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Liquor By the Drink - Club

A private club license allows you to sell liquor, wine and high gravity beer within the premises of the club; and on the golf course, tennis courts and in the area immediately surrounding the swimming pool, if a club offers such amenities.

The forms and fees for this license are available under Public Information and Forms.


Requirements

  • The private club must be in existence for two years as a non-profit organization prior to application, having at least 100 dues-paying members and organized and operated exclusively for pleasure, recreation and other nonprofit purposes.
  • No part of the net earnings may benefit any shareholder or member.
  • The club must own, hire or lease a building or space for the reasonable use of its members, with suitable kitchen and dining room space and equipment and sufficient employees for cooking, preparing and serving meals for its members and guests.
  • No one can be compensated based on the volume of alcoholic beverages sold.
  • The club may not discriminate against any patron or potential member on the basis of gender, race, religion or national origin.

Restrictions

  • No owner can have any interest in any Liquor By the Drink Licensee.
  • No owner can have a felony conviction within the previous ten (10) years.
  • Only members of the club and it's guests can be served.

More Information
New Application Process
  • Private Club Applications must go before the TABC Commissioners for approval.  The Commission meets once a month in Nashville.  The completed application with all supporting documents must be submitted to your local TABC office at least four weeks prior to the meeting.
  • A non-refundable application process fee of $300.00 shall be paid when the application is initially submitted. When your application documents are almost complete, call your local TABC office and make an appointment to come in so your application can be reviewed in your presence. If you prefer to mail your application in, be sure to include your contact information.
  • Run a newspaper notice using the prescribed format, in your local newspaper in at least three consecutive issues preceding the date that the application is filed with the Commission.  Submit copies of the published notice to the TABC along with a sworn statement from the newspaper that the notice was published in three consecutive issues, and giving the dates of publication.
  • Fill out a Certificate of Good Moral Character and submit it to your local jurisdiction for investigation and signature of Mayor or County Executive.  Submit the completed signed form to the TABC.
  • Fill out and submit the Application for License to Sell Alcoholic Beverages on Premise.
    • The application should be fully complete in duplicate, with both copies notarized.
  • Answer all questions on the Questions for Private Club Applicants form.
  • Proof of Possession
    • A Deed and Lease, or other acceptable documentation, indicating the applicant is actually leasing or in possession of the property, shall be furnished to this office.  It is required for the applicant to furnish a copy of the Deed that is registered with the Register of Deed’s Office.  These documents shall be complete and legible.
    • If the application is from a corporation, LLC or partnership, and that entity is not the name of record on the deed, a lease will be required.  The lease should be to that entity that will hold the license.
  • If you have a Purchase Agreement or Bill of Sale, submit a copy to the TABC.
  • Fill out and submit the List of Corporate Stockholders and Officers/LLC Members with names, titles and percentages of ownership.
  • If you have a management agreement, submit a copy to the TABC.
  • If you have a loan associated with the purchase or start-up of this business, submit a copy of your loan documentation.
  • Fill out and submit the Alcoholic Beverage Commission Questionnaire.
    • Owners, partners, officers, managers and/or any person who owns five percent (5%) or more in the corporation/business should complete these forms.  All questions should be answered, even if the answer is N/A (not applicable), and the questionnaire should be signed and notarized.
  • Club officers/owners should fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your identification.
  • Submit a copy of your menu.
    • Must be properly printed, not handwritten, with prices (It is not necessary to provide the typical plastic cover or jacket with the menu).
  • Certificate of Occupancy

    • The Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the local municipality’s codes department. Please contact the local codes department in the jurisdiction in which the store will be located for additional information. This comes from the building inspector, stating that the building meets code, not the occupancy number from the fire marshal.   

  • Any of the following documents which exist must be submitted
    • Bylaws
    • Constitution (including any amendments)
    • Minutes of Membership or Board Meetings
    • Past tax returns (two (2) years)
    • Resolutions, changes in name, purpose or location of club
    • Financial Statements
    • Written approval of use and occupancy by appropriate local authorities where applicable
  • Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission inspects the premises
    • An inspection will be conducted only when an application has been submitted to the local TABC office, and the establishment is ready to open. All fire and building inspections must be complete and satisfactory: tables placed in their final location; any patio areas are defined; required signs are posted; etc. The applicant should contact the local TABC office and schedule an inspection. The agent will bring you a copy of the rules and regulations and the pregnancy warning sign

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

  • Complete the Alcohol Dealer Registration form, submit a copy of the completed form to the TABC and mail the original to the Cincinnati address for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau on page 2 of the form.

