Pursuant to Chapter 3, Section 3-240 of the City of Duluth, Code of Ordinances, all owners/managers, alcohol servers, and handlers in any establishment that sells or serves alcoholic beverages in the City of Duluth are required to hold an Alcohol Handling Permit. Each applicant is required to provide consent for a background check to verify eligibility to receive a permit.

1). Alcohol handling permits are by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment email or call 770.476.3434.
2). Hours of permitting are set to minimize wait time and ensure social distancing for the protection of customers and staff. 
3).Apply within five (5) days of the first day of work.
4). Valid identification is required at time of permit application– GA Driver’s License or other secure/verifiable identification.
5). A background check is required at time of permit application. 
6). Once the background check is verified, the applicant will receive a temporary Alcohol Handling Permit that is valid for 60 days. Temporary permits are only issued one time and will not be extended.
7). Return the temporary permit to the employer to be kept on business premises.
8). A non-refundable permit fee of $70.00 is due when applying for a permit. If this is a second alcohol-handling job within the City limits and your first permit has not expired, the fee is for an second permit is $10.00. 
9). Once the temporary permit is acquired, a one-time mandatory Alcohol Training Class is required and will be scheduled at your temporary permit appointment. The cost of the class is $20.00. Pay the class fee at under the Alcohol button. 
10). Upon successful completion of the class and a passing grade on the exam, the applicant will receive a Permanent Alcohol Handling Permit that is valid for two (2) years.
11). Work, sell, and serve responsibly!

1). Renewals can be done 7 days prior to the expiration date of the current permit. 
2).Go to the Permit Portal at by clicking on Alcohol Handling Permit Portal.
3). Renewal payments are processed online via and will be mailed or delivered to the place of business.
4). Completion of a renewal application authorizes the City to perform a background investigation. Ensure that the last box on the application is completed and any and all arrests are listed, regardless of disposition. Failure to list arrest information is grounds for denial, as it is considered falsifying an official document.
5). If you are applying for a renewal and the previous permit has expired, there is a 50% late fee in addition to the $70.00 fee for a total of $105.00, payable by credit card only at this time. Should there be extended circumstances related to COVID-19 and temporary business closings, exceptions may be approved by requests in writing from management/owners of businesses.
6). Renewal applicants are not required to repeat the alcohol awareness training.
7). Permits will be sent to the employer to be kept on business premises.
8). For additional questions, contact the Alcohol Officer at City Hall at 770.497.3434.