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Types of Ocean County Liquor Licenses

Business entrepreneurs who want to sell alcohol at their Ocean County businesses should secure a liquor license in Ocean County. Located along the Jersey Shore in southern-central New Jersey, Ocean County has a population of almost 649,000 residents. Many of these locals live in Lakewood Township, the largest place by population, while others live in Jackson Township, the largest area by size. The county seat is Toms River, NJ. Travelers and locals enjoy visiting many of the popular Ocean County attractions, such as Jenkinson's Aquarium, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jenkinson's Boardwalk, River Lady Cruises, and Robert J. Novins Planetarium. Every year, the Ocean County Fair takes place in Toms River, NJ, with rides, music, vendors, animals, and entertainment.

 

In order to sell liquor legally at your Ocean County place of business, we offer online Ocean 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 Ocean 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 Ocean County, New Jersey.
  • Type 44: Permits liquor stores & grocery stores to sell all liquor sales -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for off-premises consumption in Ocean County, NJ.

 

Each New Jersey liquor license grants the holder the right to sell in a specific New Jersey municipality or borough, such as Toms River. Liquor licenses are not transferable between municipalities or boroughs. However, they are transferable between owners, which means you can legally buy or sell any Ocean County alcohol license issued in your municipality or borough.

How to Buy an Ocean County Liquor License

In the state of New Jersey, there are two options for buyers to secure an Ocean County alcohol license. One way is for the buyer to purchase a liquor license in Ocean County directly from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The alternative way to secure an alcohol permit in Ocean County is through the secondary market using a liquor license broker, such as Liquor License Auctioneers. 

 

Each New Jersey County, including Ocean County, has a cap on the number of alcohol licenses available at any given time. There are also limited numbers of liquor licenses available in each borough and township in Ocean County. Often, the only way to secure a liquor license in Ocean County is to receive one from the secondary market in one of three transfer options: Person-to-Person, Place-to-Place, or Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place. A buyer will have to wait until a seller is willing to sell a liquor license to them in Ocean County, NJ.

 

This is where our team of alcohol license brokers at Liquor License Auctioneers enters the picture. We have developed many valuable network connections over the years with both lawyers and business owners. These connections allow us to offer exclusive Ocean County liquor licenses for sale on our auction platform that no other liquor license brokerage can sell. This exclusivity gives us the opportunity to fairly price the alcohol permits. If you don’t see the specific type of Ocean County alcohol license you need for your place of business, let us know. We’ll inquire within our network to see if we can track down the type of Ocean County alcohol permit you need.

 

How to Apply for a Liquor License in Ocean County, New Jersey: 

 

  1. Enter into a Contract of Sale: The process of applying for an Ocean County liquor license begins with the seller (transferor) and buyer (transferee) entering into a contract of sale.
  2. Complete the 12 Page ABC Application: Complete the 12-page Ocean County alcohol license ABC Application in TRIPLICATE, and it must have all original signatures. 
  3. Pay the Annual License Renewal Fee: All Person-to-Person Ocean County liquor license transfers and Place-to-Place alcohol license transfers require a 10% Annual License Renewal Fee. Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place Ocean County alcohol license transfers have a 20% Annual License Renewal Fee.
  4. Write a $200 Check or Money Order for ABC: Write a check or money order for $200, and make it payable to the State of NJ, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
  5. Consent to Transfer: At this time, the Consent to Transfer or consent of sale should be signed and notarized by the Ocean County alcohol permit holder.
  6. Disclosure Statement of Applicant: The Disclosure Statement of Applicant (source funding) for purchasing the Ocean County alcohol license should be submitted along with the ABC Application.
  7. Submit Federal & State Fingerprint Reports: State and Federal fingerprint reports obtained from the police department should be sent to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).
  8. Additional Investigative Report: Then, the police will write an additional investigative report which will be submitted along with the ABC Application for an Ocean County liquor license.
  9. Send a Detailed Sketch of the Business Premises: Send a photo of the outside of the business location as well as a detailed sketch of the proposed licensing area and business property along with the ABC Application.
  10. Affidavit of Publication: A Notice of Intent to Transfer will be published two times in three weeks, with one week in between each printed version. This week allows the public to have an opportunity to voice their concerns or objections about the transfer of the Ocean County alcohol permit. If any objections have been made, they will need to be submitted in writing to the clerk of the local issuing authority.
  11. Submit a Certificate of Sales Tax Authority: The buyer can submit the Certificate of Sales Tax Authority, and then they will be sent the Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificate for Transfer. If the buyer needs to reach the New Jersey Division of Taxation ABC Licensing Unit, they may do so by calling 609-292-0043.
  12. Application for Bulk Sale Permit: If the Ocean County alcohol license buyer is looking to purchase the existing inventory of alcohol, they can do so by writing a check out for $75.00 made payable to the NJ Div. of Alcoholic Beverage Control. If the buyer chooses not to purchase the stock of liquor, then no check is required, but they will still need to submit the Application for Bulk Sale Permit.
  13. Provide a Letter from the Buyer’s Attorney: The buyer’s attorney should write a letter notifying the local issuing authority as to what the closing date of the Ocean County alcohol permit is. 
  14. Resolution of Transfer: The Resolution of Transfer cannot be contingent on any other action. The local issuing authority will pass this as part of the ABC Application process. 
  15. The License will be Amended to Reflect New Ownership: Once all the previous steps have been completed, the Ocean County liquor license and ABC Application will be amended to reflect the generation change and new ownership. Any money owed will need to be written in a check to the Director, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

