Purchasing Businesses with Existing Licenses

Liquor Licenses are Non-Transferrable
If you are purchasing an existing business that has a current liquor license, please note the liquor license is non-transferable. New owners must apply for a new liquor license for the establishment in question. If you would like to continue operations at the existing location during the Background Check and approval process you must first gain approval from the Liquor Commissioner.

The Mayor serves as the Liquor Commissioner for the City and is the final authority in the approval process for a liquor applicant. To gain approval, applicants must submit a letter to the Liquor Commissioner asking to operate in good faith, until such time as the approval process is completed. Applicants will be notified in a timely manner as to whether or not their request has been approved.