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City of Duluth Alcohol Awareness Training


Alcohol Awareness Training Program

for Licensed Vendors and Handlers

The City of Duluth and GUIDE, Inc. (Gwinnett United in Drug Education) have collaborated to create a new alcohol vendor and alcohol handler training to assure that everyone who serves and/or sells alcohol does so responsibly.

The City of Duluth’s leaders passed a new ordinance which mandates alcohol vendor/handler training. This training will provide a review of laws and penalties, and at the same time equip the participants with the knowledge of how to manage certain situations they may face.


The penalties for serving to underage youth and intoxicated patrons and other specific laws are not only stiff, but can have a direct impact on our community’s health, safety and wellness.

This is the first mandatory alcohol vendor and alcohol handler training in Gwinnett County. GUIDE applauds City of Duluth for its leadership, foresight and focus in working towards creating a safer and healthier community.

The exact wording of the new ordinance can be found on the City of Duluth Website, under City Code of Ordinances, Ordinance of Chapter 3 Alcoholic Beverages: Sec 3-215 Training Required for Issuance of Licenses (page 20).

City of Duluth, Code of Ordinances

Click HERE for general information regarding Alcohol Beverage Licenses in Duluth.

Designed by City of Duluth and GUIDE Inc.

WHO: Owners/Managers, Alcohol Servers and Handlers in any establishment that sells or serves alcoholic beverages in the City of Duluth.

WHAT: One hour training class, plus exam. This class is only required for issuance of new permits (not renewals). The following topics will be covered:

  • Review of current State laws and City of Duluth ordinances;

  • Overview of your legal obligations and responsibilities, including ways to reduce risk and liability, and review of ID validation for alcohol sales;

  • “Real life” situations and dram shop laws

WHEN: Monthly, Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.
Class schedule as follows:

November 12th
December 10th
January 14th
February 11th

WHERE: Community room of Duluth City Hall, located at 3167 Main Street, Duluth, GA. The Community Room is on the basement level, accessible from the Hill Street entrance.

HOW: Register in the City Clerk Business Office, main level of Duluth City Hall. Onsite registration begins 30 minutes prior to class and the maximum number of attendees per class is 30 people. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to start time. In order to complete the training in the time allotted and be respectful of all class participants, the doors will close promptly at the beginning of class.

FEE: $20 per person. Pay by cash, credit card, or money order (made payable to City of Duluth).

PERMITS: Upon completion of the class and a passing grade on the exam, class attendees are eligible to receive their permanent handling permits, which are valid for one year.

For additional information, contact City of Duluth Alcohol/Excise Tax Officer Leslie Ward at lward@duluthga.net or 770-476-3434.