Liquor License

Any person who sells liquor in Arizona must apply for a liquor license at the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control.  The State will forward all applications for businesses in Mesa to the City of Mesa Licensing Office.

Upon receiving the application, the Licensing Office will post a sign on the proposed business premises.  The posting must remain up for 20 calendar days.  Any person who resides or who owns or leases property within one mile of the applicant's premises may submit written comments or petitions to the City stating whether they are for or against the application within the 20-day posting period. Written comments or petitions should be mailed, faxed, or sent by e-mail.  Once the 20-day posting period has concluded, all comments will be forwarded to the City Council.  No arguments shall be filed or accepted by the City thereafter.

The City is required to have the recommendation back to the State within 60 days of the receipt of the application.  The City of Mesa has no control over the processing of a license application after the City Council makes its recommendation to the State Liquor Board.

If the City Council recommends denial of a liquor license, the State Liquor Board will schedule a hearing on the application, at which time a City representative and the applicant may present their cases.  The City Attorney's Office represents Mesa at all hearings before the State Liquor Board.  However, the City Attorney's Office does not represent individual residents or neighborhood groups at the State Liquor Board hearings.

State of Arizona Liquor License application
Submit complete application to Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control

Special Event Liquor Licenses

For further information concerning the City's licensing role and processcall (480) 644-2316 or e-mail

For further information concerning the Dept. of Liquor's licensing role and process visit Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control or call (602) 542-5141.



Office Locations:
Licensing Office
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ  85201
Phone: 480-644-2316
FAX: 480-644-3999

Tax Audit & Collections
20 E. Main St, Suite 450
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 480-644-3816
FAX: 480-644-2687

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Fridays

Mailing Address:
Tax & Licensing Office
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, Arizona 85211-1466


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