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Liquor Licensing

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Regulatory Agency (CRA), also known as the Office of Alcohol Beverage Control, is the primary agency in the regulation and control of spirituous liquors within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. This Office has the authority to grant and deny liquor applications, adopt rules and regulations regarding spirituous liquor, and hold hearings for determining whether to grant or deny a liquor license. In addition, this Office has the authority to investigate and enforce compliance of all State and Community liquor laws, rules and regulations on those licensed premises that are within its jurisdiction.

Types of Liquor Licenses

  • Restaurant
  • Hotel/Motel
  • Golf Course
  • Sports Stadium/Entertainment Venue
  • Casino
  • Government
  • Business Ancillary
  • Special Event

How to Apply for a Liquor License

To obtain a Community Liquor License, the applicant must first apply with the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control (AZDLLC) on an application form provided. Once AZDLLC receives the application, a copy of the application will be sent to CRA for review and processing. From the date the State receives the application, CRA has sixty (60) days to process the application and make a decision as to whether to deny or approve the application.

Once CRA receives a liquor license application, the applicant will be sent a notification letter explaining the CRA process for the application review. CRA will require the business, and those listed on the application to submit to a background investigation. Those listed on the application will be required to submit fingerprint cards on fingerprint cards provided by this office, as well as, submit financial history release forms provided by this office. Those listed on the application may have their fingerprints processed by this office at no charge. The location to have fingerprints processed is at 8840 E. Chaparral Rd. Suite 165, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. The applicant is required to pay an original licensing fee and if approved, will be required to pay a yearly renewal fee thereafter. The fees are as follows:

LicensesOriginalRenewal
Restaurant$2,000.00$500.00
Hotel/Motel$2,000.00$500.00
Golf Course$2,000.00$500.00
Sports Stadium/Entertainment Venue$2,000.00$500.00
Casino$2,500.00$750.00
Government$200.00$100.00
Business Ancillary$200.00$100.00
Special Event$200.00

CRA will post a public hearing notice on the proposed licensed premises and hold a public hearing to allow the public to voice their opinion as to the approval or denial of the liquor application. The Director will make a decision to either deny or approve the application. If the application is approved, CRA will notify AZDLLC and will send the applicant a notification letter notifying the applicant of the CRA approval. The applicant is required to provide CRA with a copy of the State license prior to the issuance of the Community liquor license. If the application is denied, the applicant has the right to file an appeal to the Community Manager within 15 business days.

Business Ancillary Licenses

Community Business Ancillary Licenses are given to those business/schools that serves alcoholic beverages as part of a cooking demonstration or cooking class; or is a school offering degree programs in the culinary arts.

Special Event Licenses

A special event liquor license is a temporary license that authorizes, the sale or the service without sale, of liquor at an event for a limited time in the Community.

Private Event - If a business within the Community wishes to have an event with service of alcoholic beverages without sale, it may apply for a Community Special Event Liquor License. The business must hold a Community Business License and must be a commercial tenant within the Community. The applicant must file an application with CRA at least 30 days prior to the event. An application may be obtained by request of CRA, or by completion of the application from this website. The event can be for only one time per calendar year and the event must be private and only open to a known group of guests and not to the public. The applicant may be required to obtain a Special Use Permit from Community Development Department. Additionally, the applicant must pay a non-refundable licensing fee of $200.00 and agree to pay any additional cost for police or other staffing. For specific details, please review the Community’s Code of Ordinances Sec. 14-15(f).

Charitable Event - If a charitable organization is not in the primary business of selling food or alcohol, and wants to hold a charitable event within the Community and with service of alcohol, sell and consume alcoholic beverages at the event, the organization may apply for a Community Special Event Liquor License. An application must be filed at least 30 days prior to the event. An application may be obtained by a request of CRA or this website. Each charitable organization may be issued a special event license no more than 10 times per calendar year. An unlicensed location can hold no more than 12 events per calendar year and if a licensed location, may have unlimited events per year. The applicant will be required to pay a non-refundable licensing fee of $200.00 and agree to pay any additional cost to for police or other staffing. The applicant may be required to obtain a Special Use Permit from Community Development Department. Additionally, the applicant must meet all Arizona State laws, rules and regulations. For specific details, please review the Community’s Code of Ordinances Sec. 14-55(6)(b)(1)-(5).

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