Liquor Licensing in Bossier City

Obtaining a liquor license in Bossier City can be a complex process with multiple steps and requirements, leaving many traps for the unwary. The specific process may vary depending on the type of liquor license you need and the parish in which you plan to operate. Below is a general overview of the steps involved in obtaining a liquor license in Bossier City:

  1. Determine the Type of License Needed: Bossier City offers various types of liquor licenses. You need to determine the type of license that best fits your business or event.  

  2. Verify Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for obtaining a liquor license. These requirements may include being of legal drinking age, having a clean criminal record, and being a U.S. citizen or resident.

  3. Choose a Location: Select a location for your business or event, keeping in mind that zoning regulations and local ordinances may restrict the sale of alcohol in certain areas.

  4. Apply for the License: Depending on your location, you may need to apply for a liquor license with either the Bossier City Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) or your local parish government. Contact the relevant authority to obtain the necessary application forms.

  5. Complete the Application: Fill out the liquor license application form accurately and completely. You may need to provide detailed information about your business, your personal background, and your financial history. Be prepared to submit supporting documentation, such as lease agreements, financial statements, and floor plans.

  6. Background Check: You and any other individuals involved in the ownership or management of the business may undergo a background check as part of the application process.

  7. Pay Application Fees: Pay the required application fees, which can vary depending on the type of license and the location of your business. These fees are typically non-refundable.

  8. Publication: The publications required for a liquor license application in Bossier City typically include public notices and announcements that inform the community and interested parties about your intention to obtain a liquor license. These publications are a crucial part of the application process and are typically mandated by state and local regulations to ensure transparency and provide an opportunity for community input. The specific publication requirements can vary by parish or municipality, so it's essential to consult with the local authorities and the Bossier City Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) for precise guidance.

  9. Obtain Local Approvals: You may need to obtain approvals from your local parish government or city council. This may involve obtaining a local permit or complying with specific local regulations.  In some cases where the premises has not held a liquor license previously, your liquor license application may be subject to a public hearing, especially if there are objections from local residents or businesses. You may need to present your case and answer questions at the hearing.

  10. Receive Approval: Once your application is approved, you will receive your liquor license. Make sure to display the license prominently in your establishment.

  11. Comply with Regulations: After obtaining the license, you must adhere to all state and local regulations regarding the sale and service of alcohol, including age verification, operating hours, and responsible beverage service.

  12. Renew Your License: Liquor licenses typically need to be renewed annually. Be sure to submit renewal applications and fees on time to maintain your license.

It's essential to consult with the Bossier City Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and your local parish government to understand the specific requirements and procedures for obtaining a liquor license in your area. The process can be time-consuming, so it's advisable to start early and seek legal guidance if needed to ensure a smooth application process.  BLG is experienced with filing at both the state and federal level and can ensure your applications have the best chance at success.

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