These days, California residents and those elsewhere look for a quick bite anywhere they can find it. In fact, many individuals opt for stopping by a food truck window rather than going into many sit-down establishments. Of course, if you are hoping to start an eatery business or hope to expand your current business, you need to understand the laws and regulations that apply.
In particular, if you hope to serve alcoholic beverages from your establishment, it is important that you understand whether selling such beverages is a viable option and, if so, that you have the proper permits and licenses. Without these, you and your business could face serious consequences.
Types of licenses in California
If you have a brick-and-mortar restaurant or café, supermarket or convenience store, you could obtain one of the following licenses to sell and serve alcoholic beverages at your location:
- A license for off-premises sales at convenience stores for beer and wine, which is license Type 20
- A license for off-premises sales at liquor stores and supermarkets for all liquor types, which is license Type 21
- A license for on-premises sales of all types of beer and wine, which is license Type 41
- A license for on-premises sales at restaurants for all liquor types, which is license Type 47
- A license for on-premises sales at bars and nightclubs for all liquor types, which is license Type 48
When attempting to obtain a liquor license, you will likely have to prove that you meet the necessary criteria and have the required permits. Plus, you will have to go through application proceedings and pay applicable fees associated with obtaining a liquor license.
Not every eatery can sell alcohol
It is also important to note that not all eateries can obtain licensure for selling alcoholic beverages. For instance, if you have a food truck, you cannot sell alcoholic beverages from your truck. As a result, before going through the application process, make sure you understand whether you and your business could qualify for selling and serving alcohol and liquor.
Because such licensure procedures can prove difficult to complete and have numerous legalities involved, you may want to ensure that you have the right information. Fortunately, utilizing local legal resources could help you obtain the knowledge and assistance you need during this process.