Florida business owners that wish to obtain a liquor license may find themselves sorting through the various requirements, scratching their heads. If it doesn't seem straightforward enough, you may benefit from consulting with an attorney who can advise you on what to do. But before you get started with the process of applying for a liquor license, here are three main questions you should ask.
What type of license do you need?
If you're a business owner applying for a first-time liquor license, you need to understand the different types that are available from the Florida DABT (Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco) before filling out the paperwork. Following are just a few:
This is not a comprehensive list of all the license types, just the more common ones. If you're a golf club owner, a caterer, or even a priest wishing to obtain a wine permit for a sacramental event, you will need to apply for a different license altogether.
How much will it cost?
This seems to be the million-dollar question, but you do need some idea of what it will cost to obtain your license. Florida is unique in that liquor license prices depend not only on the license type but the county size as well. So if you own a convenience store and wish to apply for a 2APS license, the starting cost is $84 and goes up to $196.
What if you want a quota license?
Quota licenses are advantageous since they allow holders to sell all types of alcohol for both on- and off-premises drinking. But these licenses can be a bit pricier, depending on how you go about obtaining one.
If you purchase from an existing holder, the cost will depend on the county population to some extent, but it's also determined by supply and demand. The state has nothing to do with determining the price, and many business owners get help from a broker to find private sellers.
If you want to obtain a quota license through the lottery, there's currently an entry fee of $100, and that's non-refundable. Keep in mind that you're not guaranteed to "win" the lottery. But if you do win, you'll also have to make a one-time investment of $10,750 and pay an annual fee that varies based on the county.
It seems like a steep price to pay, but that money goes toward programs that help to educate people on and prevent alcohol and drug abuse.
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15 September 2017
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