Bill Text - HB1160 (2016)

Relative to licensing spas and salons to serve alcoholic beverages.

Revision: Dec. 14, 2015, midnight

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AN ACT\trelative to licensing spas and salons to serve alcoholic beverages.


SPONSORS:\tRep. Hunt, Ches. 11


COMMITTEE:\tCommerce and Consumer Affairs






\tThis bill establishes a license for spas and salons serving alcoholic beverages.


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Explanation:\tMatter added to current law appears in bold italics.

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\t\tMatter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen


AN ACT\trelative to licensing spas and salons to serve alcoholic beverages.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


\t1  New Paragraph; Definitions; Spa/Salon.  Amend RSA 175:1 by inserting after paragraph LXIII the following new paragraph:

\t\tLXIII-a.  "Spa/salon" means any commercial establishment that offers to the public massage therapy performed by persons licensed in accordance with RSA 328-B, or  barbering, cosmetology, esthetics, or manicure services performed by persons licensed in accordance with RSA 313-A.

\t2  New Section; Spa/Salon License.  Amend RSA 178 by inserting after section 20-a the following new section:

\t178:20-b  Spa/Salon License.

\t\tI.  The commission may issue a spa/salon license in any town which has voted to accept the provisions of RSA 663:5, I(b) and (c).  The license shall entitle the licensee to:

\t\t\t(a)  Permit the consumption of lawfully acquired beverage or wine on the premises of the licensee by any customer of the spa/salon.

\t\t\t(b)  Serve beverages and wines by the glass, or other suitable container for consumption on the premises by any customer of the spa/salon.

\t\tII.  The licensee shall not allow any customer to consume more than 2 5-ounce glasses of wine or one 12-ounce glass of beer, nor shall it sell or otherwise charge a fee to such customer for the wine or beer served or consumed.  The privileges of this license shall be limited to the premises of the spa/salon regularly occupied and used as such.

\t3  Fees.  Amend RSA 178:29, I to read as follows:

\t\tI.  On-premises licensees shall pay the following applicable fees annually:


\tOnly\tand Wine\tand Liquor\tLounge



Ballroom\t$     45\t$1,200

Bed and Breakfast\t$   480\t$   840

Beer Festival

\tOne-day\t\t$   250

\tTwo-day\t\t$   300

\tThree-day\t\t$   350

Catering (all)\t$1,200

Catering (off-site only)\t$   840

Catering (on-site only)

\t18 events-\t$       5

\t36 events-\t$       5

\t52 events-\t$       5

Club Military\t$   100

Club Social

\t9 events\t$   250

\t18 events\t$   450

\t36 events\t$   750

\t52 events\t$1,200

Club Private\t\t\t$1,200

Club Veterans

\t9 events\t$   250

\t18 events\t$   450

\t36 events\t$   750

\t52 events\t$1,200

College Club\t$1,200

Convention Center\t$2,400

Dining Car\t\t\t$   480\t$   840

Fairs\t\t\t\t\t$   112

Hotel\t\t\t\t$   840\t$1,200

One day License\t$   100

Performing Arts\t$   360

Racetrack/Motor Vehicle\t$1,800


Rail Cars\t\t$1,200

Restaurant\t$   480\t$   840\t$1,200

Spa/Salon\t$   100

Special License \t$     25

Sports/Entertainment Complex\t$1,800

\t9 events\t$   250

\t18 events\t$   450

\t36 events\t$   750

\t52 events\t$1,200

Sports Recreation Facility\t\t$1,200

Tobacco Retailer\t\t$   840

Vessel\t$   480\t$   840\t$1,200

Wine Festival

\tOne-day\t\t$   250

\tTwo-day\t\t$   300

\tThree-day\t\t$   350

\t4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.








AN ACT\trelative to licensing spas and salons to serve alcoholic beverages.




The New Hampshire Liquor Commission states this bill, as introduced, will increase state revenue and expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2017 and in each year thereafter.  There will be no fiscal impact on county or local expenditures or revenue.



The Liquor Commission states it has no information on how many spas and salons might apply for a license to serve alcoholic beverages and therefore cannot estimate the impact on revenue or expenditures.