Alcohol Beverage & Tobacco

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco regulates the manufacturing, distribution, sale, and service of alcoholic beverage and tobacco products in Florida, including receipt and processing of license applications; collection and auditing of taxes, surcharges, and fees paid by licensees.

To sell liquor, beer or wine in Florida, you must apply for a license from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Bureau of Licensing. Alcohol sales in Florida require one of two main licenses. The first is a quota license, which is only for a full-service alcohol establishment. A quota liquor license in Florida is only offered once a year on a lottery, and more licenses become available yearly as population increases. The second liquor license Florida offers is an SRX, a special restaurant license that can be applied for year-round if 51 percent or more of sales at an establishment is food. There are 54 subcategories of licenses based on the type of business you own. To apply for a Florida liquor license, you must gather certain documents to send with your application.

To sell beer or wine, annual license fees range from $28 to $392. To sell liquor, annual license fees range from $468 to $1820. These fees vary by county and are really the least of your worries as a business owner. The hard part is actually obtaining the license. That’s where we can help.

Having assisted numerous clients to navigate the various aspects of the three-tier alcohol industry, Loshak Leach LLP is able to represent alcohol retailers, distributors, suppliers, importers and related third parties. We provide all-inclusive legal representation and regulatory guidance involving the manufacturing, importing, distributing, marketing and retail sales of alcoholic beverages and related products. Loshak Leach LLP counsels both large and small business clients on a wide range of alcoholic beverage industry regulations, requirements and licensing compliance. This comprehensive approach allows us to guide our clients through the emerging legal issues facing the alcoholic beverage industry.

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