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How to Get a Liquor License in Louisiana

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Louisiana is strict about issuing liquor licenses. In addition to state requirements, each parish may have additional laws governing the sale of alcohol. Applying for a Louisiana liquor license can be time-consuming, but is worth the effort if you want your business to sell alcohol.

Determine what class of license your business needs. The state of Louisiana has several different types of liquor licenses (Class A, B and C), depending on the type of alcohol you want to sell and the type of organization you want to run.

Contact the Louisiana Office of Alcoholic and Tobacco Beverage Control to view the specific requirements and obtain an application. See the resource below for the website or contact the agency by telephone at 225-925-4041.

Completely fill out the application packet and provide the necessary documentation, depending on the type of license and business.

Mail the completed application to the Louisiana Office of Alcoholic and Tobacco Beverage Control, with the specified fee for your license type. The address is listed on the application.

Wait one to three months for your application to be reviewed. In most cases, it will take up to 35 days for your application to reach the processing stage. The state will perform a thorough investigation and notify you if the application is approved.


Some parishes have specific laws regarding the location of alcohol retailers. Check with your parish government to determine if your property qualifies.


Missing documents or incomplete applications will usually result in rejection. Make sure you provide the specific documents for the type of license you are applying for.