Negotiating Conditions That Work for You
Each local government is like its own little fiefdom that can, within limits, make its own rules. This means that your local city or county government can put conditions on your conditional use permit (CUP). Other conditions may be imposed by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) on the ABC license.
Our task, as your liquor license law firm, is to obtain a conditional use permit that suits your needs and your business. Attorney Rick Warren will negotiate with the local government to obtain an acceptable conditional use permit and have it approved by the appropriate planning department or planning commission.
The Definition of Liquor
Conditional use permits can be very specific. One may grant permission to sell wine and beer but not proof spirits. Another may permit the sale of liquor except on a particular date when a community-wide celebration is held. Some conditional use permits are imposed with good intentions, but have unfortunate consequences. For example, a license may not permit the sale of single serving beer containers. While the city's restriction is meant to discourage the sale of loitering drunken behavior, it also prohibits the sale of expensive one-of-a-kind craft beers.
Educate ∙ Advise ∙ Negotiate ∙ Litigate
Once a conditional use permit has been granted, it is difficult to modify or change it. Part of our role as a liquor license law firm, is to educate communities throughout California about which conditions are impractical to impose and enforce. On our clients' behalf, we will:
- Advise communities and license holders prior to granting a conditional use permit
- Negotiate with local governments and planning boards
- Obtain acceptable permit approvals from planning departments
- Represent our clients in appeals to city councils
- As a last resort — go to court
Call our toll free number, 866-614-4502, or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer. We'd be happy to walk you through the process — from A to B to C.