Laws and Rules
To review all the laws and rules related to liquor licensing, please refer to Title 16 - Montana Code Annotated and its Administrative Rules or to request a hard copy, contact is at 866-859-2254 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
License Code List
To determine what type of license an establishment has you can look at the last three numbers of the license number, ex. 00-111-1234 - and refer to the License Code List.
To assist you in understanding the liquor licensing application process, license management and compliance, we have compiled a list of frequently used Licensing Terms.
If you are trying to verify if an establishment is licensed or are looking for specific information about a particular license such as security interests, ownership, who is the manager, where is the business located, please use our convenient, secure online License Search.
Purchase Price Report
If you are looking for a list of the most recent sales information regarding on-premises licenses, please review the Purchase Price Report. The report is broken down by county and shows the names of the establishments, purchase price and the date of the purchase. NOTE: The purchase prices in this report are not established by the Department of Revenue but are the market value specific to the area.
The Department of Revenue continuously tries to improve our reporting. The purchase price report comes from a system whose main function is licensing, not data reporting. As a result, the report shows some inaccurate prices. Additionally, GenTax has now been in use for six or more years, and in that time licensees have made additional changes to their license. This report captures the sale price and attaches it to the latest transaction in our system. If someone purchases a license for $100,000, our data system captures that sales price. If the licensee then submits an application for change in current license ownership or location, the report then continues to show the original purchase price ($100,000).
To verify if an applicant has been issued the authority to temporarily operate a licensee's license during an application process, please view the report Temporary Authority
All-Beverages, City Beer and City Beer with Wine Amendments and Restaurant Beer and Wine Licenses are issued on what is called a quota system. The quota means the system utilized by the department to maintain and monitor the availability of liquor licenses in each city and county area in Montana as stipulated by 16-4-502, MCA, this also includes the availability to float licenses from one are to another. The current information and availability has been compiled into a document called the Quota Sheet. Prior to applying for a license, you should always contact the department to verify the license is still available. You can contact us by calling 866-859-2254 or send us an email at email@example.com.
Building, Health and Fire
All establishments that sell, serve, distribute and manufacture alcoholic beverages in the state of Montana must meet certain requirements set by local building, health and fire code officials before a license can be approved or a change to the premises(alteration) can be approved. To find an official in your area, please click on the links below:
Health Code Officials
Fire Code Officials
Building Code Officials
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Wholesalers, Distributors and Importers looking for more information regarding the federal licensing process and requirements including on-line permitting, labeling and other industry questions can go to their website TTB.
Direct Shipment Endorsement
For a list of wineries that have been issued a Direct Shipment Endorsement to ship wine directly to consumers in Montana, please click on the link:
Direct Ship Endorsement
Approved Beer and Wine Labels
For a list of beer and wine products that have been approved to ship into and/or be distributed in the State of Montana, please view the link below:
2014 List of Products Approved
The TransAction Portal (TAP)
The TransAction Portal (TAP)- Manage your account online or register for an account
National Alcohol Beverage Control Association or NABCA
Montana Tavern Association
Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association
Montana Brewers Association