Since July 19, 2005, wineries have enjoyed basically unrestricted access to Ohio consumers as the result of a judge declaring Ohio’s prohibition on direct shipping to be unconstitutional. That access will change significantly on Monday, when the Ohio Department of Commerce – Division of Liquor Control initiates the new permit system that was inserted into the 2008-2009 Ohio budget bill.
The new law establishes a capacity cap of 150,000 gallons, meaning that any winery that produces more than 150,000 gallons (roughly 63,000 cases) per year will be prohibited from shipping into Ohio. We’re also very interested to see if the DLC clarifies the “family household” volume limitation in the bill on Monday. Permitted wineries must file regular tax returns for shipments into Ohio.
The DLC confirmed via phone yesterday that the new permit application forms will probably not be available until Monday, October 1st. Stay tuned for updates early next week as we learn more from the DLC. Also, please see our previous posts to learn more about the new laws: “Ohio adopts restrictive permit system“, and “Buckeye Budget Bill Could Affect Direct Shipping“.
Update: The permit forms are now available on the DLC website. Click here to download the “S Permit” application form.