We have gathered resources to help licensees and the public understand alcohol laws. We hope that you find this information helpful.
Alcohol Laws and Rules
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Wholesalers, Distributors and Importers looking for more information regarding the federal licensing process and requirements including on-line permitting, labeling and other industry questions can go to their website
TransAction Portal (TAP)
You can use the TransAction Portal to:
- Manage and register an account
- Find a list of approved beer and wine labels
- Search a list of licensed businesses, and see:
- If there is a security interest
- Who owns the license
- Who the manager is
- Where the business is located
- Verify if a license applicant has been issued authority to operate a temporary license during the application process
Building, Health, and Fire Codes
All establishments that sell, serve, distribute and manufacture alcoholic beverages in the state of Montana must meet certain requirements set by local building, health and fire code officials before a license can be approved or a change to the premises(alteration) can be approved. To find an official in your area, please click on the links below:
To determine what type of license an establishment has you can look at the last three numbers of the license number, ex. 00-111-1234-0000. Refer to the License Code List for codes.
Purchase Price Report
If you are looking for a list of the most recent sales information regarding on-premises licenses, please review the Purchase Price Report for July, 2020 (PDF, 212 KB).
The report is displayed by county showing the names of the establishments, purchase price and the date of the purchase.
Quota Systems and Quota Sheet
All-beverages, city beer and city beer with wine amendments and restaurant beer and wine licenses are issued on what is called a quota system.
The quota means the system utilized by the department to maintain and monitor the availability of alcoholic beverage licenses in each city and county area in Montana as stipulated by 16-4-502, MCA, this also includes the availability to float licenses from one area to another.
The current information and availability has been compiled into a document called the Quota Sheet updated July 28, 2020 (PDF, 318 KB).
Prior to applying for a license, you should always contact the department to verify the license is still available. You can contact us by calling 406-444-6900 or send us an email at email@example.com.