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Effective July 1 2016, the City will collect a $2.00 Technology Enhancement Fee on each permit and specialty license issued. The funds will be used to enhance and streamline licensing and permitting technologies used by the City. 

Any person who sells liquor in Arizona must apply for a liquor license at the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control.  The State will forward all applications for businesses in Mesa to the City of Mesa Licensing Office.

Upon receiving the application, the Licensing Office will post a sign on the proposed business premises.  The posting must remain up for 20 calendar days.  Any person who resides or who owns or leases property within one mile of the applicant's premises may submit written comments or petitions to the City stating whether they are for or against the application within the 20-day posting period. Written comments or petitions should be mailed, faxed, or sent by e-mail.  Once the 20-day posting period has concluded, all comments will be forwarded to the City Council.  No arguments shall be filed or accepted by the City thereafter.

The City is required to have the recommendation back to the State within 60 days of the receipt of the application.  The City of Mesa has no control over the processing of a license application after the City Council makes its recommendation to the State Liquor Board.

If the City Council recommends denial of a liquor license, the State Liquor Board will schedule a hearing on the application, at which time a City representative and the applicant may present their cases.  The City Attorney's Office represents Mesa at all hearings before the State Liquor Board.  However, the City Attorney's Office does not represent individual residents or neighborhood groups at the State Liquor Board hearings.

State of Arizona Liquor License application

Submit complete application to Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control

Special Event Liquor Licenses

 Fees  
Application Fee (all series)    
$100
Issuance Fee

Series 1 - 4, 8 and 13  

$2,000

Series 6, 7  

$2,000

Series 9, 10, 11, 12 

$2,000

Series 14

$2,000

Annual Fee (due Dec. 31 of each year)
 
Series 1 - 4, 8 and 13
$500
Series 6, 7, 9 10 and 14
$550
Late Fee
20% of renewal rate
Special Event Liquor License Application Fee
$25

How can I speak for or against a liquor license?
Any person who resides or who owns or leases property within one mile of the applicant's premises may submit written comments or petitions to the City stating whether they are for or against the application within the 20-day posting period. No arguments shall be filed or accepted by the City thereafter. Written comments or petitions should be mailed, faxed, or sent by e-mail to the City of Mesa Licensing Office.
In addition, any person - no matter where he/she lives - who wishes to speak before the Mesa City Council concerning a liquor license application may do so at a public hearing. The City Council holds a public hearing on each application immediately prior to voting on whether to recommend approval or denial of the application to the State Liquor Board.

What is an Extension of Premises?
An Extension of Premises is an extension of the existing area occupied by the licensee and can be either permanent or temporary.

ARS 4-207.01; Rule R19-1-311 "No licensee shall change or alter the physical arrangement of his licensed premises so as to include greater space or the use of different or additional entrances, without having first submitted a diagram of the proposed alterations for prior approval. (This includes outdoor patio tables within the boundaries of the licensee's property.) The diagram must be submitted for approval for a temporary, as well as a permanent extension of premises."

The State application is submitted to the city where the business is located. Upon approval by the city, the application must be taken to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for their approval.  


Questions?

For further information concerning the City's licensing role and processcall (480) 644-2316 or e-mail  licensing.info@Mesaaz.gov.

For further information concerning the Dept. of Liquor's licensing role and process visit Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control or call (602) 542-5141.