Tips for How to Get a Liquor License: Part II

10 September 2019
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In part one of this article, we discussed some tips related to acquiring a liquor license for your business. Here, in part two, we are going to continue the discussion and provide more information on what you may need to do before that license is secured and you can begin to operate your business as intended.

The Right Paperwork

As the time draws need to actually file for your liquor license, you’ll need to collect all of the appropriate paperwork to submit along with the application. You should be able to find the list of required documentation along with the application that your state requires. Some of the pieces that you are likely to need include your business license, your IRS Employer ID number, a zoning permit, food handler’s permit (if applicable), and more. It’s true that there can be a lot of paperwork involved here, so make sure to get started right away and keep everything in a convenient place.

Understanding the Costs

We aren’t going to be able to tell you exactly how much it will cost to get a liquor license in your state, because the final price will vary from case to case. It’s a good idea to determine this cost right away, so you can be prepared to pay the necessary price when the time comes. Also, you might need to get a license from multiple agencies depending on the rules in your area, and there will obviously be costs associated with each of those applications. As with all of the other costs that you have dealt with while trying to get started, liquor license applications should just be seen as one of the many costs of doing business.

A Waiting Game

Again, the amount of time that you need to wait for your license application to be reviewed and a decision to be issued will vary based on your location and other factors. As you don’t quite know how long this will take, be sure to get started promptly and give yourself plenty of time to have the license in place before you plan on opening for business.

Make Sure You Keep It!

If you make it successfully through the application process and are granted a liquor license, a celebration is in order – possessing a license will give you the opportunity to grow your business in a way that would not have been possible otherwise. With that said, there is no guarantee that you’ll get to keep your license over the long run, as there are rules to be followed. Some of the violations that need to be avoided include over-serving, letting employees drink excessively, serving minors, and more. Also, you will have to pay a license renewal fee periodically to remain in good standing.

Is it easy to get a liquor license? Not necessarily – but it shouldn’t be too hard, either, in most cases. Get started right away by becoming familiar with the relevant laws in your area and be sure to contact the relevant authorities if you have questions. Good luck!

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