NOTE: Please check with the Planning and Development Services Department at (520) 791-5550 to ensure all zoning requirements are met prior to submitting liquor license applications. Please be aware that a restaurant located in a C-1 zone may need to do a mitigation plan process that requires notification to the neighbors, along with a neighborhood meeting, and the process can take up to 60 days. A summary of the mitigation plan requirements and the application form is located on the Planning and Development Services Department website at:
Pursuant to State law, establishing entertainment districts provides a way for the City of Tucson to exempt certain types of liquor licenses from the restriction that prohibits them within 300 feet of a church or school. The exemption form must be completed and filed with the liquor license application. Exemptions are approved by Mayor and Council on a case-by-case basis.
On May 20, 2014, the City of Tucson Mayor and Council adopted Resolution No. 22224 establishing the Greater Downtown Entertainment District.
On October 21, 2014, the City of Tucson Mayor and Council adopted Resolution No. 22303 establishing the Main Gate Entertainment District.
Liquor License Application Fees
On June 25, 2008 the City of Tucson Mayor and Council adopted ordinance 10554, which increases liquor license application fees in order to provide for full recovery of the costs associated with the application process. A fee was also added for Agent Change/Acquisition of Control applications.
These are non-refundable fees that provide for the processing of the applications.
For an original license, location transfer, person transfer and person/location transfer, the fee will be $1,636. The fee for Agent Change/Acquisition of Control applications is $463. These fees are in addition to any fees incurred by the State of Arizona.
Special Event Application Fees (nonrefundable)
NOTE: Applications for these Licenses must be received by the City Clerk a minimum of forty-five (45) days before the date of the event.
For events 0 to 500 attendees the fee is: $125
For events of 501 to 2500 attendees the fee is: $240
For events of 2501 to 5000 attendees the fees is: $297
For events of more than 5000 attendees the fee is: $480
Additionally, payment to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control is required for Special Event and Wine Festival/Wine Fair licenses. Special Events are $25 for each day of the event. Wine Festivals/Wine Fairs are $15 for each day of the festival or fair. Those checks should be made payable to the State of Arizona in the proper amount and submitted along with your application to the City Clerk.
Extension of Premises Application Fees (nonrefundable)
The initial application fee for a permanent extension is $60 per 100 square feet up to a maximum of $1,344. A subsequent application for the same type of extension of premises made within 12 months of the initial application is $35 per 100 square feet up to a maximum of $1,344. The Arizona Department of Liquor licenses and Control also requires a $50 processing fee for all permanent extension of premises. Make these checks payable to the State of Arizona.
NOTE: Applications for Temporary Extensions of Premises must be received by the City Clerk a minimum of forty-five (45) days before the date of the proposed use. Initial application fee is $25 per 100 square feet up to a maximum of $526. A subsequent application for the same type of extension of premises made within 12 months of the initial application is $15 per 100 square feet up to a maximum of $526. The authority for reviewing and making recommendations to the State Liquor Board on requests for extension of premises is handled by the City of Tucson Zoning Examiner.
Applications for Special Events and Extension of Premises are to be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office. Checks for the above fees should be made payable to the City of Tucson in the proper amount. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 791-4213.