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Alcoholic Beverage Control

The ABC office is responsible for monitoring the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Madisonville. If you need to apply for a liquor license, please contact the ABC Administrator at City Hall.  You are required to complete applications for the local and state licenses.  Please visit the state website at to download the required application.

For more information, contact Duane Snyder at (270) 824-2125 from 9:00 am to 3:00pm Tuesday through Thursday.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the seller's license until I get my own?

No. KRS 243.530 prohibits the transfer of license from one seller to another. 

Does my application have to be complete before it's turned in?

Yes. Please see KRS 243.370 and KRS 243.390 for more information.


How long does it take to get a license?

Approximately 30-50 days if everything runs smoothly. Further information can be found at KRS 243.360.


How much does a license cost?

Cost varies depending on the type of license. 


What type of license do I need?

This depends on the type of business that you intend to operate. KRS 243.030 and KRS 243.040


Do I need to furnish my own background check?

Effective January 19, 2019, no criminal history check is required to obtain an ABC license. However, on the state issued forms, there are questions that require truthful answers in regards to your background. Once these questions are answered, you must sign an affidavit to ensure the complete honesty behind your answers.


Do I need to furnish my lease?

Yes, unless the exact entity to hold the ABC license is the owner of the real estate where the business is located.


What are the requirements for obtaining a license?

*You must be at least 21 years of age to apply.
*Individuals, partners, officers, directors or managers may not apply if, within the past five years, they have been convicted of any felony or within the past two years have been convicted of any alcohol or controlled substance misdemeanor. KRS 243.100


ABC Administrator
Duane Snyder
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Phone: (270) 824-2125
Fax: (270) 821-0954
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