Retail licenses are divided between on-premises and off-premises licenses. If you have an on-premises license, you can sell or serve alcoholic beverages to be consumed at your licensed premises. This is sometimes referred to as "sale by the glass". Restaurants, bars and taverns are examples of on-premises licenses. If you have an off-premises license, you can sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed someplace other than your licensed premises. This is sometimes referred to as "sales by the bottle" or "sales to go". Grocery stores, liquor stores and wine stores are examples of off-premises licenses.
All applicants should investigate the location of their business before beginning the application process. The law prohibits certain licenses from being near schools, places or worhship and other licensed establishments. The law also contains eligibility requirements for individuals applying for a license.
The application review period can take approximately 50 days depending on the type of license you apply for, the volume of applications submitted and the completeness of your application. Under certain circumstances, an applicant can obtain a permit to operate while the application is pending.
Applications are investigated to determine eligibility based on the principals, the premises and the source of finances. The application file is reviewed for completeness and ultimately, approval or disapproval. An application will either be: disapproved; approved; or conditionally approved.