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An Overview of the Liquor Licensing Process
If your business deals with the importation, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol in Oregon, you need a liquor license. This information is designed to give you a general overview of the process to obtain an annual liquor license in Oregon.
 
Determine the Type of Liquor License You Need
Oregon has several types of liquor licenses. Each license type has it's own fees, privileges and requirements. Liquor License Types and Fees 
 
Determine the Business Location
License applicants must have an address in Oregon where the business will be located. Applicants must currently own, lease, or rent the business property, or be in the process of purchasing, leasing, or renting the property.
 
Your License Application Packet
There are several forms required when applying for a liquor license. Your packet will contain certain application forms, depending on the license type.
 
License applicants work with the OLCC office that covers the city or county where the licensed business will be located. The OLCC will begin working on a license application when all of the forms are complete.
 
If  you are purchasing a business that is currently licensed, or applying for an Off-Premises Sales license, the OLCC may be able to issue a 90-Day Temporary Authority to Operate.
 
Local Government Recommendation
Your local government is allowed 45 days to do their own investigation of your liquor license application and will provide a recommendation to the OLCC. 
 
Public Notice Posting
OLCC will post a notice of your application at your proposed businesses location for 14 days, if it is a new business that has not had a liquor license, or there is a change in license privileges. The public can send in written comments about the application.
 
Investigation by the OLCC
Most OLCC investigations take four to eight weeks to complete. Investigations may take longer if: the business location has had problems with OLCC, police or neighbors; the applicant has a criminal history; the applicant has provided false information; and/or the applicant has a history of abusing drugs or alcohol.
 
OLCC approves, denies, restricts, or makes recommendations to OLCC Commissioners
If your application is approved, the OLCC will collect the appropriate license fee and issue the license. If the application is denied or restricted, there is a process to contest the decision.
 
If you have additional questions, please contact your local OLCC office.