Local Approval Process is Changing. Again.

Posted on June 22, 2012


Today, the Commission announced that it is rescinding (the infamous) Bulletin 2012-5.  This was Commission Bulletin that announced the requirement that local approvals be obtain by applicants prior to sending an application to MLCC.

Effective July 1st, 2012:

Applications for a New License

Applications for a new license still require local law enforcement recommendation and local government approval (for a public on-premise license); however, the local approvals are no longer required at the time of application.  Instead, the Commission asks that applicants submit the application form (LC-3011) and the required fees.  After receipt of this information, the Commission will provide the applicant with a list of required documents and the forms that must be provided to local law enforcement and local government.  Then, it is the responsibility of the applicant to bring these documents to local law enforcement and local government.  (It is not yet clear whether this information is to be returned to the applicant or directly to the Commission.)  Once all required information is obtained by the Commission, the application will be placed on the Commission’s docket for a decision.

Applications for a Transfer License

Applications for a transfer of an existing license no longer require local government approval.  We assume that local law enforcement investigation/fingerprinting will still be required for an applicant who is not currently licensed; however, at this point, the role of local law enforcement in a license transfer remains unclear.


Applications for dance permits, entertainment permits, dance-entertainment permits, topless activity permits, and extended hours permits will still require approvas from both the local unit of government and local law enforcement agency.

The Bulletin from which this information was taken, Commission Bulletin 2012-12, is available here.


Visit us: Michigan Liquor Law dot com  |  @MILiquorLaw  |  Facebook


*This information and thoughts herein are provided by the Liquor Lawyers at Stariha & Brower, PLC.  As always, we remind readers that the materials on this site are provided purely for informational purposes and are not legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed, to be correct, complete, and current. This blog is not intended to be a source of legal advice. Therefore, the reader should not consider this information an invitation for an attorney-client relationship. Readers should always seek the advice of competent counsel.