Serving Alcohol in My Restaurant

The ABC Board issues licenses based upon the type of beverage, type of establishment or place of consumption. The licenses allow for the sale of wine, beer, and/or mixed beverages. To obtain and keep one of these licenses, all applicants must strictly comply with a number of ABC laws and regulations.

Applicants for an ABC license must:

  • obtain an application and detailed instructions;
  • submit the application to a regional ABC office and verify its receipt;
  • post a notice of the application on the front door of the establishment for 10 to 30 days;
  • publish the notice of application twice in the local newspaper; and
  • thoroughly read and follow the application instructions!

Additionally, ABC is required to conduct a background investigation on the applicant, including a criminal history records check, and notify the local governing body of each license application. Agents contact local officials, residents and business people in the vicinity of the establishment to see if there are any objections.

Some common citizen objections are that the prospective licensees’ proximity to residential areas, churches and schools would adversely affect those facilities, or would affect property values.

If there are no objections by local officials or citizens, and if the agent’s investigation is satisfactorily completed, the local special agent in charge can issue a license to an applicant anytime after the minimum 10 day posting period. If valid objections are raised, a hearing will take place.

Applicants for an ABC license must:

  • obtain an application and detailed instructions;
  • submit the application to a regional ABC office and verify its receipt;
  • post a notice of the application on the front door of the establishment for 10 to 30 days;
  • publish the notice of application twice in the local newspaper; and
  • thoroughly read and follow the application instructions!

Additionally, ABC is required to conduct a background investigation on the applicant, including a criminal history records check, and notify the local governing body of each license application. Agents contact local officials, residents and business people in the vicinity of the establishment to see if there are any objections.

Some common citizen objections are that the prospective licensees’ proximity to residential areas, churches and schools would adversely affect those facilities, or would affect property values.

If there are no objections by local officials or citizens, and if the agent’s investigation is satisfactorily completed, the local special agent in charge can issue a license to an applicant anytime after the minimum 10 day posting period. If valid objections are raised, a hearing will take place.