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Liquor Licenses

New liquor licenses and renewals are handled electronically by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and also require paperwork to be submitted to the City Clerk’s office. The processes for new liquor license applications, liquor license renewal applications, temporary outdoor service areas and permanent outdoor service areas are outlined below.

New Liquor Licenses
All applications must be approved by the City Council and new applications must be presented first to the Council's Committee of the Whole meeting and then to a regular City Council meeting. All the following steps must be completed at least 30 days prior to the intended opening date:
1. Complete and submit a liquor license application to the City Clerk’s office. To print a copy of the City application form, please click here.
2. Complete and submit the DCI background check form to the City Clerk's office. To print a copy of the DCI background check form, please click here
3. If the establishment will serve alcohol for on-premises consumption, an Application for Exemption from Ordinance No. 2039 must be completed. To print a copy of the Application for Exemption form, please click here.
4. If the property is owned by the applicant, a copy of the warranty deed must accompany the application submitted to the Clerk's office. If the property is leased by the applicant, a copy of the lease agreement between the owner and the applicant must accompany the application submitted to the Clerk's office. 
5. Complete an application on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website: https://abd.iowa.gov/licensing
6. Provide a copy of the notarized statement from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s application (last page of online application) to the City Clerk’s office. The Notary Form can also be found: https://abd.iowa.gov/licensing/insurance-licensing-forms.
7. Receive approval from the Police Department, Fire Department, Building and Neighborhood Services Department and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and submit approval to the City Clerk’s office.
8. Pay the required $75.00 fee to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk fees for online payments).
9. Once all the previous steps have been completed and the license is listed as “Submitted to Local Authority” on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website, then the application will be placed on the next agenda of the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
10. After receiving approval at the Committee of the Whole meeting, the application is forwarded for final approval at the next City Council meeting.
11. After approval is received at the City Council meeting, the application is approved on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website by the City Clerk and the process is completed with the City.
12. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division emails all liquor licenses to the licensee to the email address submitted with the online application. It is the responsibility of the licensee to print and post their license in their establishment.
13. If an establishment serves alcohol and applied for a Letter of Exemption, the Clerk's office will mail the completed Letter of Exemption form to the licensee. The licensee must post the Letter of Exemption in their establishment.
Note: For information on I-PACT, TIPS or Servsafe training, please visit: https://abd.iowa.gov/education/i-pact.

Liquor License Renewals
All renewals must be approved by the City Council. All the following steps must be completed at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date:
1. Complete and submit a liquor license renewal application on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website: https://abd.iowa.gov/licensing.
2. Pay the $75.00 fee to the Finance Department at City Hall or online (choose Misc Clerk fees for online payments).
3. Establishments that sell liquor for on-premises consumption must also complete the Application for Exemption forms every year with their renewal. To print a copy of the exemption forms, please click here.
4. Once the previous steps have been completed and the license is listed as “Submitted to Local Authority” on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website, the renewal application will be placed on the next agenda of the regular City Council meeting for approval.
5. After approval is granted at the City Council meeting, the application is approved on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website by the City Clerk and the process is completed with the City.
6. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division emails all liquor licenses to the licensee to the email address submitted with the online application. It is the responsibility of the licensee to print and post their license in their establishment.

Temporary Outdoor Service Area Licenses
All temporary outdoor service area licenses must be approved by the City Council. All the following steps must be completed at least 30 days prior to the event date/usage dates:
1. Complete and submit the Temporary Outdoor Service Area application to the City Clerk’s office. To print a copy of the Temporary Outdoor Service Area Application, please click here.
2. Complete an application on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website: https://abd.iowa.gov/licensing.  
Note: dram insurance must cover the temporary outdoor service area.
3. Receive approval from the Police Department, Fire Department and Building and Neighborhood Services Department and submit approval to the City Clerk’s office.
4. Once all the previous steps have been completed and the license is listed as “Submitted to Local Authority” on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website, the application will be placed on the next agenda of the regular City Council meeting for approval.
5. After approval is granted at the City Council meeting, the application is approved on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website by the City Clerk and the process is completed with the City.
6. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division emails all liquor licenses to the licensee to the email address submitted with the online application. It is the responsibility of the licensee to print and post their license in their establishment.

Permanent Outdoor Service Area Licenses
All permanent outdoor service area licenses must be approved by the City Council. All the following steps must be completed at least 30 days prior to the intended opening date/usage date:
1. Complete and submit application form with the Building and Neighborhood Services Department.
2. Complete an application on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website: https://abd.iowa.gov/licensing.  
Note: dram insurance must cover permanent outdoor service area.
3. Receive approval and complete inspections with the Police Department, Fire Department and Building and Neighborhood Services Department, and Zoning Board of Adjustment and submit approval to the City Clerk’s office.
4. Once all the previous steps have been completed and the license is listed as “Submitted to Local Authority” on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website, the application will be placed on the next agenda of the regular City Council meeting for approval.
5. After approval is granted at the City Council meeting, the application is approved on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division’s website by the City Clerk and the process is completed with the City.
6. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division emails all liquor licenses to the licensee to the email address submitted with the online application. It is the responsibility of the licensee to print and post their license in their establishment.