Types of Valencia County Liquor Licenses
Business owners in Valencia County should obtain an alcohol license in Valencia County, New Mexico, to sell liquor to customers legally. Located in central New Mexico, Valencia County is home to nearly 77,000 people. Many of these residents live in Valencia County’s largest city, Los Lunas, which is also the county seat. Visitors and locals enjoy spending time at Valencia County attractions, such as Harvey House Museum, El Cerro de Los Lunas Preserve, Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, and Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. Each year, the Valencia County Fair takes place in Los Trujillos-Gabaldon, New Mexico, with a parade and livestock events.
To sell alcohol at your Valencia County establishment properly, we offer online Valencia 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 Valencia 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 Valencia County, New Mexico.
- RET: Permits all liquor sales -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for off-premises consumption in Valencia County, NM.
Each New Mexico liquor license grants the holder the right to sell in a specific New Mexico county, such as Valencia. Liquor licenses are not transferable between counties. They are, however, transferable between owners, which means you can legally buy or sell any Valencia County ABC liquor license.
How to Buy a Valencia County Liquor License
There are two ways for a buyer to procure a Valencia County liquor license. One route is by purchasing an alcohol license from the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC). The other alternative is to obtain a liquor license in Valencia County through the open market using a liquor license broker, like Liquor License Auctioneers.
Since there is a limited number of Valencia County alcohol permits available, the best way to receive a liquor license is through an alcohol license broker on the secondary market. Often, you will have to wait until a seller is able to sell a liquor license to you in Valencia County, NM.
This is our area of expertise. Over the many years we’ve spent in this industry, we’ve developed relationships with both lawyers and business proprietors who also specialize in this field. Our network of connections allows us to offer exclusive Valencia County alcohol licenses that are only available on our auction platform. Since no other alcohol permit brokerage can sell these same liquor licenses, we can offer them at fair prices. If you don’t see the exact type of Valencia County liquor license that you need, let us know. We can locate the specific type of alcohol license through our business network.
How to Apply for a Liquor License in Valencia County, New Mexico:
- Preliminary Review of Application: Once the ABC Application for a Valencia County liquor license has been reviewed, if any documents or information is missing, you will receive a Notice of Deficiencies in the mail. This Notice will explain what information is still required in order to complete the ABC Application for a Valencia County alcohol permit. Appointed Representative - If the Applicant submitted authorization with the ABC Application for a Valencia County alcohol license that they will be represented by a CPA, attorney, or broker, then your selected Representative will be contacted on your behalf.
- Posting Request Sent to Department of Public Safety (DPS): This next step is to be completed by the Special Investigations Unit. Your Hearing Officer will send you a request, and the Agent that is assigned to you will reach out and let you know that the Certificate must be posted at your business establishment. The Certificate must be posted for 20 consecutive days before preliminary approval.
- Notice of Preliminary Hearing: Your preliminary hearing should take place within 30 days of receipt of your ABC Application for a Valencia County liquor license as mandated by statute. At this time, you will be served a Notice that says the time and date of your preliminary hearing. It will also include the name of the Hearing Officer who is assigned to your ABC Application. The preliminary hearing can either be done by phone or in person, and you can let your Hearing Officer know which way you’d prefer.
- Notice of Publication: The Applicant for a Valencia County alcohol license must publish a notice of the preliminary hearing in a local newspaper with general circulation at least 72 hours before the hearing. The Notice of Publication allows the public to have an opportunity to voice concerns or approval for the ABC Application for an alcohol permit in Valencia County by sending letters. Each of the letters will be sent to the Local Option District for review. If you fail to publish notice of the preliminary hearing or fail to provide proof of publication within 48 hours of your hearing date to the Hearing Officer, the hearing may be canceled or rescheduled. The Applicant for a Valencia County alcohol permit must publish the Notice provided to them in the newspaper’s legal section for at least one day. Instructions for the Notice are included.
