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Types of Sandoval County Liquor Licenses

As a business owner in Sandoval County, you must secure a proper Sandoval County liquor license to sell alcohol legally. In northwestern New Mexico, Sandoval County is the fourth-highest populated county, with close to 145,000 residents. Many of these people live in Rio Rancho, which is the largest city in Sandoval County. Others live in Bernalillo, which is the county seat. Locals and travelers enjoy spending time at Sandoval County attractions, including Coronado Historic Site, Jemez Falls, Fenton Lake State Park, San Antonio Hot Springs, Valles Caldera, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Spence Hot Springs, and Jemez Soda Dam. Every year, the Sandoval County Fair takes place in Cuba, New Mexico, drawing a crowd with a parade, live music, a rodeo, livestock, and food. 


In order to serve or sell alcoholic beverages at your business location in Sandoval County, New Mexico, we offer online Sandoval County liquor license auctions for the following permit types:


  • Dispensers License: Permits restaurants and bars to sell all liquor -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for consumption on and off-site in Sandoval County.
  • Inter Local Dispenser: Permits restaurants and bars to sell all liquor -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for consumption on and off-site. Once a Dispenser liquor license has transferred out of the original Option District (LOD), it becomes an Inter Local Dispensers license and can no longer be used to permit off-site or “to-go” alcohol sales in Sandoval County, New Mexico.
  • RET: Permits all liquor sales -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for off-premises consumption in Sandoval County, NM.


Each New Mexico liquor license grants the holder the right to sell in a specific New Mexico county, such as Sandoval. Liquor licenses are not transferable between counties. They are, however, transferable between owners, which means you can legally buy or sell any Sandoval County ABC liquor license.

How to Buy a Sandoval County Liquor License

In New Mexico, a buyer can obtain a Sandoval County liquor license in one of two ways. One option is to procure an alcohol permit from the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC). An alternative option for acquiring an alcohol license in Sandoval County is to purchase one from a liquor license broker on the open market using an alcohol permit broker, like Liquor License Auctioneers.


Due to the limited number of Sandoval County alcohol permits available at any given time, typically, the only way to attain a liquor license is through the secondary market. You may have to wait for a seller to be willing to sell a liquor license to you in Sandoval County, NM.


This is where our liquor license brokers specialize. Throughout our many years in this industry, we’ve gained numerous connections, including business entrepreneurs and lawyers who work in this field. This network we’ve built has given us the ability to provide exclusive Sandoval County alcohol licenses for sale on our auction platform that no other liquor license brokerage can sell. This means we can offer these Sandoval County liquor licenses at fair prices. Reach out to our team of alcohol license brokers if you don’t see the Sandoval County alcohol permit you need for your business. We’ll be happy to use our network of connections to help track the specific liquor license down for you so you can start selling alcohol at your place of business.


How to Apply for a Liquor License in Sandoval County, New Mexico:


  1. Preliminary Review of Application: When the ABC Application for a Sandoval County alcohol license has been thoroughly reviewed, if any information or documents are missing, you’ll be mailed a Notice of Deficiencies explaining what is still needed to complete the ABC Application. Appointed Representative - If the Applicant submitted authorization with their ABC Application for a Sandoval County liquor license that they are being represented by a broker, CPA, or attorney, then your chosen Representative will be contacted on your behalf.
  2. Posting Request Sent to Department of Public Safety (DPS): This step is completed by the Special Investigations Unit. Your Hearing Officer will send you a request, and the assigned Agent will reach out to notify you that you must properly post the Certificate at your place of business. You should post the Certificate for 20 consecutive days ahead of preliminary approval.
  3. Notice of Preliminary Hearing: Within 30 days of receipt of your ABC Application for a Sandoval County liquor license, your preliminary hearing will take place as mandated by statute. You will be served a Notice that includes the time and date of your preliminary hearing. At this time, you’ll also be told the name of the Hearing Officer who is assigned to your ABC Application. As the preliminary hearing will be done in person or by phone, you should let your Hearing Officer know which method you prefer. 
  4. Notice of Publication: The Sandoval County liquor license Applicant will need to publish a notice of the preliminary hearing in a local newspaper that has a general circulation at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. The Notice of Publication gives the public an opportunity to submit letters of either objection or support to your ABC Application for an alcohol license in Sandoval County, NM. Each of the letters will be sent to the Local Option District. If you fail to publish notice of the hearing and provide proof of publication within a time frame of 48 hours of your hearing date to your Hearing Officer, your preliminary hearing may be rescheduled or canceled. The Sandoval County alcohol permit Applicant should publish the Notice provided to them in the legal section of the newspaper for at least one day. Written instructions for the notice are included.
  5. Notice of Deficiencies: The Notice of Deficiencies lists the items that are still needed or must be corrected to submit your ABC Application. All of the items listed in the Notice of Deficient Documents should be provided prior to the preliminary hearing, if possible, and no later than at final review. Note: If the ABC Application is not completed and submitted or the supplemental information is not provided in the allotted time, the ABC Application will either be delayed or canceled. 
  6. At Preliminary Hearing: The public hearing will take place, and the ABC Application, along with the supporting documents, will be read into the record. After the preliminary hearing, any remaining items must be completed and submitted within 10 days. This will help you avoid delays in the New Mexico ABC processing your application. 
  7. Issuance of Hearing Officers Recommendations: After the closing date of Posting and once the ABC Application for a Sandoval County alcohol license has been reviewed by the Legal Department, if required, you will have to revise or provide any additional documents that are still needed before receiving preliminary approval.
  8. Review of Recommendations by Director for Preliminary Approval: When the ABC Application for a Sandoval County liquor license and Recommendations have been reviewed by the Director, your application will be shared with the local governing body where you plan to run your business. 
  9. Application Forwarded to Local Option District and Public Hearing at Local Option District Level: The local governing body will publish notice of a hearing at the local governing body and perform a public hearing before the local governing body within 45 days of submitting the ABC Application for a liquor license in Sandoval County.
  10. Decision by Local Option District: After the hearing with the local governing body takes place, they have 30 days to provide us with all of the signed documents. 
  11. Notice to Applicant of Final Deficiencies and/or Licensing Fee: At this time, your Hearing Officer will contact you to let you know if any further information or paperwork is needed. You will also need to finalize payment of the Licensing Fee prior to being issued the alcohol permit in Sandoval County, New Mexico.
  12. Final Approval by Director: The Director will review all documents once the ABC Application is completed and the payments have been made and received. After the ABC Application is approved, you will receive a packet that includes the Sandoval County Liquor License, Resident Agent License, copies of the Approved Floor Plan, if applicable, signed application pages, and Mandatory Posters, with a copy of Rules & Regulations and State Statutes available and accessible on the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) website. All paid fees are non-refundable. The ABC Application process could take anywhere from 120 to 150 days.


