Congratulations! You’re starting your own restaurant. Before you pour the champagne, however, it’s important to have an alcohol permit for your business. Here are just a few things that you’ll need to know to obtain the right documents and permissions.
Submit Your Paperwork
The first step of getting a liquor license is contacting the local Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board and requesting the forms that you’ll need to fill out. If you have any questions about what you’re supposed to say or do, feel free to ask them. It’s their job to help you navigate this process.
Clear Your Schedule
Once you’ve submitted your documents, the waiting game begins. While the exact time to obtain a liquor license will depend on the amount of red tape being shuffled around your ABC, you can expect it to take anywhere from weeks to months. This is why everyone always says that you should apply early. Don’t wait until the weekend before your grand opening; it definitely won’t be approved in time.
Understand the Laws
Different states have different rules about liquor licenses, so as you’re doing research on the topic, make sure that you’re looking at information that actually applies to you. Don’t waste time learning the ins and outs of New York’s beer laws when you’re really after a TABC permit. On the flip side, if you can understand and absorb your state’s laws, you might be able to find loopholes that move things along quickly for you.
Stay Vigilant for Updates
You won’t get a ribbon in the mail that announces your alcohol certification. In fact, there’s a high chance that you’ll only receive a request for more paperwork. It’s important to stay on top of this situation so that you don’t miss any important correspondence from the ABC.
These are just a few things to remember as you set out to obtain your liquor license. It isn’t always an easy process, but it’s a necessary evil if you want everything about your business to remain above-board. Whatever you do, don’t open your doors without having your alcohol permit in hand!