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Wholesaler License

A wholesaler license allows you to sell liquor, wine and high gravity beer to a licensed retail package store or a licensed liquor-by-the-drink establishment.

A wholesale license is valid for one (1) calendar year and it expires on December 31st. The forms and fees for this license are available under Public Information and Forms.


Requirements

  • Employees of a wholesaler must be at least eighteen (18) years old and must have a wholesale employee permit card to work in the facility. Salesmen or representatives of a wholesaler must have a wholesale representative permit before they can solicit orders on behalf of the wholesaler.

Restrictions

  • No wholesale license will be issued until the applicant has acquired a federal basic permit to engage in the liquor business.
  • No person, firm or corporation having at least a five percent (5%) ownership interest in the establishment can have any conviction for ten (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 ten (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.
  • No owner can have any interest, either direct or indirect, in any other wholesale license, retail liquor store 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.

  • A new wholesaler must file with the Commissioner of Revenue a cash or security bond in the amount of $75000.00.
  • Fill out and submit the Application for License to sell Alcoholic Beverages at Wholesale.
  • 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.
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Approval from the local government that the wholesaler is in a business district.
  • 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 facility 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.
  • 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

  • Receive and submit a copy of your federal basic permit.

* 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 $3000.00.
  • 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.
  • 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.