Transfer of Ownership of License

If there is currently a liquor license at the premise you are thinking of occupying, you will need to apply for a transfer of ownership.

This is different from a change of stockholders with a 10% or greater ownership interest, officers, directors, managing members and members. When such a change occurs, you must report a corporation, LLC, or partnership change.

Application Items
An application to transfer a liquor license (PDF) consists of the following items:

Application Process
The application process includes the following steps:
  1. Preliminary conference with City Clerk
  2. Completion and submission of application forms by applicant
  3. Review of documents for completeness by staff
  4. Background investigation by staff
  5. Review of results of background investigation by staff
  6. Formal acceptance of application; preliminary conference; and scheduling review by City Council
  7. Review by City Council
  8. Decision by City Council
  9. Submission of application to state by City Clerk
  10. State approval
  11. Issuance of licenses by City Clerk
 The process generally takes 3-4 months. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk.