New License Application

The forms and documents required to apply for a new ABC license, based on the ownership structure of the business.

Definitions

Go to our Ownership Entities page to find definitions for each of the common business ownership structures.

Sole Owner

ABC-211-SIG Application Signature Sheet (“Sign On”) – Signature page for applicants who are unable to appear at the ABC district office to sign the application Form ABC-211. Signatures must be notarized.
ABC-217 Application Questionnaire – Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC Employee. See form instructions.
ABC-208A
ABC-208B
ABC-208-A/B, Individual Personal Affidavit/Individual Financial Affidavit – Must be completed by (a) sole owners; (b) each general partner; (c) persons holding 10 percent or more of the capital or stock of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership; and (d) spouses. Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC employee.
State-issued identification, driver’s license or passport for person(s) appearing at ABC to sign application.
ABC-253 Supplemental Diagram – Drawing of the real property you own or otherwise control. An exterior view of the premises and surrounding area, including cross streets.
ABC-257 Licensed Premises Diagram/Planned Operation – Drawing of your floor plan, including overall dimensions and patios to be licensed, and description of proposed operation.
You may need to provide verification (proof) of the source of your funds (e.g., bank statements, savings passbooks, loan papers, real estate papers, financial statement, gift/loan letters, etc.).
ABC-069 Statement of Citizenship, Alien and Immigration Status and supporting document (e.g., certified copy of birth certificate or passport; See List A and B) – Required if you are applying as sole owner (includes U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals and Aliens).
ABC-255 Zoning Affidavit – Contact your city or county planning department for information to complete the form.
Copy of Conditional use Permit – Or receipt showing that CUP application has been submitted. Obtain from your city or county planning department.
ABC-247 Statement re: Residences (Rule 61.4, Residences Within 100 feet).
ABC-251 Statement re: Consideration Points (Schools, Hospital, Churches, Public Playgrounds, Parks and Youth Facilities).
ABC-140 Certificate re Chapter 15 Tied-House Restrictions – Required for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. For applicant entity only (not its parents, related entities, or individuals).

Partnership

ABC-211-SIG Application Signature Sheet (“Sign On”) – Signature page for applicants who are unable to appear at the ABC district office to sign the application Form ABC-211. Signatures must be notarized.
ABC-217 Application Questionnaire – Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC Employee. See form instructions.
ABC-208A
ABC-208B
ABC-208-A/B, Individual Personal Affidavit/Individual Financial Affidavit – Must be completed by (a) sole owners; (b) each general partner; (c) persons holding 10 percent or more of the capital or stock of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership; and (d) spouses. Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC employee.
State-issued identification, driver’s license or passport for person(s) appearing at ABC to sign the application.
ABC-253 Supplemental Diagram – Drawing of the real property you own or otherwise control. An exterior view of the premises and surrounding area, including cross streets.
ABC-257 Licensed Premises Diagram/Planned Operation – Drawing of your floor plan, including overall dimensions and patios to be licensed, and description of proposed operation.
You may need to provide verification (proof) of the source of your funds (e.g., bank statements, savings passbooks, loan papers, real estate papers, financial statement, gift/loan letters, etc.).
ABC-255 Zoning Affidavit – Contact your city or county planning department for information to complete the form.
Copy of Conditional use Permit – Or receipt showing that CUP application has been submitted. Obtain from your city or county planning department.
ABC-247 Statement re: Residences (Rule 61.4, Residences Within 100 feet).
ABC-251 Statement re: Consideration Points (Schools, Hospital, Churches, Public Playgrounds, Parks and Youth Facilities).
ABC-140 Certificate re Chapter 15 Tied-House Restrictions – Required for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. For applicant entity only (not its parents, related entities, or individuals).

