16-3-311. Suitable premises for licensed retail establishments. (1) A licensed retailer may use a part of a building as premises licensed for on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages. The premises must be separated from the rest of the building by permanent walls but may have inside access during lawful hours of operation to the rest of the building even if the businesses or uses in the other part of the building are unrelated to the operation of the premises in which the alcoholic beverages are served.
(2) A licensee whose premises did not meet the requirements of this section on September 24, 1992, shall meet the requirements when an alteration to the premises has been completed and the department has approved the alteration. An alteration is any structural change in a premises. A cosmetic change, such as painting, carpeting, or other interior decorating, is not considered an alteration under this section.