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FAQs

  • What do I need to do to sell beer or alcohol at my place of business? (On the premises)

    To serve beer and alcohol within your place of business, you must first obtain a license from the State of Idaho, then obtain a license from Ada County, and then make an application with the City of Boise.  To make an application for a state license, visit the State of Idaho Alcohol Beverage Control Office at 700 South Stratford Place in Meridian or call 884-7060.  To make an application for a county license, visit the Auditor-Recorder's Office at 650 West Main Street in Boise or call 364-2222.  To make an application for a city license, visit the Office of the City Clerk, Boise City Hall at 150 North Capital Blvd., in Boise or call 384-3710.

  • What type of beer, wine, or alcohol licenses are there?

    Boise City has the following alcohol beverage related licenses:

    License Type Fee Narrative
    Liquor by the Drink (includes wine) $562.50 Consumption of liquor or wine on the premises - restaurants or bars.
    On Premise Beer $200.00 Beer to be consumed on the premises by draft or original container.
    On Premise Wine $200.00 Wine to be consumed on the premise by the glass or bottle.
    Off Premise Beer $50.00 Beer sold in original containers, to be consumed off the premises, such as grocery and convenience stores.
    Off Premise Wine $125.00 Wine sold in original containers, to be consumed off the premises, such as grocery and convenience stores.
    Liquor Catering Permit $21.50
    per day
    A permit which authorizes the owner of a alcohol beverage license to serve and sell liquor by the drink, beer and wine, or beer, or wine, at a party or convention, and not to exceed three (3) consecutive days. Holders of a beer and/or wine license are limited to only beer or wine service and cannot serve liquor under this permit.
  • Are there any location restrictions regarding the sale and consumption of liquor, beer and wine?

    Yes, the following restrictions are found in the Boise City Code, Title 5, Chapter 5-11,12:

    Beer Zone A

    A license to sell beer for consumption upon premises situate within the boundaries of the following described area shall be by application only. Beginning at the intersection of the center of Sixth with the center of Jefferson Streets, thence west along Jefferson Street to the center of Eleventh Street and Jefferson Street, thence south along Eleventh Street to the center of Eleventh and Bannock Streets; thence west along Bannock Street to the center of Thirteenth and Bannock Streets; thence south along Thirteenth to the center of Thirteenth and Idaho Streets, thence west along Idaho Street to the center of Sixteenth and Idaho Streets; thence south along Sixteenth Street to the alley between Idaho and Main Streets, thence west along the alley to the center line of Twenty-second Street; thence south along the center of Twenty-second Street to the center of Main Street; thence west along Main Street to the center of Twenty-eighth Street, thence south along the center of Twenty-eighth Street to the center line of Fairview Avenue; thence east along the center line of Fairview Avenue to the center line of Twenty- fifth Street; thence south along the center line of Twenty-fifth Street to the center line of Ark Street; thence East along the center line of Ark Street; and northeasterly along the center line of south Eighteenth Street to the center line of River Street; thence southeasterly along the center of River Street to the center of Americana Boulevard; thence northeasterly along the center line of Americana Boulevard to Front Street; thence easterly along Front Street to the center of Ninth and Front Streets; thence south along the center line of Ninth Street to the center of Ninth and Borah Streets, thence west along the center line of Borah Street to the Center of Borah and Tenth Streets; thence south along the center line of Tenth Street to the intersection of the north line of Shoreline Drive; thence easterly along the north line of Shoreline Drive and the north line of Julia Davis Park to the center line of Capitol Boulevard; thence north along said center line of Capitol Boulevard to the center line of Front Street; thence east along the center line of Front Street to the intersection of the center line of Front Street and Fifth Street; thence north along the center line of Fifth Street to the intersection of extended center line of the alley between Idaho and Bannock Streets, thence westerly along the center line of said alley between Idaho and Bannock Streets to the center line of Sixth Street; and thence north along the center line of Sixth Street to the place of beginning.

