages received from any point within or outside the state from another manufacturer, or from a broker or sales agent or importer, including any delivery invoice or other record of the common or contract carrier of freight making the delivery of such alcoholic beverages. The records shall be kept and maintained for a period of 3 years, as required by s. 561.55.
(7) Upon the request of a craft distillery licensed in this state, the Department of Transportation shall install directional signs for the craft distillery on the rights-of-way of interstate highways and primary and secondary roads in accordance with Florida’s Highway Guide Sign Program as provided in chapter 14-51, Florida Administrative Code. A craft distillery licensed in this state that requests placement of a directional sign through the department’s permit process shall pay all associated costs.
(8) The division may adopt rules to administer this section.
History.s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 18, ch. 81-158; s. 876, ch. 97-103; s. 1, ch. 2013-157; s. 129, ch. 2014-17; s. 10, ch. 2015-12; s. 1, ch. 2015-52; s. 1, ch. 2017-46; s. 7, ch. 2017-137; s. 2, ch. 2021-166.
1Note.Section 6(1), ch. 2013-157, provides that “[t]he Legislature declares that it would not have enacted individually the amendments to ss. 565.03 and 561.14, Florida Statutes, and expressly finds the amendments to those provisions not to be severable. If a court of competent jurisdiction determines any provision of those sections as amended by this act to be in conflict with any law of this state, a federal law or regulation, the State Constitution, or the United States Constitution, or to be otherwise invalid for any reason, it is the intent of the Legislature that the amendments to ss. 565.03 and 561.14, Florida Statutes, shall be void, that such invalidity shall void only those changes made by this act to ss. 565.03 and 561.14, Florida Statutes, and that no other law be affected.”
Note.Former s. 561.35.
565.04 Package store restrictions.
(1) Vendors licensed under s. 565.02(1)(a) shall not in said place of business sell, offer, or expose for sale any merchandise other than such beverages, and such places of business shall be devoted exclusively to such sales; provided, however, that such vendors shall be permitted to sell bitters, grenadine, nonalcoholic mixer-type beverages (not to include fruit juices produced outside this state), fruit juices produced in this state, home bar, and party supplies and equipment (including but not limited to glassware and party-type foods), miniatures of no alcoholic content, and tobacco products. Such places of business shall have no openings permitting direct access to any other building or room, except to a private office or storage room of the place of business from which patrons are excluded.
(2) Notwithstanding any other law, when delivering alcoholic beverages to a vendor licensed under s. 565.02(1)(a), a licensed distributor may transport the beverages through another premises owned in whole or in part by the vendor.
History.s. 11, ch. 16774, 1935; CGL 1936 Supp. 4151(237); s. 1, ch. 20830, 1941; s. 13, ch. 23746, 1947; s. 1, ch. 29964, 1955; s. 1, ch. 57-327; s. 1, ch. 65-143; s. 1, ch. 67-257; s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 9, ch. 2016-190.
Note.Former s. 562.09.
565.045 Regulations for consumption on premises; penalty; exemptions.
(1) Vendors licensed under s. 565.02(1)(b)-(f):
(a) Shall provide seats for the use of their customers;
(b) May sell or deliver alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on or off the premises where sold; and
(c) May sell or deliver alcoholic beverages prepared by the licensee for off-premises consumption if the alcoholic beverage is in a container sealed by the licensee. All sales or deliveries of alcoholic beverages made pursuant to this paragraph must satisfy the following requirements:
1. The vendor must be licensed as a public food service establishment under chapter 509;
2. The sale or delivery must be accompanied by the sale of food within the same order;
3. The charge for the sale of food and nonalcoholic beverages must be at least 40 percent of the total charge for the order, excluding the charge for any manufacturer-sealed containers of alcoholic beverages included in the order; and
4. Sales and deliveries of the alcoholic beverages may not occur after the vendor ceases preparing food on the licensed premises for the day or after midnight, whichever is earlier.

The requirement in subparagraph 3. does not apply to vendors licensed under s. 561.20(2)(a)4.

(d) An alcoholic beverage drink prepared by the vendor and sold or delivered for consumption off the premises under paragraph (c) must be placed in a container securely sealed by the licensee or its employees with an unbroken seal that prevents the beverage from being immediately consumed before removal from the premises. Such alcoholic beverage also must be placed in a bag or other container that is secured in such a manner that it is visibly apparent if the container has been subsequently opened or tampered with, and a dated receipt for the alcoholic beverage and food must be provided by the licensee and attached to the bag or container. If transported in a motor vehicle, an alcoholic beverage that is not in a container sealed by the manufacturer must be placed in a locked compartment, a locked trunk, or the area behind the last upright seat of a motor vehicle.
