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Gold Q Graphic Types of licenses issued by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC)and the fees: 

Gold A Graphic A Hotel, selling beer and wine for consumption on the premises only, a minimum fee of $250.00 per year and, for all bedrooms in excess of 20, $1.00 for each additional bedroom, but not more than $500.00 per year.
Airlines selling, offering for sale, providing, or transporting alcoholic liquor that are licensed to carry passengers in this state, $600.00 per year.
B Hotel, for selling beer, wine, mixed spirit drink and spirits for consumption on the premises only, a minimum fee of $600.00 per year and, for all bedrooms in excess of 20, $3.00 for each additional bedroom. Note: If a hotel of class B sells beer, wine, mixed spirit drink, and spirits in more than 1 public bar, the fee shall entitle the hotel to sell in only 1 public bar, other than a bedroom, and a license shall be secured for each additional public bar, other than a bedroom, the fee for which shall be $350.00 per year.
Brandy manufacturer, manufacturing, rectifying, or blending, or both, of brandy and no other distilled spirit, $100.00 per year. Only a wine maker or small wine maker is eligible to be a brandy manufacturer.
Brewpub, manufacturing and brewing not more than 5,000 barrels of beer per calendar year in Michigan and selling the beer produced for consumption on or off the licensed premises, $100.00 per year. A brewpub license must be held in conjunction with a class C, tavern, A hotel, or class B hotel license.
Class C selling beer, wine, mixed spirit drink and spirits for consumption on the premises only, $600.00 per year. If a Class C licensee sells beer, wine, mixed spirit drink, and spirits in more than 1 bar, a fee of $350.00 per year shall be paid for each additional bar.
Class G-1 selling beer, wine, mixed spirit drink, and spirits for consumption on the premises only at a golf course having at least 18 holes that measure 5,000 yards and which permits member access by means of payments that include annual paid membership fees, $1,000.00 per year.
Class G-2 selling beer and wine for consumption on the premises only at a golf course having at least 18 holes that measure 5,000 yards and which permits member access by means of payments that include annual paid membership fees, $500.00 per year.
Club selling beer, wine, mixed spirit drink, and spirits to members of nonprofit entities for consumption on the premises only, $300.00 per year for clubs having 150 or fewer duly accredited members and $1.00 for each additional member, but not to exceed $750.00m per year for any 1 club.
Dining cars or other railroad or Pullman cars selling alcoholic liquor, $100.00 per train per year.
Manufacturers of beer, manufacturing beer and selling the beer produced to licensed wholesalers, $50.00 per 1,000 barrels, or fraction of a barrel, production annually with a maximum fee of $1,000.00. In addition $50.00 for each motor vehicle used in delivery to retail licensees.
Manufacturers of spirits, manufacturing spirits but not including makers, blenders, and rectifiers of wines containing 21% or less alcohol by volume, $1,000.00 per year.
Mixed spirit drink manufacturer, manufacturing mixed spirit drink and selling mixed spirit drink to licensed wholesalers, $100.00 per year.
Motorsports event, selling beer and wine for consumption on the premises only, $250.00 per year. Only the owner of a motorsports entertainment complex is eligible to obtain this license for use during sanctioned events.
Outstate seller of beer, delivering or selling beer not manufactured in this state to licensed wholesalers, $1,000.00 per year.
Outstate seller of mixed spirit drink, delivering or selling mixed spirit drink not manufactured in this state to licensed wholesalers, $300.00 per year.
Outstate seller of wine, delivering or selling wine not manufactured in this state, $300.00 per year.
Small Distiller manufacturing not more than 60,000 gallons of spirits of all brands combined in Michigan annually, $100.00 per year.
Special licenses, selling beer and wine, or beer, wine and spirits for consumption on the premises only, $50.00 per day, except that the fee for that license or permit issued to any bona fide nonprofit association, duly organized and in continuous existence for 1 year before the filing of its application, shall be $25.00. Not more than 12 special licenses may be granted to any organization, including an auxiliary of the organization, in a calendar year.
Specially designated distributor (SDD), selling spirits and mixed spirit drink in the original package for the Commission for consumption off the premises only, $150.00 per year, and an additional fee of $3.00 for each $1,000.00 or major fraction of that amount in excess of $25,000.00 of the total retail value of merchandise purchased under each license from the Commission during the previous calendar year.
Specially designated merchant (SDM), selling beer or wine for consumption off the premises only, but not at wholesale, $100.00 for each location regardless of the fact that the location may be a part of a system or chain of merchandising.
Tavern, selling beer and wine for consumption on the premises only, $250.00 per year.
Warehouser, storing alcoholic liquor but prohibited from making sales or deliveries to retailers unless holds a Wholesaler license, $50.00 per year.
Watercraft, selling alcoholic liquor and licensed to carry passengers in this state, a minimum fee of $100.00, and a maximum fee of $500.00 per year computed on the basis of $1.00 per person per passenger capacity.
Wholesaler selling beer, wine, and mixed spirit drink only to retailers or other licensees, $300.00 for the first motor vehicle used in delivery to retail licensees and $50.00 for each additional motor vehicle used in delivery to retail licensees.
Wine makers, manufacturing and selling wine containing 21% or less alcohol by volume to a licensed wholesaler, by direct shipment with a Direct Shipper license, at the retail winery premises and to a retailer, $100.00 per year.
Small Wine Maker manufacturing and bottling not more than 50,000 gallons of wine in a calendar year, $25.00 per year.
Note: The fees for the various types of licenses are not prorated for a portion of the effective period of the license [MCL 436.1525]. The licensing year is May 1 to April 30.
 

