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If you’re thinking of opening a new business or relocating to Bay County Florida and you plan on selling alcohol, this handy guide can help you navigate the Bay County Florida Liquor License process. Even if you’re already in Bay County Florida, but plan on expanding your services, make sure you’re setting yourself up for success before you even start the application process. There are some important things to know that can help the start-up phase run smoothly.

Beginning the License Application Process

Each municipal jurisdiction (cities and counties) within Florida may have their own specific liquor license regulations and requirements which may necessitate additional applications being filed within the municipality having jurisdiction over your intended location. As you begin the application process, you’ll need several forms of documentation to obtain a liquor license. These forms are consistent on the state level, so they will work for each county that you are seeking to operate. Before starting an application, make sure you have the following pieces of documentation:

  • Full-service bars and restaurants
  • Packaged beer and wine for off-premises consumption
  • Consumption on-premises for beer and wine only
  • Caterers
  • Culinary education programs
  • Hotels and motels
  • Transportation establishments such as railroads, boats, buses, airplanes or other passenger vessels
  • Event centers and performing arts facilities
  • Lodges, fraternal order groups, athletic clubs and golf clubs
  • Specialty and temporary permits

Types of Florida Alcoholic Beverage Licenses

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco has a variety of licenses available, depending on the type of business that you or your company wish to engage in. Everything from railroad cars and other transportation systems, to packaged beer and wine, to a full bar at a restaurant, all require a unique license. Here are just a few of the types of licenses available throughout Florida:


This standard license allows a store to sell beer for an annual fee of $140. It only applies to packaged beer, so you can’t allow on-premise consumption.


Convenience stores, grocery stores, and other retail stores wishing to sell packaged wine and beer must pay an annual fee of $196. This license is only valid for off-premise consumption.


The most comprehensive liquor store license has an annual fee of $975. You will be licensed to sell all types of spirits, wine, and beer for strictly off-premise consumption.


This license allows for the sale of beer for consumption on-premise at bars or restaurants, as well as off-premise consumption. Customers can drink on-site, but your establishment will not be able to serve wine or spirits, just beer. The annual license fee for this license is $280.


Including wine and beer to your bar or restaurant will cost a yearly fee of $392. Your customers of age can order and consume both beer and wine for on-premise and off-premise consumption.


Finally, for a fully stocked bar, your restaurant or bar will pay an annual fee of $1,300. This allows you to serve a complete menu of spirits, mixed drinks, wine, and beer.

These are the most common types of licenses that are available for both on and off-premise consumption for the sale of beer, wine, and spirits in restaurants, bars, and retail beverage and liquor store locations. Florida offers a range of specialty vendor licenses for other locations. Ask a specialist at Beverage License Specialists to verify that your particular location uses one of these licenses and not a specialized alternative.

You will need to determine the type of alcoholic beverage license that is most suited for your business. Even if you currently only serve beer, you may want to consider pursuing a license that allows you to expand the types of alcohol you would like to offer.

Choosing the Right Liquor License

Navigating the vast array of available permits can be daunting. Consulting an advisor at Beverage License Specialists can help you determine the best type of license for your establishment. Even if your business only serves beer and wine on-premises, you may have business expansion ideas for the future that include different types of alcohol sales. Choosing a permit that allows your business to evolve and change may be more appropriate from the get-go rather than re-applying for a different license down the line.

Nightlife establishments that generate 49% or more in total revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages require a Quota License. If a business generates 51% or more of its total revenue through the sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages, they may qualify for a 4COP/SFS license. There is an unlimited number of these types of licenses available while Quota Licenses are only available on a limited basis based on the population of a given county.

Bay County Florida

Let Us Help You Navigate the Process

No matter what type of license your Bay County Florida business needs, we are here to assist so that you can save time and focus on your business, operations, and advertising. Contact us today.

Our customer-focused, deeply knowledgeable team is available by phone at 954-369-5858

Buying and Selling Liquor Licenses in the Florida Bay County Area

The application process for any type of alcoholic beverage license can be long and tedious. Whether you’re starting a new restaurant or opening a new location in any one of the above-mentioned counties in the Florida Panhandle, it can be difficult to find the time to submit a full application.

Our dedicated team at Beverage License Specialists is able to assist you with our extensive knowledge of the local and state requirements. Focus your energy on getting your new restaurant, liquor store, or bar off the ground, and let our licensing experts navigate the application process for you.

If you’re ready to relocate from the county or close down your business, we can also help you sell your liquor license. We will assist with navigating the process to ensure a professional and efficient transfer of your license.

New Florida Liquor License Application Process

Complete Application

First, you need to fill out an application.

District Office Review

Once you’ve completed the extensive list of application materials required for the first step, you’ll need to wait for the district office to review your application.

On-site Inspection

Once your alcoholic beverage license initial materials are accepted, processed, and license issued, an on-site inspection may be required to ensure your location is in compliance with the State requirements.

Get a Team to Support the Process

It’s important to have a professional team like Beverage License Specialists engaged to facilitate and monitor the licensing process for you.  Click here to view the services we offer.

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Financing Your Florida Bay County Liquor License

While owning a liquor store or restaurant can be a lucrative business, many small business owners may find themselves struggling to pay for the acquisition of the license. Whether you’re in the middle of a financially rocky season or want to hold on to your working capital, consider liquor license financing.

Using the quota liquor license as collateral, our financing partners can enable you to acquire a quota liquor license without the initial financial burden of a large lump sum. Choose from a range of long-term or short-term options to acquire your quota license and get your business off the ground and running smoothly.

Navigate the Process with Beverage License Specialists

Of course, your business will need many more licenses in order to become fully operational in any of the Florida Bay Area counties. Browse our extensive list of licensing matters that we can handle to learn how you can save time and focus on your business. No matter which type of alcoholic beverage license you are in need of,  contact us to get started with all your licensing needs. Once you secure your alcoholic beverage license in the Florida Bay County area, you’re ready to open your location, advertise effectively, and create a popular meeting place for your local community.

Are you still early in the process? Click here to view our blog, which answers a lot of common questions!

If you are seeking to buy, sell or finance a Florida liquor license, contact Beverage License Specialists today