Alcohol Beverage License

Any business within the city limits of Duluth that is interested in serving or selling any type of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, distilled beverage, spirit or liquor) must first obtain an Alcohol Beverage License from the City of Duluth. 

How to apply for an Alcohol License

  1. All businesses must first obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate from the City of Duluth.
  2. Applicant must complete the Alcohol Business Application in its entirety.
  3. Contact the Alcohol/Excise Tax Officer at 770-476-3434 x 1221 or email to schedule an appointment to submit your completed application and all required supplemental materials in person, in the Business Office of Duluth City Hall, located at 3167 Main Street, Duluth GA.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Application and license fees are due when the application is submitted.
  4. The business must be a type of business eligible for such licensure and meet location criteria (zoning classification and distance requirements from other locations such as schools).  It will also undergo verification of Occupational Tax (business license) as well as the status of any fees or taxes due to the City.
  5. Applicants must undergo a verification process for eligibility to obtain a License, such as a background investigation/criminal history report, citizenship or immigration authorization, and fingerprinting on all owners and other records as required by the City Clerk’s office to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Duluth Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.
  6. Alcohol Handling Permits are required for all employees who will serve, sell or handle alcohol in any capacity. These are renewed annually for most employees.  Click HERE for permit requirements.  A one-time Alcohol Awareness Training class is required for all new Alcohol Handling Permit applicants.  Click HERE for training class information.
  7. The completed application is reviewed by the City Clerk or his/her designee, and written notification of approval or denial is generated.
  8. The processing time required is generally 7-10 business days.


How to RENEW your Alcohol License

Alcohol Business License Renewal Applications can be found HERE. The periods run from July 1st through June 30th of each year.   (If a license is issued after January 1st, the amount of the license is prorated at half the normal fee.)

The City of Duluth Alcohol Beverage License is issued in accordance with regulations and requirements outlined in Chapter 3 of the Duluth Code of Ordinances.  A business must also obtain (and maintain) a valid Georgia Alcohol License from the Alcohol and Tobacco Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue, 404-417-4900 State of Georgia Alcoholic Beverage License Information.

All businesses are required to purchase the alcohol they sell from Wholesale Distributors.  Sale of alcohol is also restricted by time of the day and day of the week.  Click HERE  Alcohol Sale Hours. 

Those licensed to sell liquor by the drink on their premises (restaurants) shall pay an excise tax at the rate of $0.22 per liter and must file a monthly return with the City of Duluth for collection/reporting of excise taxes. For your convenience, please use the Excise Tax Form to calculate your monthly sales. If the form does not work properly, right click the link and use the Save As function to save the form to your computer (will need to have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer).


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Alcohol/Excise Tax Officer at 770-476-3434 x1221 or email