How to Get a Liquor License | Restaurant Business

By Brian Lemay 19 comments

It’s so important to know what you don’t know,
and when it comes to getting a liquor license my advice to you would be to find somebody
who knows what they’re doing. Because it can be a very complicated and long
and drawn out process. We have a person in our company who does liquor
licenses for us, and he does an amazing job. So I asked him, I said, what is it that you
need to do, what do you need to have. He sent me a four page single spaced document
that says two pages of what you have to have prepared and then two pages of what you have
to do. So, I’m going to tell you that I would suggest
that you get an attorney, someone who’s practiced at getting liquor licenses, knows the process,
knows what you need to have prepared, and knows what to do. In New York City an average liquor license
costs about four thousand dollars plus about another four thousand dollars to have someone
help guide you through the process. You’re still going to have a lot of work to
do, but they’re going to make sure that you follow all the correct steps. Now, if you want to do it yourself, every
state has a website with their state liquor authority that describes exactly what you
need to do to prepare for and apply for a liquor license. It’s never too early to start. It can take a lot longer than you think. And, you need to have a lot of things prepared. So, as soon as you think you might be opening
a restaurant that’s going to serve alcoholic beverages, start learning what you need to
have prepared and start the process of applying for your liquor license. Liquor licenses come in a couple of different
types. There are wine and beer licenses that allow
you to serve wine and beer, and full liquor licenses that also allow you to serve liquor
and alcohol. It’s also true that there are two types of
licenses that either allow you to serve liquor on premises to your guests to consume it in
your restaurant, or off premises, like a liquor store, where it’s sold for consumption outside
of the licensed premises. A liquor license is a big responsibility. It means that you’re going to be serving alcohol
to people. There are a lot of laws and regulations that
cover the serving of alcohol. You need to be very aware of them. It’s also a big responsibility, because people
who are intoxicated can do terrible things, and you have a big liability as a restaurant
owner who serves alcohol. Training your staff in responsibly serving
alcohol is a critical part of taking care of your business and taking care of your patrons. The website in New York is I’m sure whatever state you’re in there’s
a similar website. When you go there you’re going to find out
some very interesting things. For example, you can’t have a liquor license
within 200 feet of a school or place of worship. You also can’t have a liquor license within
500 feet of another licensed establishment. You’ll also find out that, in addition to
applying with the state liquor authority, in New York you have to go before a community
board and have it approved. There are a lot of things you need to do,
and you need to spend the time, and do the research, and do the work that it takes to
apply for your license.


Dimitar Janevski

Jul 7, 2013, 5:20 pm Reply


Roby T

Jul 7, 2013, 5:29 pm Reply

This is what's wrong with youtube

Kelvin Schoenmakers

Jul 7, 2013, 5:33 pm Reply


noah yates

Jul 7, 2013, 5:44 pm Reply

13th view yes

mark .m

Jul 7, 2013, 7:27 pm Reply

It's really hard to get approved u have to be a mile away from any park/ school very expensive here in California you can buy one off some one else but you'll be lucky to get it under 100k not kidding

mark .m

Jul 7, 2013, 7:31 pm Reply

It could cost u more than the bizz dose if it has former strikes


Jul 7, 2013, 12:37 am Reply

This is not a how to. Howcast needs to improve.


Jul 7, 2013, 4:20 am Reply

Your in California, but where I live there's this Mexican restaurant that I live by and they are literally like 500 feet from a school lol

mark .m

Jul 7, 2013, 8:28 am Reply

Lol true but I think it's either grandfathered in or it was purchased from a previous owner with striked laws like only for beer wine or a small bar but that would be a great restaurant to own Peace bro

Jin Hur

Jan 1, 2016, 11:15 pm Reply

4 pages doesn't seem that overwhelming. even 8 pages seems reasonable.

how to get something done: Plan A: get someone else to do it.
Plan B: go figure it out.


Junito Punto Comm

Dec 12, 2016, 8:32 pm Reply

Thank you for the video !! Really good info.

Stanley Meyers

Nov 11, 2017, 7:19 am Reply



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Stanging 84

Mar 3, 2018, 7:31 am Reply

How about no alcohol

Junito Punto Comm

Apr 4, 2018, 10:50 am Reply

Thank you !! This video was very helpful.

kiran shevade

Apr 4, 2018, 4:56 pm Reply

I have foreign liquor license in Mumbai 2.20 without transfering and shifting

Nick Polymer

May 5, 2018, 12:45 am Reply

More like 19.99 online wtf are you talking about howcast shake my martini 🍸🍹🍻

Anisfatima Khan

Jul 7, 2018, 9:32 am Reply

I have a liquor licence and I am from Indian and I want to sell it

Anisfatima Khan

Jul 7, 2018, 9:33 am Reply


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