Brief Overview Michigan Liquor Control Commission
• The Michigan Liquor Control Commission was created upon the repeal of Prohibition by the legislature acting in special session in December of 1933.The act empowered the Commission to control all alcoholic beverage traffic within this state. Today, the Commission is a Type I agency housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) (formerly Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).
The Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor. No more than three of these members may be of the same political party. Two of these Commissioners are designated as hearing commissioners who preside over violation matters. The three remaining "administrative" Commissioners act as an appeal board for decisions rendered by the hearing commissioners and are also responsible for all matters pertaining to licensing, purchasing, merchandising and enforcement. The full five-member board promulgates rules and establishes bureau policy, such as the issuance of declaratory rulings. The Governor designates one of the five members as the Chairperson.
The mission of the Liquor Control Commission is to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the sale and distribution of these alcohol beverage products.
• Meet the Michigan Liquor Control Commissioners
• Licensing Division The Licensing Division is located at the Commission's Lansing offices. Licensing staff reviews and processes all requests and reports pertaining to the issuance of retail, manufacturers and wholesalers licenses. Approximately 17,200 retail businesses, including bars, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores and pharmacies have one or more active licenses. The Division renews almost 27,000 retail licenses and issues about 6,200 Special (24-hour) Licenses annually. The Manufacturers and Wholesalers Section is responsible for the issuance of approximately 2,100 licenses and permits (manufacturers and other agents) and the approval of labeling and advertising by manufacturers and wholesalers.
• Executive Services The Executive Services Division provides staff support services to the Commission.
• Financial Management This division provides support for the Commission in all areas of financial management and accounting.
• Enforcement The Enforcement Division operates from district offices in Southfield, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Escanaba.