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This license is a Plenary Retail Consumption License issued to a hotel or motel with 100 or more guest sleeping rooms. It is an exception to the population restrictions. The license may only be used in connection with a facility which meets the 100 room condition. Other Hotel/Motel licenses issued prior to 1969 are conditioned that they may be used only in connection with a facility with 50 or more guest sleeping rooms. You are also not subject to the “two license limitation” if your licenses are hotels with at least 100 sleeping rooms.

For assistance with any ABC charges or compliance concerns, contact the ABC regulation attorneys at (732) 858-5857. Former ABC Deputy Attorney General, William C. Fay, IV, is experienced in handling ABC-related matters for clients throughout New Jersey. Allow him to review your case and plot out the appropriate steps to resolve any potential issues.

N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.20

Pursuant to ABC law,

“Nothing in this act shall prevent the issuance, in a municipality, of a new license to a person who operates a hotel or motel containing 100 guest sleeping rooms or who may hereafter construct and establish a new hotel or motel containing at least 100 guest sleeping rooms.

A person who holds a license issued pursuant to subsection a. of this section and who has been required by law to reduce the number of sleeping rooms in the hotel may continue to hold the license if the hotel has at least 75 sleeping rooms, has been in continuous operation for at least 120 years in the same building, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

(1) After the effective date of P.L.2009, c.83, a minimum bid not to exceed $25,000 plus $50 per sleeping room may be required for the issuance of a license pursuant to the provisions of this section if the dining facilities of the hotel or motel are regularly and principally used to provide only meals for catered events and breakfast for guests of the hotel or motel.

(2) This subsection shall not be construed to prohibit a municipality from requiring a minimum bid for any license issued under the provisions of this section to a hotel or motel that does not meet the criteria set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection.”

Prior to January 1, 1969, the minimum number of sleeping rooms required by the statute was 50 sleeping rooms. Some licenses were issued under this criteria and should annually be renewed with a special condition noting the license was issued as a hotel exception with 50 sleeping rooms required.

Management Agreements for a Hotel Liquor License

Generally, ABC law prohibits the use and control of any liquor license by any individual or entity other than the individuals named on the license application. However, modern commercial concerns make this arcane and impractical in many industries; the hotel management and hospitality industry being one of them. Most hotel or motel owners are corporate business entities comprised of multiple parties. Furthermore, hotel and hospitality businesses may not be well-equipped to operate a restaurants on a day-to-day basis due to the high demands of the hotel guests.  For this reason, management agreements permitting persons to run your liquor sales, with respect to the restaurants or bar on your premises, have been considered “acceptable” by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Liquor License Attorneys in New Jersey

For assistance and constructing an appropriate and legal management agreement for your hotel, call (732) 858-5857 today.

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