Obtaining an Alcoholic Beverage License
Any individual, partnership, corporation or entity which engages in the sale or service of alcohol in the unincorporated area of Cobb County must obtain a Cobb County Alcoholic Beverage License for each of its locations in Cobb County prior to engaging in these activities.
A Cobb County Business License authorizes business activity only in unincorporated Cobb County, not within city limits. Therefore, mailing addresses are not always indicative of the jurisdiction where licenses should be obtained. Contact the specific city or the Cobb County Business License Division at 770-528-8410 for assistance in determining the jurisdiction where the license should be obtained.
**New applications where the proposed location is within 600 feet of a church, school, park or library or 300 feet of a private residence must be approved by the License Review Board and Board of Commissioners which will take a minimum of twelve and as much as sixteen weeks.
To apply for a Cobb County Alcoholic Beverage License, you may obtain an application from the Cobb County Business License Division or download them. See below.
Cobb County Business License Division:
1150 Powder Springs Rd. Suite 400, Marietta, GA.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To schedule an Appointment:
Applications are accepted by appointment only. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. No Alcoholic Beverage licensed applications will be accepted after 4:00 p.m. Appointments are required. The application and all attachments must be legibly printed in black or blue ink. Licensee/Substitute Licensee must be at least 25 years of age.
The application includes:
- Alcohol Beverage License Application [PDF]
- HB87 Citizenship Affidavit [PDF]
- One secure and verifiable document [PDF], (a driver license or passport)
- additional attachments, typed or legibly printed in black ink
Additional Required Documents:
- Two 2"x2" photographs of each licensee and stockholder with 20% or more shares submitting personal statements.
- Each application must have consent forms for the licensee and licensee’s spouse, and each stockholder and their spouse with 20% or more shares.
- I551 cards or certificates of naturalization provided by the Licensee(s), stockholders with 20% or more ownership and their spouses, if applicable
- Incorporation papers, purchase agreements, leases, contracts, and lease assignments, when applicable.
- Seven-year driving history, less than 30 days old
- Fingerprints for the licensee, less than 30 days old
For a location that does not currently have an Alcoholic Beverage License:
- 6 blue line copies of plats of the proposed site must be completed by a certified surveyor and submitted with the application.
- The Alcoholic Beverage Application, page 14, and one plat survey must be signed by the Zoning Division indicating the zoning designation of the location.
- Blueprints approved by the Zoning and Development and Inspections Divisions as well as drawings and renderings of the interior of the building which show the seating capacity and kitchen facilities of a new or existing building.
Each application for a location, which has not previously been occupied for any type of business purpose or for which there is to be new construction, must also include a copy of a site plan approved by all departments in the plan review process. This plan may be obtained through the Site Plan Review Section of the Development and Inspections Division of the Community Development Agency, 1150 Powder Springs Rd. Marietta, Ga. If the establishment is applying for a Sunday Sales Pouring Permit, a separate affidavit signed by a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) indicating the percentage of food and alcohol sales expected in a 12-month period must be submitted. The CPA's signature must be notarized.
For Pouring License (on premise consumption):
- specific requirements must be met: established in the Cobb County Code of Ordinances, Section 6-1 and Section 6-130.
For a Liquor Package Applications:
- drawings or snapshots of the facility and location must be submitted.
All Liquor Package establishments must comply with the architectural requirements specified in the Cobb County Code of Ordinances Section 6-129.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any information requested that is not submitted within 30 days will void the application. New applicants, businesses without alcohol sales, or businesses with no alcohol sales for 12 months prior to the date of the application must submit an original application, a complete duplicate copy of the application, and a $600 application fee in person to the Business License Division. A change of ownership or change of licensee application must be submitted with a $300 application fee. Applications are accepted by appointment only.
All the above fees are non-refundable and payment must be made by cashier’s check or money order, payable to Cobb County Business License Division.
See the application for more information.
After the fully-completed application is received by the Business License Division the process for approval takes approximately twelve weeks for new applications and six weeks for change of licensee applications or change of ownership application. Initially, the application is sent to the Cobb County Police Department for criminal history investigation. During the investigation by the Police Department for new applicants, advertisements are printed in the Marietta Daily Journal on two consecutive Fridays, and the property is posted with signs notifying the community that an Alcoholic Beverage License is being considered for that particular location. Upon completion of investigation and advertisement, the Manager of the Business License Division will consider the application's compliance to the Cobb County Code of Ordinances. The applicant or any aggrieved party has the right to appeal the decision of the Business License Manager to the License Review Board.
The advertising phase of the process does not occur for change of ownership applications or change of licensee applications. The Business License Manager will consider the application after receiving the results of the police investigation.
New applications where the proposed location is within 600 feet of a church, school, park or library or 300 feet of a private residence must be approved by the License Review Board and Board of Commissioners which will take a minimum of twelve and as much as sixteen weeks.