Gwinnett County Police Department
446 West Crogan Street, Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Located in One Justice Square
678.377.4300 - Information Line
* Police Permitting (server/pourer permits, fingerprinting,
routine criminal background checks) - 2nd floor
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday
8:00am - 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Fridays: Closed to the public
Closed on government holidays
Types of Permits and Fees
Gwinnett County Police Department issues
regulated business permits for alcohol serving, burglar/security alarm
installer, poolroom, and individual permits requiring police approval. The
hours of operation for all regulated business permits are Monday - Thursday from
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The office is closed to the public on
Fridays. For more information, call 678.377.4300
678.377.4308 or 770-513-5206
Download Fingerprint Cards (FD-258) Here
The Permits Unit
processes Ink Fingerprinting at a charge of $10.00 per card. The only LiveScan
fingerprints conducted by the Permits Unit are for Firearms/Gun Permits after
the application process has been completed at the Gwinnett County Probate Court.
Sec. 6-32. Regulations as to employees and manager.
The following regulations shall apply to all
establishments holding a license for consumption of alcoholic beverages
on the premises:
(1) No person shall be employed to dispense, sell,
serve, take orders, mix alcoholic beverages, or serve in any managerial
position, by an establishment holding a license under this chapter until
such person has been fingerprinted or cleared by the chief of police or
his designee, indicating that the person is eligible for such
(2) This section shall not be construed to include
volunteer groups with non-profit tax exempt status from the Internal
Revenue Service whose volunteer efforts financially benefit a non-profit
organization with no direct financial benefit, either by wages, tips or
donations, to the individual volunteer. No volunteer under the age of 18
shall be allowed to dispense, sell, serve, take orders or mix alcoholic
beverages. Employees of a licensed establishment whose duties are
limited solely to those of busboy(s), cook(s), or dishwasher(s) shall
also be excluded from this section.
(3) No permit shall be issued until such time as a
signed application has been filed with the police department, chief of
police or designee, and upon paying a fee which shall be established by
the board of commissioners, and a search of the criminal record of the
applicant completed. The application shall include, but shall not be
limited to, the name, date of birth, and prior arrest record of the
person, though the fact of an arrest record shall be used for
investigative purposes only, and shall give rise to no presumption or
inference of guilt. Due to the inclusion of arrest information, these
applications shall be regarded as confidential and shall not be produced
for public inspection without a court order.
(4) The chief of police or his designee shall have a
complete and exhaustive search made relative to any police record of the
person fingerprinted or cleared. If there is no record of a violation of
this chapter, the chief of police or his designee shall issue a permit
to the person, by mail, stating that the person is eligible for
employment. If it is found that the person is not eligible for
employment, the chief of police or his designee shall notify the person,
in writing, that they are not eligible for employment, the cause of such
denial and their right to appeal.
(5) No person shall be granted a pouring permit
unless it appears to the satisfaction of the chief of police or his
designee, that such person has not been convicted or pled guilty or
entered a plea of nolo contendere to any crime involving moral
turpitude, illegal gambling, or illegal possession or sale of controlled
substances or the illegal sale or possession of alcoholic beverages,
including the sale or transfer of alcoholic beverages to minors in a
manner contrary to law, keeping a place of prostitution, solicitation of
sodomy, or any sexual related crime within a period of five years of the
date of conviction and has been released from parole or probation. A
person's first time conviction for illegal possession of alcohol as a
misdemeanor or violation of a county ordinance shall not, by itself,
make a person ineligible for an alcohol pouring permit.
No person shall be granted a pouring permit who has been
convicted, plead guilty or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any
federal, state, or local law for any felony within five years of the
date of conviction and has not been released from parole or probation
prior to the filing for application for such permit.
For purposes of this chapter, a conviction or plea of
guilt or nolo contendere shall be ignored as to any offense for which
defendant who was allowed to avail themselves of the Georgia First
Offender Act (Ga. Laws 1968, p. 324) as amended. Except, however, that
any such offense shall not be ignored where the defendant violated any
term of probation imposed by the court granting first offender treatment
or committed another crime and the sentence in court entered an
adjudication of guilt as to the crime for which the defendant had
previously been sentenced as a first offender.
(6) An alcohol pouring permit shall be issued for a
period of one calendar year from the date of the original application.
As noted in subsection (11) below, the alcohol pouring permit must be in
the possession of the employee while the employee is working at the
licensed establishment. This permit must be in the possession of the
employee while the pouring permit holder is working and available for
inspection by members of the police department or the licensing and
revenue manager's staff.
(7) No person shall be issued a permit if it is
determined that the person falsified, concealed or covered up any
material fact by any device, trick or scheme while making application to
the police department for an alcoholic beverage pouring permit under
If it is determined that a person is in violation of this
subsection and a permit is denied for this reason, then 30 calendar days
must elapse from the date of notification per certified mailing before a
new application and fee may be resubmitted.
(8) All permits issued through administrative error
can be terminated and seized by the chief of police or his designee, or
the licensing and revenue manager or his designee.
(9) Replacement permits will be issued within 30 days
of original date, upon paying one-half of the fee charged for alcohol
pouring permits. After 30 days of original application date, a new
application and fee must be submitted.
(10) All permits issued under this chapter remain the
property of the police department and shall be produced for inspection
upon the demand of any officer or designee of the police department or
employee of the business license department.
(11) No licensee shall allow any employee or manager
required to hold a permit to work on the premises unless the employee or
manager has in their possession a current valid county pouring permit.
For new employees, a receipt issued by the county police permit unit may
be used for a maximum of 30 days from the date of its issue. Licensees
are required by this chapter to inspect and verify that each employee
required to do so has in their possession a valid current alcohol
(12) It shall be the duty of all persons holding any
license to sell alcoholic beverages to file with the chief of police or
his designee, the name of the establishment, the license number and a
list of all employees, with their home addresses and home telephone
numbers, twice annually during the month of June and again during the
month of December.
(13) Any person(s) convicted of any violation(s) of
this section shall receive a minimum fine of $200.00.