Learning To Surrender Control

A Liquor License Application And The Transfer Process

by Gwendolyn Marshall

Selling alcoholic beverages at your place of business can be lucrative. Your customers will have the opportunity to enjoy one of their favorite alcoholic drinks, plus may be inclined to purchase complementary food items from your place of business.

The Application

An ABC board regulates the sale of alcohol. They set forth rules that dictate who can legally sell alcohol and the times of the day that the beverages can be sold. A local government office will furnish liquor license applications and renewal forms. First, you will need to consult with someone who oversees the application process. This person will need to know where your place of business is located and whether or not your customers will be consuming alcohol on the property or off of it.

Some individuals who seek an application may ultimately sell beverages to wholesalers and retailers. The resale of alcoholic beverages will require a specific type of license. The application that you are provided with may contain some written information about your rights and any restrictions that would prevent you from selling a particular type of alcohol.

Once you have received your approval and have a valid liquor license, you must comply with the ABC board regulations. If any changes in your business plan are going to reduce or increase the types of alcohol that you will be selling, you will need to modify your application. You should always consult with someone who oversees liquor licensing prior to modifying the manner in which you conduct alcohol sales. 

Quota States

Some states have a licensing quota that they implement. This essentially means that there is a cap concerning how many business owners are able to legally sell alcohol within a particular county. If you are a new business owner or if you are modifying your business so that it includes the sale of alcohol, you may encounter an issue that will prevent you from obtaining a license.

In a situation like this, you can inquire about purchasing a valid liquor license from an existing business owner. If a business owner decides to sell their commercial property, they may be receptive to selling their liquor license to someone who is seeking one. You may actually be able to obtain a list of people who are going to be going out of business. A consultant who provides liquor licensing services can explain how a liquor license can be legally transferred. 

To learn more about liquor license applications, take a look at the site here or talk to a local consultant.