Recorders Office: Liquor Licenses
Office of City Recorder, Liquor Licenses
1924 Council Street
P.O. Box 326
Forest Grove, OR 97116-0326
City Recorder: Anna D. Ruggles, CMC
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City Liquor License Application Fees (excluding OLCC fees):
|Change of Ownership, Location, Privilege||$75.00|
In accordance with City Code Section 5.040, no person may consume any alcoholic beverage or possess an open container of any alcoholic beverage on any public property or any public rights-of-way or upon any premises open to the public unless licensed or permitted for that purpose by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Anyone who sells or offers to sell alcoholic beverages needs a liquor license. Oregon Revised Statutes state the requirement of holding a liquor license in order to sell alcohol (ORS 471.405), and define various activities that constitute a "sale" (ORS 471.406).
The City Recorder, in coordination with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), administers liquor license applications for the City. The City reviews and makes written recommendation on all liquor license applications within the City limits before licenses are issued by the OLCC. The OLCC takes such written recommendation into consideration before granting or refusing a liquor license application. In accordance with State law, OLCC allows the City 45 days to conduct its investigation on new liquor license applications, and the City may request an additional 45 days if considering an unfavorable recommendation.
Liquor License Issuance; Renewal; Rules; Fees:
Pursuant to City Code Section 7.800-7.815, any person or business requesting City Council endorsement for a new liquor license, temporary liquor license, change of liquor licenseor annual renewal liquor license must submit,along with the applicable Oregon Liquor Control Commission application, a Criminal Records Check Form and pay an applicationprocessing fee to the City of Forest Grove. The liquor license application processing fees, which arelisted above, are set by Council resolution and are nonrefundable. The applicant or licensee must also verify if applicable that they have obtained a valid Business License.
Review of all liquor licenses are made by the Chief of Police or designee. If the Chief of Police or designee recommends approval of the application, the matter is scheduled as an agenda item before the City Council. Note: The City Council normally meets twice a month; please allow sufficient time to process your application.
If the Chief of Police or designee forwards a recommendation of denial, notice to the applicant is given by registered mail, postmarked no later than seven (7) business days prior to the Public Hearing at which the matter will be considered. Any person wishing to present testimony will be given an opportunity before closing of the Public Hearing.
After due consideration of the pertinent information, the City Council makes its recommendation. In the case of an adverse recommendation, findings will be produced and forwarded to the OLCC along with the City Council recommendation.
The OLCC requires that every applicant for issuance of a special event winery/special event grower acquire endorsement from the City concerning the suitability of the license.
Any person or business requesting City endorsement for a special event winery/special event grower license must submit the applicable Oregon Liquor Control Commission application and pay an application processing fee to the City of Forest Grove. The liquor license application processing fee, which is listed above, is set by Council resolution and is nonrefundable. The applicant or licensee must also verify if applicable that they have obtained a valid Business License.
In order to expedite service to applicants or licensees seeking written endorsement for a special event winery/special event grower or temporary sales liquor license, the City Council delegates the City Manager or designee the authority to endorse special event and temporary sales liquor license applications and make recommendation to OLCC.
The City Manager or designee may refuse to accept any liquor license application if the applicant or licensee has not allowed at least seven (7) days before the event date to obtain recommendation from the City and/or the liquor license application was not submitted in the form prescribed by the City.
In case of refusal to accept a liquor license application, the City Manager or designee will prepare a written letter addressed to the OLCC stating the reason(s) for refusal or non-acceptance of the liquor license or application.
If you have questions pertaining to the City's liquor license review process, please contact the City Recorder's Office at 503.992.3235.