ALCOHOL LICENSE

OBTAINING AN ALCOHOL HANDLING PERMIT

GENERAL INFORMATION:

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). Permits are issued on TUESDAYS, 8:30am-11:30am (walk-in); and on THURSDAY afternoons (by appointment only).  Call 770-476-3434 to schedule an appointment, or email alcohol@duluthga.net. Hours of permitting are set to ensure adequate staff and minimize wait time. If you are not able to apply during the set hours, additional appointments are also available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on a limited basis. Visit us in the Business Office 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). Pick up a paper application at City Hall during permit hours listed above or complete the online form and return to City Hall during permit hours. 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 $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 one time per month (during summer months classes may be held up to two (2) times per month) at City Hall. The cost of the class is $20.00.

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

2). Pick up a paper application at City Hall during permit hours listed above or complete the online form and return to City Hall during permit hours. 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). 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. Fees are payable with cash, credit card, or money order; endorse payments to the "City of Duluth." 

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

6). Return the renewal card to the employer to be kept on business premises.

7). For additional questions, contact the Alcohol Officer at City Hall at 770-476-3434.