Corporation

ABC-211-SIG Application Signature Sheet (“Sign On”) – Signature page for applicants who are unable to appear at the ABC district office to sign the application Form ABC-211. Signatures must be notarized.
ABC-217 Application Questionnaire – Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC Employee. See form instructions.
ABC-208A
ABC-208B
ABC-208-A/B, Individual Personal Affidavit/Individual Financial Affidavit – Must be completed by (a) sole owners; (b) each general partner; (c) persons holding 10 percent or more of the capital or stock of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership; and (d) spouses. Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC employee.
State-issued identification, driver’s license or passport for person(s) appearing at ABC to sign application.
ABC-253 Supplemental Diagram – Drawing of the real property you own or otherwise control. An exterior view of the premises and surrounding area, including cross streets.
ABC-257 Licensed Premises Diagram/Planned Operation – Drawing of your floor plan, including overall dimensions and patios to be licensed, and description of proposed operation.
You may need to provide verification (proof) of the source of your funds (e.g., bank statements, savings passbooks, loan papers, real estate papers, financial statement, gift/loan letters, etc.).
ABC-255 Zoning Affidavit – Contact your city or county planning department for information to complete the form.
Copy of Conditional use Permit – Or receipt showing that CUP application has been submitted. Obtain from your city or county planning department.
ABC-247 Statement re: Residences (Rule 61.4, Residences Within 100 feet).
ABC-251 Statement re: Consideration Points (Schools, Hospital, Churches, Public Playgrounds, Parks and Youth Facilities).
ABC-243 Corporate Questionnaire
Articles of Incorporation.
Copy of Minutes Showing the Election of Current Officers and Directors or corporate secretary’s Certificate of Incumbency.
Copy of Stock Register or Copies of Stock Certificates that are issued and next sequential blank/unissued certificate (copy of certificates may be required if stock register is questionable).
Copy of Certificate of Qualification – Required for out-of-state corporations. Obtain from Secretary of State, Business Programs Division (916) 653-2318.
ABC-140 Certificate re Chapter 15 Tied-House Restrictions – Required for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. For applicant entity only (not its parents, related entities, or individuals).

Limited Liability Company

ABC-211-SIG Application Signature Sheet (“Sign On”) – Signature page for applicants who are unable to appear at the ABC district office to sign the application Form ABC-211. Signatures must be notarized.
ABC-217 Application Questionnaire – Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC Employee. See form instructions.
ABC-208A
ABC-208B
ABC-208-A/B, Individual Personal Affidavit/Individual Financial Affidavit – Must be completed by (a) sole owners; (b) each general partner; (c) persons holding 10 percent or more of the capital or stock of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership; and (d) spouses. Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC employee.
State-issued identification, driver’s license or passport for person(s) appearing at ABC to sign application.
ABC-253 Supplemental Diagram – Drawing of the real property you own or otherwise control. An exterior view of the premises and surrounding area, including cross streets.
ABC-257 Licensed Premises Diagram/Planned Operation – Drawing of your floor plan, including overall dimensions and patios to be licensed, and description of proposed operation.
You may need to provide verification (proof) of the source of your funds (e.g., bank statements, savings passbooks, loan papers, real estate papers, financial statement, gift/loan letters, etc.).
ABC-255 Zoning Affidavit – Contact your city or county planning department for information to complete the form.
Copy of Conditional use Permit – Or receipt showing that CUP application has been submitted. Obtain from your city or county planning department.
ABC-247 Statement re: Residences (Rule 61.4, Residences Within 100 feet).
ABC-251 Statement re: Consideration Points (Schools, Hospital, Churches, Public Playgrounds, Parks and Youth Facilities).
ABC-256- LLC Limited Liability Company Questionnaire.
Copy of Form LLC-1, Articles or Organization – Obtain from Secretary of State, (916) 653-3365.
Copy of Form LLC-5, Application for Registration as Foreign Limited Liability Company (endorsement file stamped by Secretary of State) – For out-of-state limited liability companies.
ABC-140 Certificate re Chapter 15 Tied-House Restrictions – Required for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. For applicant entity only (not its parents, related entities, or individuals).
Copy of written Operating Agreement and any amendments, if any (if Designated LLC Manager, Managing Member, or Designated officer to sign on behalf of all parties, that person/company must be listed in the agreement).

