Liquor License Process

Whether you are transferring an existing liquor license or applying for a new one, the same steps are required:

Liquor License Process

Type: Existing vs. new, on premises or off premises, understanding Section 12 and Section 15 categories

Location: Site history, neighborhood, local issues, need

Regulations & Quota: Quota, seating requirements, local approval

Application: Checks, state agencies, paperwork

Local Board (LLA) Approval: Hearings, investigation, state agencies

ABCC Approval: Consideration, investigations, financing source, tax obligations

Issuance Closing: After all levels of approvals are cleared.


With no road blocks or approval issues, the process takes about 8 to 12 weeks.


The process has many complicated steps. Don’t go it alone. By using the experts at Atlantic License Brokers you can avoid costly mistakes and close the deal with the best price and in the shortest possible time.

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