Applications for Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits for the City of Roswell are handled by the City Attorney's office.
Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages
In an effort to help local businesses and restaurants during these trying times, Roswell's City Council has approved delivery of unopened liquor, beer, and wine by liquor stores and the ability for retailers and restaurants to deliver beer and wine. There will be a $100 annual fee for businesses that want to deliver alcohol. The and fee went into effect on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
Alcoholic Beverage License Renewals
All 2019-2020 Alcoholic Beverage licenses expires at midnight on December 31, 2020.
Please take note that failure to have your license renewed by this date will require you to re-apply for a new license
and appear before the Alcohol Beverage License Board
before you can serve or sell alcohol in your establishment. The earliest available meeting will be held the first Thursday in January 2021.
This means if you do not renew by December 31, 2020, you will not be able to sell alcohol at all until the new license is issued.
Any renewal application not filed on or before the last City business day prior to October 31, 2020 may be assessed a late filing penalty of $250. Payment in full is required with the submission of the renewal application.
Renewal Applications for New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses
New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits
New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits require a public hearing before the Alcoholic Beverage License Board
before you can serve or sell alcohol in your establishment. In order to schedule your public hearing, please bring your completed application and a non-refundable application fee of $300 made payable to "The City of Roswell" to the Legal Department at 38 Hill Street, Suite 110.
Applications for New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits
Alcoholic Beverage Excise Tax
For full pouring licensees, the City of Roswell imposes a 3% sales excise tax on distilled spirits. Please use the form below to file and pay your return by the 20th of the month following the period for which the tax is due to avoid loss of licensee's compensation and payment of penalty and interest.
Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance
The purposes of the shall include, without necessarily being limited to, the following:
- Compliance with and effectuation of the general state law;
- Prevention of the sale of alcoholic beverages by unfit persons;
- The protection of schools, homes, churches, parks, and other institutions;
- Promotion of appropriate land use and zoning and the effectuation of the city's land use and zoning policies;
- Protection of the public health, safety, and welfare.
To the maximum extent possible under state and federal law, the business of selling alcoholic beverages shall under the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance be considered to be a privilege to be accorded in conformity with the foregoing and other public policies of the city, rather than a right.
A Special Event is any activity that will either affect the ordinary use of parks, public streets, rights-of-way, or sidewalks, disrupt the flow of traffic on public streets or sidewalks, or include alcohol service or sales where it is not normally permitted. Events on private property which will make no use of city streets other than for lawful parking do not require a special event permit.
Alcoholic Beverage License Board
The Alcoholic Beverage License Board is the body comprised of the city administrator or his designee, the director of finance or his designee, and the director of community development or his designee vested with authority to preside over the public hearing for applicants for alcoholic beverage licenses and with authority to grant or deny licenses to sell, serve, or handle alcoholic beverages. Also present at the public hearing as non-voting members of the board shall be the chief of police or his designee and the city attorney or his designee.
- First Thursday of each month
- 10:00 AM, Roswell City Hall, Council Chambers