2015 Arizona Liquor License Lottery

A liquor license lottery will be held in May 2015. Licenses available are shown in the table below. More details will be posted on this page no later than Monday, May 4th, 2015.

Available Licenses
County Series 6: Bar Series 7: Beer & Wine Bar Series 9: Liquor Store
Maricopa 6 6 7
Pima 1 1 2
Yuma 1 0 0

Liquor License Lottery Statute and Rule:

A.R.S. §4-206.01 and A.A.C. R19-1-204

2014 Liquor License Lottery Timeline
Activity Deadline
Lottery Documents Posted On Website Monday, May 4, 2015
Lottery Application Entry Period Monday, May 11 through Friday, June 5, 2015
Date of Random Selection Drawing Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 10 a.m.
Applicants Selected In Drawing Posted on Website Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Non-refundable 50% Deposit Due Monday, October 5, 2015
Disclosed Location License Issue Date 105 days after application processed
Non-disclosed Location Application Fee Balance Due Monday, April 4, 2016

Notes regarding the local government where your business will be located:

  • local governments must post application for corresponding lottery license series for 20 days
  • local governments have 60-days to submit a recommendation to the Department of Liquor regarding lottery applicants
  • when the Department of Liquor receives a local government's recommendation, a 15-day waiting period must pass prior to the license being issued

Liquor License Lottery History

Of the 17 series of liquor licenses available in Arizona, only these three are issued in limited quantities by county; the bar license (series 6), the beer and wine bar license (series 7), and the liquor store license (series 9). These three licenses are called "quota" licenses.

When our state's population boomed in the 90s, the Arizona's liquor industry proposed legislation that would increase the number of the three most sought-after liquor licenses. In 2005 more licenses were made available by holding a lottery.

2015 marks the eight liquor license lottery held in Arizona. Quota licenses are now issued when the population of a county increases by 10,000. Of the 15 Arizona counties, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yuma are the only counties that experienced population growth of more than 10,000 since 2010. The number of licenses offered in the lottery is determined by the population increase since 2010 minus the number of quota licenses issued in that county since 2010.

Before each lottery is conducted, two independent auditors determine the Fair Market Value of each license. This process is currently underway. Fair market values have ranged from a low of $5,233 for a beer and wine bar license in Gila County to a high of $235,800 for a liquor store license in Maricopa County.

Two different types of lottery applications are available; Disclosed Location (where the location of the licensed establishment has been determined) and; an Undisclosed Location (where the licensed establishment's location is not yet established).

When the number of applicants exceeds the number of quota licenses offered, a random selection drawing determines who may continue the application process. If applicants selected in the drawing chose not to continue the application process, the license will be offered to a runner up.

Fees for the lottery include a $100 non-refundable application fee, a mandatory fifty percent (50%) deposit, and a final payment prior to issuance. Non-payment results in disqualification. When an applicant is disqualified, the runner up is notified.

Liquor lottery applicants must meet state liquor license requirements and licensing requirements established by the city, town or county where they will operate their business.

A history of lottery results can be reviewed in the Department of Liquor Annual Report.