Applicants should also consider the following requirements when applying for a license:

  • Proximity to Community Locations - All retail licensees are required to meet certain proximity restrictions, meaning they must not be located too close to schools, churches, parks, playgrounds, or libraries. Read more about Grandfathered Proximity Laws.
  • Owner and Manager Background Checks - Criminal history background checks are required for most owners and anyone employed to act in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
  • Manager and Employee Training - Every individual who is employed to sell or furnish alcoholic beverages, as well as managers, must complete and pass an approved alcohol server training within 30 days of employment. Every manager employed in a DABS retail licensed business must also complete a manager training program.
  • Conditional Retail Licenses - What is a conditional license? It may be approved conditionally by the commission before the applicant has:
    • Completed remodeling or construction of their building,
    • Acquired the bond and insurance,
    • Submitted menus,
    • Completed manager training, and
    • Before the applicant has a business license.

However, they cannot be open - selling or furnishing alcohol - until all conditions are met and approved by DABS. The conditional license will expire 18 months after the day it was issued. The commission may also approve an additional 6 months with:

    • An active building permit, and
    • Proof they are engaged in a good faith effort to complete it on time.
  • Seasonal Licenses:
    • Summer seasonal license runs from May 1 until October 31.
    • Winter seasonal license runs from November 1 to April 30.

Find more information about Dispensing Systems and violations associated with them. You can also find other application resources here.