Obtaining a liquor license seems like it would be a fairly straightforward process. There is an application. You fill it out, and you're done. Simple, right?
Unfortunately, like most paperwork, a liquor license application is rarely as easy as it seems. A lot of red tape is included with the application, and approval often hinges on basics. For restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and breweries with time-sensitive launch plans, the use of a third-party consultant with specialized knowledge can help expedite the application and approval process.
Streamlines the application process
Whether you opt for a consultant or an attorney to help navigate the complexities of a liquor license application, expert guidance helps eliminate problems with the forms and the submission of any required documentation, such as business permits, proof of insurance, or fingerprint records.
Consultants are also able to rapidly respond when an issue does arise. Liquor licenses at the state and local level can involve multiple agencies, so knowing where and when to troubleshoot is key.
Monitors multiple jurisdictions
When you prepare for a liquor license application, you are likely preparing to fill out multiple forms. State liquor licenses are the first step and are often broken down into categories for on-premise and off-site consumption of alcohol. Bars, restaurants, breweries, and distilleries are the most common sources of on-premise applications while liquor stores, grocery and drug stores, and other points of sales, such as gas stations, require off-site licenses.
Beyond the state, the county, city, or municipality where the alcohol will be sold also issues liquor licenses via county commissioners or a city council. Many local jurisdictions require clearance from the state level before accepting an application and need to have a vote of the governing body to approve a liquor license. A consultant can help navigate the complexities of this system and ensure nothing is left undone.
Maintains knowledge of local ordinances and communities
Liquor license laws and ordinances in a community are often tied to the culture of a given area and can vary greatly. Alcohol sales and consumption may be extremely limited and only allowed in certain zones in some locations while others approve neighborhood bar licenses regularly. A consultant understands the "temperature of the room" in their communities as well as the technicalities of local law, such as signage requirements, distance rules, limited hours of operation, and any historical sticking points impacting application approval in the area, such as noise considerations or parking problems.
If you need help getting a liquor license, contact a company like Arizona Liquor Industry Consultants.Share
22 July 2021
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