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Types of Miami-Dade County Liquor Licenses

As a business owner in Miami-Dade County, a thriving area in Southeast Florida, it’s essential to obtain a Miami-Dade liquor license to sell liquor legally. Florida’s Miami-Dade County is a prominent vacation destination as well as a highly populated county with nearly 2.72 million residents. The largest city, Miami, is also the county seat. When tourists come to Miami-Dade, FL, they visit popular attractions such as Zoo Miami, Ocean Drive, and South Beach. During mid-March to mid-April, the Miami-Dade County Fair occurs each year over the span of a month with plenty of rides and entertainment as well as lots of delicious food.


To ensure that you’ll be able to sell or serve liquor at your Miami-Dade County business, we offer online Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade. Liquor licenses are not transferable between counties. They are, however, transferable between owners, which means you can legally buy or sell any Miami-Dade County alcohol license.

How to Buy a Miami-Dade Liquor License

In Florida, there are two options for securing a Miami-Dade County liquor license. The first way is to go through the government and acquire one directly from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T). The other way to receive an alcohol license in Miami-Dade County is to purchase an alcohol permit on the secondary market from a liquor license broker such as Liquor License Auctioneers. 


Due to the high demand from businesses seeking quota alcohol licenses in Miami-Dade, the only way to buy a liquor license is from the open market. In some cases, you may even have to wait for a Miami-Dade alcohol permit owner to be willing to sell a liquor license to you in Miami-Dade County. 


We are the only auction platform for Miami-Dade County liquor licenses. Over the years of working in this field, we’ve connected with many establishment owners and lawyers specializing in our industry. This network of business relationships gives us the opportunity to offer certain alcohol permits in Miami-Dade exclusively. No other liquor license brokerage has the ability to sell these Miami-Dade alcohol licenses allowing us to offer them at honest prices to buyers. Reach out to our expert liquor license brokers to have us find a specific type of Miami-Dade liquor license. 


To transfer ownership of a Miami-Dade County liquor license, the buyer and seller must complete these eight steps. 


  1. Set a Price for the Liquor License: The seller will determine a price that includes the auction fee, and then the seller will offer to sell the Miami-Dade alcohol permit to the buyer at this set price.
  2. Create a Purchase Agreement: When the buyer accepts the seller’s offer, both parties will sign a Purchase Agreement that has been written.
  3. Pay 10% of the Cost of the Liquor License Upfront: The buyer will put 10% of the total cost into an Attorney Trust Account, removing the Miami-Dade liquor license from the auction, and at this point, a closing date will be determined.
  4. Prepare the Bill of Sale & All Closing Documents: The liquor license seller must work with their attorney to complete the Closing Documents, the Bill of Sale, the Alcohol License Transfer Affidavit, as well as any documents required for the AB&T Application. Once these are completed, the buyer will have their attorney or escrow agent place all of the documents in escrow until the purchase is closed.
  5. Seller Pays Transfer Fees: If any fees are required, the seller will pay them and deduct them from the seller’s proceeds at the time of sale.
  6. Buyer pays the AB&T Annual License Fee: This annual Miami-Dade liquor license fee is prorated and will be paid at the closing where the buyer, attorney, or escrow agent will pay the balance due for the Miami-Dade County liquor license as well as the prorated license fee. They can pay with a Bank Wire, a Bank Check, Cashier's Check, or an Attorney’s Trust Account Check to the seller’s attorney with a closing statement.
  7. Closing the Bill of Sale: The seller’s attorney or escrow agent will give the buyer copies of all documents including the original Bill of Sale, Closing Statement, and the Affidavit of Transferor.
  8. Submit Transfer of Liquor License Application Documents to AB&T: The buyer’s attorney can help complete this step. At this point, the buyer can place the liquor license in escrow with the AB&T, or if the business premises where they wish to sell liquor is ready to open and the AB&T has given approval, the Department of AB&T can send the buyer a temporary Miami-Dade liquor license.


Our alcohol license brokers can accelerate the following nine steps to acquire a Miami-Dade County alcohol license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T). 


  1. Secure the location: When you are in the process of buying a Miami-Dade liquor license, your first step is to lease, rent, or own, the premises where you intend to sell liquor.
  2. Select your liquor license: Based on your type of business, you’ll choose which Miami-Dade alcohol license you need for your business and if you’ll purchase it through the AB&T or from an alcohol license broker like Liquor License Auctioneers.
  3. Survey the location: Employ a contractor to do an initial inspection of your business location. You can hire our expert liquor license brokers to complete this inspection.
  4. Complete your AB&T Application: All documents and forms must be completed before submitting the  AB&T Application. This includes fingerprints, health and human resources approval, zoning approval, completing all related party personal information, getting Department Revenue approval, registering with the Florida Division of Corporations, providing a right of occupancy, management contracts, service agreements, originating agency identification number, sending a drawn-out sketch or a blueprint of the establishment where you’ll sell or serve alcohol, and paying a fee.
  5. Submit your AB&T Application: Send the completed Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T) Application with all required documents to the division district office in Miami-Dade County.
  6. Post the temporary initial license: If a fee was paid for a temporary alcohol permit, the AB&T will send a temporary Miami-Dade liquor license to you, which should be posted on the premises.
  7. AB&T Application Review: The DBPR AB&T will thoroughly review all of the paperwork as well as the Miami-Dade County liquor license application and add the information to their data system.
  8. Submit to investigation: After their review of the application, the AB&T will come to your brick-and-mortar location to do a final inspection.
  9. Receive the liquor license: If your place of business passes the DBPR AB&T inspection, they will approve the application and bill you for the cost of the liquor license in Miami-Dade County. After collecting the payment, the alcohol license will be sent to you, and when you receive it, you must display the Miami-Dade alcohol permit at your business location.


Adhering as closely to each of the above nine steps when buying a Miami-Dade liquor license will fulfill the requirements from Florida’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T). Always check if there are any separate rules and regulations from your local municipal government regarding obtaining an alcohol license in Miami-Dade County. Being aware of additional stipulations can save you time in attaining your liquor license in Miami, Florida. 


There is a lot of competition for liquor licenses in Miami-Dade County. When it comes time for you to purchase an alcohol license in Miami-Dade, choose our quality service, knowledgeable liquor license brokers, and our innovative auction site with fair prices for each alcohol permit. Let us know if there is a Miami-Dade alcohol license that you need for your business but don’t see on our live bidding platform, and we’ll locate one for you. See our available liquor licenses in Miami-Dade County, and purchase one now to start selling liquor at your establishment. 


Liquor License Auctioneers was established in 2012 by a former California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Investigator to create a unique auction platform for buyers and sellers to obtain fairly priced Miami-Dade County liquor licenses. Check out all of our alcohol licenses in Miami-Dade, Florida, and make an offer now. 

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

At Liquor License Auctioneers, we strive to accelerate the process of securing a Miami-Dade liquor license because we understand that it can take some time to find the right alcohol permit to begin to sell all liquor – beer, spirits, and wine. Reach out to our experienced team of liquor license brokers to ask questions or have us help you purchase a Miami-Dade County liquor license. Give us a call at 818.345.2226 or send us an email to get started.