How to Acquire a Liquor License for the Catering Industry in Florida

The catering industry is booming, with an expected compound annual growth rate of 4 percent from 2016 through 2021. One of the essential tools in your catering company’s arsenal to ride that growth is the all-important Caterer License for Beer, Wine, and Liquor Consumption on Premises – otherwise known as the 13CT license.

This can be a time-intensive process, and Beverage License Specialists is prepared to help make sure your business is fully equipped with this necessary license.

Why Businesses Need This License

A 13CT Florida liquor license allows caterers to sell and serve all types of alcoholic beverages at a catered event where the “licensee is also providing prepared food.”

Without this license, your catering company will be unable to sell or serve alcohol, removing one of the most significant profit drivers from your menu. Without the ability to sell or serve alcohol, you give your company’s competitors a distinct edge.

Steps in the Process of Getting a Liquor License for the Restaurant Industry in Florida

Receiving a 13 CT liquor license in Florida is not as simple as merely filling out an application (although, that is part of the process).

Working with Beverage License Specialists can help make this process easier by guiding you through the needed steps.

Meet the Revenue Standards

A catering company must receive at least 51 percent of its gross revenue from food and non-alcoholic drink service to apply for a 13CT.

Pay State Fees

Currently, a temporary license costs $455, while the permanent one will cost $1820.

Complete the Required Forms

You’ll need to fill out a specific license application, currently a DBPR ABT-6011.

Get Fingerprinted

To verify identity and conduct a background check, you’ll need to get fingerprinted at an approved vendor.

Receive Approval from the Division of Hotels & Restaurants

Before receiving your 13CT, your company will need to be licensed with Florida’s Division of Hotels & Restaurants.

Receive Clearance from Florida’s Department of Revenue

Obtaining clearance means the D.O.R. has approved you seeking the 13CT.

Provide Documentation

You’ll need to include your business’ Federal Employer’s Identification Number (EIN), your company’s certificate of status with Florida’s Secretary of State, as well as your personal Social Security Number.

Provide Additional Documentation as Needed

This may include certified copies of arrest dispositions, mitigations of moral character, right of occupancy documentation.

Why Choose Beverage License Specialists

Receiving your liquor license for the restaurant industry in Florida can be an arduous task, but it’s one that gives your catering business the tools to compete and grow.

Beverage License Specialists can guide you through the process, answer your questions, and help ensure that your business is equipped for success. Contact us today! Call: 954-908-6012