Types of Hudson County Liquor Licenses
Business proprietors who seek to sell liquor at their establishments must secure a proper liquor license in Hudson County. In northeast New Jersey, Hudson County has a population of nearly 725,000. Most of the residents in Hudson County live in Jersey City, which is not only the largest city but also the county seat. Tourists and locals enjoy popular sights such as Ellis Island, Liberty State Park, the Staten Island Ferry, and the Empty Sky Memorial. Plenty of events and fairs take place throughout the year in Hudson County, New Jersey, drawing a crowd to the area.
To sell or serve alcohol legally at your Hudson County business, we offer online Hudson County liquor license auctions for the following permit types:
- Type 32: Permits restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to sell all liquor -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for on-site consumption, as well as beer and wine "to go" for off-site consumption in Hudson County.
- Type 33: Permits restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to sell all liquor -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for on-site consumption, as well as beer and wine "to go" for off-site consumption in Hudson County, New Jersey.
- Type 44: Permits liquor stores & grocery stores to sell all liquor sales -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for off-premises consumption in Hudson County, NJ.
Each New Jersey liquor license grants the holder the right to sell in a specific New Jersey municipality or borough, such as Jersey City. Liquor licenses are not transferable between municipalities or boroughs. However, they are transferable between owners, which means you can legally buy or sell any Hudson County alcohol license issued in your municipality or borough.
How to Buy a Hudson County Liquor License
Buyers may secure a liquor license in Hudson County in one of two ways. The first way is to purchase an alcohol license in Hudson County from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The other route of attaining a Hudson County alcohol permit is to go through the secondary market using a liquor license broker, such as Liquor License Auctioneers.
Each New Jersey County, including Hudson County, has a cap on the number of liquor licenses available. In New Jersey, the same goes for every township and borough within a county. Oftentimes, the only way to acquire a liquor license in Hudson County is to get one from the open market through one of three transfer options: Person-to-Person, Place-to-Place, or Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place. Usually, a buyer will have to be patient and wait until a seller is ready to sell a liquor license to them in Hudson County, NJ.
This is our area of expertise. We have developed quality connections over the years that we’ve been in this industry. These connections include lawyers and business owners who also specialize in this field. Due to these relationships, we are able to provide exclusive Hudson County liquor licenses on our bidding platform. No other alcohol brokerage can sell the same liquor licenses. This allows us to offer the Hudson County alcohol licenses at fair prices. Please let us know if you don’t see the specific Hudson County liquor license for sale that you are looking for, and we can ask around through our network to locate one for you.
How to Apply for a Liquor License in Hudson County, New Jersey:
- Enter into a Contract of Sale: To begin the process of applying for a Hudson County liquor license, the seller (transferor) and buyer (transferee) must enter into a contract of sale.
- Complete the 12 Page ABC Application: All 12 pages of the Hudson County ABC Application must be submitted in TRIPLICATE and must have all original signatures.
- Pay the Annual License Renewal Fee: A 10% Annual License Renewal Fee is required for Person-to-Person Hudson County liquor license transfers and Place-to-Place alcohol license transfers. A 20% Annual License Renewal Fee must be paid for the Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place Hudson County alcohol permit transfer.
- Write a $200 Check or Money Order for ABC: A check or money order for $200 can be written and made payable to the State of NJ, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
- Consent to Transfer: As part of the Hudson County liquor license ABC Application process, the Consent to Transfer, or consent of sale, has to be signed and notarized by the liquor license holder.
- Disclosure Statement of Applicant: At this point in the NJ ABC Application process, the Disclosure Statement of Applicant (source funding) for purchasing the Hudson County alcohol license must be completed.
- Submit Federal & State Fingerprint Reports: Send the New Jersey Division of ABC the federal and state fingerprint reports from the police.
- Additional Investigative Report: An additional investigative report will be written up by the police. This report must be submitted at the time of the ABC Application for a Hudson County liquor license.
- Send a Detailed Sketch of the Business Premises: When submitting the ABC Application, include a detailed sketch of the business location and proposed licensing area along with a photo of the outside of the business.
