Salt Lake City

Finance

P.O. Box 145451, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5451

Beer and Alcohol

What do I need to sell beer or alcohol? What do I need for beer or alcohol to be consumed on the premises of my place of business?

Regulated (alcohol, tow truck, S.O.B.) Commercial business license process.

To serve beer or alcohol within your place of business, you must get a license from both the City and the State of Utah, Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (DABC). The DABC will require a signed local consent form from the City and a copy of your Business License Certificate.

Contact the DABC for the state packet and information at 1625 South 900 West.
Background Checks are required for all Beer and Liquor Licenses. Complete Beer and Liquor Consumption Individual License form and submit to the Business License Office.

Alcohol License Types

Salt Lake City Corporation has the following classifications for beer and alcohol:

Alcohol Establishment Any business that sells alcoholic beverages to patrons for consumption on the premises, as set forth in section 21A.36.300 of this code.
Off Premises Beer Retailer A retail business that sells beer in its original packaging for consumption off the premises, but does not include the sale of beer in sealed containers pursuant to section 32A-10-206(7), Utah Code Annotated (2009), or its successor provision.
Seasonal License A city business license issued to an alcohol establishment that is valid for a six (6) month period corresponding with the periods provided for “seasonal A” and “seasonal B” licenses issued by the Utah alcoholic beverage control commission, pursuant to title 32A, Utah Code Annotated (2009), and its successor provisions. (Ord. 64-12, 2012)
Special Event Alcohol Permits A city issued special event alcohol permit is required for all events which are required to obtain from the Utah alcoholic beverage control commission a single event permit or temporary special event beer permit under title 32A, Utah Code Annotated (2009) or its successor provisions, allowing alcohol to be stored, sold, served and consumed for short term events.

Location Restrictions - Where can establishments be located?

In addition to any zoning requirements in the City ordinances, establishments that sell alcohol to be consumed on premises must also meet distance requirements set forth by the State.

May not be located:
Within 600 feet of a community location, as measured from the nearest entrance of the outlet by following the shortest route of ordinary pedestrian travel to the property boundary of the community location.
OR
Within 200 feet of a community location, measured in a straight line from the nearest entrance of the outlet to the nearest property boundary of the community location.

Community location means:

  1. A public or private school
  2. A church
  3. A public library
  4. A public playground
  5. A public park

NOTE: A variance maybe authorized to reduce the proximity requirement if the community location at issue is a public library or a public park.

Please contact the Buzz Center for zoning assistance on whether or not a location is zoned for a certain type of establishment.

Requirements for a New License

Before applying for a new license you should first contact the State of Utah, Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (UDABC) to determining what type of license you will need. They will give you a Local Consent form which we will complete and send to them when you have met our requirements.

When applying for a new license, you must complete:

NOTE: Out of State corporate officers and directors may fill out the Addendum to Salt Lake City Corporation’s Application for Beer/Liquor Consumption License.

Requirements when Renewing a License

When renewing your beer/liquor consumption license, you will need:

NOTE: Out of State corporate officers and directors may fill out the Addendum to Salt Lake City Corporation’s Application for Beer/Liquor Consumption License.

Requirements for a Temporary Beer License

When applying for a new or renewing a Temporary Beer License, you will need:

Requirements for a Social / Dining Club License

When applying for a new or renewing a Social / Dining Club license, the Social / Dining Club Registration form must be completed along with three (3) of the Individual Backgrounds.

NOTE: State law requires a minimum of three individuals, officers or directors. Each officer, director or manager must complete an Individual Background form. You must also contact the UDABC for state requirements.

Social / Dining Club Registration

Salt Lake City Corporation Beer and Liquor Consumption Individual Application