How to Apply for a Manufacturer's License

This license is obtained by downloading the Application for License to Manufacture or Rectify Malt, Vinous, or Spirituous Beverages.  Complete and submit the application to the Department of Liquor Control.   You will be contacted by a DLC Licensing Investigator.  The Investigator will request copies of your articles of incorporation or LLC.  If you're licensing as an individual, you do not need to produce articles of incorporation or LLC. 

All applicants will need to produce a copy of the following as well:

  • Trade name registration which is obtained through the Secretary of States Office
  • Your Federal employee identification number (FEIN)
  • Your sales and use certificate, from the Vermont Department of Taxes
  • Federal -  Brewer's Notice for malt manufacturers, Basic Permit for vinous, Distillers Permit for spirits
  • Proof of training in regards to Vermont's liquor laws, rules and regulations through the Department of Liquor Control
  • A copy of your lease and/or proof of ownership of the property to be licensed
  • If you have employees you will need to provide proof of Workman's Compensation Insurance
  • If applicable, a copy of your naturalization certificate

You do not need all of the above paperwork to file your application with your locality; however, all this information must be provided to the DLC before a license may be issued. The process can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks after the DLC receives your application with ALL information required. 

Important to remember:  All documents must be in the name of the entity applying for the license.

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As always please familiarize yourself with Vermont Laws and Regulations concerning Liquor Control.

As a reminder, Vermont is a Bottle Bill state requiring registration of containers with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and labeling for deposit on containers of covered beverages per 10 V.S.A. §1522, §1524, §1528.  To register your company, and brands under the Vermont Beverage Container, Deposit and Redemption legislation visit https://anrweb.vt.gov/DEC/BottleBill/. For information on Vermont’ Beverage Container Deposit law visit http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/product-stewardship/bottle-bill. For all other questions contact Bryn Oakleaf (ANR) by email (bryn.oakleaf@vermont.gov) or phone 802-828-1138.

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