New Michigan Law Speeds Up Liquor License Process


Since being implemented less than two weeks ago, a new law has already made an impact on at least one business in Michigan. C & G Entertainment in Cheboygan is the first to apply and be approved for a first-of-its-kind conditional license through the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, allowing the establishment to sell alcohol while its permanent license application is being processed.

“Timeliness is critical to any small business getting their doors open for the first time,” says Andy Deloney, chairman of the MLCC. “If the applicant meets all the requirements set forth in the law, this license will allow a business to hire employees and start impacting their local economy.”

Under the new law, effective since May 22, the commission has 20 business days to issue a conditional license to a qualified applicant seeking to transfer an existing license to sell alcohol for consumption on or off the licensed premises, or an applicant seeking a new specially designated merchant license to sell beer and wine for consumption off the licensed premises.

In the case of C & G, the northern Michigan company completed its application on May 28 and — four business days later — was approved for a conditional license.

In addition to a completed application for the permanent license, an applicant requesting a conditional license must provide the application form, proof of financial responsibility, an executed property document, and $300. For more information, visit