Alcoholic Beverage Licenses

NOTE: If you intend to apply for extended hours licenses, that intention must be advertised in the legal section of the Courier Journal. Protests for the extended hours should be sent to:

Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY.  40501-8400, within 30 days of the date of the legal publication.

Follow the steps below to obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License.

For procedures on Temporary ABC licenses click here.

NEW REQUIREMENT
Every ABC applicant must post notice of the application for original license, any amendments to original license, or application for additional license.

  • Must be posted at time application is filed and remain posted until approval or denial
  • Must be at least 14 point font size
  • Printed on at least 8.5X11in yellow paper of durable material

*Failure to post notice may result in a delay of the approval or denial process.

Click here to download posting

STEP 1 APPLICATION
Make a copy of your completed state ABC application(s) and all attachments. http://abc.ky.gov/. Submit this information to the Louisville Metro ABC office along with the Louisville Metro ABC local application fee.

NEW ZONING CONFIRMATION Every ABC applicant will need to contact Planning and Design, 444 S. 5th St., Suite 300, phone (502)574-8662.  There is a $25.00 charge for the Zoning Confirmation and return to ABC.

Other Required Forms in addition to State Application

Fee Schedule

STEP 2. TAX CLEARANCE
Obtain a local tax clearance from the Louisville/Jefferson County Revenue Commission located at 617 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, Ky. 40202. Phone 502-574-4900 or Fax 502-574-4818. After you have obtained their approval; return this clearance form to the Louisville Metro ABC Office.

Tax Clearance Form (PDF)

STEP 3. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Every ABC applicant that will sell food and/or alcohol by the drink must obtain a health certificate from the Louisville Metro Health Dept. located at 400 E. Gray Street, phone 502-574-6650. A copy or proof of inspection must be furnished to the Louisville Metro ABC Office before an ABC license will be approved.

Health Department Web Site

STEP 4. REMODELING, EXPANDING, NEW CONSTRUCTION
Any ABC premises under construction, remodeling, or expanding the premises to be licensed must obtain BUILDING CODE APPROVAL AND ZONING APPROVAL. Please remember your Louisville Metro ABC licenses will not be issued until all approvals and certificates of occupancy have been issued.

Development Division Web Site

STEP 5. FOOTAGE LAW:
State law (KRS 241.075) requires new Retail Liquor Drink or Retail Liquor Package Licenses be located at least 700 feet apart. Check first with the Louisville Metro ABC Office 502-574-3321 regarding these requirements.

STEP 6. FIRE MARSHAL:
Anyone applying for Restaurant Liquor by the Drink or Limited Sunday Liquor by the Drink License must have premises large enough to seat at least 100 patrons for dining. You must obtain written verification from one of the following offices stating your premises address to be licensed can seat at least 100 persons. Attach this letter or statement to your ABC application for licensing.

  1. URBAN SERVICE AREA PREMISES
    City Fire Marshal's Office
    1135 W. Jefferson St.
    502-574-3701
    Fire & Rescue Web Site
  2. OUTSIDE URBAN SERVICE AREA PREMISES
    County Fire Marshal's Office,
    531 Court Pl., Suite 301.
    502-574- 5950.
  3. OPENED PREMISES
    Local fire department in the district where your business is currently operating.
    Jefferson County Fire Service Web Site
  4. STATE PROPERTY
    State Fire Marshal's Office US Hwy.
    127 S. Frankfort, Ky. 40601
    502-564-8090

STEP 7. METRO APPLICATION FEES:
Prepare a certified check, cashier check or money order. Make payable to: (Metro Finance).  You are now ready to submit your application, attachments, and application fees to the Louisville Metro Office.

STEP 8.
After the Louisville Metro ABC application has been approved a separate “Louisville Metro ABC Approval Slip” will be forwarded to the State ABC Office in Frankfort, which is needed to obtain your State license. Louisville Metro application(s) usually take approximately 30 – 45 days to process; Therefore, please make application well in advance of your opening date.

NOTATION:
In order to sell alcoholic beverages in the Louisville Metro every premise must have a Louisville Metro, State and Federal License. Listed below are contact numbers for each of these offices.

  1. Louisville Metro ABC Offices 502-574-3591
  2. State of Kentucky ABC Office 502-564-4850