Alcoholic Liquors Generally

ORS 471.750
Liquor stores and warehouses

  • operation
  • sales
  • advertising
  • rules


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission shall establish such stores and warehouses in such places in the state as in its judgment are required by public convenience or necessity, for the sale of spirituous liquors, wines and other alcoholic liquors containing over five percent alcohol by volume, in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. The commission shall keep on hand in such stores or warehouses such quantities and kinds of alcoholic liquors as are reasonably required to supply the public demand.


Any person qualified to purchase such liquors from the commission has the right to present to the commission, or at any of its stores, an application for any kind or brand of alcoholic liquor that the person may desire and that may be manufactured or obtainable in any place in the United States, and the commission shall obtain such liquor and sell it to the applicant. The commission may not require that an application for a kind or brand of alcoholic liquor include a commitment to purchase a minimum amount of the liquor or require that a purchase be for more than one container of a kind or brand of alcoholic liquor if the liquor:


Except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, has a retail sales price of $30 or more per container;


Is available through a distributor in the United States that does not require the commission to acquire more than one case of the distilled liquor in a single transaction;


Is not regularly stocked by the commission; and


Is ordered in a 750 milliliter container size if available in that size.


The commission may not establish a store in any county or incorporated city of this state where a local prohibitory law is in effect. The commission shall adopt rules governing advertising by stores operated by the commission. The commission may appoint agents in the sale of said liquor under such agreement as the commission may negotiate with said agents or their representative.


Rules relating to advertising adopted by the commission under subsection (3) of this section shall allow signs and displays within its stores for the purpose of supplying consumer information to customers, including but not limited to discounts, sales and other specials. Commission discretion with respect to those signs and displays shall be limited to regulation of the content, size, number per brand, type and duration of the sign or display. Signs and displays may be supplied by manufacturers, wholesalers or distributors, and may bear the name of a particular distillery, supplier or brand of liquor. The use of signs and displays shall be optional with the agent appointed by the commission. Signs or displays authorized by the commission may not be placed in positions within the store where the sign or display would be readily visible from outside of the store.


The commission may annually adjust the price threshold established in subsection (2)(a) of this section by a percentage equal to the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, West Region (All Items), as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. However, the commission may not adjust the price threshold to be less than $30. [Amended by 1977 c.321 §3; 1977 c.608 §2; 1991 c.379 §1; 1995 c.301 §89; 2001 c.785 §11; amendments by 2002 s.s.1 c.11 §1 repealed by 2002 s.s.2 c.1 §3; 2002 s.s.2 c.1 §1; 2011 c.180 §2; 2019 c.57 §28]

Notes of Decisions

Oregon Liquor Control Commission negotiation of retail sales agreement terms with agents or representatives is permissive, not mandatory. Karson v. OLCC, 189 Or App 223, 74 P3d 1163 (2003), Sup Ct review denied

Chapter 471

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Employment by OLCC of staff member as "hearings advocate" at certain OLCC contested case hearings, (1983) Vol 44, p 1

Law Review Citations

16 WLR 479 (1979)


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