 

Complete the following eight steps with the help of our liquor license brokers to acquire an alcohol license in Ocean County, NJ.

 

  1. Secure the location: Select the place of business where you’d like to sell liquor. This location must be purchased, leased, or rented.
  2. Select your liquor license: Choose the type of Ocean County liquor license you need to purchase for your business. Decide how you will obtain the alcohol permit. You can either attain an Ocean County alcohol license directly from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in New Jersey or on the open market using a liquor license broker, like Liquor License Auctioneers. 
  3. Open your escrow account: Create an escrow account with a third-party company where all the monetary transactions associated with the sale and transfer of the Ocean County liquor license will be held until the sale is closed. 
  4. Survey the location: Employ an inspector to come to your place of business to complete the survey of your business premises. Our team of liquor license brokers can complete this step for you.
  5. Complete your ABC Application: Once you have filled out the NJ ABC Application for an Ocean County alcohol license, submit it to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for approval. Liquor License Auctioneers can help you complete the ABC Application. 
  6. Post a notice: Once the NJ Division of ABC has reviewed and approved your ABC Application for an Ocean County liquor license, they will send you a notice of intent to sell liquor. This notice must be featured at your place of business for 30 days. 
  7. Submit to investigation: After the 30-day time period, the New Jersey ABC will come to your business establishment to conduct a final inspection. This investigation will determine if your business meets the requirements for selling or serving alcoholic beverages. 
  8. Receive the liquor license: After you have completed the previous seven steps, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will mail you the official Ocean County liquor license. When you receive the alcohol permit, you are instructed to display it in a prominent location at your place of business.

 

Following the previous eight steps as closely as possible ensures that you meet the requirements set by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in New Jersey for obtaining a liquor license in Ocean County. To ensure that you will receive your alcohol license in a timely manner, it’s a good idea to see if your local municipal government has any additional regulations for securing a liquor license in Toms River, NJ. If you are aware of any extra stipulations for obtaining an alcohol license in Lakewood Township, NJ, you will expedite the process of receiving your alcohol permit. 

 

There is a lot of competition among businesses in Ocean County, New Jersey, for alcohol licenses. Ocean County has an abundance of grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and liquor stores – all of which need to acquire liquor licenses. Work with the best in the business at Liquor License Auctioneers to receive your Ocean County liquor license. We pride ourselves on having exceptional customer service, knowledgeable liquor license brokers, and an ethical auction platform. Take a look at our Ocean County liquor licenses for sale listed on our bidding platform. Place a bid, and buy an alcohol license in Ocean County, New Jersey.  

Ocean County Liquor Licenses for Sale

Liquor License Auctioneers was created in 2012 by a former Investigator of the CA Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) with the purpose of providing an online auction platform providing Ocean County liquor licenses for sale. Buyers and sellers can either purchase or list an Ocean County alcohol license on our bidding platform, which is updated in real-time. Browse our auction platform, and see all of the Ocean County alcohol permits available. Make an offer, and buy a liquor license in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

The process of obtaining an alcohol license in Ocean County can be time-intensive. When you work with the experts at Liquor License Auctioneers, you’ll see how the process of acquiring an Ocean County liquor license can be expedited so that you can start serving or selling liquor at your business establishment sooner. To start working with Liquor License Auctioneers, contact us at 818.345.2226, or send us an email. Our team of alcohol license brokers is happy to answer any questions and work alongside you as you secure an alcohol permit in Ocean County.