Faq

What kind of license do I need to sell alcoholic beverages?

If you wish to sell beer or wine, you can purchase a consumption-on-premise license or a package license. There are no restrictions on the number of licenses issued to sell beer and wine. If you wish to sell liquor, a special license or quota alcoholic beverage license must be obtained. Quota alcoholic beverage licenses are limited in number throughout the state, based on county population. To view the various types of alcoholic beverage and tobacco licenses available and applicable fees, you may visit:  Licenses & permits for alcoholic beverages and License Fees

 How much does a quota liquor license cost?

The cost of a quota liquor license varies from county to county and can only be acquired from a current license holder.  The actual cost of the license is purely and simply a function of existing supply and demand in the county.   Beverage License Specialists can guide and assist you throughout the purchase process. As a result of our knowledge and experience gained from over 30 years in the alcoholic beverage industry, we can provide you a number of available options within which to purchase and obtain issuance of a liquor license.

 

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How many quota liquor licenses are available?

There is a finite number of licenses available in any county depending on the county population.  At present, each time there is an increase in the population of 7,500, a new license will be made available for issuance in the county through the liquor license lottery.

What state agency regulates the issuance of alcoholic beverages and tobacco?

The agency that oversees the issuance as well as compliance with the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Florida, is the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (DBPR-DABT).

Can a liquor license be placed anywhere in the county?

The placement of a liquor license is subject to local zoning codes & municipal ordinances. Provided that the municipality signs off on the beverage application authorizing the placement of the liquor license to the applicant’s business address and the application is otherwise complete, the State of Florida will process the issuance of the license to the address applied for.

Does the state regulate the hours of operation for an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages? 

The operating hours are regulated by the county or municipality in which the business is located. However, in the absence of county or municipal ordinances, no alcoholic beverages may be sold, consumed, served, or permitted to be served or consumed in any place holding a license with the division between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. of the following day.

Who can prepare and process my application for an alcoholic beverage license?

Beverage License Specialists has a skilled and experienced staff that can prepare and process your application making sure that it is properly filled out and completed in order that the DABT will be able to process the issuance of the license.