Liquor Control & Licensing

Liquor Licensing & Control


If you intend to produce, bottle, or sell beer, wine or liquor in Ohio, you need the advice of an experienced, knowledgeable attorney. Ohio liquor laws include statutes at the state level and various ordinances at the local level, which creates a complex web of regulation.

At Gorman Malarcik Pierce we have helped hundreds of clients apply for, transfer, purchase, and sell liquor licenses in Ohio. We will help you navigate the system among the various governing bodies so that you do not waste time or money.

What Should I Know About Liquor Licensing in Ohio?


There are multiple levels of control and regulation to consider:

  • State permits
  • Municipal or township regulation of Sunday sales
  • Local zoning limitations on the location of wholesale and retail sales
  • County health department regulation of service, production, and bottling
  • Temporary permits for special events
  • Ongoing compliance and reporting

At each level, there may be applications, permits, and possibly variances to obtain.

Why Should I Consult an Attorney Experienced in Ohio Liquor Laws?


The timely acquisition of a liquor license, sited in a favorable location, can determine the success or failure of your business. Trying to navigate the maze of regulations and restrictions without an expert guide may result in the loss of a business opportunity, in addition to wasting time and money.

At Gorman Malarcik Pierce, we have worked with clients to obtain zoning variances where necessary. We have helped get ballot measures in place when required, to expand Sunday sales or to add additional types of liquor sales to an existing license. We represent manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers, which gives us comprehensive knowledge and experience of the liquor industry.

Liquor permits in Ohio are limited in number and heavily regulated, so timing is essential. The sooner you start the process, the less likely your opportunity will be lost or sidetracked.

Call the Lawyers at Gorman Malarcik Pierce Today


Obtaining a liquor license is critical to your business. The process is complex and confusing. The sooner you have a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer working for you, the more likely you will have a good result.

Call us today: (330) 253-0785.

Our offices are located in downtown Akron, at 54 East Mill Street. We serve clients throughout Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and the surrounding areas.

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