ALCOHOL LICENSE

OBTAINING AN ALCOHOL HANDLING PERMIT

CITY HALL HAS REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC.  BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS ARE MONDAY - FRIDAY, 8AM-4:30PM. many city services remain available online.  Should you need to conduct business in person, please note that added sanitation procedures are in place and social distancing is required.  Please direct any questions to ALCOHOL@DULUTHGA.NET or call 770-497- 5286.  

BEGINNING mONDAY MAY 18, 2020 APPLICANTS FOR NEW PERMITS MAY MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR IN-PERSON SERVICE. PLEASE CONTACT THE ALCOHOL OFFICER AT OR BY EMAIL AT ALCOHOL@DULUTHGA.NET TO SCHEDULE.  RENEWAL of PERMITS REMAINs AN ONLINE PROCESS AT THIS TIME VIA WWW.DULUTHPAYMENTS.COM


GENERAL INFORMATION
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1). Pursuant to Chapter 3, Section 3-240 of the City of Duluth, Code of Ordinances, all owners/managers, alcohol servers, and handlers in any establishment that sells or serves alcoholic beverages in the City of Duluth are required to hold an Alcohol Handling Permit. Each applicant is required to provide consent for a background check to verify eligibility to receive a permit.


2). Alcohol Handling Permits are valid for a one or two-year period, depending on the type of establishment.

3). Temporary permit hours beginning May 18, 2020 are Monday -Thursday between the hours of 9:00-10:30am and 2:00-3:30pm (by appointment only).  Call 770.497.5286 to schedule an appointment, or email alcohol@duluthga.net. Hours of permitting are set to minimize wait time and ensure social distancing for the protection of customers and staff. If you are not able to apply during the set hours, contact the alcohol officer to make other arrangements. The Business Office is located on the main floor of Duluth City Hall, 3167 Main Street, Duluth, GA.

4). Provide valid identification – GA Driver’s License or other secure/verifiable identification. 


NEW PERMIT APPLICANTS:

1). Apply within five (5) days of the first day of work.

2). Paper applications are available at City Hall during permit hours listed above. For faster service, complete the online form, print at home and bring with you to your appointment. City Hall has notaries available.
 Handling Permit Application

3). Forms may be downloaded as a PDF, displayed and completed using Acrobat Reader. However, not all web browsers support or are configured to display PDFs. It is recommended that the user open the link and save the document on the desktop or a folder. Open the PDF from the desktop or folder to begin inputting data.

4). Once the background check is verified, the applicant will receive a temporary Alcohol Handling Permit (only valid for 60 days). Temporary Alcohol Handling Permits can only be issued one time and will not be extended. Return the temporary card to the employer to be kept on business premises.

5). A non-refundable permit fee of $35.00 is due when applying for a permit. If this is a second alcohol-handling job within the City limits and your first permit has not expired, the fee is for an extra permit is $10.00. Fees are payable with cash, credit card, or money order; endorse payments to the "City of Duluth." 

6). Attend a one-time mandatory Alcohol Training Class. The class is offered once per month (during summer months classes may be held up to two (2) times per month) and is currently offered ONLINE. The cost of the class is $20.00 payable online.

7). Upon successful completion of the class and a passing grade on the exam, the applicant will receive a Permanent Alcohol Handling Permit (valid one year from the date the Temporary Permit was issued, two years for Package store employees).

8). Work, sell, and serve responsibly!

RENEWAL PERMIT APPLICANTS:

1). Renewal applications are required a minimum of seven days prior to the expiration date of the current permit.

2). Renewals are processed online via www.duluthpayments.com and will be mailed or deliverd to the place of business.

3).Completion of a renewal application authorizes the City to perform a background investigation. Ensure that the last box is complete and ANY and ALL arrests are listed, regardless of disposition. Failure to list arrest information is grounds for denial, as it is considered falsifying an official document.

4). If you are applying for a renewal and the previous permit has expired, there is a 50% late fee in addition to the $35.00 fee for a total of $52.50, payable by credit card only at this time. Should there be extended circumstances related to COVID-19 and temporary business closings, exceptions may be approved by requests in writing from management/owners of businesses.

5). Renewal applicants are NOT required to repeat the alcohol awareness training.

6). Permits will be sent to the employer to be kept on business premises.

7). For additional questions, contact the Alcohol Officer at City Hall at 770.497.5286.