The Vermont Division of Liquor Control (DLC) was created in 1933, when the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealed the Volstead Act (Prohibition). Control of the sale and distribution of alcohol was then transferred to state governments. In response, all states instituted some form of three-tier system of producers, wholesale distributors, and retailers to promote moderation in consumption, prevent concentration of power, and raise revenues through taxes.
Vermont is considered a "Control State" where the State controls the sale of distilled spirits through government agencies at the wholesale level. The State also exercises control over retail sales for off-premises consumption through designated agents located throughout the state of Vermont. See below for information and forms regarding regarding retail business operations.
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Education is a vital part of the mission of the Vermont Department of Liquor Control. The Education Division helps bring training and seminars to consumers, businessmen, teenagers, parents, bartenders, store owners, and anyone else who needs to know about how to make sure alcohol is only used in safe and legal ways.
The Department of Liquor Control allows businesses to take a train the trainer approach to training employees within a business. A certified member of the staff may train other employees on the rules and regulations around selling and serving alcohol and tobacco. These in-house certifications are not transferrable and employees must be recertified if they work for another employer. The In-House Training Kit includes all relevant materials and the mandatory DLC video for selling or serving alcohol. Training materials for other circumstances are listed below. The
These permits are obtained by downloading the appropriate permit application form. Complete and submit the application to the Department of Liquor Control with the appropriate fees.
As always please familiarize yourself with Vermont Laws and Regulations concerning Liquor Control.
Download the application forms to fill out. Most of them can be filled out on-screen by clicking on areas and typing. Print out and mail in with the appropriate fees. All of them use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. If you get a "Bad Encrypt Dictionary" error, download a more current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The DLC offers a variety of other permits and licenses as required by State laws and regulations. For example, an art gallery, bookstore, public library or museum permit allows these venues to conduct an event at which malt or vinous beverages or both are served by the glass to the public, provided that the event is approved by the local licensing authority. A permit holder may purchase malt or vinous beverages directly from a licensed retailer. The permit holder shall be subject to the provisions of this title and the rules of the Board regarding the service of alcoholic beverages.