(e) Any delivery of an alcoholic beverage under this section must comply with s. 561.57. It is a violation of the prohibition in s. 562.11 to allow any person under the age of 21 to deliver alcoholic beverages on behalf of a vendor. The vendor or the agent or employee of the vendor must verify the age of the person making the delivery of the alcoholic beverage before allowing any person to take possession of an alcoholic beverage for the purpose of making a delivery on behalf of a vendor under this section.
(2)(a) There shall not be sold at such places of business anything other than the beverages permitted, home bar and party supplies and equipment (including but not limited to glassware and party-type foods), cigarettes, and what is customarily sold in a restaurant.
(b) The provisions of paragraph (a) do not apply to any vendor who has been issued, pursuant to local law, a special alcoholic beverage license for an entertainment or lodging complex; nor do they apply to any vendor who operates an establishment which is part of an international tourist attraction located within a special improvement district that is created by local law and that includes territory in more than one county.
(3) The premises of all such vendors shall be subject to and meet all the applicable provisions of chapter 381 and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
History.s. 11, ch. 16774, 1935; CGL 1936 Supp. 4151(237); s. 1, ch. 20830, 1941; s. 14, ch. 23746, 1947; s. 1, ch. 67-256; s. 2, ch. 72-230; s. 2, ch. 77-471; s. 2, ch. 87-52; s. 3, ch. 2021-30.
Note.Former s. 562.10.
565.05 Purchase of distilled spirits by licensed clubs; size of individual containers.It is unlawful for any person holding a license as a club for the sale of distilled spirits to purchase any of said distilled spirits in individual containers larger than 1.75 liters or 59.18 ounces, or smaller than 0.50 liter or 16.9 ounces, except for golf clubs licensed pursuant to s. 561.20(7)(b), which may purchase 50-milliliter or 1.7-ounce containers.
History.s. 1, ch. 19500, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 7648(34); s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 3, ch. 72-272; s. 1, ch. 75-96; s. 200, ch. 77-104; s. 1, ch. 79-143; s. 9, ch. 96-419; s. 10, ch. 2000-191.
Note.Former s. 569.03.
565.06 Clubs to sell only individual drinks.It is unlawful for any person holding a license as a club for the sale of intoxicating liquors and beverages to sell the same except by the individual drink. However, golf clubs licensed pursuant to s. 561.20(7)(b) may sell individual containers of 50 milliliters or 1.7 ounces for consumption on the premises only.
History.s. 2, ch. 19500, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 7648(35); s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 11, ch. 2000-191.
Note.Former s. 569.04.
565.07 Sale or consumption of certain distilled spirits prohibited.A distilled spirit greater than 153 proof may not be sold or consumed in the state. However, a distilled spirit greater than 153 proof may be distilled, bottled, packaged, or processed for export or sale outside the state.
History.s. 3, ch. 85-203; s. 21, ch. 2012-32; s. 35, ch. 2012-61; s. 16, ch. 2012-208.
565.08 Labeling regulations; liquor.The division is fully authorized to make and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations governing the labeling of all liquors containing 0.5 percent or more of alcohol by volume, which rules and regulations shall not conflict with the federal regulations pertaining to such labeling.
History.s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 15, ch. 86-269.
Note.Former s. 561.09(1).
565.095 Licensure as primary American source of supply.
(1) DEFINITION.“Primary American source of supply” means the manufacturer, rectifier, or bottler, or their legally authorized exclusive agent, who, if the product cannot be secured directly from the manufacturer by an American distributor, is the source closest to the manufacturer in the channel of commerce from whom the product can be secured by an American distributor, or who, if the product can be secured directly from the manufacturer by an American distributor, is the manufacturer. It shall also include any applicant who directly purchases spirituous liquors from a manufacturer, rectifier, or bottler who represents that there is no primary American source of supply for the brand, and such applicant must petition the division for approval of licensure.
(2) TAX CONTROL LICENSURE REQUIRED.For purposes of tax revenue control, no person, firm, corporation, or other entity which is the primary American source of supply as defined herein may sell, offer for sale, accept orders for sale, ship, or cause to be shipped into this state any spirituous liquors to any distributor or importer within the state without having first obtained licensure as a primary American source of supply on forms provided by, and in such manner as prescribed by, the division. Applicants for licensure as a primary American source of supply shall be exempt from the requirements and qualification standards set forth in ss. 561.15 and 561.17.
(3) LICENSE FEES.Licensure as a primary American source of supply authorizes the shipment of distilled spirits manufactured within and without the state to licensed distributors, importers, manufacturers, bonded warehouses, and registered exporters within the state. The annual license fee for a primary American source of supply is $30 for each brand that requires a federal label approval and is scheduled for shipment to a licensed distributor or importer within this state for the purpose of being sold within the state. The annual license fee shall be submitted with the application for initial licensure. This license shall be renewed each year, and the renewal fee shall be $30 for each brand shipped into the state during the preceding year.
