Frequently Asked Questions

The entire process can take 3+ months.

  1. Request an interview Submit a liquor license interview request online
  2. Attend an in-person interview scheduled by the licensing officer The purpose of this interview is to:
    • Determine what kind of liquor license best suits your business and if any additional liquor permits are required.
    • Provide you with a checklist of documents that you are required to submit. Your application and required documents will be compiled into an Application Packet.
    • Notarize your application at no charge. Please bring a valid and legal picture ID.
  3. Complete your Application Packet Once all your required documents have been submitted, the Licensing Officer will:
    • Write a report to be presented to the Liquor Commission at a preliminary hearing.
    • Invite you to the preliminary hearing
  4. Attend a preliminary hearing The law requires that all parties and/or their representatives must attend this hearing. If your application is not denied, a public hearing will be scheduled.
  5. Complete required tasks prior to public hearing You will be required to:
    • Mail notices to property owners of record within 500 feet of the business’ premises.
    • Schedule inspections with multiple agencies, if ready.
  6. Attend a public hearing At the public hearing, the Liquor Commission will hear testimony for or against your application and approve or deny your application.
  7. Receive your liquor license After completing final inspection with signatures from required agencies, you will pay for your license if applicable.
    • The cost of your annual license can range from $150.00 to $1,200.00 depending on the class of license issued.
    • The $50.00 application fee paid at the start of the process will be applied to the cost of the license.
    • The $5.00 online service fee is non-refundable.

There is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee which will be applied toward the liquor license fee. Liquor license fees vary depending on its class and kind (see table below). There is also a cost to publish a public notice of a public hearing in a local newspaper. Please be prepared to remit a $200.00 publication deposit on the day of your scheduled interview with a licensing officer.

Class Beer Wine Beer & Wine General Other Liquors Flat Fee
1 Manufacturer $400.00 $400.00 $640.00
2 Restaurant $150.00 $300.00 $600.00
3 Wholesale Dealer $420.00 $1,200.00
4 Retail Dealer $260.00 $560.00
5 Dispenser $150.00 $300.00 $600.00
6 Club $320.00
8 Transient Vessel
(per day per port)
$25.00
9 Tour or Cruise Vessel $210.00
10 Special $15.00 $20.00 $35.00
11 Cabaret $750.00
12 Hotel $1,200.00
13 Caterer $600.00
14 Brewpub $1,000.00
15 Condominium Hotel $1,200.00
16 Winery $1,000.00
18 Small Craft Producer Pub $1,000.00

There is a non-refundable service fee to use the online service. The fees are:
Liquor License - $5.00
Direct Wine Shipper Permit, 1-year permit - $4.80
Direct Wine Shipper Permit, 2-year permit - $9.60

Whether an application is denied or withdrawn, the $50.00 application fee is not refundable.

Liquor licenses expire on June 30 of each year and must be annually renewed on or before June 30 each year. Renewal packets are issued approximately 45 days prior to June 30.

The cost of a direct wine shipper permit is $48.00 for a 1-year permit, and $96.00 for a 2-year permit. This permit runs on a calendar year (January – December).

Contact Us

Email:
cohdlc@hawaiicounty.gov
Phone:
East Hawai‘i: (808) 961-8218
West Hawai‘i: (808) 323-4370

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