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 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.

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.

City Permit Required

In addition to the AZ DLLC license the City of Scottsdale requires a Spirituous Liquor Permit Application to be completed and filed. Please note it is unlawful for any person to sell or offer for retail sales within the City any spirituous liquors or alcoholic beverage without having first obtained a liquor permit per City of Scottsdale Revised Code.

The City of Scottsdale Spirituous Liquor Permit Application needs to be completed and filed once the AZ DLLC license application has been submitted. Please call License Registration at 480-312-2400 to verify the fees to be submitted with the City license application.
City Liquor Permit Application (PDF)

Staff Contact: Planning and Development Services - 480-312-7767

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.

Staff Contact: Planning and Development Services - 480-312-7767

Temporary Liquor License

If you plan on having/serving liquor at your special event, you may need a Temporary / Special Event Liquor License.

Special Event Liquor License (Series 15)

  • Both the City of Scottsdale and the AZ DLLC have a Special Event Liquor License (Series 15) application to complete and submit to the City of Scottsdale Business Services Office located at 7447 E Indian School Rd Ste 110.

Once the completed City and State applications are received by Business Services the application will go through a review process by several city departments. When the review is complete the application will be forwarded for the Mayor’s signature to finalize the City’s review. The applicant will be contacted to pick up the signed AZ DLLC application at Business Services for delivery to the AZ DLLC for processing.

**Applications must be submitted a minimum of 20 days prior to the event**

Applications for Extension of Premises/Patio Permit

Temporary Extension of Premises/Patio Permit is an AZ DLLC application to extend the footprint of an existing licensed business. The city's role is to make a recommendation to the State on whether  the temporary liquor license extension should be issued. All applications need to be notarized and submitted directly to the City of Scottsdale Tourism & Events Department at 7447 E. Indian School Road, Suite 301 for review and processing. A dimensioned site plan needs to be attached to show the existing, licensed area and the new proposed area. When the Temporary Extension of Premises/Patio Permit is part of a Special Event, it will be processed simultaneously with the Special Event review. Once approved, the applicant will pick up and deliver the signed application form to the AZ DLLC for processing.

Fair/Festival License Application

Fair / Festival license is an AZ DLLC application for those events where a Fair/Festival license is required for a winery or distillery to provide samples or sales. The city’s role is to make a recommendation to the State on whether the liquor license should be issued. All applications need to be notarized and submitted directly to the City of Scottsdale Tourism & Events Department at 7447 E. Indian School Road, Suite 301 for review and processing. Once approved, the applicant will pick up and deliver the signed application form to the AZ DLLC for processing.

Staff contacts:

Contact Information

Planning - Zoning Requests, General Plan
P: 480-312-7000 
planninginfo@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

One Stop Shop -  Permits and Plan Review
P: 480-312-2500
7447 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

Records
P: 480-312-2356 

Inspections -  Permit Inspections
P: 480-312-5750

Inspection Hours:
Summer (Apr-Oct) 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Winter (Nov-Mar) 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Code Enforcement - Property Maintenance & Zoning Violations
P: 480-312-2546

Building Code Hotline
P: 480-312-2633

Need Help?

480-312-3111

General City Information/Speak to a Citizen Service Specialist


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