Navigating Your Governing Agencies

Licensing Services

Liquor License Professionals will not only assist you in the acquisition of a liquor license but assist with the planning and specifications for the construction of your establishment. Our team of knowledgeable and friendly Florida Business License Consultants will assist you in fulfilling your dream of owning a hospitality establishment, even if it is still just in the dream phase! Simply come to us with your vision and we will help to make it a reality by assisting and advising you on the design and planning aspect of the construction process while ensuring that your establishment is compliant with all state and local standards. As each governing agency corresponds to specific businesses, understanding which agency can provide you with a license will help you better understand how to navigate your process.

Florida Business License Consultants
Florida Business License Consultants
Florida Business License Consultants

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Department of Agriculture safeguards consumers of agricultural products by ensuring that they are wholesome and safe to eat. The FDACS coordinates with and grants licenses to businesses with direct ties to agricultural practices such as milk producers, beekeepers, bakeries and more. By extension, these can also include:

  • Coffee shops
  • Pre-packaged food sales
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Confectionaries
  • Convenience stores
  • Meat and seafood markets

The Department of Agriculture regulates the commercial food supply from these sources in order to ensure maximum freshness and to mitigate the risk of foodborne illness. To further ensure consumer safety, these food establishments are inspected regularly which includes a thorough examination of the premises and a sampling of food products. These inspections are rated based on the severity of possible risks involved for the consumers of your products. It’s important to understand the standards and guidelines set by the Department of Agriculture as not meeting them can result in the closure of your business.

Department of Health

The Department of Health governs establishments that aim to sell alcoholic beverages on their premises, but not necessarily food, unlike a restaurant. These establishments will typically either do not sell food at all, or food that is prepackaged and not prepared on the premises. These types of establishments include:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Non-food service establishments

In order to comply with the Florida Department of Health, you must complete an application for a sanitation certificate. This application must include which types of food-service subtype your establishment falls under. In addition to bars and nightclubs, other establishments that may serve food that is not necessarily  In your plan review, you must include a detailed set of scaled plans specifying all kitchen equipment, plumbing fixtures, bars, storage, etc. A Florida Business License Consultant can help you formulate your plan and provide you with improvements tailored to meet all the requirements. These documents are necessary for all new, remodeled, or reopened establishments in the state of Florida governed by the Department of Health.

Division of Hotels & Restaurants

Establishments governed by the Division of Hotels & Restaurants provide prepared food items made to order from a menu for their patrons. Furthermore, these establishments derive a portion of their sales from full meals. Licensed establishments governed by the Division of Hotels & Restaurants include:

  • Dine-In Restaurants
  • Nightclubs with food service
  • Bars
  • Hotels with food service
  • Food trucks and mobile food dispensing vehicles

The Division of Hotels and Restaurants provide the largest net and govern a large majority of establishments. Because of this, these establishments must complete a three-step process which will generally include a complete plan review, applying for a license and payment, and passing a licensing inspection. This inspection is to ensure that the establishment has met and is set up to consistently meet sanitation and safety standards, and is required before opening and reopening. Our team of Florida Business consultants can further explain and review this process with you so that the paperwork is filed correctly, and the inspection is passed. In turn, saving you money as you are able to proceed with your opening at your scheduled time.

When setting out to open an establishment of your own, it is important to understand the differences between these governing agencies and which will apply to you. For assistance through this process, contact the experts at Liquor License Professionals. Our Florida Business License Consultants will walk you through the often complex and ever-changing process to ensure your establishment is opened properly.

Florida Business License Consultants

As full-service liquor license brokers, at Liquor License Professionals, our team of consultants will guide you in the process of obtaining your liquor license. However, our team takes it one step further as they provide designing and construction assistance as well to ensure that your business follows the standards and guidelines set by the state and local municipalities. Whether your governing agency is the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Health, or the Division of Hotels & Restaurants, our team can provide the expertise needed to have your establishment up and running with all the necessary licenses and standards needed for your specific business.

If you’re in need of help regarding your business and fictitious name filing, Liquor License Professional provide services just for this. Our team can help inform you and provide you with a clearer understanding of all the complex industry requirements during your filings and acquisition. Along with these services, we also provide event liquor license services. We take care of handling the acquisition of a Catered Event Liquor License which can be a very difficult process to navigate on your own.

All liquor licenses acquired are issues and appropriate for use inside the district of the business area. Any Purchase or Sale transactions are directed with the help of qualified Attorney Licensed with the Florida Bar Association and registered in the State of Florida with the prerequisites of moving a Florida alcohol permit as a Closing/Escrow Agent. As a Trusted Source in Florida, our priority is the success and satisfaction of our customers. If you’re ready to open the business of your dreams, partner with us for hands-on assistance from a team of professionals with years of experience. Contact us at Liquor License professionals today!