Liquor Licenses for Liquor Stores, Restaurants & Bars
New Jersey Liquor License Attorney
The largest class of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses (commonly referred to as a “liquor license”) is the Class C Retailer’s License. These licenses allow the licensee to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption (liquor store) and/or on-premise consumption (bar/restaurant). These privileges and rights are identified and defined under N.J.S.A. 33:1-12 and N.J.S.A. 33:1-19. Specifically, Class C retailer licenses include:
- Club Licenses (“31”)
- Retail Consumption License with Broad Package Privilege (“32”)
- Plenary Retail Consumption License (“33”)
- Seasonal Retail Consumption License (“34”)
- Hotel/Motel License (“36”)
- Theatre License (“37”)
- Plenary Retail Distribution License (“44”)
- Limited Retail Distribution License (“43”)
- Plenary Retail Transit License (“13”)
New Jersey retail licenses are issued and controlled by the local governing board or ABC Board in the municipality where the license is sited. Retail licenses cannot be transferred or moved outside of the boundaries of the municipality where it was originally issued. Moreover, each municipality may only possess a limited number of retail licenses. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.14, for every 3,000 persons a town can issue one (1) consumption license, and it can issue one distribution license for every 7,500 persons. For these reasons, liquor licenses are highly sought after in certain areas and carry a great deal of value.
How Can I Get a Liquor License in NJ?
If you are looking to purchase or sell your liquor license, then you need to be aware of the varying values of each license in each respective municipality. Additionally, each local issuing authority may impose further restrictions on the operation abilities of each local license. Failure to make yourself aware of these possible restrictions could prove fatal to your ability to run a successful business.
Do I Need an Attorney For NJ ABC Charges?
If you are facing a formal Notice of Charges against your license or you are seeing to buy/sell you liquor license, there are countless pitfalls that you need to know. Call the ABC Liquor License attorneys at Proetta, Oliver & Fay at 732.858.5857. Firm partner and former New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Attorney General, William C. Fay, IV, heads of Alcoholic Beverage Law practice group. He spent part of his career regulating and enforcing the rules and regulations under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act on behalf of the New Jersey Attorney General. Allow Mr. Fay to put his industry insight to work for you and your liquor license. Experience matters when it comes to your business and livelihood. Call the attorneys who can offer the unparalleled experience expected of an ABC attorney.