Are you looking to open a bar or restaurant but don’t know where to start?
If you are thinking about opening a bar, pub, nightclub, lounge, or any other type of establishment that serves alcohol, you probably have many questions.
How much does it cost to get a license? What types of licenses exist? And what kind of insurance coverage do I need?
There’s a lot of information on the internet that can complicate and overwhelm you. That’s why we have put this short guide together to show exactly how to get your liquor license.
1. Registered Business
To be improved to sell alcohol and serve alcohol, you must have a registered business. Depending on your state, you may be able to get a liquor license as a sole proprietor; however, it is highly recommended to create a business as an LLC or corporation.
Doing so will allow you to bear less personal legal liability. And being a corporation offers you more personal asset protection and funding possibilities.
2. Clean Background Check
If you have any criminal history, your liquor license may be denied after a background check is run. Oftentimes, many states require a background check by your local government before submitting your application to your local Alcohol Beverage Control.
3. Pass Inspections
When applying for a liquor license, you may need to have some on-premise inspections before you can be approved. This depends heavily on your state’s law.
Many things are considered during these inspections, like your location, daily operations, your working manager, and fire safety.
4. Food Handler’s Permit
If you are planning to serve food at your establishment, you will also need a food handler’s permit. A food handler’s permit is usually a lot faster to obtain than a liquor license, and you’ll need to apply for it through your local health department.
5. Liquor License Available in Your County
Liquore license availability may be the only issue you have while trying to obtain your license. In many states, each county limits how many licenses they issue, which is dependant on the population of the county.
If licenses are maxed out when you go to apply, you may have to wait a little while longer to apply for one.
An alternative method is buying a license from an existing company. But be sure to check with all the necessary officials before doing this.
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Want More Help Getting Your Liquor License?
A liquor license can be a valuable asset to any restaurant, bar, or nightclub owner. The process of getting one is not always easy and typically requires the help of an experienced lawyer with expertise in that area.
We hope you have found this information helpful. If you would like to more about the process of getting your license to serve liquor, please check out our blog for more articles just like this.