The Florida Liquor License Exchange
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Regardless of the type, all alcohol licenses in Florida must be owned/registered by the person or entity operating the business (i.e. - the leasing or renting of alcohol licenses is not allowed to other parties) and all such licenses do require local zoning approval for the specific location where the license would be assigned. Those parties acquiring a Quota liquor license may finance the purchase of the license, but they must be the approved owner-of-record as registered with DABT.
In Florida, there are basically three kinds of alcohol licenses available:
1) Beer/Wine Only licenses (further designated by Series as package sales only or package sales plus consumption on premises sales)
2) Special Restaurant licenses (commonly referred to as SRX licenses) allowing Beer, Wine & Liquor consumption on premises sales – but only at bona fide full-service restaurants (requirements listed below)
3) Full-liquor Quota licenses – which also allow Beer, Wine & Liquor sales (further designated by Series as package sales or package sales plus consumption on premises sales).
Beer/Wine Only licenses and/or SRX licenses (Special Restaurant licenses allowing Beer, Wine & Liquor sales) are relatively inexpensive and obtained directly from the local district office of the FL Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (DABT) for a nominal fee (usually around $300/yr for Beer/Wine and $1820/yr for SRX). No broker is needed for those, and those licenses only carry that annual fee.
Please note that SRX licenses do have special requirements even beyond the zoning requirement: including square footage, # of seats and serving 51%+ in food sales.
Most counties require that an applicant for an SRX be: a bona fide restaurant consisting of 2,500 up to 5,000 square feet of floor space under a permanent cover (depending on county), maintain seating and equipment for serving 150 up to 250 patrons at tables at one time (depending on county) and which derives at least 51% of its gross revenue from the sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Service of full course meals must be available at all times alcoholic beverages are being served. No package sales of alcoholic beverages are permitted. Many counties and/or cities have special acts governing this issue. You may want to contact the district office handling the county where the license is to be issued for specific information on their regulations.
Full-liquor Quota licenses, however, must be acquired directly from an existing license-holder and are much more expensive than Beer/Wine Only licenses or SRX licenses. Quota licenses allow Beer, Wine and Liquor sales and are required for package/liquor stores, bars, pubs, nightclubs and for restaurants that would not qualify for an SRX license.
Whether you need one for package sales only or for package sales plus consumption on premises sales, it is exactly the same license – the only difference is the Series designation and the annual fee (usually $1365/yr vs. $1820/yr). The important thing is that it is a free & clear and fully transferable QUOTA license and not some other type. You can acquire one of either Series type and designate it as you choose going forward. For example, many buyers think that they have to acquire a 3PS vs. a 4COP license. But in reality, they are one and the same license type, and a buyer of either can re-designate it to the other Series at will upon transfer.
Quota licenses are usually acquired through liquor license brokers like us. They are specific to a particular county only, and the prices can range from a low of $40K or so to over $400K. It all depends on the county of interest, timing and “Supply v. Demand”. While Quota licenses are considered the un-restricted variety of alcohol licenses, please do remember that all alcohol licenses in Florida require local zoning approval for the specific location where the license would be assigned.
We hope that you find this information helpful. As brokers, we only work directly with Buyers and Sellers related to the transfer/purchase of Quota licenses. Please let us know if you want us to check on the pricing and availability for a full-liquor Quota license for a specific FL county…
Thanks - Kevin
// PS – Attached is a list of ABT District offices for Beer/Wine Only or SRX licenses...
ABT Licensing District Office - Pensacola
4900 Bayou Blvd., Suite 210, Bayou Corporate Office Center, Pensacola, FL 32503
Phone: 850-494-5970 / Fax: 850-484-5080
Counties: Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington
ABT Licensing District Office - Gainesville
240 N.W. 76th Drive, Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32607
Phone: 352-333-2515 / Fax: 352-333-2514
Counties: Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Sumter, Suwannee, Union
ABT Licensing District Office - Jacksonville
4161 Carmichael Avenue, 3300 Bldg., Suite 200A, Jacksonville FL 32207
Phone: 904-727-5552 / 904-727-5553 / Fax: 904-727-5598
Counties: Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
ABT Licensing District Office - Tampa
1313 Tampa St., Park Trammel Bldg., Suite 909, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-272-2610 / Fax: 813-233-2896
Counties: DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk
ABT Licensing District Office - Orlando
400 W. Robinson St., Room 709, N. Tower, Hurston Bldg., Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-245-0785 / Fax: 407-317-7289
Counties: Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia
ABT Licensing District Office - Fort Myers
2295 Victoria Ave, Suite 145, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-344-0885 / Fax: 239-344-0888
Counties: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota
ABT Licensing District Office - Fort Pierce
337 N U.S. Highway #1, Suite 111, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-4255
Phone: 772-468-3927 / Fax: 772-595-1300
Counties: Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie
ABT Licensing District Office - Miami
8240 N.W. 52nd Terrace, Dawson Bldg, Suite 303, Doral, FL 33166
Phone: 305-470-6787 / Fax: 305-470-5074
Counties: Dade, Monroe
ABT Licensing District Office - Fort Lauderdale
5080 Coconut Creek Parkway, Suite C, Margate, FL 33063-3942
Phone: 954-917-1350 / Fax: 954-917-1357
ABT Licensing District Office - West Palm Beach
111 S. Sapodilla Ave., Suite #111, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-650-6872 / 561-650-6873 / Fax: 561-650-6849
Counties: Palm Beach