How much is a Liquor License In California?

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How much is  a Liquor License In California?

The following California liquor licenses must be purchased on the open market from a private seller.

 Type 47 and Type 48:  Full Liquor Licenses for Restaurants, Bars, Clubs and Taverns.

 Type 21:  Full Liquor Licenses for Liquor Stores, Grocery Stores, Package Stores and                   Convenience Stores.

Type 20:  Beer and Wine Licenses for Grocery Stores, Package Stores and Convenience Stores.  There is an exception regarding type 20 beer and wine licenses, which in many areas of California can still be purchased/applied for directly from the California, Department of ABC.  If your business is located in a “moratorium” area (Licenses are no longer available from the Department of ABC), you will need to purchase a license from a private seller on the open market.  A “New Law” with the Department of ABC now allows most type 20 licenses to be moved from county to county, unless your zoning/planning department does not allow a transfer into your county. 

Liquor License prices vary drastically from county to county in California.  The most expensive liquor licenses are “Full Liquor Licenses” and can range in price from $3,000 and as high as $375,000, with beer and wine, type 20 licenses being as low a $2,000.

 The cost of a liquor license is determined by the following:

 * The county you would like to open your business in.

 *  The type of license you want to secure (47, 48, 20 or 21).

Like the stock market, liquor license prices are based on supply and demand.  Unless you are able to make contact with a seller directly, the best way to secure a liquor license is to contact Liquor License Auctioneers.com  

We always recommend purchasing a liquor license from an “AUCTION” Website, such as liquor license auctioneers because you will be dealing directly with the seller of the license.  By purchasing a license from an auction website, you won’t have to worry about a broker increasing their commission fees because the auction fees are already posted on Liquor License Auctioneers website, for all to see.  Unlike California brokers who own their own escrow companies, they increase their commissions based on how much money they need to make by the end of the month to pay their employees, as well as the rest of their bills. 

The “One and Only” Liquor License Auction website that we recommend is Liquor License Auctioneers.com

For more information, please visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/