How to Apply for a Liquor License in Florida
A Guide to Liquor License Requirements, Applications, and More in the Sunshine State!
Applying for a Liquor License
Before selling alcoholic beverages at your establishment, you must apply for a liquor license. These licenses are available at all levels, with the primary distinctions being the sale of alcoholic beverages on-premises for consumption or off-premises, but do you know the Florida liquor license requirements?
On-Premise Liquor License
An on-premises liquor license allows for the consumption of alcoholic beverages only on the property of the licensed establishment. This is ideal for bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other entertainment businesses within the hospitality industry.
Conversely, an off-premises license allows the customer to purchase alcohol at your establishment (“package sales”) and then leave with it. Examples of businesses that use off-premises liquor licenses are liquor stores or beer and wine for grocery stores and convenience stores..
Whichever type of license you decide to go with, it’s essential to make sure that you know the regulations and laws that govern liquor sales in your state. We can help you apply for a liquor license or beer & wine license and guide you through the steps.
Florida Liquor License Requirements
You must file your liquor license application with the Florida Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco Division, including all required pertinent information and full disclosure of all parties associated with your business. Associated parties may include partners, directors, officers, stockholders, or individuals with substantial ownership of or financial interest in the business.
You must also provide extensive information including, but not limited to:
- A copy of your lease or title for the location
- A detailed drawing of the location premises
- Biometrics for new license applicants, and
- All other required regulatory state and city-specific licenses / permits
In addition to this information, when you apply for a liquor license, you must also obtain a zoning sign-off from your local municipality or county. First, you must determine the appropriate jurisdiction over your business premises. These jurisdictions may or will have different requirements, so it is essential to follow them closely, obtaining the right information.
If your establishment sells food or beverages, you must obtain a license from the appropriate division or department, whether the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, County Health & Environmental Services, the Florida Department of Agriculture, or the FDA in some situations.
Before your liquor license application can be approved, you must also receive clearance from the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR). A certificate of registration from the Department of Revenue indicates that your establishment is registered to collect and pay sales tax.
Benefits of Professional Help With Your Application
Working with a professional liquor license broker or specialist has several benefits for your application filing, including:
1. Save Time and Money
Making mistakes during the liquor license application process can be costly and time-consuming. With a liquor license broker, you can save time and money. At Liquor License Professionals, our years of experience allow us to streamline the process for you, lessening the costs of mistakes and ensuring a quick and smooth approval process.
2. Increased Chances of Approval
Liquor License Professionals has an excellent track record of getting licenses approved. With our help, you’ll have increased chances of a successful application. We know the right people to talk to, what paperwork needs to be filed, and how to put together a submission that will stand out from the rest.
3. Ongoing Support and Advice
Once you have your license, our team can continue supporting and advising you on all aspects of running your business. We’ll help you find the right liquor suppliers, set up your bar or restaurant, and answer any questions you may have along the way.
4. Having Peace of Mind
When your business is up and running, the last thing you need to worry about is a liquor license delay. Liquor License Professionals will work with you every step of the way so that you can focus on other critical aspects of your business. From start to finish, our team will provide you with the expertise and guidance you need to get your liquor license. We know the process inside-out and are here to help you every step of the way.
Services We Offer
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Learn more about our services and how we can help you get started to being a successful business in the hospitality industry.
Get Started Obtaining Your Liquor License
Liquor license application requirements and processes in Florida are ever-changing. They can often be complex and a great time investment to navigate.
Call Liquor License Professionals today at (407) 966-1818 or visit our contact page to send us a message. We specialize in assisting clients through every step of the liquor license application process. With our long history of success in the hospitality industry and obtaining liquor licenses for clients throughout Florida, we can help you avoid any potential roadblocks for your business.