Liquor Licenses

Town Clerk’s office is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (except holidays).

The State of Vermont controls the sale and distribution of beverage alcohol within their borders. They are responsible for training and licensing all establishments that sell or serve alcohol including beer and wine.

There may be local requirements for fees and background checks along with the state requirements. Contact for information.

You must apply for a liquor license through the state of Vermont portal if you are any of the following within the Town of Essex:
~ restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels,
~ stores that sell beer, wine, or tobacco
~ manufacturers of spirits
~ wholesalers or distributors of spirits
~ any event where alcohol will be sold/served

Link to liquor license applications

Link for Criminal Background Check