- Notice of Deficiencies: The Notice of Deficiencies is a list of all of the items that are still required or items that need to be corrected in order to submit your ABC Application. All of these items listed in the Notice of Deficient Documents should be provided before the preliminary hearing, if possible. These items cannot be submitted later than the final review. Note: If the ABC Application for a Valencia County liquor license is not completed or submitted with the supplemental information in the time frame, the application will be delayed or canceled.
- At Preliminary Hearing: The public hearing will then take place, and the ABC Application for a Valencia County alcohol permit, with its supporting documents, will be read into the record. When the preliminary hearing is over, the remaining documents and items that need to be corrected will need to be resubmitted within 10 days. If you meet this requirement, you will avoid any further delays in the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) processing your application.
- Issuance of Hearing Officers Recommendations: After the closing date of Posting and after the ABC Application for a Valencia County alcohol license has been reviewed by the Legal Department, if required, you will have to correct or provide additional documents and information that is still needed before receiving preliminary approval.
- Review of Recommendations by Director for Preliminary Approval: Once the ABC Application and Recommendations have been reviewed and approved by the Director, the ABC Application will be shared with the local governing body where you will operate your business.
- Application Forwarded to Local Option District and Public Hearing at Local Option District Level: The local governing body will publish notice of a public hearing at the local governing body and then perform a public hearing before the local governing body within a time frame of 45 days of submitting the ABC Application for an alcohol license in Valencia County, New Mexico.
- Decision by Local Option District: Once the public hearing with the local governing body has been completed, they have 30 days to send us all of the signed documents.
- Notice to Applicant of Final Deficiencies and/or Licensing Fee: Your Hearing Officer will reach out to you, letting you know if more information or documentation is needed. At this time, you will also need to pay the Licensing Fee before you are issued the alcohol license in Valencia County.
- Final Approval by Director: The Director will review all of the documents when the ABC Application for a Valencia County liquor license is complete, as well as when the payments have been received. Once the ABC Application is approved, you will be sent a packet, including the Valencia County alcohol 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 not refundable, and the entire process takes anywhere from 120 to 150 days.
To secure a liquor license in Valencia County, NM, complete the following eight steps with the help of Liquor License Auctioneers.
- Secure the location: Select a business location where you will be serving alcoholic beverages. The premises must be leased, rented, or purchased.
- Select your liquor license: Decide which type of Valencia County liquor license you need for your place of business, and then choose the way you will obtain your alcohol permit - either from the NM ABC or from a liquor license broker on the secondary market, such as Liquor License Auctioneers.
- Open your escrow account: With a third-party business, open an escrow account. This account will be where all finances associated with the Valencia County alcohol license will be placed.
- Survey the location: Hire a contractor to conduct an inspection of your business. Our liquor license brokers can complete this step for you.
- Complete your ABC Application: Fill out the New Mexico ABC Application for a Valencia County liquor license. Then, submit the ABC Application and all of the required forms and documents to the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC). The NM ABC will review the application and approve it. Have Liquor License Auctioneers assist you in completing the ABC Application.
- Post a notice: Once the ABC Application is approved by the New Mexico Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC), they will send you a notice of intent to sell liquor. When you get this notice in the mail, you are instructed to post it at your business establishment for 30 days.
- Submit to investigation: Once the 30-day time frame has passed, the NM ABC will come to your place of business and perform a final investigation to be sure that everything is up to code and that you have met all of the requirements for selling alcohol.
- Receive the liquor license: If you’ve completed all of the previous seven steps, the New Mexico Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will send you the official Valencia County liquor license. You must display it at your place of business.
In order to receive the Valencia County alcohol license in an accelerated manner, be sure to follow the above eight steps closely. These steps will meet the requirements from the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) for obtaining a Valencia County liquor license. Another important step is to check with your local municipal government to see if they have any additional regulations or stipulations for securing a liquor license in Los Lunas, New Mexico.
In New Mexico, there is a decent amount of competition for alcohol licenses. Select the experts at Liquor License Auctioneers to work with to acquire your Valencia County liquor license. We have plenty of knowledge in this industry, excellent customer service, quality connections, ethical business practices, and fair alcohol permit prices. See all of our listed Valencia County liquor licenses for sale on our auction platform, and place a bid now.