Buy or Sell Your Liquor License in Florida

Our Professional Brokers Can Help With All Your Liquor License Needs

Liquor License Professionals helps with buying, selling, or financing liquor licenses in Florida. Our brokers provide serve a variety of businesses, including bars, nightclubs, lounges, brew pubs, restaurants, liquor stores, catering, non-profit groups, golf courses, public event centers and hotels. All liquor licenses sold or transferred are without encumbrance when passing to a new owner or newly issued from the state.

The State of Florida offers a number of liquor licenses based on the types of alcoholic beverages you sell and the type of business you have. We can help you obtain a liquor license from the DBPR Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. On the other hand, we can also help with an existing license transfer, or buying a license that is available on the market. Our liquor license brokers can help you navigate this process based on Florida liquor license laws.

Once your application is accepted and approved, you can use it to operate your business or, depending on the type of license, even resell it on the open market. Due to the limited issuing of some licenses, the market value of licenses usually appreciates in value but can also fluctuate due to market changes or trends.

Licenses, depending upon type, are also sometimes used as collateral to secure loans or refinance existing loans for a business. Our brokers can assist you in obtaining a liquor license either from the DBPR Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco or obtain one from those available on the market. Conversely, we can help you sell your existing license or use it as collateral to obtain funding to refresh your business. Learn more about the benefits of working with a liquor license mediator.

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Types of Liquor Licenses Available in Florida

In truth, there are multiple categories of liquor licenses being issued, some of which you may purchase from other business owners. However, the most commonly used one is the quota license, which is used for bars, nightclubs, lounges, liquor stores and even restaurants. A quota license is a type of liquor license that allows an establishment to either sell package of alcoholic beverages, or the ability to serve beer, wine, and full liquor with consumption on premises – or both.

As the name implies, this type of license is very limited in number and issued based on the population of the given county. Florida Beverage Law limits the total number of quota alcoholic beverage licenses by county population estimates and can issue no more than one license for every 7,500 residents within a county.

For more information on the fees of individual licenses, you will want to contact the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco for your corresponding county or ask one of our license specialists. Below are some forms of liquor licenses along with some tips about how to get your liquor license, depending on the alcoholic beverages you are trying to sell and the purpose of your business.

Beer, Wine, & Liquor Consumption on Premises & Package Sales – Quota License (4COP, 5COP, 6COP, 7COP, 8COP)

A business establishment may sell beer, wine, and liquor for consumption on the premises when they are granted this type of quota license. The drinks, in some cases and depending on local ordinances, may also be sold in sealed containers for consumption off-premises. Annual license fees for this license will vary based on population and county. (Increasingly popular in Florida is the 4COP license.)

Beer, Wine, & Liquor Package Sales License Series (3PS, 3APS, 3BPS, 3CPS, 3DPS)

These are quota licenses (categorized by population size) that give permission to an establishment to sell beer, wine, and liquor for package sale only. Consumption on-premise is not allowed; therefore, all drinks should be in sealed containers and should be consumed off-premises only. Temporary fees for this license will vary based on population and county.

Beer + Wine Consumption on Premises (2COP)

The 2COP license allows businesses to distribute both beer and wine for on-site use or, also depending on local ordinances, for packaged sales in sealed containers. 

Both permits are limited to goods with an alcohol level not exceeding 6%.

Beer Consumption on Premises (1COP)

The 1COP license authorizes Florida business establishments to sell beer for consumption on premises. Similarly, license fees for these licenses will vary based on population and county. 

In special cases, if local ordinances allow it, the 1COP license also authorizes package sales in sealed containers.

Beer and Wine Package Sales (2APS)

This license authorizes Florida business establishments to sell beer and wine in sealed containers for consumption off-premises. This is applicable to general stores and convenience stores. The alcohol content level is limited to 6.243%. Ultimately, annual fees for this license will vary based on population and county.

Beer Package Sales (1APS)

This license authorizes Florida business establishments to sell beer in sealed containers to customers, for consumption off-premises. This is applicable to general stores and convenience stores. The alcohol content level is limited to 6.243%. Annual fees for this license will vary based on population and county. Does not require local zoning approval.

Other Specialty Liquor Licenses

  • Specialty Motel/Hotel License (S)
  • Historic Motel/Hotel License (SH)
  • Restaurants (SFS)
  • Bowling Alleys (SBX)
  • Hospitals (H)
  • Airport Lounges Not Owned by an Airline (SAL)
  • Pleasure Ships (SPX)
  • Civic Centers (SCX)
  • County Commissions (SCC)
  • and more

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Ready to buy, sell, or finance a liquor license in Florida? Contact us today to streamline the process and unlock your business potential!