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Types of Duval County Liquor Licenses

If you own an establishment in Duval County, it’s critical that you properly secure a Duval County liquor license to sell alcohol to patrons legally. The Sunshine State’s Duval County boasts a population of close to 996,000 residents and welcomes tourists all year long. In Florida’s Duval County, Jacksonville is the county seat and also the largest city by population. In Duval County, locals and travelers enjoy spending the day at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, and they can find events held year-round at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair & Expo Center in Jacksonville, FL. 


To legally sell or serve alcoholic beverages at your place of business in Duval County, Florida, we offer online Duval County liquor license auctions for the following permit types:


  • 4COP: Permits restaurants and bars to sell all liquor -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for consumption on-premises.
  • 3PS: Permits liquor stores to sell all liquor -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for consumption off-premises.


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

How to Buy a Duval County Liquor License

Business proprietors have two ways to purchase a Duval County liquor license. They can either choose to secure an alcohol permit for Duval County from Florida’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T), or a Duval County alcohol license can be obtained on the open market from a liquor license broker like Liquor License Auctioneers. 


The only option to purchase a quota liquor license in Duval County is to buy one on the secondary market because of the limited number of alcohol licenses in Duval County. Some instances will require you to wait for a liquor license broker to sell a liquor license to you in Florida’s Duval County. 


Over our many years of experience in this sector, we’ve developed long-term relationships with highly skilled lawyers and business owners who are professionals in this field. With these connections, we are privileged to offer exclusive Duval County liquor licenses available to buyers and sellers only on our auction platform. This means we can offer our Duval County alcohol permits at fair starting prices. If you are looking for a specific type of license in Duval County, FL, ask us, and our liquor license brokers can locate one for you. 


Follow these eight steps to complete the transfer of Duval County liquor license ownership between a buyer and seller. 


  1. Set a Price for the Liquor License: A price for the Duval County alcohol license is set by the seller, which includes the auction fee. This is the purchase price that will be offered to the buyer for the liquor license in Duval County.
  2. Create a Purchase Agreement: If the buyer decides to accept the seller’s price of the Duval County alcohol permit, then both the buyer and the seller will create and sign a formal Purchase Agreement.
  3. Pay 10% of the Cost of the Liquor License Upfront: After signing the Purchase Agreement, the buyer must put 10% of the cost of the Duval County alcohol license in an Attorney Trust Account. At this time, the Duval County liquor license is taken off the auction, and a closing date for the sale is agreed upon.
  4. Prepare the Bill of Sale & All Closing Documents: With the help of an attorney, the alcohol permit seller should complete all paperwork, including the Bill of Sale, the Alcohol License Transfer Affidavit, any additional documents required for the AB&T Application, and the Closing Documents. When everything has been filled out and signed, the liquor license buyer will place every document in an escrow account – with the help of an escrow agent or their attorney – until the sale is finalized.
  5. Seller Pays Transfer Fees: Any accrued fees will be paid by the seller and are subtracted from the seller’s revenue from the sale of the Duval County liquor license.
  6. Buyer pays the AB&T Annual License Fee: An annual Duval County alcohol license fee is prorated at this time. This fee is due at the closing of the sale of the Duval County alcohol permit when the buyer, their attorney, or designated escrow agent completes the payment for the rest of the sale of the Duval County liquor license, including the prorated annual license fee. The payment can be made to the seller’s attorney with any of the following, a Bank Check, Cashier’s Check, an Attorney’s Trust Account, or a Bank Wire. This payment is given along with the formal Closing Statement.
  7. Closing the Bill of Sale: When the Bill of Sale is properly closed, copies of all documents are made by the seller’s escrow agent or attorney and are given to the liquor license buyer. These documents include the Affidavit of Transferor, the original Bill of Sale, and the Closing Statement.
  8. Submit Transfer of Liquor License Application Documents to AB&T: The final step of the transfer of ownership for a Duval County liquor license is that the buyer can either place the Duval County alcohol license in escrow with the Division of AB&T, or the AB&T may issue the buyer a temporary liquor license in Duval County if the establishment is open and ready to sell liquor.


There are nine steps to attain a Duval County alcohol license from Florida’s Department of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T), and our expert liquor license brokers can guide you through the process.


  1. Secure the location: In order to obtain a liquor license in Duval County, the first thing you need to do is be sure you have purchased, rented, or leased the establishment where you plan to sell alcohol.
  2. Select your liquor license: Decide which Duval County liquor license is needed for your business and if you’ll attain it from an alcohol permit broker like Liquor License Auctioneers or from the Division of AB&T.
  3. Survey the location: An inspection should be done of the premises where you’ll be selling liquor. For this step, our professional liquor license brokers may be of service to you.
  4. Complete your AB&T Application: Before you can send in the AB&T Application for a Duval County alcohol license, you must fill out all forms and documents required by the Department of AB&T. This includes the following checklist: Fingerprints, Management Contracts, Service Agreements, Zoning approval, Department Revenue approval, Health and Human Resources approval, Registering with the Florida Division of Corporations, Providing a right of occupancy, Obtaining the originating agency identification number, Completing all related party personal information, Sending a drawn-out sketch or a blueprint of the business location, Paying a fee
  5. Submit your AB&T Application: Once all of the documents and forms are completed, as well as the AB&T Application, send all of this to the division district office in Duval County.
  6. Post the temporary initial license: If you pay an additional fee when applying for a Duval County alcohol license, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T) will issue your establishment a temporary Duval County alcohol permit which you’ll have to visibly post.
  7. AB&T Application Review: The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will review and approve your Duval County liquor license AB&T Application. Once it’s approved, they will submit all documents and the application to their own data system to keep on file.
  8. Submit to investigation: The DBPR AB&T must conduct a final investigation of your business establishment to ensure that all items are met on their checklist.
  9. Receive the liquor license: When the Division of AB&T gives you the green light on your final business location inspection, they will approve the Duval County alcohol license application, and you’ll be sent a bill for the liquor license. When the Division of AB&T receives your payment, they will send you the official alcohol license for Duval County, and you are instructed to display it at your business.


Following these nine steps meticulously will meet the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T)’s requirements for receiving a liquor license in Duval County, FL. For the fastest process of obtaining an alcohol permit in Duval County, check to see if your municipal government has further regulations for securing a liquor license in Jacksonville, Florida. Sometimes there are additional stipulations. Knowing what these are beforehand can save you time and help you start selling alcohol. 


In Duval County, there is a fair amount of competitiveness for Duval County liquor licenses. When you are in need of a liquor license for Duval County, use our unique online auction platform for honest prices and quality service. Our experienced alcohol license brokers will take the extra step to help you find the liquor license you need. See our bidding platform updated in real-time with Duval County alcohol licenses, and buy one now. 

Duval County Liquor License

Founded by a former, California, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Investigator, Liquor License Auctioneers strives to offer an innovative, online auction platform for selling and buying Duval County liquor licenses. Since 2012, we’ve been the only online bidding platform for Florida’s Duval County alcohol licenses. See all available alcohol permits in Duval County, FL, and place a bid now. 

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

Acquiring a Duval County alcohol license can be a time-consuming endeavor. We have skilled liquor license brokers on staff to help you quickly secure a liquor license in Duval County so that your establishment can sell all liquor – wine, beer, and spirits. Contact the professional alcohol license brokers at Liquor License Auctioneers to ask any questions or to begin the process of attaining a Duval County alcohol permit. Call us at 818.345.2226 or send us an email