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How to Get a Liquor License
Step 1: Get Application Forms
All the License and Permit Application Forms you need are available online. You can also contact the Liquor Licensing Division at 624-7220 to request applications.
Step 2: Complete Application
For an On-Premise License (Bar, Restaurant, Hotel, Etc.)
A complete On-Premise License application requires municipal approval on the fourth page of the form. Approval will be granted, or not, once the municipality holds a public hearing to decide the matter.
Title 28-A §653[1B] requires an applicant to advertise his or her pending application in the local/weekly newspaper for 3 consecutive days prior to hearing date, allowing the public to voice any objection.
For a Retail or Off-Premise License
Retail and Off-Premise license applications do not require municipal approval, if the territory in question is unorganized.
A $10.00 Filing Fee must be paid at the County Commissioner's Office for this application. A receipt of this fee being paid must accompany the application to Liquor Licensing.
Step 3: Submit Application
It is important that an application mailed to Liquor Licensing includes a check for the appropriate license fees.
Step 4: Once Application and Fees Received
Processing applications includes a background investigation on the applicant conducted by a Liquor Licensing inspector. If he or she is eligible for a liquor license, the inspector will set up a date and time for an inspection of the premises.
The Inspection will consist of:
If all requirements are met, the inspector will issue the applicant a temporary license allowing purchases and sales of liquors.
Step 5: Once Approved
Inspections of a licensee's premise are conducted unannounced and will be especially focused on:
If a violation is discovered, the inspector will take the appropriate action. A licensee may only receive an official warning, or could be referred for prosecution. If a licensee is cited for a violation, there will be an opportunity to resolve the issue through a consent decree. However, if no agreement can be made, the matter will be handled by the District Court.
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