The ABCs of California Liquor Licensing
In California, it seems as though liquor is available everywhere you go. We can buy beer, wine or other alcoholic beverage in a convenience store, ethnic supermarket, hot new nightclub or well worn watering hole. However, when a new business moves into an existing community, they may not always be greeted warmly. When an existing restaurant or bar wants to change its operating hours, it may run into trouble. When a business with a liquor license misses a renewal or violates a regulation, they may be forced to temporarily close their doors.
The main regulatory agency, with which a new or existing business will need to deal with, is the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, but offering our services throughout California, we offer expert legal representation for a full range of business startup and liquor licensing issues.
The California Constitution authorizes the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, in its discretion, to suspend or revoke any license to sell alcoholic beverages if it shall determine for good cause that the “continuance of such license would be contrary to the public welfare or morals.” — Art. 20, sec. 22.
From Simple to Complex — We Do It All
When it comes to fighting to obtain or retain a liquor license and prove that the license is not contrary to public welfare or morals, it is a very good idea to have an experienced lawyer on your side. Attorney Rick Warren has more than 30 years of trial experience that can be put to use on your behalf when you have a business-threatening liquor license issue. Our law firm can also help with the permitting and application process as well.
We offer a wide range of legal services for liquor license issues, including:
- Condition Modification
- 3 Strikes / Sales to Minors
- Conditional Use Permits
- Regulatory Compliance
- Buy/Sell Licensed Businesses
- License Revocations & Suspensions
- Liquor License Violations
- Liquor License Appeals