Updated: Jan 2021
Every business in Florida that sells beer and wine is required to apply for a license issued by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Bureau of Licensing.
This is a formal process that requires knowledge of certain rules and regulations in regards to the type of business and the license itself.
These rules and regulations are in place so the right type of license is applied for the alcoholic beverages a business can sell, if it can be consumed on the premise or off-premise, as well as other details that address the use of the type of license.
We have many clients reach out to our team while in the middle of the licensing process. They are often feeling confused and stuck. We tell them, regardless if they are already in the process or simply thinking about getting started, the beer and wine licensing process can be somewhat difficult and confusing.
We have, over the past 30 years, prepared and processed thousands of applications, and it is safe to say that we have both the experience and knowledge of the intricate details of this process. We advise people to keep this in mind when applying for a beer and wine license in Florida.
When we meet with a client for the first time, we talk to them about what type of license they might need. Some of the questions that we might ask include the following:
Details about the business:
- Is it a restaurant? Is it a nightclub? If yes, is it a new business or a transfer of a license that the client took over?
- Is it a tavern, a bar?
- Is it a convenience store?
- Is it a sandwich shop, a small deli, a supermarket?
Details about the alcoholic beverages a client intends on selling or serving:
- Is it beer only?
- Is it beer and wine only?
- Do you intend to also serve liquor and other spirits?
- Is it a mixture of all of the above?
Details about the consumption:
- On the premise?
- Off the premise?
Answers to these questions provide us the information necessary to assist our customers and clients with the type of license you will need to operate your business After a complete analysis of the business model, we take the steps necessary to successfully obtain a license for a client.