Gold Q Graphic How can I obtain the MLCC Code, Rules and Related Laws publication? 

Gold A Graphic Copies of the Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998 and the Administrative Rules of the Commission are available for a $15.00 fee at any of the Commission's district offices. You may also request a copy by mail by sending a check made payable to the State of Michigan to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, ATTN: CASHIER, 7150 Harris Drive, P.O. Box 30005, Lansing, MI 48909. The Code is also available at www.michigan.gov Office of Regulatory Reform. 

Gold Q Graphic What are the business hours of the Liquor Control Commission? 

Gold A Graphic Business hours of the Lansing office of the Liquor Control Commission are: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (closed on all State holidays). Note: For processing Licensing transactions, please allow extra processing time during the 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. lunch period - and arrive before 3:30 p.m. if needing a license transaction before the office closes in the evening (5 p.m.). 

Gold Q Graphic When transferring a license,  how will I know if I am (my Corporation, Partnership, LLC is) liable for the previous owner's tax debt? 

Gold A Graphic Requesting a Tax Clearance Certificate from the seller is always recommended.  The seller would obtain this document from the Michigan Department of Treasury. There is no cost for this document and it provides proof that all taxes (up to the date of issue) have been paid. For more information, visit the Tax Clearance page on the Department of Treasury website. 

Gold Q Graphic  Under what conditions would a transfer applicant be delayed due to the licensee's tax liability? 

Gold A Graphic Each year the Michigan Department of Treasury sends the Liquor Control Commission a list of licensees with outstanding tax debt. A hold is placed on the renewal of these licenses and when the licensee tries to renew the license he or she (or the Corporation, Partnership, LLC) is unable to do so until the outstanding debt is paid (or a payment arrangement has been established with the Michigan Department of Treasury.) If a transfer application is received, no action will be taken on that application until the outstanding tax debt issue is resolved and the Department of Treasury clears the objection to renewal based on outstanding tax debt. 

Gold Q Graphic What type of financial documentation will I need to provide during the MLCC investigation? 

Gold A GraphicCopies of original income tax returns for the past three years including forms 1040 and 1040a, Schedule C, and W-2 withholding statements. Bank books (savings and checking), savings bonds, other securities, and any other financial documents for funds being used in the transaction. If planning to obtain loan from bank or other lending institution, have the financial institution complete a Statement of Money Lender. LC-3008 

Gold Q Graphic What can I do if I am denied a license by the Commission? 

Gold A Graphic If a license application is denied, the applicant may request an appeal hearing. The request must be made in writing to the Lansing office of the Commission within 20 days from the date of the denial letter which is mailed to the applicant. MLCC mailing address: Michigan Liquor Control Commission, 7150 Harris Drive, P.O. Box 30005, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7505. 

Gold Q Graphic What happens to a liquor license when a licensee dies? 

Gold A Graphic If a licensee dies, the Commission may approve the operation of the establishment by a personal representative or independent personal representative duly appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction, pending the settlement of the estate of the deceased licensee. MCL 436.1501(2) 

Gold Q Graphic How much is my liquor license worth? 

Gold A Graphic Many factors are involved in determining the market value of a liquor license or licensed business (such as, availability of licenses in the area). It is advisable to seek the assistance of a reputable business broker who deals with retail businesses to establish the value of a business with a liquor license. 

