Kim Reynolds, Governor
Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor
Stephen Larson, Administrator

License Classifications

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division issues licenses and permits as specified by Iowa law. License classifications fall into three main categories – retail, wholesale, and manufacture/import. Although seasonal licenses are available in certain classifications, most licenses expire one year from the date of issuance.

Select a License Category or enter your key words into the License Class/Privilege Type search field to narrow the results.

On-Premises Licenses/Permits
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Class A Liquor License (LA)

For non-profit clubs (members and guests only). Allows non-profit clubs to sell alcoholic liquor, wine, beer and wine coolers for on-premises consumption only; no carry-out sales. Sales are restricted to members and guests.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority  IC § 123.30(3)(a)

IC § 123.30(3)(a)
Class B Liquor License (LB)

For hotels and motels. Allows hotels and motels with 20 or more sleeping rooms to sell alcoholic liquor, wine, beer and wine coolers for on-premises consumption, including room service. Allows carry-out sales of beer and wine coolers in original unopened containers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.30(3)(b)

IC § 123.30(3)(b)
Class C Liquor License (LC)

For taverns, bars, restaurants, etc. Allows commercial establishments to sell alcoholic liquor, wine, beer and wine coolers for on-premises consumption. Allows carry-out sales of beer and wine coolers in original unopened containers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.30(3)(c)(1)

IC § 123.30(3)(c)(1)
Special Class C Liquor License (BW)

For taverns, bars, restaurants, etc. Allows commercial establishments to sell wine, beer and wine coolers for on-premises consumption. Also allows carry-out sales of beer and wine coolers in original unopened containers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.30(3)(c)(2)

IC § 123.30(3)(c)(2)
Class C Native Wine (WCN)

Allows commercial establishments to sell Iowa native wine for on-premises consumption. Also allows carry-out sales of Iowa native wine in original unopened containers. Sunday sales are included.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.178B

IC § 123.178B
Class B Beer Permit (BB)

For taverns, bars, restaurants, etc. Allows commercial establishments to sell beer and wine coolers for on-premises consumption. Also allows carry-out sales of beer and wine coolers in original unopened containers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.131

IC § 123.131
Class D Liquor License (LD)

For trains, airplanes and watercraft. Allows railroads, air common carriers and passenger-carrying boats or ships operating inland or on boundary waters to sell alcoholic liquor, wine, beer and wine coolers for on-premises consumption only. No carry-out sales.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.30(3)(d)

IC § 123.30(3)(d)
NOTE:

Five-day, 14-day, 6-month and 8-month licenses are available for all on-premises license/permits. See Authority IC § 123.34

IC § 123.34
Off-Premises Licenses/Permits
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Class B Wine Permit (WB)

For grocery, liquor and convenience stores, etc. Allows for the sale of wine for off-premises consumption in original unopened containers. Sunday sales are included. No sales by the drink.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.178

IC § 123.178
Class B Native Wine Permit (WBN)

For grocery, liquor and convenience stores, etc. Allows for the sale of Iowa native wine for off-premises consumption in original unopened containers. Sunday sales are included. No sales by the drink.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.178A

IC § 123.178A
Class C Beer Permit (BC)

For grocery, liquor and convenience stores, etc. Allows for the sale of beer and wine coolers for off-premises consumption in original unopened containers. No sales by the drink.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.132

IC § 123.132
Class E Liquor License (LE)

For grocery, liquor and convenience stores, etc. Allows for the sale of alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption in original unopened containers. No sales by the drink. Sunday sales are included. Also allows wholesale sales to on-premises Class A, B, C and D liquor licensees but must have a TTB Federal Wholesale Basic Permit.

Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.30(3)(e)

IC § 123.30(3)(e)
Charity Beer, Spirits, and Wine Auction Permit (CP)

For non-profit entities. Allows an authorized non-profit entity to auction beer, alcoholic liquor and wine during an event which raises funds solely to be used for educational, religious or charitable purposes. The permit is valid for 36 consecutive hours, and the authorized non-profit entity may receive up to two permits per calendar year.
Sign into eLicensing.. See Authority IC §123.173A

IC § 123.173A
NOTE:

Six-month and eight-month permits are available for class B wine permits. Only 12-month licenses/permits may be issued for class E liquor licenses and class C beer permits. See Authority IC § 123.34

IC § 123.34
Sub-Licenses/Permits
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Special Class A Beer Permit (Brew Pub) Applicable to: Class B Beer permit and Class C Liquor license holders.

Allows for the manufacture of beer and high alcoholic content beer on the premises for on-premises consumption. See Details

 .4% - 12% Alcohol by Weight (ABW)
 .5% - 15% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.130

IC § 123.130
Living Quarters Applicable to: All license types

Separates private living quarters from the licensed premises; protects licensee/permittee from warrantless searches of living quarters. See Details
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.30 

IC § 123.30
Additional Privileges for Retail Licenses and Permits
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Catering Applicable to: Class B & C liquor licenses. (only 12-month)

Allows catering of alcoholic liquor, wine, beer and wine coolers as part of a food catering service and served without cost to the guests. No sales by the glass. See Details
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.95.