    Beer Zone B

    A license to sell beer for consumption upon the premises where the premises are located outside of Zone A shall not be granted unless the applicant shall first obtain the written consent of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the resident owners of property, or if not occupied and inhabited by a resident owner, the occupant of such property, within a radius of three hundred feet (300') of any part of the premises upon which beer is to be sold for consumption. Said written consent shall be filed with the application for a license; provided, however, that the aforesaid consent of owners or occupants of property shall not apply to renewals or transfers of such licenses or where applicant provides proof to the Clerk at the time of initial application that such property is zoned for the sale of alcohol.

    Schools; Churches; Exceptions

    No alcoholic beverage license shall be issued to any person to sell beer for consumption on the premises where any part of the room, or other place, for such sale or consumption is:

    A. Within a radius of three hundred feet (300') of any part of building within which any public school activities are conducted, nor

    B. Within a radius of one hundred fifty feet (150') of any room within which the regular religious or Sunday school services of a duly organized and established religious sect are, or within which a hospital is conducted and were or was so conducted prior to issuance of such license; provided, that this Section shall not apply to that portion of Zone A bounded on the south by the south side of Grove Street and on the north by the north side of Bannock Street and lying between the east side of 6th Street and west side of 13th Street; and provided further that Subsection B. shall not apply to a room or other place for such sale and consumption for which such a retailer's license had been issued prior to the conduct of such services or hospital and except for any period of three (3) months have continuously been in effect.

  • What are the various codes regarding alcohol beverages?

    There are State, County and City codes regarding alcohol beverages.  Double click on the link below to access the specific code:

    State of Idaho Ada County City of Boise
  • How do I apply for a city alcohol beverage license?

    To apply you must appear in person at the Office of the City Clerk and make application. In order to process your license application, you must have the following prerequisites and present them to the front counter staff at the time of application:

    1. City alcohol beverage license application;
    2. Signed copy of your state alcohol beverage license;
    3. Signed copy of your county alcohol beverage license;
    4. Copy of your premise lease agreement, if applicable;
    5. Copy of your city occupancy permit;
    6. Copy of your most recent health inspection.
  • How do I renew my current city alcohol beverage license?

    To apply you must appear in person at the Office of the City Clerk and make application. In order to process your license application, you must posses the following prerequisites and present them to the front counter staff at the time of application:

    1. Signed and notarized city alcohol beverage renewal card;
    2. Signed copy of your new state alcohol beverage license;
    3. Signed copy of your new county alcohol beverage license;
    4. Copy of your premise lease agreement, if applicable;
    5. Copy of your most recent health inspection.

    If the state, county, and city license are owned by an out-of-state corporation, the applicant representing the corporation must have documentation on corporate letterhead identifying them as an officer of the corporation authorized to sign and apply on behalf of the corporation.

  • How do I apply for a city alcohol beverage catering permit?

    To apply you must appear in person at the Office of the City Clerk and make application. In order to process your permit application, you must have the following prerequisites and present them to the front counter staff at the time of application:

    1. City alcohol beverage catering permit application;
    2. Signed copy of your state alcohol beverage license;
    3. Certificate of Occupancy of the Catered location;
    4. Permit MUST be submited prior to 5 Business days of the Date of the Event

    The signature on the Liquor Catering Permit Application must be the same signature of record on the applicant's State, County, and City Alcohol Beverage License.

    For all events, the permit application must be submitted to the office of the City Clerk prior to five business days (5 days) in advance of the event or the City Clerk will deny the permit.

    For some events, the permit application will require the approval of the City Fire Department, City Police Department, City Parks Department and/or Ada County Highway District.

  • How do I transfer or lease a city alcohol beverage license?

    To transfer or lease an existing alcohol beverage license, your must appear in person at the Office of the City Clerk and make an application.  In order to process your transfer or lease application, please contact the City Clerk at 384-3710.