How to Get a License to Sell Alcohol

Updated February 21, 2017

Acquiring a license to sell alcohol can increase a business's profit margin substantially. Any business wishing to sell alcoholic beverages in their venue must first obtain the proper license. There are different types of liquor licenses you can purchase, depending on the type of business you operate. Every municipality has its own process for obtaining the appropriate license, but regardless of your location or business, there are some common steps you must take before adding beer, wine, or liquor to your offerings.

Meet your municipality's basic qualifications for obtaining a license. Usually, you must have resided in the city, town or state where the alcohol will be served for a required number of days. You must also be over the age of 21, have completed a responsible beverage server training program, and have a seller's permit issued by the Department of Revenue. Contact your city clerk's office for the requirements that pertain specifically to your municipality.

Determine the type of alcohol you would like to sell and the type of establishment where it will be offered. There are different types of liquor and establishment licenses for the sale of beer, wine or liquor. The resources section has a listing of individual license types.

Apply for the alcohol license at your local clerk's office. After you have fulfilled the requirements and completed your application, the clerk's office will publish the application in your local paper for three days to determine if there are any objections from the community. The licensing authority (city council) will then decide and vote on your application. Once you have been approved, you will have your alcohol license in approximately two weeks.

Pay the necessary licensing fees. The fees will vary from municipality to municipality.

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Resonna Shaw has been a writer since 2008, for personal enjoyment and for various websites. Shaw holds a bachelor's degree in human resources from DeVry University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Keller University.