Liquor Enforcement and Compliance Contact Commercial Licensing via our Online Inquiry System or via email DBR.CommLicInquiry@dbr.ri.gov The Department of Business Regulation’s Division of Commercial Licensing has regulatory oversight with respect to the manufacture, import, export, storage, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. The Department issues licenses to manufacturers (breweries, distilleries, wineries, rectifiers), wholesalers, marine vessels, railroads and airplanes, and to class P caterers. All other liquor license types are considered retail licenses and are issued by the city or town where the business is located. City/town decisions on liquor licenses may be appealed to the Department in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-7-21. The Division reviews applications, assesses and collects fees, conducts inspections, investigates complaints, and conducts enforcements with respect to regulated entities. State Liquor Control FAQs and Information Sheets State Liquor Control FAQs DBR Liquor Application Process FAQs PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Updated FAQ—Cross Tier Interests Questions PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Information Sheet—Classes of DBR-Issued Liquor Licenses PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Courtesy Information Table—Rhode Island Retail Licenses PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Hearings Scheduled Hearings on Municipal Liquor License Appeals Date Time Subject Location or Zoom Access Case Number May 12, 2022 3:30 p.m. Paolozzi v. City of Warwick, Board of Public Safety—Prehearing Conference Preferably, join by clicking here;Meeting ID: 839 2875 4362;Password: 617842 Alternatively, by phone:888-788-0099 US Toll Free OR+1 646-558-8656 US (New York) 22LQ007 May 18, 2022 1 p.m. 401 Nightlife, LLC d/b/a Pregame Lounge v. City of Cranston, City Council, Safety Services Committee—Full Hearing Department of Administration One Capitol Hill Third Floor, Conference Room D Providence, RI 02908 22LQ006 May 24, 2022 1:30 p.m. Montecristo v. Providence Board of Licensing—Full Hearing Department of Administration One Capitol Hill Third Floor, Conference Room D Providence, RI 02908 22LQ001 May 25, 2022 9:30 a.m. Fuego Lounge LLC d/b/a Fuego Lounge v. Providence Board of Licensing—Hearing Department of Administration One Capitol Hill Third Floor, Conference Room D Providence, RI 02908 21LQ005 Scheduled Hearings for DBR- Issued Liquor Licenses There are no scheduled hearings at this time. To request sign language and/or CART services for the deaf and hard of hearing, please contact DBR via email or via telephone at (401) 462-9551. We strongly encourage you to do this at least 5 business days before the date of the scheduled hearing to allow adequate time to process your request. PLEASE NOTE: DBR cannot comment on pending or prospective license applications. When a public hearing is scheduled, it will be displayed on our website, as well as published by newspaper. As stated in the FAQ, "the hearings are open to the public;" and "the Hearing Officer will hear comments from the public" and "determine the appropriate level of participation per the applicable procedural rules." Therefore, please reserve any comments you have about a pending application until the time of the public hearing. Please note that during the COVID pandemic, DBR will be holding public hearings on new liquor license applications via Zoom. Members of the public may join the "virtual meeting" or join by telephone; instructions will be displayed on our website. Members of the public may also submit comments on the application in writing within ten (10) days of the hearing date as permitted by the Hearing Officer. Applications & Forms All applicants must fill out the Email Communication Form. Military Personnel — Expedite Your Application PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Alcohol Server Training Program Alcohol Server Training Application PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Certified Alcohol Server Training Programs PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Manufacturers: Brewery, Brewpub, Brew on Premises, Distillery, Farmer Winery, Rectifier, and Winery Avoid the paper pile-up—Apply for or renew your license online Notice—Changes of Material Information (Read prior to renewing) PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Manufacturer Licensee Temporary/Seasonal Outdoor Service Area (Distillery, Brewery & Brewpub, Farmer-Winery) NEW PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Initial Application PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Renewal Application PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Rhode Island Application for Alternating Proprietorships PDF file, about 3mbmegabytes Wholesalers: (Class A, B, and C) Avoid the paper pile-up—Apply for or renew your license online. Notice—Changes of Material Information (Read prior to renewing) PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Initial Application PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Class P Caterer and Class G Airline, Railroad, Marine Vessel Avoid the paper pile-up—Apply for or renew your license online. Class P Caterer - Initial/Renewal Application PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Class GD - Vessel Providing Overnight Accommodations to Passengers - Initial/Renewal Application PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Agents and Salespersons Avoid the paper pile-up—Apply for or renew your license online. Agent - Initial/Renewal Application (REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR "AGENTS" OF MANUFACTURE RS PER § 3-6-12) PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Salesperson - Initial/Renewal Application (REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR "SALESPERSONS" OF WHOLESALERS) PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Change in Ownership or Change in Location Directions for DBR Change of Ownership Transfer Process PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Directions for DBR Change of Location Transfer Process PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Tax Affidavit Form PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Licensed Liquor Entitites Licensee Lookup List of Licensees Annual Reports Municipal Annual Report The Division has updated its annual liquor license report form for municipal reporting pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-5-27. If you would like to obtain this form in Excel format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is due on December 1 of each year. ALL active liquor licenses in the municipality should be reported (not just those granted since the last report). The last data point, "money received" refers to the licensee fee collected. Municipal Annual Report We understand that many cities/towns use a licensing database with the ability to pull an excel type report that contains the information set forth in this form. If your city/town has this capability, feel free to submit your database generated report in lieu of this form. Division Annual Report In connection with the reporting requirement set forth in R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-5-27, the Division is providing the below link which quickly generates the most updated report showing the number of manufacturers and the number of wholesalers with the corresponding licensed premises addresses: Updated Report Click on Liquor Licenses Issued by the Department of Business Regulation Click on the license type you wish to generate a report on: (Brew on Premises and Brewpub and Farmer Winery and Rectifier) OR (Liquor Manufacturers (Brewery and Distillery and Winery)) OR (Liquor Wholesalers (Distributors)) Certificate of Compliance Please note the Certificate of Compliance renews yearly on November 30th. The online renewal portal opens yearly on September 1st. Any renewal completed after November 30th will incur a late fee. Certificate of Compliance - Online Initial or Renewal First-Time Users will have to email Lee-Ann Desilets to set up a new account. Notices and Bulletins Listing of all Notices and Bulletins Statutes and Regulations Statutes Statutory Authority RIGL Title 3 Regulations 230-RICR-30-10-1 Liquor Control Administration Complaints, Enforcements, and Decisions Complaint Form If you have a complaint against a liquor business, use this Complaint Form. The Department reviews complaints and conducts any investigation and enforcement it deems appropriate, in its discretion. The Department cannot comment on pending investigation/enforcement. Enforcements and Decisions You may access and review published DBR Decisions on Municipal Liquor Appeals here. Enforcement actions taken by DBR, as well as certain decisions on applications that include full legal analysis and discussion here.