If you are considering any type of business that will involve the sale of alcohol, you are going to need a liquor license. Unfortunately, this is not always easy, or even possible, to obtain. To ensure you understand what it might entail, here are a few things you should be prepared to face in your quest for one.
City or Town Limits
When you go to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Agency for your state, you may be surprised to find out that only a certain number of alcohol licenses are allowed in each town or city. If this limit has been met, you will either have to wait for a business that has a license to close or pay someone to give theirs to you. If you run into this problem, you may want to find out if there is a bidding process for licenses as they become available. Your town may increase the license quota as the population increases. If you have the highest bid, you will be given the license when the population reaches the next level.
You need to know what type of license you will need. You may require one to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption or perhaps you need to be able to sell it for on-premise consumption, perhaps for a restaurant. If hard alcohol is going to be involved the license required will also be different. If you are having problems getting a certain type because of limits, you can try for something a bit different to start and then keep trying for the one you really want. You should also find out if your business is in a separate class when it comes to alcohol. For example, if you plan on having a bed and breakfast or want the license to be able to sell wine at your theater during intermission, there may be special laws that will allow you to have a license even if the limit for the town has been reached.
The important thing is to start the process for obtaining a license as soon as you think you might need one. Be prepared to wait for the approval of your license. You may need to provide complete financial information to the alcohol board or have approval from the zoning board where your business will be located. If you are not approved with your first application, talk with the board to find out why and then try again when the waiting period is over. Companies like Arizona Liquor Industry Consultants can give you valuable information, too.
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