Alcohol

Hours of Sale

Hours of Sale and Consuming Alcoholic Beverages

Hours of sale are the hours during which alcoholic beverages may be lawfully sold and served. (Business hours are those during which licensees, their employees, agents or patrons are in the licensed establishment.) Consumption in a licensed establishment during the hours when alcoholic beverages may not be sold or served is strictly forbidden. This applies to patrons, licensees, employees, agents and family members.

Hours of Sale

The hours during which alcoholic beverages may be legally sold and served are:

  • Monday through Saturday 6 AM to 2 AM
  • Sunday 8 AM to 2 AM

A Sunday sales privilege is required for all off-premises beer and all on-premises liquor, wine and beer Sunday sales and service. Licensees may not sell, serve, dispense, or consume alcoholic beverages at private parties or while cleaning the establishment on Sundays, unless the premises is also licensed for Sunday sales privilege. Only Class E liquor licensees (carryout liquor) and Class B wine permittees (carryout wine) have a Sunday sales privilege as part of their basic license.

Iowa Code sections §123.36(6)§123.49(2)(b) and (k), and §123.134(5)

Home Delivery Hours

The hours during which alcoholic beverages may be legally delivered to locations off the licensed premises are:

  • Monday through Saturday 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday 8 AM to 10 PM

A Sunday sales privilege is required to make deliveries on Sundays.

Hours of Sale and Daylight Savings Time

Going from Central Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time in the spring does not affect the legal hours of sale. (At 2 AM the time becomes 3 AM)

Returning to Central Standard Time in the fall lawfully allows an extra hour of sale. (At 2 AM the time becomes 1 AM. Therefore, licensees may sell and serve alcoholic beverages for an additional hour.)

Iowa Code sections 1D, §123.36(6), §123.49(2)(b) and (k), and §123.134(5)

New Year's Eve on Sunday

A special provision in the law allows on-premises Sunday liquor, wine and beer sales without a Sunday sales privilege when New Year's Eve falls on Sunday, Dec. 31. Hours of sale on New Year's Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31, are:

  • 8 AM on Sunday, Dec. 31, to 2 AM on the following Monday, Jan. 1.

The special provision allows on-premises liquor licensees and on-premises Class B beer permittees to sell only those types of alcoholic beverages allowed by their license. No additional fees are required for this onetime special Sunday sales day. If on-premises licensees wish to sell and serve alcoholic beverages on all other Sundays during the year, a Sunday sales privilege must be obtained.

Note: The special provision does not apply to off-premises beer permittees. Holders of class C beer permits must obtain a Sunday sales Privilege to sell beer on New Year’s Eve, December 31st.

Iowa Code section §123.150