After prohibition many states chose to resume the legal sale of alcohol through licensed private sellers.  Eighteen states including Vermont and a few local jurisdictions opted for a different course – control.  Control States are jurisdictions that directly control the distribution and sale of beverage alcohol within their borders. Here in Vermont, the import and distribution is limited to spirituous beverages as beer and wine were privatized at the end of prohibition; however the DLC is responsible for the training and licensing all establishments that sell or serve alcohol including beer and wine.  The Vermont Department of Liquor Control (DLC) is tasked with the licensing of Manufacturers of malt and vinous beverages as well as Distillers of spirituous beverages and we license Wholesale Dealers.  We are also responsible for providing mandatory training in order to obtain a license and are tasked with the enforcement of laws related to the sale and consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

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License Status

The Department of Liquor and Lottery is encouraging all licensees that have not renewed their 2020-2021 licenses to do so as soon as possible, but no later than November 1, 2020.

Interactive dashboard to assist Town Clerks and Licensees to manage License Renewals.

To view the status of all renewed licenses, select "Click here for renewed 2020 licenses" in the interactive heading below.




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Patrick T. Delaney, Commissioner
13 Green Mountain Drive
Montpelier VT 05602

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Gary Kessler, Deputy Commissioner

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