How Much Does an Ohio Liquor Permit Cost?



Retail Liquor Permits in Ohio do not have a “base price”, however a permit holder must pay annual renewal fees based on their filing cycle. Typically, when one seeks an Ohio Retail Liquor Permit, they are looking for one of two options: 1) a D-5 liquor permit, or 2) a combination of other D-Class liquor permits which combine into a functional equivalent to a D-5 permit. Most bars and taverns also apply for a D-6 liquor permit, which allows for Sunday Sales of alcohol (assuming it is allowed within that precinct). The cost of a D-6 liquor permit is an additional $500.00 per year.

  • D-5 Liquor Permit$2,344.00 per year: Allows for sale of spirituous liquor for on premises consumption only, beer, wine and mixed beverages for on premises, or off premises in original sealed containers, until 2:30am.


Combination Permits:

  • D-1 Liquor Permit$376.00 per year: Allows for sale of beer only for on premises consumption or in original sealed containers for carry out only until 1:00am.

  • D-2 Liquor Permit$564.00 per year: Allows for sale of wine and mixed beverages for on premises consumption or in original sealed containers for carryout only until 1:00am.

  • D-3 Liquor Permit$750.00 per year: Allows for sale of spirituous liquor for on premises consumption only until 1:00am.

  • D-3a Liquor Permit$938.00 per year: Extends issued permit privileges until 2:30am.

  • Total Costs for D1/2/3/3a Combination = $2,628.00 per year.

Finally, please keep in mind that D-Class liquor permits in Ohio are quota-based, meaning that if one is not available within your target precinct, you may have to find and purchase one on the open market. If you need to find a D-5 or combination of D-1, D-2, D-3, D3a liquor permits, contact us today.



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