Alcoholic Beverage License

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All persons or establishments desiring to sell alcoholic beverages in the City of Decatur shall make an application to the Finance Department after completing the City's business license checklist. The application, which can be completed online, is sent to the Police Department for a background investigation and once approved is sent to the City Commission for final approval at a regular City Commission meeting. Licenses must be renewed annually. A representative of the Police Department will provide each license holder with the necessary paperwork for renewal. City of Decatur alcohol beverage licenses are issued in accordance with regulations and requirements outlined in Chapter 6 of the City municipal code.

 Alcoholic Beverage License Fees Fee Amount 
 Wholesale dealers  
 Wine only  $500
 Beer and malt  $500
 Beer/wine combination  $750
Spirituous liquors $5,000

Retail dealers, original package only
Wine only $1,000
Beer and malt $1,000
Beer/wine combination $1,500
Spirituous liquors $2,500
Wine Tasting     $250

Retail dealers, consumption on premises
Wine (only) $500
Corking License                                                    $100
Beer and malt (only) $500
Beer/wine combination $750
Spirituous liquors $2,000

Other fees
Alcoholic Beverage Caterer license     $500
Manufacturer of Beer & Malt Beverages $1,000
Investigation fee, new license $200
Transfer location fee $200
Change establishment fee $50
Change of manager fee $200
Employee work permit, first year $20
Employee work permit, annual renewal $10
Returned Check $50

If license is issued after July 1 the amount of the license is 1/2 of fee except the investigation fee.

The license expires on December 31 of each year.

Alcoholic beverage license applications and additional information can be obtained by calling the Finance Department at 404-370-4100.

Persons holding a license from the City of Decatur to sell distilled spirits by the drink for consumption on the premises shall pay excise tax at the rate of $0.22 per liter. Payment is due by the tenth of each month based upon sales from the previous month.

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