Liquor licenses are issued by the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors must review liquor license applications for businesses located on unincorporated county land. Depending on the type of license, the County review could entail investigation and reports from the Sheriff's Office, Planning and Development, Treasurer and the Health Departments which can take 4 to 6 weeks. Some types of licenses require a 20 day posting period. When the posting period is complete and departments have submitted their report, the application is brought before the Board of Supervisors for recommendation at one of two monthly formal meetings (See the Clerk's Calendar for upcoming meeting dates). After the meeting, Maricopa County will forward the application along with a recommendation for approval or denial to the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control for further processing.
Below are links to the most common applications and forms. Please visit the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control website at
for more information or call (602) 542-5141.
Extension of Premises/Patio Permit
Agent Change, Acquisition of Control and Restructure
New License, Interim Permit, Location and Person Transfer
For questions regarding the application process for Maricopa County please call (602) 506-3766.