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What are some common violations of Colorado liquor laws?

If you are the owner of a bar or restaurant in Colorado, you know how important it is to remain in compliance with pertinent liquor laws. Even seemingly minor violations can result in a range of negative effects, up to having your license revoked and losing exorbitant amounts of money on your investment.

The Colorado Restaurant Association lists some of the most frequent liquor license violations that can occur during inspections. Establishments that serve alcohol will undergo a cursory hygiene inspection to ensure conditions are safe for customers. The presence of fruit flies in and around liquor bottles, or unhygienic tap systems could result in a formal reprisal. If food is served, these areas will also be checked for cleanliness.

In terms of food sales, different types of establishments will be privy to different regulations. For instance, a tavern license stipulates that your establishment must provide some sort of sustenance during hours of operation (such as light snacks). Conversely, restaurant licenses designate that food must be sold between 8 AM and 8 PM, with lighter fare being made available after hours. You also want to make sure that all documentation of liquor purchases can be made available to the inspecting agent if requested. Keeping invoices and receipts organized is crucial to this end, as surprise inspections are not uncommon.

Protection of minors is another concern, and there must be a process in place to ensure minors are not sold alcohol. Accordingly, agents conducting an inspection will look into how your establishment checks IDs and how often. You must also post signage warning minors that they are not permitted to purchase alcohol under any circumstances.

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