Welcome to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission

The Liquor Control Commission is an adjudication and rule making agency that oversees the alcohol beverage industry.  The mission of the Commission is to ensure compliance with the liquor laws and regulations of the state of Ohio and to provide fair and impartial hearings for the protection of the public and liquor permit holders. The Commission also adopts and promulgates rules, standards, and requirements regarding the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in Ohio.  The Commission works in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Investigative Unit. Below is a listing of the primary activities performed by each agency. For more information about these two agencies please go to their websites.

            Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control

  • Processes new applications for all liquor permits in the state, including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers
  • Processes applications for transfers and renewals of existing liquor permits
  • Maintains authority to reject and deny certain applications for various reasons
  • Receives objections to liquor permit applications from legislative authorities and certain institutions, conducts hearings, and renders decisions on those objections
  • Adverse decisions may be appealed to the Liquor Control Commission by permit applicants and legislative authorities; objecting institutions do not have any right of appeal under the law
  • Awards contracts for state liquor agencies

            Ohio Department of Public Safety, Investigative Unit

  • Responsible for the enforcement of Ohio’s liquor laws and regulations
  • Issues citations to liquor permit holders who are in violation of Ohio’s liquor laws and regulations. After a citation is written, the matter is referred to the Attorney General’s Office - Liquor Unit which will schedule the case for a hearing before the Liquor Control Commission
  • Maintains records and case history of liquor permit holders with liquor violations
  • Maintains regional offices
  • Offers training classes to permit holders and their employees
  • Answers questions regarding compliance with Ohio liquor laws and rules



ATTENTION: Due to recent security improvements, Please arrive early and have a state issued driver’s license/ or government photo identification available upon entrance for Liquor Control Commission Hearings. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 


Common Sense Initiative Office

The requirements of Executive Order 2011-01K and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly require state agencies, including the Commission, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by Senate Bill 2), and provide opportunity for those who are impacted to provide input on the rules. Proposed rules, along with a Business Impact Analysis Form, are available for review by visiting the Commission’s website at http://lcc.ohio.gov/LawsandRules/AdministrativeRuleReview.aspx