How to get an alcohol permit

Business owners who would like to sell alcohol must comply by state and federal laws by getting the proper permits. Alcohol is a controlled substance that is carefully monitored by the government in Georgia to ensure minors are not getting access to it. For this reason, any business that sells alcohol must have an alcohol permit.

The Department of Revenue explains that a business owner must fill out proper documentation based on the type of alcohol permit he or she would like. Many businesses will need multiple permits depending on the type of alcohol being sold, which all require different documentation. 

The state website notes while a business needs alcohol permits to sell alcohol, they also need the right type of alcohol license. Businesses must get a license or permit at the local, state and federal levels. Each required permit is handled by authorities at that level, which requires three separate applications and documentation packets. 

When applying for any permit or license, a business owner must make sure he or she is following all the required steps and submitting all the requested information. Missing a step or not including the needed information can lead to a denial. This will then delay the whole process of securing the permit or license needed to open a business and start serving customers. 

The process of securing permits takes time at every level. It is wise to begin applications as soon as possible. Local and state authorities may charge a fee for application processing, but at the federal level there is no fee. 

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