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Are you in the market to buy a California liquor license for your business? Do you currently have a license that you plan to sell? Whether you are buying or selling a Los Angeles liquor license, it is important to consider that the process is often costly, complicated and time-consuming. To ensure that the sale or purchase of a Los Angeles liquor license goes smoothly, it is important to know the ins and outs of how the open market works, and how to navigate the requirements of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Without this knowledge, you risk losing valuable time and money – as a buyer or a seller. Time and money are both important to your success as a business-owner, and risking those is never a good idea.
Fortunately, you have an option to ensure that can avoid unnecessary risk. At Liquor License Agents, we pride ourselves on our skills in finding qualified buyers and sellers for California liquor licenses, as well as consulting, brokering and facilitating liquor license applications with the ABC. Our NALCP-certified agency has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is up to 30% cheaper than our competition. Whether you are in the market to buy a liquor license, or you are thinking of selling one that you already own, we guarantee that our services will make the process simple and stress-free.
As in other counties throughout California, Los Angeles liquor licenses are managed by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Depending on the type of business that you are running, there are many different kinds of permits. So, when buying a Los Angeles liquor license, it is important to take into consideration the different types of permits available as they relate to your specific business. For example, some licenses require no less than half of your income to originate from food sales. Other licenses are designated for only selling closed containers to be consumed off the premises.
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Both Type 20 and Type 21 licenses are designated for the sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption. Minors are allowed on the premises of businesses that are issued this type of license. The Type 20 license is issued for the sale of packaged beer and wine, while the Type 21 is designated for the sale of general packaged alcohol, including spirits and liquor.
Probably some of the most common types of liquor licenses, the Type 41 and Type 47 licenses are specifically designated for businesses that primarily serve food. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control states that, in order to be issued a Type 41 or Type 47 license, your facility must be a “bona fide eating place.” 51% of the total sales should come from food.
Type 48 licenses differ from Type 41 and Type 47 licenses as they are used in establishments that are not primarily eateries. Type 48 Licenses are typically issued for bars and nightclubs. The Type 48 license permits the holder to serve liquor until 2:00 AM. Unique to this license, the Type 48 allows closed containers of beer or wine to be sold for “off-premises” consumption.
Once again, it is very important to remember that time is a big factor in liquor licensing. When obtaining a Los Angeles liquor license, be aware that the process can take up to 4 months. After applying, a notice will be served in the area that you intend to open your business to inform the local population that you anticipate serving alcohol. They will have 30 days to submit a complaint about your intention of serving alcohol. On the off chance that there are no noteworthy complaints to your application by the general population, then the ABC will start an examination of the people listed on your application, the area of your business, and the business in general.
However in some cases, your Los Angeles liquor license may not come from the ABC at all. Some counties in California are oversaturated with licenses, and Los Angeles is no exception to this. Because many counties have either reached or even exceeded their liquor license quotas, the chances of getting one issue from the ABC directly can be slim. Therefore, you may have to purchase your license on the open market. This option is a more expensive route to follow, however, it may be your only choice, given the market you intend to operate in. It is also important to remember that your city may require a separate application to serve alcohol, so make certain to check with the local government body or seek advice from a consultant.
Regardless of whether you intend to obtain your Los Angeles liquor license from the ABC or from the open market, we at Liquor License Agents can help you through the entire process.
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I was able to sell a liquor license with the help of Rob, from Liquor License Agents. Throughout the process, he was always very professional and responsive. I have dealt with other agencies in Los Angeles before, and I can say without a doubt Liquor License Agents is a company you can trust.
I was able to sell a liquor license with the help of Robert, from Liquor License Agents. Throughout the process, he was always very professional and responsive. I have dealt with other agencies in Los Angeles before and I can say without a doubt Liquor License Agents is a company you can trust.
Rudy and Krista have been amazing to work with. They are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. From my experience of working with them, they have been fast, responsive and attentive towards all my questions and needs.So far, they have helped me acquire three different beer+wine licenses for 3 of my restaurants. They are able to navigate through any type of situation to get you to the finish line in acquiring your license. I 10000% recommend working with them for all your alcoholic licensing needs.
Rob, Raul, and Krista were very helpful and attentive during the process of obtaining our full liquor license. They were recommended by a friend that had used them in the past. I would highly recommend them as well. Thank you for helping us Liquor License Agents!
I was having so much trouble getting the beer/wine license for my restaurant. Finally decided to call LLA up and Robert & Krista got straight to work and made this process so much easier! They worked through all the Covid barriers and a couple months later I have my license! Such a pleasure working with this company!
