Any establishment that legally sells alcohol in Florida must be duly licensed to do so. However, obtaining a liquor license can be a challenging and lengthy process, depending on the license you seek. And once you obtain your liquor license, there are strict rules and regulations that the establishment must adhere to.
An establishment can lose its liquor license due to non-compliance with Florida laws. Some of these non-compliance issues include:
Selling alcohol to minors
The legal age of drinking in Florida is 21 years of age. Thus, selling liquor to individuals under the age of 21 is an offense that is punishable by fines and possible jail time. Alongside these penalties, selling alcohol to minors can also lead to the suspension of the establishment’s liquor license.
Serving alcohol at the wrong time
Even if your establishment is properly licensed, you cannot simply sell alcohol whenever you feel like doing so. In Weston, for example, it is illegal to sell liquor between 1:00 am and 7:00 am. Selling liquor during these hours can lead to the revocation of your establishment’s license.
Hiring improperly trained staff
All bartenders must meet both state and local requirements before they can be allowed to serve liquor. And if they are not U.S. citizens, they must have the correct work permits. You risk losing your liquor license if you hire workers who do not have the right certifications in place.
A history of disorderly conduct
An establishment that becomes a frequent spot for disorderly conduct (public nudity, fights and other anti-social behaviors) can easily lose its liquor license. Generally, it is the job of the establishment’s management to foster an orderly environment for its clients.
Obtaining a liquor license in Florida is rarely an easy process. Once you obtain your license, it is important that you take appropriate measures to protect it.