For every American liquor store and bar owner, a valid alcohol license is essential to their business. Legally, they can’t sell one bottle of beer without it. At the same time, a liquor license can greatly benefit the restaurateur looking to expand their clientele and reap the resulting profits. However, the process of procuring such a permit tends to be tricky.
Laws Concerning Alcohol Vary by Jurisdiction
American liquor laws are a patchwork of federal, state, and local regulations. The Constitution gives the power to each state to control basically everything to do with alcohol inside its borders. Moreover, many states pass on the power to local communities to make their own rules on exactly what may be served, where, when, and to whom. If you, for example, wish to obtain an alcohol license in Dallas, TX, you may find the requirements are considerably different than in Philadelphia, or even across the state in Houston. It figures that more elaborate requirements will involve more complex paperwork, and the bureaucracy around alcohol is already cumbersome (often taking up to six months.) That’s why it’s a good idea to seek expert advice from someone who understands state law, as well as the unique local ordinances in the place where you’re applying.
The Problem of Picking the Proper Permit
Not only are there no standard liquor laws, neither is there a standard liquor license. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) offers numerous different permits for wholesalers or retailers, some including only beer or wine, and a choice of whether customers may take alcohol off-site. Each has its own application forms, taxes, and costs which can easily extend into the thousands of dollars. You should work with a professional to determine a permit suitable for your business and your bank account.
While obtaining a liquor license may seem costly and complicated, your future profit margins might make it well worth your while. Having a professional handle the formalities of your business leaves you to the real business of concocting craft cocktails.