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Types of Kern County Liquor Licenses

With a large population of 900,000 people and Kern County being a popular tourist destination, business proprietors should acquire a proper liquor license in Kern County if they want to sell alcohol legally at their establishment. In Southern California’s Kern County, named after the Kern River, the largest city is Bakersfield which also happens to be the county seat. Visitors and natives enjoy local sites such as the Kern County Museum and Red Rock Canyon State Park. Each year, in the early fall, the Kern County Fair is held at the end of September until early October in Bakersfield, CA. 


In order to supply liquor for sale or to be served at your establishment in Kern County, we offer online Kern County liquor license auctions for the following permit types: 



Each California liquor license grants the holder the right to sell in a specific California county, such as Kern County. Liquor licenses are not transferable between counties. They are, however, transferable between owners, which means you can legally buy or sell any Kern County ABC liquor license.

How to Buy a Kern County Liquor License

You can either purchase your Kern County liquor license directly from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) or on the secondary market using a liquor license broker like Liquor License Auctioneers. 

Often the only way to find a liquor license in Kern County is to use an alcohol license broker on the open market. This is because there is a cap on the number of available liquor licenses in each California county. Even sometimes, you may still have to wait for someone to sell a liquor license to you in Kern County. 


As the premier Kern County alcohol license auction platform, this is where we specialize. Being a well-established business in this industry, we’ve gained many highly reputable connections along the way. This network of lawyers and business proprietors gives us the ability to offer exclusive Kern County liquor licenses that are only available on our alcohol license auction site. These alcohol permits are priced ethically and don’t have outside competition. Let us know if there is a specific type of Kern County alcohol license that you need for your business, and we’ll track one down for you. 


Our experienced team of liquor license brokers is happy to help you complete the following eight steps to receiving an alcohol license in Kern County. 


  1. Secure the location: Choose the physical building where you will sell or serve alcoholic beverages to your customers. This location must be purchased, rented, or leased.
  2. Select your liquor license: Now, after determining your business offering, you’ll need to find the specific type of Kern County alcohol permit that aligns with your business needs. Decide if you’ll get an alcohol license through a liquor license brokerage or from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).
  3. Open your escrow account: According to the CA ABC, when purchasing a Kern County liquor license, you must open an escrow account with a third party. This account will hold all the funds necessary to pay for and complete the transfer of the Kern County alcohol license.
  4. Survey the location: Set up an appointment with a certified contractor who will inspect the establishment where you’d like to sell alcohol. You can always choose to use Liquor License Auctioneers for this step.
  5. Complete your ABC Application: After you’ve finished the CA ABC application for a liquor license in Kern County, send it to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for review. Our expert liquor license brokers can complete your California ABC application.
  6. Post a notice: If your ABC application is approved, the CA ABC will mail you a temporary notice of intent to sell liquor which you are required to post on your premises for a total of 30 days.
  7. Submit to investigation: In the time frame of these 30 days, the CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will do a final inspection of your place of business. At this time, they will determine if your business passes their checklist and if you will receive an alcohol permit for Kern County.
  8. Receive the liquor license: If you pass the CA ABC inspection, they will mail you the official Kern County liquor license. When you receive the alcohol license, you are required to post it in a visible spot in your business.


The time it takes to complete the aforementioned eight steps to attain an alcohol license in Kern County varies. Once you’ve completed all eight steps, you’ve met the state of California’s requirements, but it’s always a good idea to see if there are additional steps that are required by the local municipal government to acquire a liquor license in Bakersfield, CA. Some local municipalities will have regulations and stipulations, sometimes even zoning permits (CUP’s). To receive your Kern County alcohol permit as quickly as possible, you should be aware of these additional rules. 


Similar to other counties in California, there is a lot of competition from other local businesses when purchasing a liquor license in Kern County. We set ourselves apart from our competitors with our unparalleled customer service, ethical business practices, and exceptional liquor license brokers on staff.  See our bidding platform, updated in real-time, and let us know if you are in need of a specific Kern County alcohol permit. When you see an alcohol license in Kern County that you’d like to bid on, it’s as easy as making an offer, placing a bid, and purchasing the Kern County liquor license.

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Established in 2012 by a previous Investigator of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in California, Liquor License Auctioneers offers a unique auction platform for selling and buying Kern County liquor licenses. We are the most cost efficient and transparent way to buy and sell Kern County alcohol licenses. Take a look at our live liquor license auction platform, and view all current liquor licenses in Kern County.

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

Securing a Kern County liquor license can take a lot of time and effort on your part. At Liquor License Auctioneers, we can assist you and speed up the process of obtaining a Kern County alcohol license. Our experienced liquor license brokers will help you find the proper Kern County alcohol permit so that you can begin selling alcohol - beer, wine, and spirits legally. Contact us today at 818.345.2226, or send an email to ask our staff of liquor license experts any questions.