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Applicable to: Classes A, B, C, special C liquor licenses; classes B, C beer permits; class B wine permit. Applicable to: All license/permit classes. Allows the selling/serving of alcoholic beverages permitted by the license/permit in a designated, adjacent outdoor area.
Contact Information
Department of Commerce
1918 SE Hulsizer Drive
Ankeny IA, 50021(map)
Licensinglicensing@IowaABD.com
P: (515) 281-7400

License Details

Code Citation
Iowa Code section 123.3(25)
Who Applies
On-premises licensed retailers wishing to sell or dispense alcoholic beverages on a patio, deck or other outdoor area. Off-premises licensed retailers may also obtain an outdoor service area for a special event such as a tent sale.
When To Apply
Before selling and serving alcoholic beverages in the outdoor area.
Initial Requirements
Applicant must 1) Attain a letter of approval from a local authority such as the city council or county board of supervisors, and; 2) Gain endorsement from an insurance company certifying that the dram shop insurance covers the outdoor service area. The outdoor service area privilege is not a stand-alone license. All laws and rules governing the regular license also apply to the outdoor area.
Duration
The Outdoor Service Area Privilege expires with the regular alcoholic beverage license.
Processing Time
45 days.
Fee Structure
None.
Renewal Requirements
Applicant must 1) Attain a letter of approval from a local authority such as the city council or county board of supervisors, and; 2) Gain endorsement from an insurance company certifying that the dram shop insurance covers the outdoor service area. The outdoor service area privilege is not a stand-alone license. All laws and rules governing the regular license also apply to the outdoor area.
Exam
None.
Additional Information
None.
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