If a business violates a state liquor or tobacco law or regulation, WSLCB enforcement officers are empowered to issue verbal and written warnings for minor infractions and administrative violation notices for more serious or repeat offenses.
When a business is issued a violation, they can receive a fine, a temporary license suspension, or both. In cases of repeated violations, a liquor license can be revoked by action of the three-member Liquor and Cannabis Board. Officers look at the past two years of the business' violation history when determining a recommended penalty using WAC 314-29-015.
A business has due process. To learn more about violations and due process, view Understanding your Hearing Options for Administrative Violations from the WSLCB.