(4) CERTAIN INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN SHIPMENTS PROHIBITED.No holder of a distributor’s license or importer’s license as classified by s. 561.14(2) may ship or cause to be shipped into this state, or accept delivery of from another state or a foreign country, any spirituous liquors except directly from a primary American source of supply.
(5) PRIVATE LABELS.Nothing herein shall prohibit the ownership by vendors of brand names of distilled spirits and vinous beverages commonly known as private labels; provided, that such ownership and use thereof does not otherwise violate the Beverage Law.
(6) RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.The division shall promulgate rules as necessary to carry out the purpose of this section.
History.ss. 2, 3, ch. 78-135; s. 2, ch. 85-58; s. 11, ch. 96-419.
565.10 Distilled spirits container limit.It is unlawful for any distributor or vendor to sell or distribute distilled spirits in any size container in excess of 1.75 liters or 59.18 ounces. The division is authorized to make reasonable rules in accordance with chapter 120 governing the standards of fill of distilled spirits containers, which rules shall not conflict with or be more stringent than the federal regulations pertaining to such standards of fill of distilled spirits containers.
History.s. 11, ch. 16774, 1935; CGL 1936 Supp. 4151(237); s. 1, ch. 20830, 1941; s. 1, ch. 57-327; s. 1, ch. 61-447; s. 1, ch. 65-142; s. 1, ch. 67-524; s. 148, ch. 71-355; s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 1, ch. 73-328; s. 2, ch. 75-96; s. 2, ch. 79-143.
Note.Former s. 562.08.
565.11 Refilling liquor bottles; misrepresentation; penalty.Any person who shall reuse or refill with distilled spirituous liquors for the purpose of sale a bottle or other container which has once been used to contain spirituous liquors, or any person who shall willfully misrepresent or permit to be misrepresented the brand of distilled spirits being sold or offered for sale in or from any bottles or containers, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083 and, when such person is licensed under this law, be subject to have his or her license revoked by the division. The possession of such a refilled or a mislabeled bottle or other container of spirituous liquors shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of this section.
History.s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 877, ch. 97-103.
Note.Former s. 561.09(2).
565.12 Excise tax on liquors and beverages.
(1) As to beverages containing 17.259 percent or more of alcohol by volume and not more than 55.780 percent of alcohol by volume, except wines, there shall be paid by every manufacturer and distributor a tax at the rate of $6.50 per gallon. As to beverages containing less than 17.259 percent of alcohol by volume, there shall be paid by every manufacturer and distributor a tax at the rate provided in chapter 564.
(2) As to beverages containing more than 55.780 percent of alcohol by volume, there shall be paid by every manufacturer and distributor a tax at the rate of $9.53 per gallon.
(3) The excise taxes required to be paid by this section are not required to be paid upon any alcoholic beverage sold to a post exchange, ship service store, or base exchange located in a military, naval, or air force reservation within this state.
(4) The department is authorized to adopt rules to effectuate the provisions of this section.
History.s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 3, ch. 77-407; s. 15, ch. 83-349; s. 9, ch. 84-262; s. 2, ch. 85-203; s. 16, ch. 86-269; s. 11, ch. 88-308; s. 4, ch. 91-60.
Note.Former s. 561.46.
565.13 Monthly payment of tax by distributor.Every distributor selling spirituous beverages within the state shall pay the tax to the division monthly on or before the 10th day of the following month, less 1.0 percent of the tax due, which shall be withheld by the distributor for keeping prescribed records, furnishing bond, and properly accounting for and remitting taxes due to the state. However, no allowance may be granted or permitted when the tax is delinquent at the time of payment.
History.s. 1, ch. 69-49; ss. 16, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 5, ch. 72-230; s. 16, ch. 83-349.
Note.Former s. 561.505.
565.16 Beverage lists furnished to vendors.A distributor of spirituous beverages in this state may furnish, give, rent, loan, or sell to a vendor, and a vendor may accept, alcoholic beverage lists, otherwise referred to as “wine lists,” without the same being a violation of s. 561.42(1).
History.s. 2, ch. 81-159.
565.17 Beverage tastings by distributors, craft distilleries, and vendors.
(1) A licensed distributor of spirituous beverages, a craft distillery as defined in s. 565.03, or any vendor is authorized to conduct spirituous beverage tastings upon any licensed premises authorized to sell spirituous beverages by package or for consumption on premises without being in violation of s. 561.42, provided that the conduct of the spirituous beverage tasting shall be limited to and directed toward the general public of the age of legal consumption.
(2) Craft distilleries may conduct tastings and sales of distilled spirits produced by the craft distilleries at Florida fairs, trade shows, farmers markets, expositions, and festivals. The division shall issue permits to craft distilleries for such tastings and sales. A craft distillery must pay all entry fees and must have a distillery representative present during the event. The permit is limited to the duration and physical location of the event.
History.s. 2, ch. 81-160; s. 3, ch. 2021-166.