Get a Liquor License in Nebraska

Liquor Licensing in NebraskaSeal_of_Nebraska

In Nebraska, liquor licenses are overseen by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission (NLCC). Original applications can be submitted in two ways: by mail or by appointment. However, renewals are available for submission online.

Basic requirements to obtain or renew a liquor license in Nebraska:

By Mail:

  1. Complete the application form which is provided in PDF format:
    https://lcc.nebraska.gov/sites/lcc.nebraska.gov/files/100%20APRIL%202016%20RETAIL%20APPLICATION.pdf
  2. Mail the payment and application along with any other documents requested and to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

In Person:

If you wish to bring in an application to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission in person so that it may be reviewed before you leave they request that you call to set an appointment. Appointments are made only between the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Plan on approximately 45 minutes for the appointment. Please call the main office at (472) 471-2571 to schedule an appointment.

To help expedite the process, download and fill out the application form and bring it with you:

https://lcc.nebraska.gov/sites/lcc.nebraska.gov/files/100%20APRIL%202016%20RETAIL%20APPLICATION.pdf

Online – Renewals or Updates to Existing:

While the NLCC doesn’t currently allow you to obtain a license online you can renew an existing license or update information related to an existing license. You can renew online here:

https://www.nebraska.gov/nlcc/renewals/

Fees:

The NLCC maintains a schedule of fees for the various licensing requirements.  You can find the list here:

https://lcc.nebraska.gov/sites/lcc.nebraska.gov/files/LICENSE%20FEE%20CHART%20MAR%202015.pdf

Forms:

There are over forty (40) different forms related to a liquor license in Nebraska. Many of these are updated periodically. For the latest list of forms, check the Forms Index:

https://lcc.nebraska.gov/sites/lcc.nebraska.gov/files/FORMS%20INDEX%2004142016.pdf

Regulations:

The various rules and regulations relevant to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission can be found here in this 50+ page PDF file: https://lcc.nebraska.gov/sites/lcc.nebraska.gov/files/RULESREG.pdf

Regulating Agency:

There is One Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Office:

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95046
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5046
Phone: (402) 471-2571
Fax: (402) 471-2814
https://lcc.nebraska.gov

Inspection and Enforcement:

The Liquor Commission does not have inspectors. They rely on local law enforcement and their key enforcement arm, the Nebraska State Patrol. Complaints and application reviews are sent through the Nebraska State Patrol. Visit the Nebraska State Patrol here: http://statepatrol.nebraska.gov for more information. Other pertinent information relevant to enforcement me be found on the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission located here: https://lcc.nebraska.gov/enforcement.