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New On-Premise License

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing of a new liquor license application from the time it is submitted until the license certificate is issued by the State.

Application and Approval Process

Please follow these steps in the order listed:

  1. To submit your license application on-line, go to the State of Iowa’s Website The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (Iowa ABD) “Electronic Licensing User Guide” is available on the Website. Be sure to follow the instructions for submitting a NEW application. Contact Iowa ABD with questions at (866) 469-2223 (Option 1 for Licensing Specialist).

    1. Please carefully read the questions from the Criminal History screen and provide answers as requested. Failure to disclose all incidents can result in denial of your application.

    2. If you have listed any criminal history on your application, provide a copy of the disposition of court and any related documentation.

  2. Please provide all of the following documents to Davenport City Hall/Revenue Division – 226 W 4th Street, Davenport IA 52801 to begin the approval process.

    1. 600-foot distance requirement affidavit, unless exempt. Measured lot line to lot line.

    2. Notarized signature form printed from your on-line application

    3. Sketch of premises, including living quarters, if applicable. Please provide a clearly marked sketch, listing location of the items on the “Premises Information” screen of the on-line application. Mark accurate measurements, as your license fees are based on square footage You must request outdoor area privilege if you will allow consumption of alcoholic beverages outside the licensed premises, such as picnic table, porch, deck, patio, beer garden, etc. Retain a copy for your records

    4. Sketch of the outdoor service area, if applicable.   Please draw the boundaries of the outdoor area. The area must include an entryway connecting the building directly into the outdoor area. The outdoor area cannot be separated from the building by parking or other space. Boundaries of an outdoor area must be easily identifiable using visible above-ground structure (such as permanent or temporary fencing, barricades, planters, etc.). Retain a copy for your records.

    5. "Confidential" Addendum with financial documentation. This form requests background information and proof of financial responsibility. It must be submitted each year with the new and renewal applications.

  3. The application information will be routed for review to the Zoning, Fire, Police and Building Departments. When all department approvals have been received by the Revenue Division, your application will be placed on the Committee of the Whole agenda for City Council approval before processing by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.  ***Note: Council agenda is set two weeks prior to each meeting and meetings are held twice per month.

  4. The following items are not required at the same time you submit your license application. However, they are required before your license can be processed by the State.

    1. Lease agreement, warranty deed or final sales contract, or management agreement for the premises (building). Purchase agreements cannot be accepted. Please remember that, except under certain circumstances, the State will not back-date a license to an effective date prior to City Council approval and processing of the application and license, nor prior to the effective date of a lease or ownership of the building.

    2. Dram shop liability insurance verification. The effective dates must run concurrently with the effective dates of the license. After the dates have been determined, the insurance company must verify coverage on your on-line application for processing completion. It is not necessary to provide a copy of the dram certificate to the City.

    3. License or permit and fees.  These fees are not transferred from the bank account identified on the signature page of your on-line application until the City approves your license application.

  5. When all of the above steps are completed, the City will endorse your license application for processing by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.  Note: If the license effective date is within 10 days of City endorsement, you must deliver a cashier’s check (to City Hall) made payable to Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, in the amount of the license fees before the license will be processed.

  6. Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division will email your new license to the email address provided on your online application. Please print and post the license at the licensed premise.

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