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§60-7-2. Definitions; power to lease building for establishment of private club.

Unless the context in which used clearly requires a different meaning, as used in this article:

(a) “Applicant” means a private club applying for a license under the provisions of this article.

(b) “Code” means the official code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended.

(c) “Commissioner” means the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner.

 (d) “Licensee” means the holder of a license to operate a private club granted under this article, which license shall remain unexpired, unsuspended and unrevoked.

(e) “Private club” means any corporation or unincorporated association which either: (1)

Belongs to or is affiliated with a nationally recognized fraternal or veterans’ organization which is operated exclusively for the benefit of its members, which pays no part of its income to its shareholders or individual members, which owns or leases a building or other premises to which club are admitted only duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing of the corporation or association and their quests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which club maintains in the building or on the premises a suitable kitchen and dining facility with related equipment for serving food to members and their quests; or (2) is a nonprofit social club, which is operated exclusively for the benefit of its members, which pays no part of its income to its shareholders or individual members, which owns or leases a building or other premises to which club are admitted only duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing of the corporation or association and their quests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which club maintains in the building or on the premises a suitable kitchen and dining facility with related equipment for serving food to members and their quests; or (3) is organized and operated for legitimate purposes which has at least one hundred duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing, which owns or leases a building or other premises, including any vessel licensed or approved by any federal agency to carry or accommodate passengers on navigable waters of this state, to which club are admitted only duly elected or approved dues-paying members in good standing of the corporation or association and their guests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which club maintains in the building or on the premises a suitable kitchen and dining facility with related equipment and employs a sufficient number of persons for serving meals to members and their guests; or (4) is organized for legitimate purposes and owns or leases a building or other delimited premises in any state, county or municipal park or at any airport, in which building or premises a club has been established, to which club are admitted only duly elected and approved dues-paying members in good standing and their quests while in the company of a member and to which club the general public is not admitted, and which maintains in connection with the club a suitable kitchen and dining facility and related equipment and employs a sufficient number of persons for serving meals in the club to the members and their quests.

(f) “Private resort hotel” means an applicant for a private club or licensed private club licensee meeting the criteria set forth in this subsection which:

(1) Has at least five thousand members;

(2) Offers short-term daily-rate accommodations or lodging for members and their guests amounting to at least fifty separate bedrooms;

(3) Operates a restaurant and full kitchen with ovens, six-burner ranges, walk-in freezers and other kitchen utensils and apparatus as determined by the commissioner on the licensed premises and serves freshly prepared food at least twenty-five hours per week;

(4) Maintains, at any one time, $5,000 of fresh food inventory capable of being prepared in the private resort hotel’s full kitchen, and in calculating the food inventory the commissioner may not include microwavable, frozen or canned foods;

(5) Owns or leases, controls, operates and uses acreage amounting to at least ten contiguous acres of bounded or fenced real property which would be listed on the licensees’ floorplan and would be used for destination, resort and large contracted for group-type events such as weddings, reunions, conferences, meetings and sporting or recreational events;

(6) Lists the entire property from subdivision (5) of this subsection and all adjoining buildings and structures on the private resort hotel’s floorplan which would comprise the licensed premises, which would be authorized for the lawful sales, service and consumption of alcoholic liquors throughout the licensed premises whether these activities were conducted in a building or structure or outdoors while on the private resort hotel’s licensed premises and as noted on the private resort hotel’s floorplan;

(7) Has an identified person or persons or entity that has right, title and ownership or lease interest in the real property buildings and structures located on the proposed licensed premises; and

(8) Utilizes an age verification system approved by the commissioner.

(g) “Private golf club” means an applicant for a private club or licensed private club licensee meeting the criteria set forth in this subsection which:

(1) Has at least one thousand members;

(2) Maintains at least one eighteen hole golf course with separate and distinct golf playing holes, not reusing nine golf playing holes to comprise the eighteen golf playing holes, a clubhouse, and offers golf carts, whether electric or gasoline;

(3) Operates a restaurant and full kitchen with ovens, as determined by the commissioner, on the licensed premises and serves freshly prepared food at least fifteen hours per week;

(4) Owns or leases, controls, operates and uses acreage amounting to at least eighty contiguous acres of bounded or fenced real property which would be listed on the private golf club’s floorplan and could be used for golfing events and large contracted for group-type events such as weddings, reunions, conferences, meetings and sporting or recreational events;

(5) Lists the entire property from subdivision (4) of this subsection and all adjoining buildings and structures on the private golf club’s floorplan which would comprise the licensed premises, which would be authorized for the lawful sales, service and consumption of alcoholic liquors throughout the licensed premises whether these activities were conducted, in a building or structure or outdoors while on the private golf club’s licensed premises and as noted on the private golf club’s floorplan;

(6) Has an identified person or persons or entity that has right, title and ownership interest in the real property buildings and structures located on the proposed licensed premises; and

(7) Utilizes an age verification system approved by the commissioner.

The Department of Natural Resources, the authority governing any county or municipal park, or any county commission, municipality, other governmental entity, public corporation or public authority operating any park or airport may lease as lessor a building or portion thereof or other limited premises in any such park or airport to any corporation or unincorporated association for the establishment of a private club pursuant to this article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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