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Alcoholic beverage

For businesses that are involved in the sale of alcoholic beverages, a Liquor License or Beer Permit is necessary. These permits are issued by the state Alcoholic Beverages Division. Information and applications for new or renewal permits can be found on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages website

The licensing process takes at least 30 days to complete and does require City Council approval prior to issuance. In addition to the electronic filing of the application with the state the city has requirements which must be met before new or renewal licenses/permits are issued. 

The City of Iowa City has a new on-line Liquor application that can be accessed with this link (work in progress, link coming soon). You are still required to also submit your extra privileges applications that you had signed up for with the state. 

Selling alcohol outdoors on private property requires an Outdoor Service Area Permit please use this link for the application and contact the City Clerk's office if you have any questions.

Your business may be eligible for an under 21 Exception permit or Entertainment permit. This allows people under 21 in the establishment after 10:00 pm. Please call the City Clerk's office if you have any questions concerning these types of permits. There are a few qualifications for each different permit.

Additional information regarding Alcoholic Beverages can be found in the Iowa City City Code, Title 4.




Sidewalk cafe

A sidewalk cafe is an area for the sale of alcohol, food or beverages on City-owned property. A number of requirements must be met before the application and application fee can be processed by the Public Works Department.

Contact: Public Works Department 319-356-5139