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Eight Issues That Possibly Will Put A Business's Liquor License At Risk

by Gwendolyn Marshall

For many bar and restaurant establishments, a liquor license is one of the most important assets to have. That's why bar and restaurant businesses need to protect their liquor license and make sure their business isn't guilty of an infraction that could compromise their license.

The following are eight issues that possibly will put a business's liquor license at risk. 

Sales of alcoholic beverages during certain prohibited times

Each state makes its own laws about what times alcohol can be served.

In general, states prohibit alcohol sales during the late night or early morning hours. If a bar establishment sells during restricted hours, that bar can lose its liquor license. 

Bars continuing to serve inebriated customers

Most states also have restrictions that forbid bar establishments from serving customers who are visibly intoxicated. A bar can lose its liquor license for selling alcohol to customers who are obviously inebriated. 

Unruly and disruptive behavior at a bar

If there are frequent fights and noise disruptions at a bar, the bar business could be penalized by the loss of its liquor license. 

Bars serving to underage customers without checking IDs

The legal drinking age of 21 specifies the drinking age in every state in the US. If a bar establishment serves underage customers and gets caught, that establishment could be subject to hefty fees while also losing its liquor license. 

Bar staff below a certain age serving alcoholic beverages

Some states also have laws in place regarding the age of staff serving alcohol. If staff members below the specified age in a certain state are caught serving alcohol, the bar they work for could lose its liquor license.

Bar staff drinking while working

Other possible state requirements regarding alcohol service at bars involve whether bar staff is able to drink while working. While bar staff members are legally permitted to drink alcohol while working in some states, in others this behavior is forbidden.

In states where bar staff is not permitted to drink while working, bars could lose their liquor license if staff is caught drinking while on the clock. 

Illegal activities taking place at a bar/restaurant establishment

If any kind of illegal activity is allowed to take place at a bar/restaurant establishment, the business could lose its liquor license. This illegal activity doesn't have to involve alcohol or drug use for the establishment to lose its license. 

Criminal conviction of the business owner

If the owner of a business gets in legal trouble, that business may lose its liquor license. As a general rule, a business owner will lose the company's liquor license if he or she is convicted of a felony offense. 

Talk to a liquor licensing company like Arizona Liquor Industry Consultants to learn more.