How to Get a Liquor License in Arizona

How to Get a Liquor License in Arizona
This guide covers the liquor license requirements in Arizona to make it easier for you to get one.
by Chidinma Nnamani Jun 27, 2022 — 3 min read
How to Get a Liquor License in Arizona

This article is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal or tax advice. For specific advice applicable to your business, please contact a professional.

Starting your own business is exciting, but you also need to take steps to ensure your business is on the right side of the law. If you’re planning to start a business that sells alcohol in Arizona, you’ll need to obtain applicable liquor licenses.

The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) oversees all licensing activities. Arizona is one of the several states that uses a quota system for liquor licenses. This means that only a specific number of licenses are available for each county, and the number is determined by the county population. The implication is that getting a liquor license might be a little more complicated than for non-quota-based states.

This guide covers the liquor license requirements in Arizona to make it easier for you to get one.

1. Determine the type of license(s) you need.

The first step is to determine the type of liquor you want to sell and the licenses that apply. You can sell beer, wine, spirits, or a combination of the three. You also need to determine whether alcohol will be served to customers on the premises (on-sale) or whether alcohol can be taken off-site for consumption (off-sale). 

While the DLLC issues several liquor licenses, the most common licenses sought for by restaurants, bars, and retail stores are:

Quota licenses are transferable, and you can only obtain them through the lottery system or by buying from the open market.

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2. Determine the requirements for your license type.

Once you’ve determined your license type, the next step is to get clear on the documentation requirements. The DLLC has created application kits that detail the requirements for each license category. In general, you’ll need to meet the following requirements for most license types.

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3. Determine your license cost.

The DLLC provides a detailed list of fees applicable to each license type. License application kits also contain a list of application fees. If you need a quota license, you’ll have to buy it privately in the open market, usually through a broker or an agent, and then apply for a transfer. 

General license fees usually fall into two categories:

4. Submit your application.

Once you’ve met all the documentation requirements and are ready to cover the costs, you can submit your application online via the Arizona e-licensing system. Approval times vary, but the average approval time is 65 to 105 business days. 

Once your license is approved, ensure you abide by applicable rules and regulations to avoid losing the license. That way your business can continue to benefit from alcoholic beverage sales.

Chidinma Nnamani
Chidinma Nnamani writes about the food industry, digital marketing, and technology — and explores the fine spaces where they intersect. She works with B2B startups and agencies, helping them deliver clear, actionable, and insightful content for business audiences.


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