Department of Revenue

  • From the Tennessee Department of Revenue, the applicant must obtain a sales tax number, liquor-by-the-drink tax number, and a bond application. For a liquor-by-the-drink establishment, the bond requirement is $10,000.00. The bond should be submitted to the Department of Revenue. Please be advised that written verification from the Department of Revenue that the applicant has a valid bond must be received by the TABC prior to the issuance of any license.
  • Application for Registration sales and use tax
    • Submit the original application to Department of Revenue and submit a copy to the TABC. The TABC will need a copy of the sales and use tax certificate of registration when received from Department of Revenue.
  • Fill out and submit the Price Schedule for Sales of Alcoholic Beverages for Consumption on the Premises to the Department of Revenue.

    • Submit the original to Department of Revenue and submit a copy with your application to the TABC.

    • Information and questions pertaining to this form should be directed to the Department of Revenue.

Secretary of State

  • Submit a copy of your Charter, Articles of Organization, or Partnership Agreement from the state of Tennessee (This document is required only if the applicant is a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC) or a formal partnership.) A filed copy of the Tennessee charter must be furnished to the local TABC office. If an out-of-state charter has been issued, then approval to do business in the State of Tennessee must be obtained from the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office, 6th Floor, William Snodgrass Building, 7th Avenue North between Charlotte Avenue and Union Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, telephone (615) 741-2286. If a corporation is registered out-of-state, then a copy of that charter should also be furnished.
  • Submit a copy of the Certificate of Existence from the Secretary of State’s office if you are a corporation or LLC.
  • Other documentation may be requested after your application is submitted.
  • Your annual license fee will be due after the application has been reviewed by the commissioners, before the permit can be issued.
  • City or County Privilege Tax
    • After the issuance of an on premise consumption license by the TABC, the licensee must also pay a privilege tax to the local municipality or county.  The privilege tax is limited to license fees set in 2003 according to T.C.A.§ 57-4-301(b). Please contact the local municipality and/or county in which the establishment is located for additional information.

* All forms must be completely filled out, signed and notarized.

* All payments must be made with a money order, cashier's check or business check from the licensed establishment and made payable to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Global money orders will not be accepted.

* Notaries are available at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission office for walk in clients. You must be present, have proper identification and the notary must witness your signature.

Renewal Information

Approximately one month prior to your expiration date a TABC agent will conduct a renewal inspection at your establishment. All documents and the renewal fee should be received in the TABC office prior to the expiration date of the license. You must be current on all taxes, have a valid bond in place, and no outstanding citations before your license can renew. Call or email (liquor.tax@tn.gov) the Department of Revenue to verify that your taxes and bond are current before submitting your renewal paperwork to the TABC. If your taxes and bond are not current by the time your license expires, you can be fined for a late renewal, even if your renewal was received in the TABC office prior to expiration.

  • Submit the Renewal License fee (listed on the TABC inspection sheet)
  • Fill out and submit the Application for license to Sell Alcoholic Beverages on Premise The application for license to sell alcoholic beverages on premise should be fully complete in duplicate, with both copies signed and notarized.
  • Fill out and submit a completed List of Private Club Officers form, and submit a copy of the minutes of the annual meeting where your new officers were elected.
  • New club officers should fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your identification (unless you already have one on file with this license).
  • New club officers should complete a questionnaire form and submit it with the renewal, unless they already have one on file with this license.
  • Submit a copy of your 990 tax return, or other annual financial report.

* All forms must be completely filled out, signed and notarized.

* All payments must be made with a money order, cashier's check or business check from the licensed establishment and made payable to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Global money orders will not be accepted.

* Notaries are available at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission office for walk in clients. You must be present, have proper identification and the notary must witness your signature.