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 The City Clerk's Office processes all things related to liquor licenses.

City Council has established rules when considering liquor license applications:

City Council Liquor Rules

Liquor-related questions can also be directed to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission (NLCC) at (402) 471-2571.


Click the links below for more information:

Application Instructions

Liquor License Renewals

Special Designated Liquor License

College World Series Special Designated Liquor License

Music Venue


Application Instructions

Download the Liquor License Brochure for more details on this process. (Coming soon!)

All applicants are required to complete a Statement of Business Activity Form. Please return completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  1. Download forms or contact the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission (NLCC) Licensing Division at (402) 471-2571.

  2. Once the application is complete, return it with the proper fees and documents to the NLCC. The NLCC will then forward your application to the City of Omaha City Clerk's Office.

  3. The City Clerk's Office will contact you to schedule a City Council hearing (the City Council meets Tuesdays at 2:00 P.M.) and, if required, will request a 500 foot property search*. Also the Clerk's office will request additional information in regards to the application i.e.: listed officers on the application, their home address, attorney's information, etc.

    *(If a 500 foot property search is required, you will need to contact a certified title company to order the search.)

  4. The City of Omaha Permits and Inspections Division of the Planning Department will post a notice on the premise to be licensed.

  5. You are required to have your location inspected by the Agricultural/Health Department, Fire Marshall, and the State Patrol before your license can be issued. These departments will forward their reports to the NLCC.

  6. The NLCC will forward your liquor license to the City Clerk's Office. You will be notified when your license has arrived. You will need to pay a fee in the City Cashier's Office before you can pick up the license from the Clerk's Office.

Liquor License Renewals

*Please consider paying all fees online through the NLCC website.

The renewal period for Class "C" licenses is November 1st to October 31st.

The renewal period for all other licenses (Non-Class "C") is May 1st to April 30th

Special Designated Liquor License

You must first register your retail license or non-profit organization. You will only need to register once. Detailed instructions and all application forms (#200, 201, 109, and 140) can be found on the NLCC's website.

Once registered, bring the required forms to the City Clerk for local approval through the following procedure:

  1. Bring the application and receipts to the City Clerk's Office in the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam Street, Room LC-1. Your application will be processed and approved or denied by the City Clerk and, if necessary, the City Council. If no City Council action is required, the application will be approved or denied while you wait.

  2. Bring completed application to the City Cashier's Office in the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam Street, Room H10. Pay the twenty-five dollar ($25.00) per day fee, payable to the City of Omaha. The Cashier's Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  3. Once local approval has been obtained, the application forms must be uploaded to the NLCC online portal. The forty dollar ($40.00) per day fee must be paid online at that time. (If you have a Catering Liquor License, this fee is not required.)

It is recommended that applications and fees be submitted at least two to three weeks prior to the event. Any applications received less than 10 working days prior to the event will not be accepted. Please refer to the SDL calendar to check the deadline for your application.

You will be notified when your license is available for pickup in the City Clerk's Office.

College World Series Special Designated Liquor License

Special Designated Liquor Licenses for the College World Series are issued to the areas surrounding TD Ameritrade Park and must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by February 15th of the same year.

Consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants submitted the Special Designated Liquor License application to the City Clerk’s Office by February 15th of the same year; and

  2. Applicants hold a retail liquor license for consumption on the premises at a permanent facility within the identified area. The license may be issued ONLY at or adjacent to the applicant's licensed premises.

The applications are then forwarded to the SDL Committee for review and consideration. The Committee will hold a public meeting to consider applications in March or early April. All applicants must be present at this meeting.

The area specified is the following:

The area bound (1) on the south by Pacific Street and a line extending east from the end of Pacific Street to the Missouri River, (2) on the west by the North Freeway, (3) on the north by Seward Street and a line extending west from the end of Seward Street at 11th Street to the North Freeway, and (4) on the east by the railroad tracks adjacent to Riverfront Drive and the Missouri River.

Click on the College World Series Map to see if your proposed establishment falls within this boundary.

Music Venue

The City Clerk's Office processes applications/renewals for Music Venue Permits.

Download the application below and submit it to:

City Clerk's Office
1819 Farnam St, Suite LC 1
Omaha, NE 68183

Or email the completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upon receipt, the City Clerk's Office will contact you to schedule an inspection of the location. A $375 fee is required after the City Clerk has approved the permit.

Music Venue Permit Application

Music Venue Parental Consent

Ord 38067 Establishing the Music Venue Process


News and Information

  • Public Notices

    2018-01-04 15:36:39

    Click here to view current Public Notices.

  • Budget

    2015-06-05 18:32:47

    Click here to see the City of Omaha's 2018 Adopted Budget. To view previous years' budgets, along with Financial Statements, please visit the Finance Department's website.