IC § 123.95
Outdoor Service Applicable to: Classes A, B, C, special C liquor licenses; classes B, C beer permits; class B wine permit.

Applicable to: All license/permit classes. Allows the selling/serving of alcoholic beverages permitted by the license/permit in a designated, adjacent outdoor area. See Details
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.3(25) 

IC § 123.3(25)
Sunday Sales Applicable to: Class A, B, C, D, special class C liquor licenses & class B & C beer permits.

Allows selling/serving alcoholic beverages permitted by the license/permit on Sundays. See Details
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.36

IC § 123.36
NOTE:

When privileges are added after the license/permit effective date, fees are prorated and not refundable.

IC § 123
Update Applications
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Ownership Update Application Applicable to: All annual & seasonal license/permit types

Allows license/permit holders to update the ownership or officers of their business. Supporting documents shall accompany the application to local authority.  See Details
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority 185 IAC

185 IAC
Refund Application Applicable to: All annual license/permit types

Allows a refund of any full unused quarters of a 12-month license/permit.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.38.

IC § 123.38
Transfer Application Applicable to: All license/permit types

Allows license/permit to be transferred from one location to another either temporarily or permanently, only within the boundaries of the current approving local authority.   See Details
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.38.

IC § 123.38
Additional Location Applicable to: Class A wine permit holder (WAN)

Allows a licensed native winery to sell products for off-premises consumption only at a separate location. The additional location must be on an unlicensed premises. Tastings of wine are allowed pursuant to 185 Iowa Administrative Code section 16.7. For more information see details
Download and fill out the Application for an Additional Location. See Authority IC §123.56

IC § 123.56
Wholesale Permits
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Class A Beer Permit (BA)

For wholesale beer distributors. Allows the sale of beer and high alcoholic content beer at wholesale to licensed retailers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.130

IC § 123.130
Class A Wine Permit (WA)

For wholesale wine distributors. Allows the sale of wine at wholesale to licensed retailers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.177

IC § 123.177
NOTE:

Under IC § 123.22, the Division is the sole wholesaler of alcoholic liquor. The Division sells alcoholic liquor to class "E" liquor licensees only.  Class "E" liquor licensees may sell alcoholic liquor to the general public for off-premises consumption. Class "E" liquor licensees may also sell to on-premises liquor licensees when in possession of a federal wholesaler's basic permit.  See Authority IC § 123.22

IC § 123.22
Import/Manufacturer Permits
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Brewer's Certificate of Compliance (CB)

For brewers, manufacturers and importers of beer. Allows manufacturer, brewer, bottler, importer or vendor to ship beer into Iowa for resale by licensed beer wholesalers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.135

IC § 123.135
Broker's Permit (SP)

Allows the presentation and promotion of alcoholic liquor in Iowa.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.42

IC § 123.42
Class A Beer Permit (Native) (BAN)

For Iowa beer manufacturers. Allows for the manufacture and sale of beer at wholesale to licensed retailers and other beer wholesalers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.130

IC § 123.130
Class A Wine Permit (Native) (WAN)

For Iowa native wine manufacturers. Allows for the manufacture and sale of native wine at wholesale to licensed retailers and wine to other wine wholesalers. Also allows for the sale of wine at retail at the winery for off-premises consumption. For information on additional locations, see additional location.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC § 123.56

IC § 123.56
Class A Native Distilled Spirits License (ND)

For Iowa native distilled spirits manufacturers. Allows for the manufacture of native distilled spirits for sale to the Division and customers outside of the state. Also allows for the limited sale of native distilled spirits at retail at the native distillery for off-premises consumption.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.43A

IC § 123.43A
Distiller's Certificate of Compliance (CD)

For distillers, manufacturers and importers of distilled spirits. Allows manufacturer, distiller or importer to ship alcoholic liquor into Iowa for resale by the Division.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.23

IC § 123.23
Manufacturer's License (CM)

For manufacturers of alcoholic liquor. Allows manufacture, storage and sale of alcoholic liquor to the Division and to customers outside of Iowa.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.41

IC § 123.41
Vintner's Certificate of Compliance (CV)

For vintners, manufacturers and importers of wine. Allows a manufacturer, vintner, bottler, importer or vendor to ship wine into Iowa for resale by licensed wine wholesalers.
Sign into eLicensing. See Authority IC §123.180

IC § 123.180
Shipping and Carrier Licenses
License & Permit Class / Privilege Type Description Authority
Wine Direct Shippers License (DS)

For wine manufacturers. Allows wineries to ship bottles of wine directly to consumers at their personal residence in Iowa.
Sign into eLicensing. IC §123.187

IC § 123.187
Alcohol Carrier License (AC)

For shipment carriers. Allows a designated carrier to transport wine shipped from a wine direct shipper license holder to a personal residence in Iowa.
Sign into eLicensing. IC §123.187

IC § 123.187

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