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Apply for a Liquor License

Current License Application Processing Timeframe Information

Obtaining a liquor license is necessary for all establishments selling any alcoholic beverages. Liquor licensing in Oregon is a joint effort of the applicant, local authority (city or county), and the OLCC. The application process for a liquor license can be thorough and will require several kinds of documentation to ensure you meet state requirements. 

Please anticipate and plan for longer periods of time between submission of the application and its assignment to an investigator (approximately 60 days), as well as longer periods of time between assignment to an investigator and license issuance or approval of a license modification request (approximately 60 additional days—longer if involving a basis to deny or restrict the license). To speed up the processing timeframe, please be sure to do the following at the appropriate times:

  • Submit the local governing body (LGB) application packet to the LGB as soon as you receive the packet from OLCC to avoid additional delay.
We are working diligently to process applications as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact your investigator or email: olcc.alcohollicensing@oregon.gov.


NOTICE: For Full or Limited On-Premises Sales Licensees and License Applicants
 

BEFORE YOU APPLY, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

Effective June 8, 2021

  • The privileges of the Off-Premises Sales license are now included with the Full and Limited On-Premises Sales licenses. Full and Limited On-Premises Sales license applicants or existing licensees DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR  an Off-Premises Sales license to sell manufacturer-sealed containers of beer, wine, and cider for carry-out and delivery.
  • Both Full and Limited On-Premises sales licensees may now sell “kegs” (typically 5+ gallon containers) to individuals who come into the business to purchase the keg for carry-out. Full On-premises Sales license applicants or existing licensees DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR  a Limited On-Premises Sales license to sell kegs for carry-out.
  • If you are an existing Full or Limited On-Premises Sales licensee interested in more information about eliminating an unnecessary Off-Premises Sales license or Limited On-Premises Sales license, see the Licensee Bulletin: Consolidate Your Licenses 


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