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Alcohol & Tobacco Licenses

Learn how to apply for tobacco, beer, and liquor licenses in Lyon County.

Tobacco License

For businesses located in the unincorporated areas of Lyon County seeking to apply for a retail Tobacco License. Click the link below to download the pdf application for Tobacco License. After completing the license application you must mail the completed form along with payment to the  Lyon County Auditor at the County Courthouse, 206 S. 2nd Avenue, Ste 205, Rock Rapids, IA 51246. 

Completed applications will be reviewed and considered by the Lyon County Board of Supervisors in a public meeting. Contact the Lyon County Auditor's Office with any further questions regarding the submittal of a Tobacco License application.

License Application

Beer and Liquor License

The Department of Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) requires the filing of all new and renewal applications for beer permits, liquor licenses, and corresponding payments be completed online. Please have your application filed online with ABD no later than fifteen days prior to the desired effective date in order for the application to be on the agenda for approval by the Lyon County Board of Supervisors (local authority). The Lyon County Board of Supervisors meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

License fees will be processed through the ABD’s electronic funds transfer (EFT) system. The payment for the total cost of the license will be deducted after the application has been processed by ABD and approved by the local authority.

The final approved license will be emailed to the applicant’s email address provided during the application process.

The Lyon County Board of Supervisors only have authority for approval of applicants located outside of incorporated city limits. Any applicant inside of an incorporated city should contact the appropriate City Clerk.

Please contact the Lyon County Auditor’s Office with any local authority questions at (712) 472-8517.

Log onto the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division’s website and click on the Licensing section and complete the online application process.

Online License Application

For questions or difficulties contact the ABD at (515) 281-7400.

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