How to Get a Liquor License in Georgia

By Diana Doherty
Get a Liquor License in Georgia

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To obtain a liquor license in Georgia, there are certain forms you must submit. Some people hire lawyers to help them apply for the required state license and local license. Forms for both can be found online, so you can print them out at home. File different forms with different bodies, depending on your location and type of business.

Determine which license type you need. Wholesalers must fill out different documentation than a bar owner. Supporting documents probably will be required for both application processes. Make copies of items like your occupancy statement, business plan and proof of financial support for your business. Make triplicates of everything. Some applications require duplicate copies of application or supporting documents, so you want to make sure you have originals and plenty of copies.

File for a Federal Occupational Tax Stamp. Call 1-800-398-2282 to obtain the proper forms.

Obtain a state of Georgia Application for Alcohol Permit. All documents for wholesalers, liquor, malt beverages and wine retail are available on Georgia's Department of Revenue website. Access the "Alcohol and Tobacco Division "page. You also can call 404-417-4490 or go to the office at 1800 Century Center Blvd, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30345, to obtain forms and assistance.

File the local licensing documents. These are available online on your county's website.

Create a checklist of any forms that must be filed and note the chronological order. Contact your county or Georgia's Alcohol and Tobacco Division for any assistance. They will help you determine which licenses you need for your particular business.

Obtain employee permits, if required. Some counties, like Dekalb, require employee permits for anyone who works in a business that sells alcohol. File any forms that apply to you. File only after your liquor license is issued, but make sure you file, or you'll lose the license.

About the Author

Diana Doherty is a freelance writer and editor. She blogs and reviews books at Reading is Sexy. She has published work online at Essortment, and various other websites on topics like military life, crafting, science, technology and beauty. Doherty earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Oswego State University in New York.

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