skip navigation Arizona's Official Website Department of Liquor Licenses and Control
Agency Name Arizona's Official Web Site

License Status Definitions

The status of Arizona liquor licenses can vary. The definitions below provide general guidelines for each status type.


The establishment is operating and the liquor license is currently in good standing.


The license has expired and the licensee has not taken timely action to renew it by the expiration date.


The licensee has placed in an inactive status by the licensee.


I.P. is an acronym for "Interim permit". An Interim Permit is an action taken by the current licensee and a liquor license applicant. It allows the applicant to operate under the current owner's license during the sale of a business. A.R.S. §4-203.01 and A.A.C. R19-1-101


When a license has been applied for, or a change of license status has been filed, but is not yet approved.


The license is currently in inactive status and is pending active status due to action taken on the part of the licensee or a new applicant.


The license at the current location has been replaced with a new liquor license or new type of liquor license. In either case, a new license number was required.


A license automatically reverts to the state after being held in continuous nonuse in excess of thirty-six months with no action taken by the licensee or agent. A.R.S. §4-203(G).


The Department has revoked the license. This status is punitive.


the agent/owner/member/officer has surrendered the license to the Department. This status is not necessarily punitive in nature.


The Department has suspended the license for a designated period of time. This status is not necessarily punitive in nature.


A license which is not renewed within sixty days after the due date is deemed terminated. A.R.S. §4-209.A