Gold Q Graphic Whom do I call to find out who holds a retail liquor license - and what information is available to the public regarding a licensed establishment? 

Gold A Graphic Contact the Lansing office of the Liquor Control Commission at (866) 813-0011 and ask to be connected to the Records Unit of Licensing. Provide whatever information you have, such as the specific business address of the establishment you are interested in, the names of any individuals or corporations you think may be listed on the license, the last known assumed name of the business (e.g. Joe's Bar) and the dates in question (current licensee or specific dates in the past). Routine verbal requests for information may include the name a liquor license is issued in (if a corporate entity - names of stockholders); a business address; d.b.a.; types of licenses and permits issued; licensing history of the business; and pending requests (if needed, you may be transferred to the appropriate Licensing Unit for further information regarding the status of a pending request). 

Gold Q Graphic What information will not be released under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act?

Note: Any person may request information from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). The Freedom of Information Act (hereafter referred to as FOIA) defines a person as an individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, firm, organization, association, governmental entity, or other legal entity. Person does not include an individual serving a sentence of imprisonment in a state or county correctional facility in this state or any other state, or in a federal correctional facility.
 

Gold A Graphic Formal requests for documentation may be submitted in written form (requests received by electronic mail are considered written requests under the FOIA) and applicable FOIA fees will be assessed. Pursuant to the FOIA and advice from our Assistant Attorney General's Office, home addresses, personal telephone numbers, social security numbers, credit card account and bank account information and expunged conviction records (information regarding an individual's original conviction) are NOT released by the MLCC. Exemption from release of protected information is claimed pursuant to Sections 13(1)(a) and (x) of the FOIA, on the grounds that release of the information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Note: The MLCC does not maintain copies of the actual liquor licenses (which is often requested). Only one license is printed and provided to the licensee to display on the licensed premises. The Contract for License, however, contains the same information as the actual liquor license and a copy of this document is available upon request. 

Gold Q Graphic How far back can I trace a liquor license? 

Gold A Graphic The Commission's active records go back to 1935. We have information on all active licensees from that year to the present. The Commission maintains only the last ten years of records related to inactive businesses. We cannot trace the ownership of a liquor license that was transferred or terminated prior to ten years ago. County and municipal records may be helpful in tracing the ownership of the real estate associated with a particular business. MCL 436.1501(2). 

Gold Q Graphic What does a Special License allow? 

Gold A Graphic A Special License is a contract between the Commission and the special licensee (only a nonprofit organization) granting authority to sell beer, wine, mixed spirit drink, or spirits at retail for consumption on the premises only for a limited period of time. A Special License is good for one day. An organization can obtain up to twelve (12) Special Licenses per year after completing the Special License Application and receiving approval from the Commission. All profits derived from the sale of alcoholic liquor must go to the organization itself and not to any individual.

Note: Local law enforcement approval is required for a Special License - and the Commission requires at least ten (10) working days to process the Special License Application. 

Gold Q Graphic Does someone need, or can they get, a Special License for a private affair at a banquet hall? 

Gold A Graphic The only type of Special License available is for bona fide nonprofit organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, etc. Normally, if someone is having a function at a banquet hall, such as a wedding reception, and the host and/or guests are supplying the food and alcoholic beverages and there are no charges of any kind including any entry fee or donation, no type of liquor license is available or required. It is, however, recommended that those who contemplate such an activity contact the local law enforcement agency or prosecutor's office for any additional information, since they have jurisdiction in such matters. 

Gold Q Graphic Do I have to provide liquor liability insurance or an acceptable alternative before I am granted a retail liquor license in Michigan? 

Gold A Graphic Yes. See Publications - Proof of Financial Responsibility Description. 

Gold Q Graphic Can I download the PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (LC-95) form at the Michigan Liquor Control Commission web site? 

Gold A Graphic Yes, this form may be downloaded from the Forms section. 

Gold Q Graphic Who is authorized to sign the PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (LC-95) form to verify I have obtained liquor liability insurance? 

Gold A Graphic In general, your insurance agent is authorized to sign the LC-95 form; however, there are several insurance carriers who have requested that the MLCC only accept LC-95 forms signed by specific individuals in their company - so ask them to be sure. 

Gold Q Graphic Must a PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY form be submitted each year? 

