Liquor licenses in the State of Arizona are issued by the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for new businesses and for any changes in ownership or location of an existing license. State law requires cities to first review and provide a recommendation of either “approval” or “denial” to the Department of Liquor. Applications made to the State are sent to the corresponding city for a posting process and presentation to Council for them to recommend to the Department of Liquor either approval or denial. Hearings can be scheduled with the State under certain conditions. The State Liquor Board has the legal authority to make the final determination on whether to approve or deny the license.
For further information on the City’s licensing role and process, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 623-876-2943.
For further information on the Department of Liquor and State Liquor Board’s licensing role and process, please call the Department of Liquor at 602-542-5141 or visit the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control website at https://azliquor.gov.