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Types of St. Johns County Liquor Licenses

As an establishment owner in St. Johns County, Florida, it’s imperative that you secure a St. Johns County liquor license to sell liquor to patrons visiting your place of business. In Northeastern Florida, St. Johns County has a population of 265,000 people. The largest city is St. Augustine which is the county seat. Residents and visitors alike spend time at the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument as well as the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Throughout the year, many events are held at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. 

 

In order to sell or serve liquor to customers in St. Johns County, we offer online St. Johns 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 St. Johns. Liquor licenses are not transferable between counties. They are, however, transferable between owners, which means you can legally buy or sell any St. Johns County alcohol license.

How to Buy a St. Johns County Liquor License

As a buyer, of a quota liquor license in St. Johns County, buyers can either obtain an alcohol permit in St. Johns County, Florida, from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T) or a quota liquor license from the secondary market using a liquor license broker like Liquor License Auctioneers. 

 

There is a limit to the number of St. Johns County quota alcohol licenses available, the only way to secure a St. Johns County liquor license is through the open market. You may have to be patient and wait for someone to sell a liquor license to you in St. Johns County.

 

Liquor License Auctioneers is proud to be the only online bidding platform for St. Johns County alcohol licenses. Our many years of experience in this industry have given us the opportunity to connect with skilled individuals practicing in this sector, such as lawyers and business entrepreneurs. Due to some of our network relationships, we have the ability to provide exclusive access to some St. Johns County liquor licenses. This allows us to set the asking price ethically and fairly. Let our team of liquor license brokers know if you’d like a specific type of St. Johns County alcohol permit, and we’ll find one for you.

 

In order to transfer St. Johns County alcohol license ownership from a seller to a buyer, the following eight steps must be fulfilled. 

 

  1. Set a Price for the Liquor License: The first step for the seller to complete is to set a price for the St. Johns County liquor license that includes the auction fee. Then, the seller may offer the buyer the St. Johns County alcohol permit at said price.
  2. Create a Purchase Agreement: If the buyer decides to accept the price for the St. Johns County alcohol license that was set by the seller, they will both agree to sign a Purchase Agreement.
  3. Pay 10% of the Cost of the Liquor License Upfront: The buyer will pay a total of 10% of the cost upfront, which removes the listing of the St. Johns County liquor license from auction, and this 10% will go straight into an Attorney Trust Account. This is when a closing date will be selected.
  4. Prepare the Bill of Sale & All Closing Documents: The seller of the St. Johns County liquor license will work with an attorney to fill out the Closing Documents, the Alcohol Transfer Affidavit, the Bill of Sale, and any additional documents that must be submitted with the AB&T Application. After these forms are completed, the St. Johns County liquor license buyer will ask their escrow agent or attorney to put all the documents in escrow until the closing of the sale.
  5. Seller Pays Transfer Fees: Additional fees that might be required will be paid by the seller and removed from the sale proceeds.
  6. Buyer pays the AB&T Annual License Fee: At the time of closing the sale for the St. Johns County alcohol license, an annual liquor license fee will be prorated and paid by the buyer, an escrow agent, or attorney. The fee can be paid with a Bank Wire, Cashier’s Check, a Bank Check, or an Attorney’s Trust Account directly to the seller’s attorney along with the Closing Statement Documents.
  7. Closing the Bill of Sale: At the time that the sale is closed, the seller’s escrow agent or hired attorney will provide the buyer with copies of the original Bill of Sale for the St. Johns County alcohol license, the Affidavit of Transferor, and the Closing Statement.
  8. Submit Transfer of Liquor License Application Documents to AB&T: The buyer’s attorney may guide the buyer through completing the transfer of documents and submitting them to the Division of AB&T. The buyer may choose to put the liquor license in escrow with AB&T, or they may ask the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T) to send over a temporary St. Johns County liquor license if the premises where they’ll be selling liquor is ready to open.

 

We can help guide you through the following nine steps to properly attain a St. Johns County alcohol license from the AB&T. 

 

  1. Secure the location: You must have proof that you either own, are renting, or leasing the location where you’d like to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.
  2. Select your liquor license: Choose the type of alcohol license for St. Johns County, and decide if you’ll purchase it from the Division of AB&T or from a liquor license broker like Liquor License Auctioneers on the open market.
  3. Survey the location: Have a hired contractor perform an inspection of the business premises. Our experienced team at Liquor License Auctioneers may complete this step.
  4. Complete your AB&T Application: Prior to submitting your AB&T Application, you’ll need to complete all appropriate forms and requirements for obtaining a liquor license in St. Johns County, Florida. These requirements include the following items: 
    Fingerprints, Service Agreements, Zoning approval, Health and Human Resources approval, Registering with the Florida Division of Corporations, Completing all related party personal information, Sending a drawn-out sketch or a blueprint of the business location, Paying a fee, Management Contracts, Providing a right of occupancy, Department Revenue approval, and Originating agency identification number
  5. Submit your AB&T Application: When you’ve completed the AB&T Application, submit it along with all the additional documents to the St. Johns County division district office.
  6. Post the temporary initial license: You’ll receive a temporary St. Johns County alcohol license from the Division of AB&T if you paid a separate fee with your AB&T Application. This temporary license should be posted visibly at your business location.
  7. AB&T Application Review: All documents, including the AB&T Application, will be reviewed and put into the AB&T data system.
  8. Submit to investigation: A final inspection of your establishment will be done by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T) to make sure everything is up to code.
  9. Receive the liquor license: If the inspection and application are approved by the DBPR AB&T, then they will send you a bill for the entire cost of the liquor license in St. Johns County. Once you’ve paid for the alcohol permit, the Division of AB&T will send you the official St. Johns County alcohol license, and you should display this in a prominent spot at your place of business.

 

If all nine of the above steps have been completed, the requirements from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T) for receiving a St. Johns County liquor license have been met. To ensure that you obtain your St. Johns County alcohol permit in a timely manner, you should ask your local municipal government if they have any further rules regarding purchasing a St. Augustine liquor license. Sometimes a municipality has specific stipulations that are required.

 

With the cap on liquor licenses in St. Johns County, it’s good to work with an experienced liquor license broker who can help you find an alcohol license in St. Johns County. When you choose Liquor License Auctioneers, you’ll be pleased with our honest prices, exceptional service, and easy-to-use online auction platform. Best of all, you can check prices, make an offer, and purchase a St. Johns County alcohol license online 24/7. If you don’t see the type of alcohol permit that you are looking for, let us know, and we can help you get the right liquor license for your business. See our liquor licenses available, and make an offer on a St. Johns County liquor license now. 

Beautiful St. Johns County

Created in 2012, Liquor License Auctioneers is the only online auction platform of its kind to offer St. Johns County liquor licenses for sale to buyers and sellers. Founded by a former, California, ABC Investigator, our bidding platform provides St. Johns County alcohol licenses at fair and ethical starting prices. See all of our available alcohol permits in St. Johns County, and make an offer.

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

Finding a liquor license in St. Johns County can be a tedious process. Our expert liquor license brokers can save you time and the hassle with our streamlined, easy-to-use liquor license auction platform. If you need a St. Johns County alcohol license, reach out to our experienced team at Liquor License Auctioneers by calling us at 818.345.2226 or sending us an email. We’re happy to help answer any questions.