City Hall, 226 West Fourth Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801
NEW ON-PREMISES LICENSES
Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing of a new liquor license application
from the time it is submitted until the license certificate is issued by the State.
Please add 2 to 4 weeks if a Special (Conditional) Use Permit is required.
PLEASE NOTE: All distance requirements referenced below must be measured lot line to lot line.
Application and Approval Process
Please follow these steps in the order listed:
1. Locations that have not been licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages within the past six
months might not be eligible for licensing.
Exemptions: restaurants, hotels offering restaurant service, formally organized clubs (operated solely
for objects of national or state-wide social, patriotic, benevolent or similar purposes). Documentation
is required to qualify for an exemption. See Davenport Municipal Code Sections 5.10.105 and
5.10.210, revisions effective July 1, 2008 (Ord. No. 2008-247).
2. If not exempt as listed in Step 1 and if there was not a valid license for the premises more than six
months before you submit your application, you must comply with the 600-foot distance requirement
from a state registered child development home, state licensed child care center, or a public or private
elementary or secondary school. Please provide a signed affidavit when you submit your application
to this office. (See the attached information,“600 Feet from Schools and Child Care Centers”) [See
Davenport Municpal Code Section 5.10.105(A) and (E)].
3. A Special Use Permit might be required for the premises to be licensed, unless the premises qualifies
for an exemption. If you have questions about the process, you may contact Zoning at (563) 326-7765.
However, you must proceed with steps 4, 5, and 6 before Zoning can determine whether a Special
Use Permit is required (see Step 7).
4. To submit your license application on-line, go to the State of Iowa’s Website www.IowaABD.com.
The Iowa ABD “Electronic Licensing User Guide” is available on the Website. Be sure to follow the
instructions for submitting a NEW application. The number for Iowa ABD is (866) 469-2223
(Option 1 to speak to a Licensing Specialist if you have questions).
Please carefully read the questions from the Criminal History screen (see next page)
and provide answers as requested. Failure to disclose all incidents can result in
denial of your application.
New On-Premises Licenses
After completion click on the NEXT link to continue to the next screen, or the BACK link to return to the previous
The navigation links on the top may also be used to move around the application.
Select Have you ever been convicted of a felony offense in Iowa or any other state of the
United States? If yes, list on the next (Violations) screen.
Select Have any of the owners listed in the ownership screen been charged, arrested,
indicted, convicted or received a deferred judgment for any violation of any state,
county, city, federal or foreign law? All information shall be reported regardless of the
disposition, even if dismissed or expunged. Include pending charges. DO NOT include
traffic violations, except those that are alcohol related. If yes, list violations on the next
Select If no arrests, indictments, summons or convictions are applicable select "NONE".
5. In order to begin the approval process, you must provide all of the following documents to the
licensing assistant in the City Administrator's Office at Davenport City Hall:
a. 600-foot distance requirement affidavit, unless exempt (see Step 2);
b. Notarized signature form printed from your on-line application (see Step 4);
c. Sketch of premises, including living quarters, if applicable. Please provide a simple, clearly
marked sketch on 8½ by 11 white paper (not a blueprint); the drawing does not need to be to scale.
Mark locations of the items listed on the “Premises Information” screen of the on-line application.
You must request outdoor area privilege if you will allow consumption of alcoholic beverages
outside the licensed premises (building), such as at a picnic table, porch, deck, patio, beer garden,
Sketch of the outdoor service area. Please draw the boundaries of the outdoor area. The outdoor
area must include an entryway connecting the building directly into the outdoor area. The outdoor
area cannot be separated from the building by parking or other space. Boundaries of an outdoor
area must be easily identifiable using visible above-ground structure (such as permanent or
temporary fencing, barricades, planters, etc.).
d. "Confidential" Addendum to Application with financial documentation. This form requests
background information and proof of financial responsibility (see Item 5 on the Confidential
form). It must be submitted each year with the new and renewal applications. Information on this
form will be part of the review process performed by the Police Department only. It will not be
provided to any other department nor to the State, and it will not be kept in the liquor license file.
New On-Premises Licenses
** Please do not delay submitting your application (Steps 4 and 5) **
(See Step 9 for items NOT required at time of application)
6. The City licensing assistant will prepare a routing sheet with a copy of the application for review by
the Zoning Division, Fire Department, Police Department and Building Division. The routing sheet
must be returned to the licensing assistant as soon as all departments have completed their initial
reviews in order to meet the deadline for the Public Safety Committee agenda.
