Liquor License Protest Process

Instructions on how to protest a liquor license application, renewal, or continuation.


The City of St. Louis regulates liquor license applications, renewals, and continuations.

If the application process of obtaining a permit or license does not satisfy the applicant they can submit an application to protest a liquor license refusal.


  1. To begin the protest process, you may contact the Excise Division via e-mail from our homepage or calling the division at  (314) 622-4191

    or by appearing in person at:  

Excise Division
Room 418, City Hall
1200 Market Street 
St. Louis, MO. 63101

  1. You will need to provide your information and establish a clear reason for the protest application.
  2. Designate a person to be the Protest representative (this person will act as the neighborhood liaison for the protest).
  3. The Protest representative must provide a name, address and telephone number.
  4. Obtain the Protest packet.
  5. Follow the protest rules and regulations for protesting a liquor license.


No fees

What to Expect

Action taken by the Excise Division depends on the type of protest.

Review the protest rules and regulations for more information.


Excise Division

(314) 622-4191

1200 Market Street, Room 418, City Hall
St. Louis, MO 63103-2857

As of Monday, March 7, 2022 the Excise Division will be reducing hours of operation until further notice, due to severe staffing shortage. The reduced hours for in office services will be from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. You may still contact the office via telephone to ask questions from 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Contact the Excise Division

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