Alcoholic Beverage Licensing

Important Update!

Effective January 12, 2022, the State of Georgia now requires that all alcohol license applications be submitted to the Centralized Alcohol Licensing portal. Applicants will complete an Alcoholic Beverage License Application at Ringgold City Hall then apply for licenses through the State. Once the state application process has been completed, the City of Ringgold is notified and required to upload the approved Alcoholic Beverage License prior to Department of Revenue approving a State license. You will upload your City of Ringgold alcohol applications to the state and they will be forwarded to the City of Ringgold from there. More information can be found by visiting https://dor.georgia.gov/centralized-alcohol-licensing

Anyone intending to sell or offer to sell alcoholic beverages at a wholesale or retail establishment in Ringgold, Georgia city limits for consumption on or off premises must fist obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License from Ringgold City Hall.

Alcoholic Beverage Licenses are issued to each individual establishment. The license is not transferable and must be obtained before opening a new establishment or change of ownership or licensee occurs. Each business must also have obtained an Occupation Tax Certificate/Business License and be current on all taxes and fees required by the City of Ringgold.

Any violation of the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance or any law governing the sale of alcoholic beverages will result in penalties imposed by the City of Ringgold. In addition to these penalties, the City of Ringgold City Council reserves the right to revoke any license or permit that is not in compliance at any time without refund. In the event an Alcoholic Beverage License is suspended, written notification will be sent to the licensee on record.

For more information regarding the City of Ringgold Ordinance for Alcohol Licensing visit: https://library.municode.com/ga/ringgold/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH6ALBE


Types of licenses:

  • Retail Outlet (malt beverage)
  • Wholesale Outlet (malt beverage)
  • Retail (wine)
  • Wholesale (wine)
  • Retail Outlet (Distilled Spirits)

Steps to obtain the Alcoholic Beverage License:

  • Review the Alcohol Licensing ordinance provided above
  • Complete the application (link provided below) and deliver it to Ringgold City Hall, 150 Tennessee Street, Ringgold, Georgia with all required documents
  • Submit an application with the State of Georgia through the Centralized Alcohol Licensing Portal by visiting https://dor.georgia.gov/centralized-alcohol-licensing
  • Once the application is submitted through the portal, Ringgold City Hall will be notified and will complete the process by approving or denying the application and uploading the license.

Application

Please submit the following application and all required documentation to Ringgold City Hall at 150 Tennessee Street, Ringgold, Georgia 30736. If you have any questions, please call (706)935-3061.

Alcoholic Beverage License

Applications must name at least one or more residents of the county as a registered agent.


Background and Fingerprinting

Any owners and listed management are required to complete a background check. Initial applicants must complete a fingerprint-based background check.


Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage License

All Alcoholic Beverage Licenses expire on December 31 of each calendar year. Renewal applications are due on or before December 31 of each year.

Applicants who fail to renew by December 31 for the next calendar year will be required to apply for a new license.

Fingerprints are not required for renewals if all parties remain the same as the previous year; however, a local name-based background check will be performed.


Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License for Special Events:

Any person or business wishing to sell alcoholic beverages for special events within Ringgold, Georgia city limits or for any purpose that requires alcoholic beverages to be served at a location other than the retail location MUST complete the application process through the Department of Revenue at the link below: https://dor.georgia.gov/alcohol-tobacco/alcohol-licenses-permits/alcohol-licensing/special-event

And must complete the City of Ringgold Preferred Alcohol Caterer or Concessionaire application and turn it in to Ringgold City Hall at 150 Tennessee Street, Ringgold, Georgia 30736
https://cityofringgoldga.gov/Assets/Files/Preferred%20Caterer%20or%20Concessionaire%20Application.pdf


ANY CHANGES IN OWNERSHIP, LICENSEE OR ADDRESS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON TO RINGGOLD CITY HALL TO OBTAIN A NEW ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE, REGISTER FOR FINGERPRINTS AND TO PERFORM A BACKGROUND CHECK.