To begin the transfer process of a liquor license in the state of New Jersey, the Seller (aka the transferor) and Buyer (aka transferee) must first enter into a Contract Of Sale. Such contracts state that the license transfer is subject to approval by the local municipality's governing body and the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) transfer applications for: Person-to-Person, Place-to-Place, or Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place transfers:
12-Page Application submitted in TRIPLICATE (all original signatures): Retail License Application
Consent to Transfer (Consent of Sale), signed by license holder and notarized.
Disclosure Statement of applicant (source of funding) for license purchase.
Federal and State Fingerprint Reports from police.
Additional Investigative Report from police.
Detailed sketch of premises and proposed licensed area (including photo of outside of premises).
Affidavit of Publication. Notice of Intent to Transfer, published twice, one week apart, giving the public the opportunity to communicate any objections to the transfer, in writing, to the clerk of the local issuing authority.
BUYER (Transferee): Certificate of Sales Tax Authority must be submitted and Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificate for Transfer must be obtained by contacting the Division of Taxation’s ABC Licensing Unit at 609-292-0043.
Application for Bulk Sale Permit. If purchasing existing inventory/stock of alcohol of present license holder, completed application must be accompanied by $75 check made payable to NJ Div. of Alcoholic Beverage Control. No check necessary if not purchasing existing stock, but the form must still be submitted. COMPLETED FORM MUST BE FILED WITH TRANSFER APPLICATION.
Letter from buyer’s attorney notifying local issuing authority of closing date of license purchase.
Resolution of Transfer passed by issuing authority. (RESOLUTION CANNOT BE CONTINGENT ON ANOTHER ACTION).
License amended to reflect new ownership and generation change/application with appropriate checks forwarded to Director, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.