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Types of Allegheny County Liquor Licenses

Every place of business in Allegheny County, PA that intends to sell alcohol as part of their product offering must have a proper Allegheny County alcohol license. In Southeast Pennsylvania, Allegheny County is the second-largest populated county with over 1.25 million residents. The largest city and also the county seat of Allegheny County is Pittsburgh, PA. Many tourists venture to this historic area to see sites such as the Andy Warhol Museum, Fallingwater, the Carnegie Science Center, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. All year round, Allegheny County has many festivals and events drawing travelers and locals to the area. 


If you seek to offer alcohol for sale to customers at your business establishment legally, we offer online Allegheny County liquor license auctions for the following permit types:


  • Type R: Permits restaurants, bars, and taverns to serve both food and liquor -- beer, wine, and spirits -- for consumption on-premises, as well as unopened liquor “to go” for consumption off-premises in Allegheny County.
  • Type E: Permits any eating establishment such as a corner store or a delicatessen to sell and serve beer for consumption on-premises, as well as beer “to go” for consumption off-premises in Allegheny County, PA.
  • Type D: Permits distributors to sell beer for off-premises consumption. All beer sales have to be in their original containers in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


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

How to Buy an Allegheny County Liquor License

An Allegheny County liquor license may be obtained in one of the following four ways.


  1. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB): Receive an alcohol license in Allegheny County directly from the Bureau of Licensing. All new applicants must apply to the PLCB.
  2. Person-to-Person Allegheny County Liquor License Transfer: This type of transfer applies to the owner of the liquor license, not the place of business. The ownership of the Allegheny County alcohol permit changes hands.
  3. Place-to-Place Allegheny County Alcohol License Transfer: The owner of a liquor license in Allegheny County can apply to transfer the liquor license to another business location. The owner stays the same.
  4. Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place Allegheny County Liquor License Transfer: Both the ownership and the business location are transferred to the applicant. Ownership and place of business changes.

If you prefer to obtain an Allegheny County liquor license on the open market, you can receive one with the help of a liquor license broker, such as Liquor License Auctioneers. 


Since there are a limited number of liquor licenses in Allegheny County, you may not be able to secure an alcohol permit from the PLCB. If this is the circumstance you are in, you may be able to find someone willing to sell a liquor license to you in Allegheny County via one of the previously listed liquor license transfer methods. 


We have experience helping all types of businesses acquire the right Allegheny County liquor license. Over the years in this industry, we’ve developed personal connections with numerous lawyers and business proprietors who specialize in this field. With these connections, we are able to provide Allegheny County alcohol licenses that are strictly available to our clientele on our auction platform. No other brokerage can sell or auction these alcohol permits, which allows us to price them ethically while being competitive. Let us know if there is a type of Allegheny County liquor license that you need to secure for your business establishment, and we’ll do our best to track it down in a timely manner so that you can get to selling alcohol to customers. 

Follow these eight steps to receive an Allegheny County liquor license with the help of Liquor License Auctioneers. 


  1. Secure the location: Find a location for your business where you can sell or serve alcohol. This business establishment must be leased, rented, or purchased.
  2. Select your liquor license: Based on your business, decide which type of Allegheny County liquor license you’ll want to purchase. Choose whether you’ll obtain it via a transfer from a liquor license broker, like Liquor License Auctioneers, or from the PLCB.
  3. Open your attorney trust account: This will be where all finances associated with the transfer and sale of the Allegheny County liquor license are held. Ideally, you’ll want an attorney to handle this trust account.
  4. Survey the location: Employ an inspector or our liquor license brokers to perform an inspection of your brick-and-mortar business location.
  5. Complete your PLCB Application: All forms and documents associated with the PLCB Application must be signed and dated as well as completed to apply for an Allegheny County alcohol license. After all the documents are filled out, you’ll set up an interview with an Investigator of the PLCB who will review everything in the PLCB Application process.
  6. Post a Public Notice of Application: If you pass the review stage, the PLCB Bureau of Licensing will send you a Public Notice of Application which should be displayed near the front of your business establishment visible to all of your customers. This notice shows that you intend to sell or serve alcohol on the premises. Keep the Public Notice of Application up for 30 days or until you hear back from the PLCB as to the status of your application.
  7. Submit to investigation: A final inspection must be done at your business by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to make sure that everything is up to code.
  8. Receive the liquor license: After you’ve completed the previous seven steps to the PLCB’s satisfaction, they will mail you the official Allegheny County liquor license, and you are required to display the alcohol license at your establishment.

These eight steps for acquiring an Allegheny County alcohol license meet the requirements set by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Bureau of Licensing. If you want to avoid possible delays in obtaining your Allegheny County alcohol permit, then be sure to check with your municipal government to see if they have any additional regulations to acquire a liquor license in Pittsburgh, PA.

Due to the limited number of Allegheny County liquor licenses available, competition for businesses seeking to attain alcohol permits in Allegheny County is steep. At Liquor License Auctioneers, we strive to provide not only exceptional service but also a variety of competitive Allegheny County alcohol licenses on our innovative liquor license auction platform. See all available Allegheny County liquor licenses for sale, and purchase one today.

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In 2012, Liquor License Auctioneers was founded by a previous CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Investigator. Our mission is to offer liquor licenses in Allegheny County, PA, at fair prices to businesses looking to sell or serve alcohol. See all Allegheny County liquor licenses for sale on our live auction platform, which is updated in real-time. Buy an alcohol license in Allegheny County now.

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

The process of attaining a liquor license in Allegheny County can be a hassle as there are a lot of steps you have to go through. With our experienced liquor license brokers at Liquor License Auctioneers, we’ll save you some time and stress while guiding you along the process of obtaining an alcohol permit in Allegheny County. Give us a call at 818.345.2226, or send us an email to start the conversation with a knowledgeable alcohol license broker who can help you secure an Allegheny County liquor license.