Limited Partnership

ABC-211-SIG Application Signature Sheet (“Sign On”) – Signature page for applicants who are unable to appear at the ABC district office to sign the application Form ABC-211. Signatures must be notarized.
ABC-217 Application Questionnaire – Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC Employee. See form instructions.
ABC-208A
ABC-208B
ABC-208-A/B, Individual Personal Affidavit/Individual Financial Affidavit – Must be completed by (a) sole owners; (b) each general partner; (c) persons holding 10 percent or more of the capital or stock of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership; and (d) spouses. Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC employee.
State-issued identification, driver’s license or passport for person(s) appearing at ABC to sign application.
ABC-253 Supplemental Diagram – Drawing of the real property you own or otherwise control. An exterior view of the premises and surrounding area, including cross streets.
ABC-257 Licensed Premises Diagram/Planned Operation – Drawing of your floor plan, including overall dimensions and patios to be licensed, and description of proposed operation.
You may need to provide verification (proof) of the source of your funds (e.g., bank statements, savings passbooks, loan papers, real estate papers, financial statement, gift/loan letters, etc.).
ABC-255 Zoning Affidavit – Contact your city or county planning department for information to complete the form.
Copy of Conditional use Permit – Or receipt showing that CUP application has been submitted. Obtain from your city or county planning department.
ABC-247 Statement re: Residences (Rule 61.4, Residences Within 100 feet).
ABC-251 Statement re: Consideration Points (Schools, Hospital, Churches, Public Playgrounds, Parks and Youth Facilities).
ABC-256 Limited Partnership Questionnaire.
Copy of Form LP-1, Certificate of Limited Partnership. Obtain from the Secretary of State, (916) 653-3365.
Copy of Form LP-5, Application for Registration as Foreign Limited Partnership (endoresement file stamped by Secretary of State) – Required for out-of-state limited partnership.
Copy of Limited Partnership Agreement and any amendments (LP2, Amendment to Certificate of Limited Partnership)
ABC-140 Certificate re Chapter 15 Tied-House Restrictions – Required for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. For applicant entity only (not its parents, related entities, or individuals).

Trust

ABC-211-SIG Application Signature Sheet (“Sign On”) – Signature page for applicants who are unable to appear at the ABC district office to sign the application Form ABC-211. Signatures must be notarized.
ABC-217 Application Questionnaire – Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC Employee. See form instructions.
ABC-208A
ABC-208B
ABC-208-A/B, Individual Personal Affidavit/Individual Financial Affidavit – Must be completed by (a) sole owners; (b) each general partner; (c) persons holding 10 percent or more of the capital or stock of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership; and (d) spouses. Signatures must be notarized or witnessed by an ABC employee.
State-issued identification, driver’s license or passport for person(s) appearing at ABC to sign application.
ABC-253 Supplemental Diagram – Drawing of the real property you own or otherwise control. An exterior view of the premises and surrounding area, including cross streets.
ABC-257 Licensed Premises Diagram/Planned Operation – Drawing of your floor plan, including overall dimensions and patios to be licensed, and description of proposed operation.
You may need to provide verification (proof) of the source of your funds (e.g., bank statements, savings passbooks, loan papers, real estate papers, financial statement, gift/loan letters, etc.).
ABC-255 Zoning Affidavit – Contact your city or county planning department for information to complete the form.
Copy of Conditional use Permit – Or receipt showing that CUP application has been submitted. Obtain from your city or county planning department.
ABC-247 Statement re: Residences (Rule 61.4, Residences Within 100 feet).
ABC-251 Statement re: Consideration Points (Schools, Hospital, Churches, Public Playgrounds, Parks and Youth Facilities).
ABC-140 Certificate re Chapter 15 Tied-House Restrictions – Required for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. For applicant entity only (not its parents, related entities, or individuals).
ABC-256 Limited Partnership Questionnaire.
Trust Agreement.

Contact

Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local ABC District Office.