Retail Liquor License

Overview

Holding the proper retail liquor license is vital to your business if you sell or serve any type of alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are among the most heavily regulated products in the United States. Regulatory agencies and law enforcement constantly monitor state and local liquor licensees and potential violators. Let LicenseLogix guide your business through the process of obtaining a retail liquor license.

Background

Each state differs in the way retail liquor licenses are regulated, approved, and enforced. State agencies that regulate retail liquor sales are frequently called Alcoholic Beverage Control or ABC. Counties and cities may also require retail liquor licenses.

The application process for retail liquor licenses involves many different steps. Many authorities require a preliminary application followed by a scheduled appointment with an official to screen potential license applicants. Applications often call for detailed personal information for all members or officers of a business entity including criminal background checks and credit checks. Some authorities will only issue liquor licenses based on population size and the number of liquor licenses already held in that area. Liquor license fees range from $500 to $10,000 while all licenses must be renewed.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

Businesses who sell alcohol without a liquor license are at risk for severe civil and criminal penalties. This includes businesses that have a liquor license application pending. Criminal penalties for operation without a liquor license include fines up to $50,000 and six months in prison. A state regulatory agency may prescribe civil penalties of fines up to $200,000 and permanent revocation of a liquor license.

How we help your business:

  1. We stay up-to-date with changing requirements and forms so you can focus on the job at hand.
  2. We complete license applications efficiently and correctly, allowing your in-house staff to save valuable time struggling to obtain the proper licenses.
  3. Once your license has been issued, we ensure that you remain compliant with all licensing laws.

More Resources:

- National Club Industry Association of America
- National Restaurant Association
- National Association of Convenience Stores


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