Liquor Licenses, Beer & Wine Permits

Liquor Licenses, Beer Permits, and Wine Permits

In the state of Iowa, individuals interested in selling alcoholic beverages must submit their applications electronically. To do so, they can visit the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division’s website and complete the electronic application.

According to the law, the City of Newton holds the authority for all premises located within the city limits. City staff members are responsible for conducting background investigations to ensure that applicants and their proposed premises meet licensing requirements. The Newton City Council also needs to approve all applications.

It is crucial to work closely with the City of Newton when applying for a license. Contact the City Clerk's Office at least 30 days before the desired effective date of the license.

Regular City Council meetings take place twice a month, usually on Monday evenings (the first and third Mondays). To have your request considered, it should be included on the Council agenda at least a week in advance. Action on the application will be requested once the following conditions are met:

  • The applicant has electronically submitted the online application.
  • The insurance carrier has certified coverage of dram shop liability insurance.
  • City staff has approved the criminal history background checks.
  • City staff has inspected and approved the premises.

To meet eligibility requirements, applicants must be U.S. citizens and Iowa residents, or incorporated to do business in Iowa. They should not have been convicted of a felony in the past five years and should not have had any financial interest in an Iowa liquor, wine, or beer license that was revoked within the past two years. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate "financial standing" and a "good reputation" to show that they will comply with all laws and rules pertaining to the license.

Furthermore, the premises must be owned or under the control of the applicant, and must be kept clean, free of litter, and in good repair. Licensed premises must adhere to all applicable state laws, local ordinances, and health and fire regulations.

More Information

Criminal history & background check forms are available from the Division of Criminal Investigation.

Learn about State Liquor Laws from the State of Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.