Package Sale of Distilled Spirits Licensing Process (First Licensing Cycle): Documents

  • The first licensing period will be divided into two licensing cycles. One license will be issued pursuant to each cycle. 
  • The first licensing Cycle will begin on May 24, 2022. Applications for the initial issuance of licensees will not be accepted until May 24, 2022.
  • The application will be available online on May 24, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ( or at City Hall (465 Riley Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533.) Please note that there is a non-refundable $500 application fee. Along with the application fee, the base license fee of $5,000.00 (plus any additional licenses added, i.e., wine and/or malt beverage) will also be required at the time of submittal of the application. If your application is not successful, the base license fee will be refunded.
  • Please Note: Each applicant is required to provide a copy of a deed showing the applicant to be the owner of the premises for which the license is sought, or a copy of a lease of the premises sought to be used by the applicant for the business for which the license is sought.  At the discretion of the city manager, legal options, pending contracts, or similar evidence may also be accepted. No application in each licensing cycle of the first licensing period will be accepted, which identifies the same premises as a prior application filed during that cycle. However, each successful applicant will be allowed one post-award amendment to his application, changing the licensed premises to another qualified location if filed within twenty days of council action on initial license approval.
  • Acceptance of applications for the initial licenses, or any future allocation of licenses, will remain open for a period of sixty (60) calendar days before review and consideration of such applications.
  • When the application is completed, it must be dated, signed, and verified under oath by the applicant and submitted to the Mary Csukas, City Clerk of the City of Dahlonega, Georgia, together with all supporting documents.
  • During the first cycle, if the city receives more conforming applications than allotted licenses to be issued under the regulations (applications must comply with the standards for the issuance of licenses for the sale of package distilled spirits to be conforming), then the selection of the successful applications for that cycle will be conducted by a lottery system overseen by an independent third party firm.
  • If more conforming applications than allotted are received, then applications will be drawn by lottery until all applications are ranked by the number in which they were drawn.  The applications drawn from the lottery system will then be presented to the city council for action on the approval of the license to be issued for that cycle (applications ranked beneath the first drawn will be held in reserve and notified in their ranking order should a default occur in the ability of the application first drawn to meet the requirements of the regulations.) 
  • Applications from the first licensing cycle are exclusive to that cycle and do not in any way carry forward to the second licensing cycle.

New Alcohol Licensing Process: Georgia Department of Revenue Centralized Alcohol Application Process- Registration Retail Alcohol License Account

The Georgia Department of Revenue’s new centralized alcohol application process is designated for retail alcohol initial license registrations and renewals. With this new system, all local and state retail alcohol applications will uniformly be submitted through the Georgia Tax Center (GTC).

The following documentation provides information on registering for a retail alcohol license
account (Retail, Consumption on Premises, Special Events, Hotel In-Room) on GTC.

The Package Sales of Distilled Spirits Application is presented to the City for approval and payment. This application is not affected by the new State Alcohol LIcesning Process, and reporting the issuance of the approved license to the state is the license holder’s responsibility.

The Off-Premise Catering Application is presented to the City for approval and payment. This application process is not affected by the new State Alcohol Licensing Process. This Off-Premise Alcohol License is issued to establishments with an existing consumption on-premise alcohol license, and reporting issuance of the approved license to the state is the license holder’s responsibility.

Register an Existing Business for a Retail Alcohol License:

Retail licenses, excluding special event licenses, require a Sales and Use Tax account. You will
need to apply for a Sales and Use Tax account first if you do not already have one for the business