OBTAINING A LIQUOR LICENSE
There are 18 Control States in this country of which Vermont is one. In large, control States have State Agencies that are in the business of importing, wholesaling and retailing spirituous and sometimes vinous beverages. Here in Vermont, we only import and distribute spirituous beverages as beer and wine were privatized at the end of prohibition. In addition to distributing spirits, the Vermont Department of Liquor Control is the only State agency tasked with the licensing of Manufacturers of malt and vinous beverages as well as Distillers of spirituous beverages, We also license Wholesale Dealers and retail businesses in addition to the enforcement of laws related to these areas. We are also responsible for providing mandatory training in order to obtain a license. For a list of the permits and licenses we offer, refer to the Quick Guide to Licenses and Permits.
If you are interested in obtaining a license to manufacture malt, vinous or spirituous liquors, or if you are looking to wholesale beer or wine or sell alcoholic beverages at the retail level, you will need to fill out the appropriate application for the type of business you wish to conduct in Vermont. Forms can be found by clicking on the application link.
WHATS NEW WITH LICENSING?
Fortified Wine Permits: January 1, 2016 the new Fortified Wine permits will be available to the first 150 Second class licensee holders who apply for this permit. These licenses will be valid for each licensing year they are applied for. The licenses will be renewable but must be sent in each year by May 1 in order to renew them for the following licensing year. Licensing years run May 1 through April 30 of each year.
Application Fees: As of July 1, 2016 some licensing fees will change. New fees and license information will be available on July 1, 2016.