Licenses to sell alcoholic beverages are obtained through the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. Instructions for a new or a renewal of a liquor license application can be accessed at the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division website
Once the application is completed, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division forwards it to the City of Grinnell for City Council approval. After it is approved by the council, the actual license is mailed to the city and subsequently mailed to the business.
The licenses are renewed annually. A letter is sent out before the renewal date to remind the business that they need to complete their renewal online on the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division website.