Steps to Obtain a Liquor License in California

Sign a lease or buy property to sell your liquor Check with city planning development Call a liquor license broker to facilitate the process Open escrow File your application with ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control Department) Wait for approvals Open business to start...

Alcohol License Vicinity Rules

The law says ABC may deny any retail license located (a) within the immediate vicinity of churches and hospitals, or (b) within at least 600 feet of schools, public playgrounds and nonprofit youth facilities. Generally, ABC will deny a license in the above situations...

What is a “bona fide public eating place”?

Licensed premises that are maintained in good faith and used for the regular service of meals to patrons. The premises must have suitable kitchen facilities and supply an assortment of foods commonly ordered at various hours of the day. (Sections 23038 and...

What is an alcoholic beverage license?

A license issued under the Act is a permit to do that which would otherwise be unlawful. A license is not a right, but is a privilege, which can be suspended or revoked by administrative action because of violation of the Act or departmental rule. (Sections 23300 and...