Gold A Graphic Once a PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY form has been accepted and placed on file with the MLCC, it is considered to be continuous until canceled; therefore, unless a Notice of Cancellation or Termination is received in the Licensing Division of the MLCC, a new proof is not required. 

Gold Q Graphic Why do I receive an Emergency Suspension Order 30 days before my insurance expires? 

Gold A Graphic The Michigan Liquor Control Code requires a 30-Day Notice of Cancellation or Termination of any form of proof of financial responsibility. An Emergency Suspension Order is then processed to inform the licensee what will occur in the event the licensee does not meet the statutory requirements prior to the final cancellation date. 

Gold Q Graphic What is the civil liability of a licensee with regard to injury claims? 

Gold A Graphic Under 436.1801, Sec. 801(3) of the Liquor Control Code (Dram Shop section), a licensee may be held civilly liable for deaths and injuries associated with sales to minors or visibly intoxicated persons if the unlawful sale is proven to be a proximate cause of the damage, personal injury, or death of an individual.
MCL 436.1801(3)
 

Gold Q Graphic When are the Renewal Applications mailed out? 

Gold A Graphic Renewal applications are mailed by the middle of March each year, and are sent to the business address, unless a different mailing address is on file. 

Gold Q Graphic I just received my license in (a specific month), do I still have to renew my license on May 1st - and are the fees prorated? 

Gold A Graphic All licenses are effective May 1 through April 30 of every year, regardless of when the license is obtained. Pursuant to MCL 436.1525(2), the fees for the various types of licenses shall not be prorated for a portion of the effective period of the license. 

Gold Q Graphic How long does it take to get my license after my Renewal Application is received at the Liquor Control Commission office? 

Gold A Graphic Depending on the volume of applications received on a particular day, processing may take 2 - 3 business days. In most instances, however, renewal applications are processed the following day and mailed first class (mail delivery to areas outside the major metropolitan areas will take longer).

Note: No licenses are mailed prior to April 1st regardless of when the renewal application is received.
 

Gold Q Graphic How are quotas for liquor licenses determined? 

Gold A Graphic In cities, incorporated villages, or townships, only 1 specially designated distributor (SDD) license shall be issued by the commission for every 3,000 of population, or fraction thereof. The quota requirement may be waived at the discretion of the commission if there is no specially designated distributor licensee within 2 miles, measured along the nearest traffic route, of the applicant. MCL 436.1533 A public license shall not be granted for the sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises in excess of 1 license for each 1,500 of population or major fraction thereof. In-depth information regarding quotas is found in MCL 436.1531 of the Liquor Control Code. 

Gold Q Graphic How do I place my license in escrow? 

Gold A Graphic R436.1047, Rule 47 of the Administrative Rules of the Commission states: A licensee who ceases active operation of the licensed business for a period of more than 30 days shall return all current licenses and permits to the commission. Send your license to the Lansing office of the Commission (MLCC, 7150 Harris Drive, P.O. Box 30005, Lansing, MI 48909-7505) with a cover letter explaining the reason(s) for requesting the license be placed in escrow, along with your current home address and telephone number, to ensure you receive subsequent correspondence from the Commission with regard to the license(s). R 436.1047 - Return of licenses and permits. 

Gold Q Graphic How do I get my license out of escrow? 

Gold A Graphic Submit a written request to the Commission, asking that your license be released from escrow - and depending on the specific factors (how long the license has been in escrow, whether it needs to be renewed, whether we have an active proof of financial responsibility on file, whether a final inspection is needed, etc.), either the license will be sent to you - or you will be provided with instructions as to what needs to be accomplished prior to release of the license. 

Gold Q Graphic What is an approved type business and what is the amount of inventory required? 

