Alcoholic Beverage License

Chapter 4, Columbia Code of Ordinances

It is unlawful for any person, either by himself or through the use of agents or servants, to engage in the manufacture, brewing, sale or distribution of intoxicating liquors or nonintoxicating beer, within the City without first having obtained a license. (Section 4-2, Columbia Code of Ordinances)

How does a business apply for an Alcoholic Beverage License?

Applications for a City Alcoholic Beverage (Liquor) License may be obtained online or from the Business License Office located at 701 E Broadway. A valid Business License in the City of Columbia is required in addition to the liquor license.

Alcoholic Beverage License Requirements Checklist 

The Liquor License application must be approved by the pertinent departments as well as the City Manager. The approval process takes approximately two weeks at which time a license is issued by the Business Services Manager.

A criminal record check is required for each individual owner, partner and all members of an LLC.  If the applicant is a corporation, the managing officer, each offer and director, and all shareholders who own 10% or more of the stock of the business must obtain a criminal record check. If the owner, partner or managing officer is a naturalized citizen, proof of citizenship must be submitted.

A Statement of No Sales Tax Due shall be provided at time of application, which can be obtained from the Missouri Department of Revenue at 573-751-9268.

A copy of the lease, rental agreement or contract of sale must be provided at time of application for the leased business premise.

If the business is an LLC, please provide a copy of the Limited Liability Company Operation Agreement.

What is the term of an Alcoholic Beverage License? 

Liquor Licenses shall be issued for a period of one year from July 1st through June 30th of each year. Persons desiring to secure licenses after June 30th shall pay for such portion of the license year remaining at the time such license is issued. If there is a change in the managing officer, please complete the Alcoholic Beverage License Application to Change Managing Officer.

What types of temporary Alcoholic Beverage Licenses are there? 

  • A Picnic License is issued to nonprofit/charitable groups for liquor sales. The fee is $15.00 for a period not to exceed seven (7) days.
  • A Caterer’s Permit is issued to businesses already possessing a valid liquor license to go off premises to serve alcohol.  More about the Caterer’s permit.
  • A Sidewalk Cafe license is issued to businesses already possessing a valid liquor license to sell such products on the public sidewalk adjacent to their place of business. Guidelines are attached.