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

Complete a Business License Application online and pay with E-check or a MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express credit or debit card (gift cards cannot be used). Note: The credit/debit card option is provided to you by a private, non-state vendor that will impose a 2.5% convenience fee for the service.

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 Variable (.doc)
Nonretail Liquor Variable (.doc)
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

Regulatory questions

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