WA State Licensing: Liquor licenses

Liquor licenses

Types of liquor licenses

  • Retail Liquor Licenses are required for businesses or nonprofit organizations that retail or serve beer, wine, or spirits, such as grocery stores, restaurants or bars.
  • Nonretail Liquor Licenses are required for businesses or nonprofit organizations that manufacture, distill, wholesale, transport, import, or export alcoholic beverages.

How to apply online

Retail and Nonretail Liquor Licenses

How to apply by mail

Retail Liquor Licenses

  1. Complete all of the following forms:
  2. Mail your completed application and addendum with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:
    State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034
  3. Complete a U.S. Dept of Treasury Alcohol Dealer Registration, and mail it to the U.S. Dept of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau at the address on the form.

  4. If you are applying for a Spirits Retailer liquor license and intend to sell to on-premises liquor retailers for resale at their licensed premises, or for a Wine Retailer/Reseller Endorsement, you will also need a federal Basic Permit under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. It must provide for purchasing product for resale at wholesale, and a permit is required for each location from which you plan to sell to another retailer. Apply for this permit online with the TTB at https://www.ttbonline.gov/permitsonline/. It is recommended that you post this permit on your premises with your other licenses.

Nonretail Liquor Licenses

  1. Complete all of the following forms:
  2. Mail your completed application and addendum with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:
    State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034
  3. Complete a U.S. Dept of Treasury Alcohol Dealer Registration, and mail it to the U.S. Dept of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau at the address on the form.

Fees

Specialty license Fee
Retail Liquor License Variable (.doc)
Nonretail Liquor License Variable (.doc)
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

Contact information

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Email: BLS@dor.wa.gov
Fax: 360-705-6699

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing information

Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your licensure.

It is important that you contact our office, in writing, with any changes in address.

Regulatory questions

Liquor Control Board
Phone: 360-664-1600
http://www.liq.wa.gov/licensing/licensing-services