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Auction of Liquor

I. Purpose

This policy defines the procedures for the sale of alcoholic beverages by auction.

II. Policy

It is the policy of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) to regulate all alcoholic beverages sold by auction.

III. Background

235 ILCS 5/1-3.32 and 235 ILCS 5/5-1(p) provide guidelines for the rights and duties of an auction liquor license.

IV. Procedures

  1. A person wishing to apply for an auction liquor license must first become licensed pursuant to the Illinois Auction License Act (225 ILCS 407/5-1, et seq.).
  2. A person wishing to sell alcoholic beverages by auction must obtain an auction liquor license. An auction liquor license shall only be issued to a person. A non-licensed person may not sell alcoholic beverages.
  3. A person wishing to sell by auction must obtain written approval from the ILCC. An auction liquor license must be obtained at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the auction date.
  4. An auction liquor license allows the licensee to do the following:
    1. sell and offer for sale wine and spirits for use or consumption,
    2. sell and offer for sale wine and spirits for resale by an Illinois liquor licensee,
    3. hold the auction on a specified date,
    4. hold the auction anywhere in the State of Illinois
  5. Approved sales
    1. private sale
    2. out-of-state sale
    3. sale to ultimate consumer
    4. sale to distributor or retailer for resale
  6. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to allow a retailer outside the context of a validly licensed
  7. Auction to purchase from anyone other than a distributor in violation of 235 ILCS 5/5-1. Other than as stated in this policy a retailer is required to make regular purchases in the ordinary course of business from a licensed distributor, or be in violation of 235 ILCS 5/5-1.
  8. Sales on consignment are prohibited.

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