Liquor License Information
Below is a list of the different series of liquor license applications available at the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (AZ DLLC) and a guide to the City of Scottsdale’s review process.
To coordinate your AZ DLLC Liquor License with the City of Scottsdale review process, locate the series of license for which you are applying from the list below. Once you have determined if the application is a permanent or temporary license, click on the review process link for additional information.
If you are unsure of what series of license you may need please visit the AZ DLLC .
Types of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses Applications
Permanent Licenses - Review Process
Series 1 - In State Producer
Series 2 - Out of State Producer
Series 3 - Domestic Microbrewery
Series 4 - Wholesaler
Series 5 - Government
Series 6 - Bar
Series 7 - Beer and Wine Bar
Series 8 - Conveyance
Series 9 - Liquor Store
Series 10 - Beer and Wine Store
Series 11 - Hotel / Motel
Series 12 - Restaurant
Series 13 - Domestic Farm Winery
Series 14 - Club (Private)
Series 17 - Direct Shipment
Series 18 - In-State Craft Distiller
Series 19 - Remote Tasting Room
Series 20 - Alternating Proprietorship
Series 21 - Custom Crush
Permanent Extension of Premises
Temporary Licenses - Review Process
Series 15 - Special Event
Series 16 - Wine Festival / Wine Fair
Temporary Extension of Premises
Permanent Liquor License
These are AZ DLLC applications and the license is issued by the AZ DLLC. The permanent liquor license application process begins at the AZ DLLC located at 800 W. Washington, 5th floor in Phoenix. All applications must to be submitted directly to the state to start the process, with the exception of the permanent extension of premises and remote tasting rooms (these are submitted to the City of Scottsdale to start the process).
The State will send the liquor license application to the City for review and recommendation. The City’s role in reviewing your liquor license application is to make a recommendation to the State on whether or not the liquor license should be issued. When the City receives an application from the State, City staff will contact the applicant regarding the process timeline. The applicant will need to complete and submit a City Liquor License Questionnaire appropriate for your specific type of business.
- City Liquor License Questionnaire - Existing Location - Packaged Retail, Wholesale, or Manufacturing (PDF)
- City Liquor License Questionnaire - Existing Location - Restaurants and Bars (PDF)
- City Liquor License Questionnaire - New Location - Packaged Retail, Wholesale, or Manufacturing (PDF)
- City Liquor License Questionnaire - New Location - Restaurants and Bars (PDF)
The City questionnaire is required to initiate the City’s review process. It is important to be aware of the City’s zoning requirements prior to committing to a business location or submitting a liquor license application to the state. For instance, bars may require a Conditional Use Permit, which may take four to six months to process and starts with a pre-application. This may then delay the issuance of a liquor license. City Council review occurs at a public hearing, typically held in the Scottsdale City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Once approved, the City will send the recommendation to the AZ DLLC. The approximate processing time from date of submittal to the state is 65-105 days.
Permanent Extension of Premises
Extension of Premises is an AZ DLLC application to extend the footprint of an existing licensed footprint. All applications need to be notarized and submitted directly to the City of Scottsdale Current Planning Department at 7447 E. Indian School Road, Suite 105 to start the process. You will need to have a dimensioned site plan to show the existing, licensed area and the new, proposed area. This may require a Development Review Board approval for any improvements made. If any exterior improvements are proposed, a Pre-Application meeting with City staff is required.
The City of Scottsdale's role is to make a recommendation to the State on whether or not the liquor license footprint should be enlarged. Once the City receives an Arizona Department of Liquor License application from the applicant, City staff will contact the applicant on the process timeline. Once a recommendation is made by the City Council, the applicant may hand-carry the recommendation to the state to expedite the process or staff will mail the recommendation to the State.
Temporary Liquor License requests are AZ DLLC applications. All completed applications need to be submitted to the City of Scottsdale first to initiate the process. When the temporary liquor license is part of a Special Event, coordinate through the Special Event process.
The City’s role is to make a recommendation to the State on whether or not the liquor license should be issued. When the City receives an application from the applicant, City staff will contact the applicant on the process timeline.
Once approved, the City will send the approval form to the State. The applicant may choose to deliver the signed application form to the state to expedite the process.
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