How to get a liquor license in Oregon

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2022 | Business Formation & Planning

There are many types of businesses that may be interested in holding a liquor license, from breweries and distilleries to restaurants and pubs. To sell and serve alcohol as a business, it is necessary to apply for a liquor license from the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC). The exact forms needed will depend both on the type of license one seeks, and the area where the business is located. Here is some general information regarding liquor licensing in the state. 

How long does it take to get a liquor license? 

Getting the documents together and completing the required proposals can take a varied amount of time, depending on the complexity of the business and timeline of the applicant. After submitting documents for a liquor license, the approval process takes up to 45 days. Overall, one can expect the process to get a liquor license to takes between four and eight weeks, though it could take longer depending on one’s circumstances. 

What is the cost of a liquor license in the state?  

The cost for a liquor license depends on the type of license. There are 28 licensing categories in Oregon, including Brewery, Warehouse, On-Premise Sales, and Special Event Licensing. Costs can range from $10 to $50 a day for a special event, to $1,000 for a brewery.  Liquor liability insurance will also be needed for many types of licenses to be utilized.  

What is included in a liquor license application? 

To apply for a liquor license, an applicant must request the necessary forms from their local OLCC. These forms will specify the information needed for the application. This includes a completed form, individual history, floor plan, business information, and property attestation. Those applying for a full on-premises sales license must also complete a written proposal. 

It is a good idea for applicants to set aside a couple months to get their liquor license. In some cases, individuals or businesses could hit a snag in the application process. When this happens, legal counsel may be a helpful option to sort out the issue based upon on Oregon liquor laws.