Brief Overview Michigan Liquor Control Commission

  • Commission Overview

    The Michigan Liquor Control Commission was created upon the repeal of Prohibition by the legislature acting in special session in December of 1933. The act empowered the Commission to control all alcoholic beverage traffic within this state. Today, the Commission is a Type I agency housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

    The Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor. No more than three of these members may be of the same political party. Three administrative Commissioners are responsible for all matters pertaining to licensing, purchasing, merchandising and enforcement and act as an appeal board for decisions rendered by the hearing commissioners. The remaining two Commissioners are designated as hearing commissioners who preside over violation matters. The full five-member board promulgates rules and establishes bureau policy, such as the issuance of declaratory rulings. The Governor designates one of the five members as the Chairperson.

    The mission of the Liquor Control Commission is to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the sale and distribution of these alcohol beverage products.

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  • Contact the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC)
  • Enforcement Division

    The Enforcement Division operates from district offices in Southfield, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Escanaba.

  • Executive Services Division

    The Executive Services Division provides staff support services to the Commission.

  • Financial Management Division

    The Financial Management Division provides support for the Commission in all areas of financial management and accounting.

  • Licensing Division

    The MLCC Licensing Division processes requests for Retail licenses, such as restaurants, bars, hotels, convenience stores, and grocery stores, Manufacturer and Wholesaler licenses, such as breweries, distilleries, wineries, brokers, and salespersons, and Special licenses for nonprofit organizations. The Licensing Division administers the annual license renewal process for all licensees, verifies licensee insurance, and processes Special License applications, requests for new and temporary permits and permissions.