Knowledgebase-Transfer of Beer License

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Title:Transfer of Beer License
Summary:MTAS was asked about the legality of transferring ownership of a beer license.
Original Author:Darden, Don
Product Create Date:03/19/2004
Last Reviewed on::06/19/2017
Subject:Beer--Licenses and permits; Licenses and permits
Original Document: Transfer of Beer License.pdf

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Text of Document: Transfer of Beer License.doc

March 18, 2004

Mrs. Helen Dykes
City Recorder
Town Hall, Highway 41
P.O. Box 277
Tracy City, TN 37387

Re: Transfer of Beer License
Dear Mrs. Dykes:

You have indicated that a local business owner who had a beer license has leased the building and transferred ownership of the beer license.

Please be advised that TCA 57-5-103 provides that a beer permit is authorized “only for the owner to whom the permit is issued and cannot be transferred to another owner.” This is a personal license and cannot be transferred by sale or lease.


Don Darden
Municipal Management Consultant
The University of Tennessee (MTAS)