Cobb County Government

Alcoholic Beverage License

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General Alcoholic Beverage License Requirements

Any individual, partnership, corporation or entity which engages in the sale of alcohol with object of gain, profit, benefit, or advantage 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 for assistance in determining the jurisdiction where the license should be obtained.

An application must also be filed with the Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol Unit to obtain a State Alcoholic Beverage License. However, a state license cannot be processed until the county alcohol license has been obtained.

For mor information, visit: Alcohol and Tobacco - Georgia Department of Revenue.

All businesses with a county Alcoholic Beverage License, pouring and package, are required to pay an annual Federal Special Tax to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Please call 800-937-8864 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time for more information.

Summary of Alcoholic Beverage Regulations (Unincorporated)

Legal Age to Consume Alcohol: 21

Legal Age to Serve Alcohol: 18

Legal Age to Sell Alcohol: 18*

* Except in supermarket & drug store where a sales clerk can be sixteen under the supervision of a permitted manager.

Only Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • Any State Driver's License
  • Military Identification
  • Passport
  • State-Issued Identification Card

Obtaining a New Alcoholic Beverage License

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.

 

 

Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage License

Renewal of an Alcoholic Beverage License must be received in our office prior to December 31st. The Occupational Tax is determined by annual gross receipts. A renewal notice will be sent to the current mailing address on file. If the mailing address for the business changes without the Business License Division being notified, the business will not receive a renewal notice. However, the Alcoholic Beverage License must be renewed prior to December 31 of each calendar year even though a renewal notice was not received. Penalties will be assessed on all delinquent renewals at the rate of 10 percent of the Alcoholic Beverage License fee for each 30 day period or portion thereof. Interest is assessed at 1.5 percent of the tax per month beginning with the first day delinquent.

Supporting documentation for annual gross receipts must be submitted with the renewal application. Acceptable reports include, but are not limited to, Georgia Sales Tax Returns, in-house sales reports, profit and loss statements, or an affidavit from an accountant. Also, cash register receipts, customer tickets, daily, weekly or monthly sales summaries and any other documentation pertinent to actual sales must be kept for a minimum of three years for audit purposes. For Sunday Sales Pouring Permits, an affidavit indicating actual food and alcohol sales for the past 12 months must be submitted.

Renewals for Alcoholic Beverage Licenses must be turned in at the Regulated Business License Office 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30064.

Alcohol Licenses are NOT transferable.