Sample policy

We explain how to create an effective alcohol service policy. The policy protects your employees and your business.

Here is a list of items to create an effective alcohol service policy. This protects both your employees and your business. 

  • What is your policy on prohibiting sales or service of alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 years old? How will you communicate and reinforce this?
  • When will employees receive a copy of the policy? Are they required to sign that they received the policy and read it?
  • Are employees required to attend Alcohol Server Training when you hire them? Each year after that?
  • What other types of ongoing training will you provide?
  • Do you have a list of valid forms of ID? An expired ID is not valid.
    • Drivers’ license
    • State ID
    • Military ID
    • Passport
  • How will you show employees the right way to check ID?
    • Compare picture on ID with the customer
    • Check birthday
    • Examine the card for signs of falsification or tampering
    • Use of an electronic ID card reading device/scanner
    • Check the US Driver License Booklet
  • Where is the US Driver License Booklet located?
  • Will you set a specific age/appearance for carding or will you card everyone? Will you card all guests after 9:00 p.m.?
  • Where will you post signs about your alcohol service policy?
  • Where will you post signs informing customers about alcohol laws?
  • How will you discourage over-intoxication? Will you deny an intoxicated guest entry?
  • What will you do if someone is purchasing alcohol for an underage person?
  • How can you to discourage an obviously intoxicated person from driving home?
  • How will you stop employees or customers from drinking on the premises after hours?
  • Will you conduct Youth Alcohol Compliance Checks (Self Audits)? How often?
  • Are there rewards for employees who pass Youth Alcohol Compliance checks? 
  • What are the consequences for violating this alcohol service policy?
    • Warning
    • Probation
    • Suspension
    • Termination

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