Gold A Graphic R 436.1129 Specially designated merchant license; issuance and
transfer; limitation; waiver; applicability.
Rule 29. (1) For the issuance of a new, or the transfer of location of an existing, specially designated merchant license, all of the following are approved types of businesses:
(a) A grocery store.
(b) A convenience food store.
(c) A food specialty store.
(d) A meat market.
(e) A delicatessen.
(f) A drugstore.
(g) A patent medicine store.
(h) A tobacconist that is in compliance with subrule (3)(e) of this rule.
(i) A department store that includes 1 or more of the stores listed in
subdivisions (a) to (h) of this subrule.
(j) A specially designated distributor.
(k) A class C.
(l) A class B hotel.
(m) A club.
(n) A tavern.
(o) A class A hotel licensed establishment.
(2) The commission shall not issue a new, or transfer location of an
existing, specially designated merchant license to an applicant operating an approved type of business who also holds, or a partner or stockholder of an applicant who holds, an interest, directly or indirectly, in a nonapproved type of business on, or contiguous to, the proposed licensed premises, unless 60% or more of the combined monthly gross sales of the approved and nonapproved businesses are of goods and services customarily marketed by the approved type of business. For the purposes of this subrule, combined monthly gross sales are sales exclusive of all taxes collected by a retailer on sales and are computed for an accounting period of not less than 180 consecutive days. The commission may approve an application under this rule
subject to the condition that the applicant shall demonstrate compliance with this subrule at the end of the 180-day accounting period. The commission shall cancel the license if the licensee has failed to comply with the provisions of this subrule at the end of the 180-day accounting period.
(3) The commission shall not issue a specially designated merchant license to any of the following entities and shall not allow any of the following entities to change the nature of an existing business that has a specially designated merchant license:
(a) An applicant who owns motor vehicle fuel pumps which are at the same location as, which are operated in conjunction with, or which are a part of, the proposed licensed business.
(b) An applicant who holds any financial interest, directly or indirectly, in the establishment, maintenance, operation, or promotion of the sale of motor vehicle fuel at the proposed location of, in conjunction with, or as a part of, the proposed licensed business.
(c) An applicant who holds any interest, directly or indirectly, by
ownership in fee, leasehold, mortgage, or otherwise, in the establishment, maintenance, operation, or promotion of the sale of motor vehicle fuel at the proposed location of, in conjunction with, or as a part of, the proposed licensed business.
(d) An applicant who holds any interest, directly or indirectly, through interlocking stock ownership in a corporation or through interlocking directors in a corporation engaged in the establishment, maintenance, operation, or promotion of the sale of motor vehicle fuel at the proposed location of, in conjunction with, or as a part of, the proposed licensed business.
(e) An applicant at any location at which motor vehicle fuel is sold or offered for sale by any person, whether or not the applicant has any interest or derives any profit from the sale.
(4) In determining the qualifications of an applicant for or the holder of a specially designated merchant license to own or operate motor vehicle fuel pumps on or adjacent to the licensed premises under the provisions of section 541(1) of 1998 PA 58, MCL 436.1541(1), the following shall apply:
(a) The minimum inventory required shall exclude alcoholic liquor, motor vehicle fuel, and any merchandise acquired on a consignment basis and not less than 60% of this inventory shall consist of goods and services which, in themselves, would qualify the applicant or licensee for licensure under subrule (1) of this rule.
(b) In the case of a department store, as defined in R 436.1001(e), the inventory attributable to that department which qualifies the business for licensure shall consist of not less than 60% of goods and services which, in themselves, would qualify the business for licensure under subrule (1) of this rule.
(c) The distance between the motor vehicle fuel pumps and the site of
payment and selection of alcoholic liquor shall be determined by measuring from the motor vehicle fuel pump nearest the licensed premises to that part of the licensed premises nearest the motor vehicle fuel pumps.
(5) In a city, incorporated village, or township that has a population of 3,000 or fewer people, the commission may, in its discretion, waive the provisions of subrules (1), (2), and (3) of this rule if the applicant for a license has and maintains a minimum inventory on the premises, excluding alcoholic liquor, of not less than $10,000.00, at cost, of the goods and services customarily marketed by approved types of businesses. The commission shall accept the means prescribed in R 436.1141(1) as a method for determining the population of a city, incorporated village, or township.
(6) In a township which is comprised of 72 square miles or more and which has a population of 7,500 or fewer people, the commission may, in its discretion, waive the provisions of subrule (3) of this rule if the applicant for a license has and maintains a minimum inventory on the premises, excluding alcoholic liquor, of not less than $10,000.00, at cost, of the goods and services customarily marketed by approved types of businesses.
(7) The commission shall not issue a specially designated merchant license to an applicant who operates a drive-in or drive-through establishment and shall not allow an applicant who operates a drive-in or drive-through establishment to change the nature of an existing business that has a specially designated merchant license.
(8) The commission shall not issue a specially designated merchant license to an applicant who operates a drive-up or walk-up window for the sale of alcoholic liquor at the proposed location and shall not allow a person who holds a specially designated merchant license to change the nature of the existing licensed business to include a drive-up or walk-up window which permits the sale of alcoholic liquor through the drive-up or walk-up window.
(9) This rule does not apply to the renewal of an existing specially
designated merchant license that is in operation before the effective date of this rule and does not apply to a new specially designated merchant license or the transfer of location of a specially designated merchant license conditionally approved by the commission before the effective date of this rule.
 

