Depending on your business, different types of liquor licenses may be required in Florida. In addition, you may need to obtain more than one type of liquor license for the proper operation of your business.
For example, a company may need a license to serve alcoholic beverages and another license to transport alcohol on its premises. Liquor licenses in Florida can be divided into two categories: Alcoholic Beverages Licenses and Quota Alcoholic Beverage Licenses.
Alcoholic Beverages Licenses include the vast majority of licenses in Florida:
- Alcohol brand registrant and brand/label
- Bottle club
- Common carriers (passenger carriers)
- Limited permits
- Miscellaneous permits
- Pool buying
- Retail beverage
- Salesperson of wine & spirits
When it comes to quota alcoholic beverages licenses, these include the Quota Drawing Business Entry and the Quota Drawing Individual Entry.
Overall, alcoholic beverage licenses in Florida fall into five main categories with many subcategories within them:
- Wine and spirits vendor
Within retail, there are 41 types of retail liquor licenses available in Florida. Your qualification for these retail licenses depends on your business and the type of alcohol you plan to serve or sell. Examples include lodges, clubs, performing arts centers, golf clubs, caterers, and race tracks. The cost of these retail licenses ranges from $50 to $2,500.
The quota liquor license is slightly different from all other types of licenses. This license allows a business owner to sell beer, wine, and liquor and may or may not be required in addition to the other licenses. What makes them special is the difficulty in obtaining them. As the name suggests, there is a quota for the number of licenses available for sale in Florida, depending on the county you are in.
Counties can only issue one quota license for every 7,500 people in the county. For instance, only two quota licenses may be issued in a county with a population of 21,000. Business owners must enter a “lottery” to earn the right to apply for a quota license.
The winner of the quota lottery wins the right to apply for an available license in that county. If you do not win this lottery, however, an option is available – you can buy a quota license from someone who already has one.
Manufacturer and distributor Licenses
Manufacturers and distributors are required to apply for a license to conduct manufacturing or distribution activities in Florida. Fourteen types of licenses apply to the manufacture and distribution of alcohol in Florida. These licenses range from $100 to $1,000, depending on the type of alcohol you use and your business.
In addition, manufacturers, grinders, and distributors must register each type of bottle label that is moved or sold in Florida. This license is called the Alcohol Brand Registrant and Brand/Label license and costs $0 to $30 per new label submitted.
If you are hosting an event in Florida and are looking for an alcohol license, Florida has five options to choose from. Event liquor licenses include temporary licenses, non-member sales, temporary conventions, special temporary licenses, and temporary/permanent space extensions. These licenses cost between $25 and $100, depending on the type of license you are applying for.
Wine and Spirits Vendor Licenses/ Salesperson
This license is required for individuals employed by a wholesale distributor who needs a license to sell wine or distilled spirits. The fee for this vendor license is $50 per person, and background information must be provided to qualify.
There are many miscellaneous liquor licenses in Florida that range from $0 to $100. These licenses include Sacramental Wine Permits (SWP) used in places of worship, State Bonded Warehouse Permits (SBW), and Off-Premises Storage Permits (OPS).