Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Liquor License Requirements

What are the types of liquor licenses in Florida?

There are dozens of different types of liquor licenses in Florida. These range from golf clubs to railroad stations and even churches using sacramental wine. However, the most important distinctions in types of licenses are businesses that sell just wine and beer versus hard liquor (quota licenses), and businesses that are for consumption on site (COP) versus alcohol package stores (APS). 

How easy is it to get a liquor license in Florida? 

Getting a non-quota (beer and wine only) license in Florida is relatively easy, as long as application directions are followed. However, new quota (hard liquor) licenses are strictly limited in the state. In fact, most must be purchased for a hefty price on the second hand open market.  

How much does it cost to get a liquor license in Florida?

Getting a liquor license in Florida has a staggeringly wide range of costs. At the bottom end of the spectrum, beer and wine licenses in counties with smaller populations can be as low as $28 a year. However, for hard liquor licenses in larger counties, the fee can be as high as $1,820, plus a one time fee of $10,750. Don’t forget, because hard liquor (quota) licenses are limited in numbers they are almost always purchased on the second hand market for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

What do you need for a liquor license in Florida?

For a liquor license in Florida you will need to apply through the Florida Division Of Alcoholic Beverages And Tobacco, which is part of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).  Through the portal you will need to submit information and documentation about the applicant, the establishment, and all of the necessary zoning, tax, and health permits. Finally, you will need to pay a fee, which varies based on the type of license and the population size of your county. 

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