Broward County Liquor License
Department of alcohol and beverages and government of local authorities grant a permit to sell and distribute alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, and liquor to the consumers. It is called as a liquor license. Authorities regulate the consumption and selling of the liquor licenses by their own set of rules. These rules and regulations vary county wise, depending on the local authority of that county. There are many different types of Broward county liquor licenses available. Some liquor licenses grant permission to sell liquor on-premises while other grand permission to sell off-premises. The regulations over the consumption of liquor are so stringent in some counties that they also have regulations over the liquor licenses issued to the county. They are represented as ‘Quota’ liquor licenses. Limiting the number of Broward county liquor licenses makes it more worthy. Getting a liquor license for a non-quota county is comparatively more inexpensive than getting a liquor license for a quota county. Before applying for the Broward county liquor license, you should check the availability of that liquor license with the local authority or board of the alcoholic beverages. They have inspection over not only the distribution of the Broward county liquor license but also the consumption of the liquor. In some cases, they also check that the staff serving the liquor is licensed or not.
Types of broward county liquor license
If we talk about the types of Broward county liquor licenses, there are many. It varies state-wise. The United States is having 50 states and every individual state is having its own rules and regulations over the liquor licenses. Also, it differentiates county-wise. Even local authorities have the right to have a different set of rules for the consumption and distribution of liquor and liquor licenses. But in general, Broward county liquor licenses are categorized into four types by their application.
- Broward county’s Vending liquor license
- Broward county’s Manufacturing liquor license
- Broward county’s Distributing liquor license
- Broward county’s Other liquor license
- The purpose of the vendors’ liquor license is to grant permission for sales and trading. This Broward county liquor license permits the holder to sell alcoholic beverages in a package store and an on-premises drink. Also, they are divided into different types depending upon the type of alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, liquor, etc) and on the location where it is being sold.
- A distributor’s license as it states is for distribution of the liquor. This Broward county liquor license grants permission to the liquor license owner to distribute, import and export liquor, under state-controlled regulations. This category also includes Broward county liquor licenses for sales and brokerage.
- For the manufacturing of wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages, this Broward county liquor license is granted to the holder. They are categorized over the type of alcoholic beverage being produced. The board of alcoholic beverages also have control over the maximum production of the beverage. They set the limit based on the county and plant’s capacity. They are bounded to sell their production to only the state-authorized liquor wholesaler.
- This type of Broward county liquor license grants special permission for the storage of liquor and other alcoholic beverages. They are very economical liquor license. There are two types of Broward county liquor licenses for storage is available. OPS also known as an Off-premises liquor license and SBW also known as a State bonded warehouse liquor license. Issued by the Broward County, these Broward liquor licenses are very economical to get. Broward liquor licenses have much diversity. They differ from each other based on the location also. There are liquor licenses available to serve alcohol in clubs, hotels, racecourse, lodges, inns, airports, theatres, orchestras, cruise ships, Etc.
|TYPE OF BROWARD COUNTY LIQUOR LICENSE||CLASS OF BROWARD COUNTY LIQUOR LICENSE||PERMISSION|
|PACKAGE SALES BROWARD COUNTY LIQUOR LICENSE||1ASP||Package sales of beer for off-premises consumption.|
|2ASP||Package sales of wine and beer for off-premises consumption.|
|3APS/ 3PS||Package sales of beer, wine and liquor for off-premises consumption.|
|COP (CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES) BROWARD COUNTY LIQUOR LICENSES||1COP||Consumption of beer on or off premises where it sold, as a drink or in a sealed container.|
|2COP||Consumption of wine and beer on or off premises where it sold, as a drink or in a sealed container.|
|QUOTA (4COP/ 5COP/ 6COP/ 7COP/ 8COP)||Consumption of beer, wine and liquor on or off premises where it sold, where it sold, as a drink or in a sealed container.|
|SPECIAL FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT BROWARD COUNTY LIQUOR LICENSE||SFS (4COP/ 5COP/ 6COP/ 7COP/ 8COP)||Consumption of beer, wine and liquor on premises only.|
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Classes of broward county liquor license
Broward county’s brewpub liquor license
A brewpub is the combination of brewery and pub. The foundation of the brewpub is from the early 1400s. Normally beer is brewed in a brewery is served in a pub but in brewpub, beer is being manufactured and served on the same premises. Like a pub brewing their beer. They spurt beer directly from the vessel. The best thing about a brewpub is that you can see from exactly where your beer is coming from. The manufacturing unit and the sitting area is discrete by a glass. To open a brewpub, you need a CMB (Manufacturer of Malt Beverages) and/or CMBP (Manufacturer of Malt Beverages in Vendor Premises) Broward county liquor license. The approximate annual fees of these Broward county liquor licenses are $3K and $500 respectively. There are also certain rules for brewpub like they must sell minimum 1/4 of their beer in their establishment. Thus, it is counted as a brewpub.
Broward county’s tavern liquor license
Normally a tavern is a place visited by locals or visitors to have some alcoholic beverages and snacks. People gather here for a business meeting or hang out with friends. A tavern does not have their cookhouse, but they still serve snacks and other food items. If they hold a Broward county liquor license, they have the permit to sell alcoholic beverages on the premises only. They can’t sell them outside the premises or operate themselves as a package store. A 4COP Broward county liquor license is required to serve alcohol in a tavern. A tavern must be at least 170 yards away from the public sectored area.
