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About Liquor Control
About Liquor Control

About Liquor Control

Information about the leadership, sections, and regulatory partners of the Division


Division Contact Guide
This guide provides contact information for the various areas within the Division’s Licensing Department.
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Every state in the country has an alcohol beverage control agency that regulates the manufacturing, wholesale distribution and retail sale of alcoholic beverages. There are no unrestricted free markets for alcohol sales in any state. In Ohio, the Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control is responsible for controlling the manufacture, distribution, licensing, regulation, and merchandising of beer, wine, mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor as the law is outlined in the Ohio Revised Code Chapters 4301. and 4303.

The Division of Liquor Control issues new licenses, renews licenses annually, and approves license transfers for Ohio’s approximately 25,000 private businesses that are alcohol manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and organizers of special events where alcohol is sold.

The Division of Liquor Control registers all beer, wine, and mixed beverages (containing 21% alcohol by volume or less) products for sale in Ohio and out-of-state suppliers and all salespersons of beer, wine, and mixed beverage products.

Ohio Liquor (OHLQ) is a unique public/private partnership between the Ohio Department of Commerce's  Division of Liquor Control and the JobsOhio Beverage System. OHLQ ensures the safe and fair distribution of high-proof liquor across our state and directs profits from the sale of liquor to fund economic development in Ohio. To learn more, go to Liquor Agency Operations (OHLQ).