Class 4 - Serve Employee & Guest

What is the purpose of this permit?
Where the application is for a special permit to consume liquor on the premises of a business not licensed under this title, a special permit to purchase liquor for consumption thereon for such periods of time and to such applicants as may be fixed by the board. RCW 66.20.010 (4)
Who issues this permit?
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
What activities require this permit?
To allow alcohol on premises of businesses not licensed under RCW 66.24. Not all businesses qualify, must not be open to the public.
How much will this permit cost?
$500.00 permit. $500.00 renewal 6/30 annually. Hard copy only available printed off our website.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Application: Serve Employees or Guests' is online and can be accessed at
Do I need to include anything with my application?
Is the decision on my permit dependent on anything besides the information in my application?
Possible follow up questions from agency.
How long will it take to review my application?
30 to 45 days from beginning to end. This permit requires additional documents from applicants, therefore can take longer depending on applicant reponse time.
Where do I submit my application?

Submit application to address on the top of the application.

    Licensing & Regulation Division
    PO BOX 43085
    Olympia, WA 98504-3085

How long is my permit valid?
Good until the following June 30th after your permit gets issued, and then you will need to renew for the following year every June 30th.
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 36.2
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 76

(Summary results based on 13 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: (360) 664-1600
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 664-1616
Subject matter expert email:
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
1025 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Telephone: (360) 664-1600
* Permit information last updated 6/20/2023