7. A Special Use Permit (if required) must be approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment before
your license application can be placed on City Council agenda for approval [see Step 3 and the
attached information, “Special (Conditional) Use Permits”].
8. After the routing sheet has been returned to the City licensing assistant (see Step 6), and after approval
of a Special Use Permit (if required), your application will be placed on the Public Safety Committee
agenda for City Council approval before processing by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.
9. The following items are not required at the same time you submit your license application (Step 5).
However, they are required before your license can be processed by the State.
a. Lease agreement, warranty deed or final sales contract, or management agreement for the
premises (building or unit/suite, etc.). Purchase agreements cannot be accepted. Please remember
that, except under certain circumstances, the State will not back-date a license to an effective date
prior to City Council approval and processing of the application and license, nor prior to the
effective date of a lease or ownership of the building.
b. Dram shop liability insurance verification. The effective dates must run concurrently with the
effective dates of the license. After the dates have been determined, the insurance company must
verify coverage on-line with the application in order for the City licensing assistant to endorse your
application for processing by the State. It is not necessary to provide a copy of the dram certificate
to the City.
c. License or permit classes and fees. These fees are not transferred from the bank account
identified on the signature page of your on-line application until the City approves your license
application. However, you must ensure that the license fees are available for Electronic Fund
Transfer from the bank account to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (see instructions on the
State’s E-licensing site). The City cannot accept payment of your fees by check, cash, etc.
CLASS C LIQUOR LICENSE or CLASS B LIQUOR LICENSE (hotel or motel
with minimum 20 rooms) (on-premises liquor, beer and wine, including native wine;
*carry-out beer and native wine only):
$2,028.00 (or $1,690.00 without Sunday privilege); or
New On-Premises Licenses
c. License or permit classes and fees continued
CLASS C(BW) BEER-WINE PERMIT (on-premises beer and wine only, including native
wine; *carry-out beer and native wine only):
$702.00 (or $585.00 without Sunday privilege); or
CLASS B BEER PERMIT (on-premises and *carry-out beer only):
$360.00 (or $300.00 without Sunday privilege);
*PLEASE NOTE: "carry-out" means unopened containers
CLASS B NATIVE WINE PERMIT (on-premises and carry-out Iowa-produced wine only;
may be added as a privilege to Class B Beer permit):
$25.00 (annual fee, includes on-premises and carry-out native wine)
BREW PUB (beer brewed and served on-site; may be added as a privilege to Class C Liquor
license and Class B Beer permit):
$250.00; or $500.00 for high-proof brew pub (annual fee)
OUTDOOR SERVICE AREA AND CATERING PRIVILEGES:
No additional fee for these privileges.
10. After all of the above steps are completed, the City will endorse your license application for
processing by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.
11. Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division will mail your new license to the City Administration office.
You can make arrangements with the licensing assistant to pick up your license or have it mailed to
12. A booklet titled “Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Laws & You” is written in layman’s language and
covers laws and regulations (including gambling), and other license information. You can read it, or
save and/or print a PDF on the Iowa ABD Website at www.IowaABD.com. Or you can order a hard
copy from Iowa ABD for $5. It is strongly recommended that you access this information and share
it with your co-owners and employees of the business.
(MORE INFORMATION ON FOLLOWING PAGE)
New On-Premises Licenses
Other Licenses and Permits
IMPORTANT: If you are planning any renovations or HVAC, plumbing and/or electrical work on an
existing space or building, or if you will be occupying a new space or building, you must
contact the following:
- City of Davenport Building Division at (563) 326-7745
You must contact the following agencies regarding other licenses that may be required:
- City of Davenport Business Licensing at (563) 326-7715
- Scott County Health Department at (563) 326-8618
Also, please call the following phone numbers for permits that might be required:
- Iowa Sales Tax Permit. Contact the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance at
(515) 281-3114 or (800) 367-3388
- Employer Federal ID. Contact the Internal Revenue Service at 326-6052
- Federal Special Occupational Tax Permit ("Special Tax Stamp").
Contact the U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms at (513) 684-2979
- Social Gambling Permit. Contact the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
at (515) 281-6848
- Lottery License. Contact Iowa Lottery at (800) 228-0010
If you have questions about forming a corporation for ownership of your license:
- Corporations. Contact the Iowa Secretary of State at (515) 242-5204