Gold Q Graphic Where does a Specially Designated Distributor (SDD) licensee obtain the price labels for their shelves? 

Gold A Graphic Shelf price labels are available through:
       Saxon, Inc., 811 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI 48220 (telephone number: 1-800-727-1976 or
       locally 248-398-2000)
       JAYD TAGS, LLC, PO Box 151, Farmington, MI 48332 (telephone number: 248-730-2403 or
       email sales@jaydtags.com).
 

Gold Q Graphic Does my business qualify for gasoline pumps? 

Gold A Graphic With respect to Specially Designated Merchant (SDM) license applicants; the sale of gasoline is not prohibited pursuant to MCL 436.1541, if the population of the city, village or township is 3,500 or less, and the county population is 31,000 or more; or if the population of the city, village or township is 4,000 or less and the county population is less than 31,000, provided the applicant for license has and maintains a minimum inventory on the premises, excluding alcoholic liquor and motor vehicle fuel, of not less than $10,000, at cost, of those goods and services customarily marketed by approved types of businesses. In a township which is comprised of 72 square miles or more and which has a population of 7,500 or fewer people, the commission may, in its discretion, waive the provisions of subrule (3) of this rule if the applicant for a license has and maintains a minimum inventory on the premises, excluding alcoholic liquor, of not less than $10,000.00, at cost, of the goods and services customarily marketed by approved types of businesses. R 436.1129(5)

With respect to SDD license applicants, the sale of gasoline is not prohibited pursuant to MCL 436.1541 if the population of the city, village or township is 3,500 or less, and the county population is 31,000 or more; or if the population of the city, village or township is 4,000 or less and the county population is less than 31,000, provided the applicant for license has and maintains a minimum inventory on the premises, excluding alcoholic liquor and motor vehicle fuel, of not less than $12,500, at cost, of those goods and services customarily marketed by approved types of business.

In a Township which is comprised of 72 square miles or more which has a population of 7,500 or fewer people, the commission may, in its discretion, waive the provisions of subrule (3) of this rule if the applicant has and maintains a minimum inventory on the premises, excluding alcoholic liquor, of not less that $12,500.00, at cost, of the goods and service customarily marketed by approved types of businesses. R 436.1135(5)
 

Gold Q Graphic How many temporary permits can be issued in a calendar year? 

Gold A Graphic On-premises licensing rules allow for the Commission to issue up to 12 daily temporary dance, entertainment, or dance-entertainment permits, specific purpose permits, and temporary outdoor service permits to a licensee each calendar year upon written request of the licensee and approval of the chief law enforcement officer who has jurisdiction. R 436.1407, R 436.1419 and R 436.1437 

Gold Q Graphic Does a Dance-Entertainment Permit allow Topless Activity? 

Gold A Graphic No. Issuance of an entertainment permit (or a dance-entertainment permit) does not allow topless activity on the licensed premises. A Topless Activity Permit is required for any topless activity by female employees, entertainers, agents or contractors of the licensee or any female that is topless and acting under the control of or with the permission of the licensee. A licensee issued an Entertainment Permit under the provisions of Commission rule R436.1407, who did not have topless activity on the licensed premises prior to January 1, 1998, may not begin topless activity without making application for a Topless Activity Permit and obtaining appropriate approvals at the local level and by the Commission. MCL 436.1916 

Gold Q Graphic Will my conviction record result in denial of my application? 

Gold A Graphic A prior conviction record is not an automatic impediment to obtaining a liquor license. When applying for a license an individual should truthfully disclose all prior arrest and conviction information on the application forms. The individual will also be asked to divulge this information to an investigator from the Commission and may be asked to divulge this information at the local level. Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Commission. The seriousness of the offenses committed, ones that involve the misuse of alcohol and violence as well as the total record of the applicant, are some of the specifics the Commission will take into consideration when making a determination as to suitability for licensure. R 436.1105(2)(g) 

Gold Q Graphic Is it possible to transfer location of a license within a county? 

Gold A Graphic Escrowed on-premises licenses may be transferred within any county in Michigan. The transfer of location must be approved by the local governing body where the license will be issued and the Commission must count that activated license against the local governing unit originally issuing the license. 

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