Alcohol Beverage Application Process
Use the menu link to the right of this page to obtain information on the Alcoholic Beverage Application Process. Applications are considered by the Tuscaloosa City Council during their Tuesday meetings which are generally scheduled at 6 p.m. Any questions regarding this process or any other alcohol related questions please contact either Ralona Davis or Vincent Brown at 205-248-5200.
Each state has a department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) that regulates liquor stores and restaurants that are licensed to sell adult beverages to consumers. Although each state has its own rules regarding alcohol sales, there are some regulations that apply across the board in areas where alcohol sales are legal.
All stores, restaurants, hotels and other establishments that sell alcohol in any form, whether bottled or by the drink, must have a liquor license from the state. The license must be displayed in a public place as determined by your state's ABC so that customers can see it at all times. Some states require businesses to apply for a new license each year. Businesses that do not adhere to their state's ABC requirements are at risk of losing their license, for example, if they serve liquor to minors.
While each state may have a slightly altered form of these rules, there are four minimum requirements for obtaining a liquor license. The grantee must be:
- A U.S. citizen;
- At least 21 years of age;
- Not been convicted of a felony; and
- Not a police officer who has the ability to arrest individuals.
The City of Tuscaloosa revenue office collects and administers the following Alcohol Beverage License: Special Event Retail License, Lounge Retail Liquor License, Class I and Retail Beer License (On Premises), Restaurant Retail Liquor License and Retail Beer License (on Premises) and Retail Beer and Retail Table Wine (On and Off Premises).
Use the menu link to the right of this page to obtain information on the Alcoholic Beverage Application Process for each Alcohol Beverage License.