Alcoholic Liquors Generally

ORS 471.001
Definitions for ORS chapters 471 and 473

As used in this chapter and ORS chapter 473:


“Alcoholic beverage” and “alcoholic liquor” mean any liquid or solid containing more than one-half of one percent alcohol by volume and capable of being consumed by a human being.


“Commercial establishment” means a place of business:


Where food is cooked and served;


That has kitchen facilities adequate for the preparation and serving of meals;


That has dining facilities adequate for the serving and consumption of meals; and




If not a for-profit private club, serves meals to the general public; or


If a for-profit private club, serves meals to the club’s members and guests and complies with any minimum membership and food service requirements established by Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission rules.


“Commission” means the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.


“Distilled liquor” means any alcoholic beverage other than a wine, cider or malt beverage. “Distilled liquor” includes distilled spirits.


“Licensee” means any person holding a license issued under this chapter.



“Malt beverage” means beer, ale, porter, stout and other similar fermented beverages that contain more than one-half of one percent and not more than 16 percent of alcohol by volume and that are brewed or produced from malt, wholly or in part, or from rice, grain, bran, glucose, sugar or molasses as a substitute for malt.


“Malt beverage” does not include cider, mead, sake or wine.


“Manufacturer” means every person who produces, brews, ferments, manufactures or blends an alcoholic beverage within this state or who imports or causes to be imported into this state an alcoholic beverage for sale or distribution within the state.


“Permittee” means a person holding a permit issued under ORS 471.360 (Service permit required) to 471.385 (Grounds for revoking or suspending permit or imposing civil penalty).


“Premises” or “licensed premises” means a location licensed under this chapter and includes all enclosed areas at the location that are used in the business operated at the location, including offices, kitchens, rest rooms and storerooms, including all public and private areas where patrons are permitted to be present. “Premises” or “licensed premises” includes areas outside of a building that the commission has specifically designated as approved for alcoholic beverage service or consumption.


“Regulatory specialist” means a full-time employee of the commission who is authorized to act as an agent of the commission in conducting inspections or investigations, making arrests and seizures, aiding in prosecutions for offenses, issuing citations for violations and otherwise enforcing this chapter, ORS 474.005 (Definitions) to 474.095 (Prohibited conduct of supplier), 474.115 (Wholesale sale of malt beverage subject to agreement designating territory of sale), 475C.005 (Short title) to 475C.525 (Severability of ORS 475C), 475C.540 (Definitions for ORS 475C) to 475C.586 (Exemption from criminal liability) and 475C.600 (Definitions for ORS 475C) to 475C.648 (Authority of State Department of Agriculture, Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission for certain violations of ORS 475C), commission rules and any other statutes the commission considers related to regulating liquor, marijuana or marijuana-derived products.


“Wine” means any fermented vinous liquor or fruit juice, or other fermented beverage fit for beverage purposes that is not a malt beverage, containing more than one-half of one percent of alcohol by volume and not more than 21 percent of alcohol by volume. “Wine” includes fortified wine. “Wine” does not include cider. [1995 c.301 §2; 1999 c.351 §42; 2005 c.100 §1; 2010 c.33 §1; 2012 c.54 §1; 2015 c.614 §160; 2016 c.24 §19; 2021 c.180 §4; 2021 c.351 §38]


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