Class 1 - Alcohol Permit

What is the purpose of this permit?
Where the application is for a special permit by a physician or dentist, or by any person in charge of an institution regularly conducted as a hospital or sanitorium for the care of persons in ill health, or as a home devoted exclusively to the care of aged people, a special liquor purchase permit, except that the governor may waive the requirement for a special liquor purchase permit under this subsection pursuant to an order issued under RCW 43.06.220(2); WSLCB RCW 66.20.010
Who issues this permit?
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
What activities require this permit?
Required for staff in the medical field to prescribe and use alcohol for uses up to but not limited to prescribing to patients.
How much will this permit cost?
$5.00 permit. $5.00 renewal 6/30 annually. Hard copy application only available printed off our website.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Application for Class 1, 2, or 6 Permit' is online and can be accessed at
Do I need to include anything with my application?
Fees if applicable
Is the decision on my permit dependent on anything besides the information in my application?
Possible follow up questions from agency.
How long will it take to review my application?
Seven to fourteen days. Can be issued instantly if customer comes into HQ.
Where do I submit my application?

Submit application to address on the top of the application.

    Licensing & Regulation Division
    PO BOX 43085
    Olympia, WA 98504-3085

How long is my permit valid?
Good until the following June 30th after your permit gets issued, and then you will need to renew for the following year every June 30th.
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 37
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 87

(Summary results based on 4 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: (360) 664-1600
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 664-1616
Subject matter expert email:
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
1025 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Telephone: (360) 664-1600
* Permit information last updated 6/20/2023