To make sure your local establishment in Florida is successful and profitable, not only do you have to be fast in obtaining the liquor license, but also make sure that the type of authorization you get matches your long term business goals. There are three main types of licenses and it’s advisable that you work with a brokerage firm which can tell you the ins and outs of the application process and provide you with step-by-step assistance. The beer and wine license in Florida is the most common one and you’ve probably heard of it before, but it is not the only option.
As the name would suggest, this first option is suitable for local Florida businesses which want to sell beer and wine exclusively. Whether you want to sell these alcoholic beverages in a packaged form or allow customers to consume them on premises, you will have to go through several formalities to obtain the authorization. This is the standard authorization: remember that if you get it, you will not be allowed to offer strong spirits at all.
SRX licenses allow establishments to serve beer, wine and liquors on premises. To get it, you will have to meet certain criteria, such as a minimum number of seats. Requirements vary from county to county, but, most of the time, the restaurant has to obtain at least 51% profit from selling foods and non-alcoholic beverages. Restrictions may apply in some counties. Also, once you obtain the authorization, you will have to make sure you can maintain it. If you cannot meet the license’s requirements on a regular basis, you will be forced to downgrade to the standard option.
Last, but not least, there is the quota, or full liquor license, which you can either buy or transfer from another business that wants to sell it. Bars, stores and restaurants are eligible to apply for it, if they do not comply with the requirements of the SRX license or if they are unable to maintain it (if they do not have 51% of revenue from selling food and non-alcoholic drinks). Unfortunately, a new quota is created only when a Florida county increases in population with 7500 inhabitants. Then, businesses wishing to obtain the licenses have to enter a drawing and then the lucky winner will be allowed to apply. If you don’t want to wait this long, you can instead transfer the license from another business.