Southwest Florida Area Liquor Licensing

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Liquor License. If you own or operate any type of business that sells alcohol in any capacity, you need an alcoholic beverage license. Whether you want to expand a current business with alcohol sales or launch a new restaurant, bar, or package liquor store in the Southwest Florida area, Beverage License Specialists can help you navigate the extensive application process and determine which type of alcoholic beverage license will be most beneficial for your business.

How the Liquor License Application Process Works in Southwest Florida

The application process for an alcoholic beverage license varies depending upon which Southwest Florida County you are choosing to operate in. Whether your store or restaurant is in Charlotte County, Lee County, or Collier County, Beverage License Specialists can guide you through the application process. Regardless of which county you are dealing with, you will need to have the following documents completed before you can continue with the application.

  • H&R or health approval
  • Zoning approval
  • Right of occupancy
  • Fingerprints
  • Revenue approval
  • Floor plan sketch of your location
  • Personal information for related parties
  • Management contracts (if applicable)

Once you have gathered and completed the required documents, you need to submit them to the district office and wait for the approval. Depending upon which type of license you are seeking to acquire, you may have to wait for an on-site inspection to be performed before you are approved for a liquor license. Upon approval, you must pay the associated fee that varies depending on which type of license you qualify for.

What Types of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Are Available

Different types of businesses have individual needs when it comes to liquor licenses, so the state of Florida issues multiple types of beverage permits. Retail stores qualify for certain license types, while restaurants must obtain another type to legally serve alcohol. Certain types of beverage licenses simply permit the sale of packaged items for off-premise consumption, while others allow for on-site consumption. Some license types only allow for the sale of certain types of alcohol, but others are more comprehensive. The type of license you need depends on your business model.

How To Choose the Right Alcoholic Beverage License for Your Business

If alcohol sales make up a large percentage of your business profits, it is vital to obtain the right type of alcoholic beverage license. All-inclusive licenses that allow for the sale and consumption of all types of alcohol will have higher annual fees, but having one may provide a significant boost to your profits. To determine which type of liquor license is most beneficial for your business, you must first develop a comprehensive business plan that allows you to anticipate future needs. Small retail stores may only need to obtain a license that allows them to sell beer and wine, while restaurants may find it more lucrative to invest in more expensive beverage licenses.


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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What Beverage License Specialists Can Do for You

Whether you are launching a new business or adding additional services to your current one, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate the application process on your own. If you do not obtain each of the documents you need or fail to comply with the specific application guidelines set in place by your county, your application process could be impacted and the application may be denied. Beverage License Specialists has both the experience and unique understanding of the requirements each Southwest Florida County has for the licensure to serve and sell alcoholic beverages. We can guide you easily through the application process and ensure you have everything you need to be approved. We can also offer advice on which type of alcoholic beverage license will be the most beneficial for your business.

If you need a liquor license or any other alcoholic beverage license in Southwest Florida, let Beverage License Specialists help you obtain one as quickly as possible. We can streamline the process and make it easy for your business to obtain a beverage license that will make your business profitable. Contact us today to get started on applying for a Southwest Florida liquor license.

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