Applications for Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits for the City of Roswell are handled by the City Attorney's office.
Alcoholic Beverage License Renewals
All 2018-2019 Alcoholic Beverage licenses expires at midnight on December 31, 2019.
Please take note that failure to have your license renewed by this date will require you to re-apply for a new license
and appear before the Alcohol Beverage Licensing Board before you can serve or sell alcohol in your establishment. The earliest available meeting will be held the first Thursday in January 2020.
This means if you do not renew by December 31, 2019, you will not be able to sell alcohol at all until the new license is issued.
Any renewal application not filed on or before the last City business day prior to October 31, 2019 may be assessed a late filing penalty of $250. Payment in full is required with the submission of the renewal application.
Renewal Applications for New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses
New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits
New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits require a public hearing before the Alcohol Beverage Licensing Board before you can serve or sell alcohol in your establishment. In order to schedule your public hearing, please bring your completed application and a non-refundable application fee of $300 made payable to "The City of Roswell" to the Legal Department at 38 Hill Street, Suite 110.
Applications for New Alcoholic Beverage Licenses & Permits
Alcoholic Beverage Excise Tax
For full pouring licensees, the City of Roswell imposes a 3% sales excise tax on distilled spirits. Please use the form below to file and pay your return by the 20th of the month following the period for which the tax is due to avoid loss of licensee's compensation and payment of penalty and interest.
Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance
The purposes of the City of Roswell Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance
shall include, without necessarily being limited to, the following:
- Compliance with and effectuation of the general state law;
- Prevention of the sale of alcoholic beverages by unfit persons;
- The protection of schools, homes, churches, parks, and other institutions;
- Promotion of appropriate land use and zoning and the effectuation of the city's land use and zoning policies;
- Protection of the public health, safety, and welfare.
To the maximum extent possible under state and federal law, the business of selling alcoholic beverages shall under the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance be considered to be a privilege to be accorded in conformity with the foregoing and other public policies of the city, rather than a right.
A Special Event is any activity that will either affect the ordinary use of parks, public streets, rights-of-way, or sidewalks, disrupt the flow of traffic on public streets or sidewalks, or include alcohol service or sales where it is not normally permitted. Events on private property which will make no use of city streets other than for lawful parking do not require a special event permit.