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Application packets for a liquor license can be downloaded here or picked up from City Hall, 305 South Coastal Highway, Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407. An application must be completed and filed with the Occupational Tax Registrant by each applicant for a license to conduct and carry on such business of selling legal alcoholic or malt beverages or engaging therein and by each applicant for the transfer or renewal of an existing license.
Alcohol certificates expire December 31 of each year and must be renewed by January 31 of the following year. Renewals made after this date shall be subject to penalties for delinquency of twenty (20) per cent.
The application fee(s) due at the time of submission are listed below:
On the first issuance of the alcohol license, the fees will be pro-rated if purchased after the month of June. Any new license granted under this division during a calendar year shall cost the full license fee without proration, except that the fee for a new license granted after June 30 in any calendar year shall be fifty (50) per cent of the annual license fee for the remainder of the calendar year.
Port Wentworth liquor and beer licenses may be issued in the name of natural persons, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Applicants and other persons involved with partnerships, corporations, or limited liability companies, must be at least 21 years of age.
All corporations and limited liability companies must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State's Office and authorized to do business. Foreign corporations and foreign limited liability companies must also register with the Secretary of State and be authorized to do business in Georgia.
Applicants do not have to be a United States citizen or a Port Wentworth resident to acquire a liquor or beer license and the existence of a criminal record does not preclude a person from licensure. However, applicants with criminal records must be able to provide evidence of rehabilitation or they may be denied a license.
After an alcohol license application has been filed, a copy of the application will be forwarded to the Director of Public Safety who will run a criminal history background check on the applicant for review by Mayor and Council.
New licenses and Transfer of Ownership licenses are granted based upon demonstration that the surrounding neighborhood "needs and desires" the issuance of a new license and that the moral character of the applicant is acceptable to the local and state licensing authorities.
The liquor license process generally takes two to three months or longer to complete. Therefore, you must communicate with the Occupational Tax Registrant far in advance of your opening date or desired date to sell. Failure to file applications in a timely manner will most likely result in a delay.
A new application must be submitted for change of ownership, business entity type change, i.e., corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, also change of location and change of manager.
Applicants unfamiliar with the lengthy and detailed application process may want to consult an attorney. Assistance is available to all individuals for the completion of the legal requirements regarding each classification of liquor and beer licenses. The necessary application and instructions are downloadable here on our website and are also available at City Hall, 305 South Coastal Highway, Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407.
Your first contact regarding liquor licensing should be with the Occupational Tax Registrant. Please call 912-964-4379 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
305 South Coastal Highway
Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407
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Monday through Friday
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