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Navigating Liquor Licensing in Tampa

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area has a vibrant food and beverage industry. Acquiring a liquor license is be an important step toward success for bars, restaurants, breweries and other businesses like nightclubs.

At Rubert Law, we understand that securing a liquor license is a critical step for your business. Attorney Samuel A. Rubert’s exclusive focus is on alcoholic beverage law, and he will be dedicated to helping you navigate these complex regulations to support your business’s success.

Do You Need A Liquor License for Your Tampa Business?

A variety of businesses require a liquor license to operate legally in the Tampa area. These include, but are not limited to, bars, restaurants, breweries, nightclubs and even some retail stores. Businesses considering a liquor license should also consider which type of licensure is right for their business model.

The Annual Quota Alcoholic Beverage License Drawing

Each year, business owners can enter the annual Quota Alcoholic Beverage License Drawing to acquire one of a limited number of new liquor licenses. The specifics, including the counties involved, change annually based on which counties experienced population growth.

Your Steps Toward Obtaining A Liquor License In Tampa

Obtaining a liquor license will require you to undergo several different steps. These include:

  1. Assess your location: Verify that your business location is in an area zoned for the sale of alcoholic beverages, also known as a “wet zone.”
  2. Prepare your business’s documentation: Gather all required documents, including proof of business registration, your right to occupy the location and more.
  3. File an application: Submit your application to the correct government body for approval and pay a related fee for the application.
  4. Display your license: Once approved, you must post your license at your establishment.

Because there are many details involved in this process, your business can benefit from working with an experienced attorney. They can guide you through each step of the process.

Can You Purchase An Existing Liquor License?

Considering the active market in Tampa, acquiring an existing liquor license might be your quickest route to serving alcohol at your establishment. However, it’s crucial to ensure that you’re getting a fair deal and that the license is suitable for your specific business needs. This is where attorney Rubert can provide invaluable assistance.

Call Rubert Law Today

If you’re ready to begin the process of obtaining a liquor license in the Tampa area or have further questions, we invite you to reach out to us. Although our offices are located in Weston and Miami, we also proudly serve clients in Tampa and Orlando as well as throughout Florida. Call 954-546-7951 or reach out online.