The sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages is regulated by the Alcohol Beverage Control
- Licensing requirements:
- Beer license is $50 per year.
- Wine bottles (to go) , $100 per year.
- Wine by the drink (on premise), $100 per year.
- Keg- to-go license is $20 per year.
- Beer suppliers must obtain a Certificate of Approval, $0 per year
- Wine suppliers – no certificate is required.
- Controlled state regarding:
- Beer and Wine , no
- Distilled Spirits, yes. Only sold through an Idaho State Liquor Store
- Alcohol thresholds:
- If over 16% ABV, must go through State Liquor Store
- Can be over 16% ABV if noted as either: Port, Madeira or Sherry
- How long is the application process?
- Applications are processed on a first come first served basis. The law allows for up to ninety days for processing.
- How far from a church or a school do I need to be?
- For on-premise consumption licensee’s...must be at least 300 feet from the property line of the church or school. City or counties can issue waivers.
- What hours can I sell beer and wine?
- 6am to 1am. City laws may allow up to 2am.
- Retailer’s name on labels is prohibited.
- “No label on a wine container shall be used or placed thereon which indicates that a retailer is the producer or the bottler thereof or which contains the name of a retailer in any manner.”
- Vintners, wineries and distributors may conduct or assist in wine sampling.
- Beer sampling is not allowed.
- Sample sizes shall not exceed 1 1⁄2 ounces.
- Tasting area must be clearly marked.
- Beer & Wine price posting
- Distributors need to post all prices on an electronic website.
- Pricing changes must be submitted 30 days in advance.
- A price decrease must be held for 6 months prior to adjusting again.
- No volume discounts are allowed.
For more information on laws and regulations:Alcohol Beverage Control
700 South Stratford Drive
Meridian, ID 83642