Our expert liquor license brokers can guide you through the following eight steps to procure a liquor license in Sandoval County, NM.


  1. Secure the location: Choose where you will be conducting business. This space must be leased, rented, or purchased. 
  2. Select your liquor license: Determine which type of Sandoval County liquor license you need for your business location. Then, decide how you will secure an alcohol license - either from the New Mexico ABC or from an alcohol license broker on the open market like Liquor License Auctioneers.
  3. Open your escrow account: Use a third-party company to create an escrow account. The escrow account will be where all financial transactions associated with the sale and transfer of the Sandoval County liquor license are placed.
  4. Survey the location: Employ a surveyor to inspect your business establishment. Our team can complete this step on your behalf. 
  5. Complete your ABC Application: Once you’ve filled out the ABC Application for a Sandoval County alcohol license in its entirety, be sure to submit it to the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC). The NM ABC will thoroughly review the ABC Application. Have our liquor license brokers help you complete this step. 
  6. Post a notice: When the New Mexico Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) approves your ABC Application for a Sandoval County alcohol license, they will mail you a notice of intent to sell alcohol. Once you receive the notice, it must be displayed at your place of business for a total of 30 days.
  7. Submit to the investigation: After the 30 days have elapsed, the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) will come to your business location to conduct a final inspection to be sure you have followed all the rules and regulations to sell or serve liquor.
  8. Receive the liquor license: After passing the inspection from the New Mexico Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), you’ll receive the official Sandoval County liquor license. When you receive it, you must post the alcohol permit at your establishment.


To ensure that you receive your Sandoval County liquor license in a timely manner, follow the above eight steps as closely as possible. These steps meet the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division’s standards for securing an alcohol permit. Be sure that you also check to see if your local municipal government has additional stipulations for obtaining a liquor license in Bernalillo, New Mexico. This extra step will help you avoid additional delays in receiving an alcohol license.


There is plenty of competition in New Mexico for Sandoval County liquor licenses. When you choose Liquor License Auctioneers, you’ll be working with knowledgeable professionals who understand how important securing a Sandoval County alcohol permit is to your business. We stand by our ethical business practices, our honest prices, and our quality customer service. Check out all of the listed Sandoval County alcohol licenses on our bidding platform. Place a bid, and purchase a liquor license in Sandoval County today.

Sandoval County Liquor Licenses for Sale

Liquor License Auctioneers was established in 2012 by a former California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Investigator to give buyers and sellers an online auction platform featuring Sandoval County liquor licenses for sale. Buyers and sellers can purchase or list a Sandoval County alcohol license on our bidding platform, which is updated in real-time. Make an offer, and buy a liquor license in Sandoval County, New Mexico, now.

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

The process of attaining an alcohol license in Sandoval County can be long and confusing to business proprietors. It doesn’t have to be with the help of the knowledgeable and experienced team at Liquor License Auctioneers. The time it takes to receive an alcohol permit in Sandoval County, NM, can be expedited with the assistance of our liquor license brokers. Contact our expert alcohol license brokers by phone at 818.345.2226, or send us an email to get the process started.