West Virginia Permit Applications Available

West Virginia will be the next state to move from the “reciprocal” category to the “limited-direct” category. Senate Bill 712 passed on March 10th and was signed by the Governor on April 4th. The bill states that it will take effect ninety days from passage, which is June 8th, 2007. However, wineries will likely have until at least July 1st to complete the permit process.

The Department of Tax and Revenue Alcohol Beverage Control Administration recently posted the Direct Shippers Licensing Packet. We will follow this post in a few days with much more detail about the steps in the permit process, but we encourage wineries to start the process of applying for the new permit as soon as possible to ensure continuous compliance.

One of the stipulations in the new rules is the prohibition of shipments to dry areas. See this document for a list of the 13 dry or partially dry counties. Some of the dry counties listed contain wet cities and towns that allow direct shipping, and some of the counties listed are wet with the exception of a few dry cities and towns:

County – Dry Areas

Brooke – Only the Town of Bethany
Calhoun – Entire county
Grant – Entire county, except the City of Petersburg
Hampshire – Only the Town of Capon Bridge
Jackson – Entire county, except the Cities of Ripley and Ravenswood
Kanawha – Only the Town of East Bank
Lincoln – Entire county, except Town of Hamlin
Marion – Only the Town of Worthington
Pocahontas – Entire county, except the Town of Durbin and City of Marlington
Roane – Entire county, except the City of Spencer
Uspshur – Entire county, except the City of Buckhannon
Wayne – Only the Towns of Wayne and Fort Gay
Wetzel – Entire county, except the City of New Martinsville and the Town of Hundred

More information to follow early next week…

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