Palm Beach County Liquor License

If you want to run a business or event where alcohol is sold, it’s important to look into getting your Palm Beach County beer and wine license or liquor license. The process can be a bit confusing or complicated, but it is still important to be familiar with it in order for the application process to be successful.

Those who are concerned about the process hitting an impasse or the license application being rejected, or who simply do not have the time for this level of paperwork can contact a third-party service, such as Beverage License Specialists, to complete this work on their behalf.

Types of FL Liquor Licenses Available

There are many types of beer and wine and liquor licenses available, making it important to take the time to learn about each one. If you happen to file the wrong application, your application may be denied and you may need to begin the process again. This can delay the process, so it is worth learning about each type of license available, along with the associated fees:

  • 1COP – allows for the sale of beer only for on-premise consumption at a bar or restaurant for an annual fee of $280
  • 1APS – allows for the sale of beer only for package sales/off premise consumption for an annual fee of $140
  • 2COP – allows for the sale of beer and wine for on-premise consumption at a bar or restaurant for an annual fee of $392
  • 2APS – allows for the sale of beer and wine for package sales/off premise consumption for an annual fee of $196
  • 3PS – allows for the sale of beer, wine, and spirits at a package liquor store/off premise consumption for an annual fee of $1,365
  • 4COP – allows for the sale of beer, wine, and spirits for on-premise consumption at a bar or restaurant for an annual fee of $1,820

In Palm Beach, you may also qualify for a 4COP/SFS, formerly known as an SRX license. These licenses allow your restaurant to serve beer, wine, and spirits as long as the following conditions are met:

  • You run a bona fide restaurant. You need to have a minimum of 2,500 square feet of space and must be able to serve 150 patrons at one time.
  • At least 51 percent or greater of your gross sales must be derived from the sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages

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:

1APS

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.

2APS

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.

3BPS

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.

1COP

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.

2COP

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.

4COP

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.

Completing the Application

When you are applying for a wine and beer or liquor license, Florida has specific requirements that must be met. Most of these are non-negotiable and can be strict, making compliance the key

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

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