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Retail Package Store License

Overview

Beginning July 1st, all Retail Package Store Managers must be Designated Managers. (Click here for more information.) Also, Retail Package Store Managers must be Certified Clerks. (Click here for more information.)

 


A retailer's license allows you to sell liquor, wine and high gravity beer at a retail package store located in a city which has authorized the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off premise.

A retail license is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. The forms and fees for this license are available under Public Information and Forms.


Requirements

  • Applicants for a retail store must contact the city first and apply to the city for a certificate of compliance.
  • The application for a retail store must be approved by the TABC commission at a regular monthly commission meeting. Applications must be complete before being placed on the agenda.
  • A retail store must be located on the ground floor with one (1) main entrance opening on a public street with no other door or entrance for use by the public unless the store is located on the corner of two public streets. Under those circumstances, a retail store could have a door opening on each of the public streets.
  • Retail stores must be closed for business on Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, Labor Day, New Year's Day and the Fourth of July. Their hours of operation are from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday. They must be closed on Sunday.
  • Employees of a retail store must be at least eighteen (18) years old and must be a certified clerk or have an unexpired retail employee permit card to work in the store.
  • A retail package store must obtain responsible wine vendor status (https://tn.gov/abc/topic/responsible-wine-vendor-program).

Restrictions

  • No person, firm or corporation having at least a five percent (5%) ownership interest in the establishment can have any conviction for 10 years prior to the application of a violation of the laws governing the sale or manufacture of alcoholic beverages or of any felony. No owner can have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude within 10 years prior to the time they will receive their license, unless their rights of citizenship have been restored or judgment of infamy has been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • An owner of a retail liquor store cannot be a public employee, either state, city, local or county. An owner of a retail liquor store cannot hold any type of public office, either appointed or elected, unless that owner is an uncompensated appointee to a municipal board or commission where they have no duty to vote for, overlook, or superintend the sale of alcoholic beverages.
  • No owner can have any interest, either direct or indirect, in any other retail liquor store, wholesale license, or liquor by the drink license.

More Information
New Application Process

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 article in a local paper following the format in rule 0100-03-.09(10). The notice must run in at least three (3) consecutive issues proceeding the date that the applicant applies to the city for a certificate of compliance.
  • Apply to the city for a certificate of compliance (each owner).
  • Fill out and submit the Application for License to sell Alcoholic Beverages at Retail.
  • Proof of Possession
    • A Lease, Deed, Bill of Sale or other acceptable documentation, indicating the applicant is actually leasing or in possession of the property, shall be furnished to this office. It is also 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, the lease should be to that entity that will hold the permit.
  • If you have a purchase agreement or bill of sale, 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.
  • Fill out and submit the List of Corporate Stockholders and Officers with names, titles and percentages of ownership.
  • Fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your Identification.
    • Owners, partners, officers, and/or any person who owns five percent (5%) or more should complete the declaration of citizenship form.
  • Sign and submit the Letter of Waiver of any Right to an Administrative Hearing form (each owner).
  • Fill out and submit the Personal Financial Statement form (each owner).
  • Fill out the cover letter for the Credit Check from Banking/Lending institution. Take this letter with the rest of the form to your bank to be completed by a bank official and returned to the TABC office (each owner).
  • Submit a copy of your certificate of compliance from the city.
  • Submit a copy of the newspaper notice with a sworn affidavit as to its publication.
  • 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.
  • Submit a copy of your city business license.
  • Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Inspects the premises.
    • The applicant should contact the local TABC office and schedule an inspection after their application has been submitted. The agent will bring you a copy of the rules and regulations and the pregnancy warning sign.
  • 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.

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. This must be currently dated, within 30 days.

Department of Revenue

  • Application for Registration sales and use tax - Submit the original application to 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 Revenue.

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.

* 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 citations and taxes before your permit can renew.

  • Submit the renewal license fee of $850.00.
  • Fill out and submit the Application for License to sell Alcoholic Beverages at Retail.
  • Fill out and submit a completed stockholders/officers/members form.
  • Fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your Identification, (unless you already have one on file with this permit).
    • Owners, partners, officers, and/or any person who owns five percent (5%) or more should complete the declaration of citizenship form.
  • Submit a copy of your corporation or LLC annual report.
  • If you plan to offer in-store tastings during the license year, submit a letter of intent to offer tastings with your annual renewal .
    Submit any other documentation required for your renewal.

* 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.