Broward county’s quota liquor license
Having a quota on something is having a barrier. It is termed as limiting the unit issued in the timeframe. A quota is being restricted by the authorities to pitch regulations over the supply cycle. It increases the value of a commodity. After 24 years, the prohibition on alcohol is removed in 1933. At that time consumption of alcohol was a sensitive issue. The government wants to hold control over the consumption of alcohol. Thus, they make a set of rules on the consumption of alcohol and place quota over the liquor licenses.
A quota Broward county liquor license is created to maintain the quantity of the liquor licenses issued to the county. It also restricts the alcohol consumption of the Broward county. Most of the states in the US have a quota on the liquor license. They also created a set of rules for it. In the law, it is stated that a new Broward county liquor license will be issued for every 7,500 increase in the total population of that county. Every state has its own rules and it may be differing county wise also because local authorities also have the right to influence the laws related to alcoholic beverages of Broward county.
The price range is also a major difference between a quota and a non-quota liquor license. The price of a non-quota liquor license can be 10 to 100 times the price of a quota Broward county liquor license. To get a Broward county liquor license, you must participate in the lottery held by the board of alcohol and beverages. If you are not lucky enough to get a Broward county liquor license, you can purchase it from the other Broward liquor license holder also. The Broward county liquor license is allotted to the individual, so it is convenient to sell it to the other person who wants a liquor license. A Broward county liquor license can be transferred from one individual to another, but it cannot be transferred from one county/state to another.
The benefit of having a full quota Broward county liquor license is that they have very less limitations. Unlike other types of liquor licenses, a quota Broward county liquor license is not limited to sell liquor on-premises. They can also be sold outside of the premises. They also don’t have to maintain food to alcohol revenue ratio like a restaurant liquor license. Lesser the number of liquor licenses issued in the county, lesser the competition in serving the alcohol in that county. Thus, who have a Broward county liquor license always try to limit the issued liquor license, to reduce the competition in the market.
Broward county’s restaurant liquor license
The restaurant only liquor licenses, also known as SRX/SFS liquor license. This Broward county liquor license is specially issued to the food serving restaurants. SRX Broward county liquor license is granted to the business, not to the owner. The SRX Broward county liquor license permits establishment to serve alcoholic beverages on the restaurant’s premises only. It is not permitted to serve or sell alcohol outside the restaurant’s premises. Also, SRX Broward county liquor licenses are not proportional to the number of issues. An applicant can easily apply for a Broward county liquor license and get it from the authorities. But there are some set of rules that need to be followed to get an SRX Broward county liquor license. The price of an SRX Broward county liquor license depends on the county and the location. Below listed criteria need to be followed to get a Broward county liquor license:
- The restaurant’s Serving area must be at least 2,500 square feet
- The restaurant must maintain food-alcohol revenue ratio for 51%-49%
- The restaurant must have a minimum seating of 150 persons at once.
Also, many limitations are put up on the restaurant after granting the Broward county liquor license. The restaurant liquor license does not allow restaurant owners to sell alcohol at a package store. They are not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages after serving hours, regulated by the department of alcoholic beverages of Broward county. Breaking these laws can put you in trouble. Sometimes the penalty costs you to even lose your Broward county liquor license.
Process of getting a broward county liquor license
The department of alcoholic beverages and local authorities have specific requirements for Broward county liquor licenses. The applicant has to come up with all the required documents and approvals from the different departments to get a Broward county liquor license. Those requirements not only limit to the business but it also checks the affairs of the establishment, if you plan a bar or pub. They should comply with the stated guidelines. It is important to check the zoning before applying for a Broward county liquor license because this process takes on an average of 3 months to be confirmed and approved. Different types of certificates are required with the application of a Broward county liquor license. It depends on which type of liquor license you are applying to. But some certificates are needed, regardless of the type of liquor license. Below listed documents are must with the application of getting a Broward county liquor license.
- Broward county liquor license application form
- Fingerprints of the applicant
- Zoning certificate from the zoning department of Broward county
- Registration number of the business
- Floorplan of the establishment
- Approval from Broward’s department of health
- Employer number of the applicant
Listed documents can be proffered online via the government authorities’ official website or via physically submitting them to the department of alcoholic beverages, Broward county.
Broward county liquor license laws
The liquor laws for liquor licenses are different for every state, county and even for the city also. The liquor laws are defined by the governing body of the state, but the local authorities have the right to influence them as per their ground reality. So, it is important to know deeper about liquor laws regarding the Broward county liquor license. Broward county is having complex rules about the consumption and selling of liquor. For the package beverages, it can be sold between 12:00 PM to 02:00 AM on Sunday, 08:00 AM to 02:00 AM from Monday to Friday and 08:00 AM to 03:00 AM on Saturday. For beverages served in an establishment, 12:00 PM to 04:00 AM on Sunday and 08:00 AM to 04:00 AM from Monday to Saturday. Also, they have guidelines overage. Alcoholic beverages can only be served to the people aged 21 years or more.
Broward county liquor license renewal
Broward county liquor licenses are permitted to a limited period only. Normally the timeframe of a Broward county liquor license is between 1-3 years. Some of the liquor licenses also come with a permit for more than 3 years. After the allotted time, liquor licenses need to be renewed from the department of alcoholic beverages of the state of Florida. The application to renew the Broward county liquor license is very simple. It just requires some form to be filled up and nominal renewal fees ranging from $1000 to $5000 for the Broward county. It is important to follow the guidelines given by the governing authorities. If not, then it can reduce the chances of getting a Broward county liquor license. The business has to pay penalties to renew it. In a major complaint that has been filed against the business, the Broward county liquor license can be canceled also.