Robert and the entire liquor license team have been absolutely amazing! They are professional, courteous, responsive and make the process seamless. Most importantly they always have their clients best interest in mind. We have been using Robert and team for years and will continue to use their services for future ventures.
This was the best investment I ever did for my restaurant. Krista was the best she helped me from begging to end and even beyond the end, I still have random questions here and there and she still makes her self available to answer and guide me in the right direction. If I every need help again with working with the ABC for getting a beer and wine license I would hire them again to help me with the process. worth every penny.
I was contacted by Mr. Robert De La Torre regarding one of our Type 20 licenses for a site in which we obtained a Type 21 from the ABC Priority drawings in Huntington Beach. He stated he had a buyer for our license and our license was about to expire because we had not renewed it that year because we had a type 21 now and he instructed me to renew it and we were late in renewing it.Mr. Robert was able to contact the ABC on our behalf to Re-instate the license and then because of COVID the process was delayed a bit but the sale of our license was finally completed recently and we got a check in our office and the deal as promised was completed. Thank you I recommend working with Mr Robert De La Torre at Liquor License Agents.
Krista and her team have been a pleasure to work with. They are professional, knowledgable, easy to get a hold and patient. We highly recommend working with them. We will definitely use them again when we need to. Thank you!
Definitely the right guys to take care of you when dealing with ABC. Working with Rob, Rudy and David was excellent, always answering my questions or any issues. For sure my first option on future projects.
Krista and her team at LLA did a great job leading our efforts to obtain a type 20 license. As a business owner the last thing I needed to add to my plate was dealing with the ABC. Krista and LLA took care of everything ABC related in a professional, timely manner, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome of their hard work. Would definitely recommend their services to any business owner looking to get an ABC license.
I had the pleasure of working with Rob on selling a liquor license for the company I work for. Rob kept us posted every step of the way, and found a reputable buyer in no time. He sent us the necessary documents and opened, and recently closed escrow, flawlessly. He's incredibly organized, and responsive when questions came up. Something to note, this type of work is not something I am familiar with, and Rob went the extra mile to explain the process and what to expect. He clearly knows what he's doing, and he does a great job at what he does. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this business, or his services, and would definitely reach out to them again if needed.
I called Rob to inquire about the process I need to get for Liquier Licence In challenging business times and a quarantine market situation , in less than a day he called the government agencies and called me back with a solid direction and with a solution !!
Very professional team. I’ve reached out to several agents regarding the purchase of a license and by far the team at Liquor License Agents were able to provide me all the details I needed to know on the process. I’m excited to be working with the company in the near future!
I was recently recommended to Rob and his team to request information about getting a liquor license. Rob was able to answer all my questions, plus provided me with additional information in a timely manner. Very professional team!
Rob and his team are super professional and accurate. They take each and every step to get the job done. It’s a very comfortable atmosphere as it’s family owned Busnieess and you don’t get treated like a Number you get treated like family. I highly recommend working with them to obtain your liquor or beer and wine license.
Worked with Krista and Rudy on getting a liquor license for a new restaurant. Can honestly say it was the easiest part of building a new restaurant, their communication was crystal clear and they were extremely quick a diligent in executing the submission.
Rob and his team were extremely responsive during the process of getting our Beer n Wine license. Rob and Rudy were always Professional, fast and were available for any question we had during the process.Thanks guys , we will call them for our Hard Liqour License in future and we highly recommend them for ABC Licenses. — Harish.
We engaged Rudy early on in the process of our 47 transfer. The whole experience was fantastic. We got the license transferred over quicker than we thought.Rudy was an absolute legend and great to deal with.He always communicated well with us and on the whole I would definitely recommend these guys.Thanks again.
I first found Liquor License Agents when I needed to obtain a beer license for my sports complex business. They did a phenomenal job helping me through this process. The city caused a lot of delays for us and the staff from Liquor License Agents really helped out and worked through all the hurdles we faced in the process. So much so that when I purchased my next business I used Liquor License Agents to handle all of my ABC needs and new permit transfer. I highly recommend their services. They will help you get your permit or license with ease. Doing it on your own is more time consuming and difficult than it is worth. The price of using Liquor License Agents far outweighs the work you will have to do on your own. I will be using their services in the future.
Rudy and his team are results-oriented professionals that know how to get the job done! They each possess an uncanny ability to navigate through complex procedures and build relationships with key decision makers across different government agencies. I would proudly recommend this team to all of my contacts.
Liquor license agents were unbelievably patient working with us. I had a lot of things going on when I was applying for the liquor license and they helped me stay on track to get things done always working with my tight schedule. They made sure all our I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed. Thanks to them we are going to finally obtain our liquor license.