- Affidavit of Publication: A Notice of Intent to Transfer will be published two times with one week in between each of the publications. This Notice of Intent to Transfer gives the public an opportunity to voice objections. If there are any objections to the transfer of the Hudson County alcohol license, they will be sent in writing to the clerk of the local issuing authority.
- Submit a Certificate of Sales Tax Authority: The Hudson County liquor license buyer may now submit the Certificate of Sales Tax Authority and receive the Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificate for Transfer. The buyer can reach out to the New Jersey Division of Taxation ABC Licensing Unit by calling 609-292-0043.
- Application for Bulk Sale Permit: If the Hudson County alcohol permit buyer is also seeking to purchase the existing stock and inventory of liquor from the seller, the buyer must include a check of $75.00 payable to the NJ Div. of Alcoholic Beverage Control. If the buyer decides not to purchase this existing inventory of alcoholic beverages, then no check is necessary, but the Application for Bulk Sale Permit must be submitted with the NJ ABC Application.
- Provide a Letter from the Buyer’s Attorney: A letter must be written by the buyer’s attorney notifying the local issuing authority as to the closing date for the sale of the Hudson County liquor license.
- Resolution of Transfer: This Resolution of Transfer can not be contingent on another action and will be passed by the issuing authority.
- The License will be Amended to Reflect New Ownership: Once all of the other steps in the NJ ABC Application process have been completed, the Hudson County alcohol license will have the ownership and generation change on the ABC Application. Checks must be payable to the Director, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Liquor License Auctioneers can assist you in completing the following eight steps to secure a liquor license in Hudson County.
- Secure the location: Choose a business location in Hudson County, NJ, and make sure that the establishment is leased, rented, or purchased.
- Select your liquor license: Select the type of Hudson County alcohol license you will need for your business to sell alcohol legally. Then, determine how you will purchase the alcohol permit - either from the NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) or through a liquor license broker on the secondary market, such as Liquor License Auctioneers.
- Open your escrow account: Set up an escrow account where all the financial transactions associated with the transfer and purchase of the Hudson County alcohol license will be held. Ideally, you should use a third-party company to open the escrow account.
- Survey the location: Employ an inspector to survey your business location. Liquor License Auctioneers may conduct the survey for you.
- Complete your ABC Application: Make sure that the NJ ABC Application is entirely filled out and includes all necessary forms and documents. Then, send it to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to be reviewed and approved. You can have Liquor License Auctioneers help you complete the ABC Application for a liquor license in Hudson County.
- Post a notice: Once the NJ ABC has reviewed and approved your ABC Application for a Hudson County alcohol permit, they will send you a notice of intent to sell liquor. The notice should be visibly posted at your establishment for at least 30 days.
- Submit to investigation: When the 30-day time frame is up, the New Jersey Divison of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will conduct a final inspection of your business premises to make sure that you can legally and safely operate to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.
- Receive the liquor license: If you have completed all of the seven previous steps and passed the final inspection from the ABC, then they will mail you the official Hudson County liquor license. When you receive the alcohol permit, you must post it at your business location.
Completing all eight steps to obtain a Hudson County alcohol license meets the requirements set by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in the state of New Jersey. To ensure that you receive your liquor license for Hudson County in a timely manner, it’s always a good idea to check to see if your local municipal government has additional stipulations or regulations that must be met for acquiring a liquor license in Jersey City, NJ.
There is a lot of competition in New Jersey for businesses seeking alcohol licenses in Hudson County. There are many restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and grocery stores competing to get Hudson County alcohol permits. Our liquor license brokers can help you secure a Hudson County alcohol license so that you can start selling or serving liquor at your business. At Liquor License Auctioneers, we strive to provide an ethical auction platform for buyers and sellers. Our staff provides quality customer service and will track down a Hudson County liquor license that you need for your type of business. Select Liquor License Auctioneers for exclusive Hudson County alcohol licenses that are honestly priced. View our live bidding platform to see which Hudson County liquor licenses are available now, and make an offer.