Ohio is like many other states in that it limits the number of liquor permits available in a given area based on a quota system. In general, this means that locations with high levels of foot traffic, but lower levels of population (for example the Cities of Columbus, Cleveland, & Cincinnati), are typically over quota, meaning that most businesses must resort to purchasing a permit from another bar or restaurant in order to find one in a timely manner. The process can be nerve-racking, but Ohio has a helpful and unique transfer process called the “TREX” process. This means that local precincts are empowered to allow a transfer into their precinct, even if over-quota, if the bar-in-planning is an economic development project.
To access the TREX form, click here.