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How can you get a liquor license in New Jersey?

Owning and operating a bar, restaurant or store that intends to sell alcohol involves more than simply buying supplies and printing a drink menu. As you are well aware, you must secure certain permits in order to sell alcohol. New Jersey law regulates these licenses, but local townships and municipal governments distribute them.

Securing a liquor license is often frustratingly and unnecessarily complicated. It can be difficult to get what you need to run your business, and it may merit the assistance of an experienced attorney to achieve your objectives. Whether you are obtaining a license, transferring a license or dealing with violations or disputes, you do not have to face the problem alone.

Deciding who gets a license

Not every liquor license applicant will receive a license from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. There is a limited amount available, and that number is set according to the local population of the surrounding area. There are multiple types of licenses available, including:

  • Consumption license: License for restaurants, bars or taverns
  • Manufacturing license: License for breweries, wineries, distilleries and other similar operations
  • Package license: License for grocery stores or liquor stores
  • Wholesale license: License for a wholesaler or distributor of alcoholic products

The New Jersey Division of ABC views holding a liquor license as a privilege, and it can be difficult to meet the requirements and complete the necessary paperwork to required standards. If permission to sell alcohol is a vital component to the financial success of your business or you have questions about how prudent it is to pursue a pocket license, you will find great benefit in securing assistance and important information before you begin the application process.

Fighting back against disputes or alleged violations

The Division of ABC has the right to revoke a manufacturing, wholesale or retail alcohol license at any time if there is proof of violations. Violations of the alcoholic beverage laws can result in a forfeiture of the license, and examples of this include:

  • Selling alcohol to a minor
  • Improper person-to-person transfer of a license
  • Operating outside of the scope of the obtained license

In addition to a complete forfeiture of the license, businesses that violate liquor laws may also face a suspended license or expensive fines. If this happened to your business or restaurant, you have the right to fight back and secure the permission needed for a successful operation.

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