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Alcohol Licenses / Permits

Alcohol licenses and fees in Johns Creek are administered, collected and enforced by the Revenue division. All establishments which distribute or sell alcoholic beverages in the City are required to apply for a City alcohol license and pay all applicable fees and taxes.

Alcohol Licenses 

Alcohol Licenses are issued to qualified applicants and establishments, authorizing the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages within the City. Applicants must secure an Alcohol License from both Johns Creek and the State of Georgia before transacting business in alcohol sales or distribution.

The City's application process for new establishments takes up to 60 days, from the date the completed application is received, to approve or deny the request. New businesses may qualify for a 60-day temporary license while their application is being processed. Refer to Revenue Fees and Taxes to determine the fee amount. (Note that fees are prorated for a new business).

Licenses are valid for one year and are due for renewal by Nov. 15 each year. Existing license holders will receive a renewal application in the mail. Renewals received after Nov. 15 but before Dec. 15 are subject to a 10% late filing fee. Businesses failing to renew their license by Dec. 15 must reapply for a new license (at full fee). Contact Revenue at 678-512-3242 if you do not receive a renewal application by Oct. 15.

Applicants must meet specific criteria before an application can be approved. Specific requirements are found in Chapter 6 of the City Code.

Employee Pouring Permits

All managerial staff of restaurants, bars, or other establishments with on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages must obtain an employee pouring permit and complete an approved alcohol training program within 30 days of employment to legally dispense, sell, serve or mix alcoholic beverages. Pouring permits must be renewed annually.

The application process includes filing an application with the associated fee, a 5-year background investigation, and issuance of a photo id card for qualified applicants. The permit must be in the employee's possession when working at the establishment.