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Types of Berks County Liquor Licenses

In Pennsylvania, all Berks County businesses must have a specific Berks County alcohol license to sell alcohol legally. Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, Berks County is home to nearly 423,000 residents. Most of the people reside in Berks County’s largest city, Reading, PA, which also happens to be the county seat. There are many attractions that draw people to Berks County, including Blue Marsh National Recreation Area, Crystal Caves, Reading Public Museum, and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. Each summer, the annual Berks County Fair in Leesport, PA, brings even more people to the area with farm and agricultural events. 


In order to sell liquor legally to your customers, we offer online Berks 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 Berks 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 Berks County, PA.
  • Type D: Permits distributors to sell beer for off-premises consumption. All beer sales have to be in their original containers in Berks County, Pennsylvania.


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

How to Buy a Berks County Liquor License

Business owners can obtain a Berks County alcohol license in one of the following four ways.


  1. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB): Receive an alcohol license in Berks County directly from the Bureau of Licensing. All new applicants must apply to the PLCB.
  2. Person-to-Person Berks 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 Berks County alcohol permit changes hands.
  3. Place-to-Place Berks County Alcohol License Transfer: The owner of a liquor license in Berks 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 Berks County Liquor License Transfer: Both the ownership and the business location are transferred to the applicant. Ownership and place of business changes.


By selecting any of the Berks County alcohol license transfer options above, you can have a liquor license broker, like Liquor License Auctioneers, assist you in purchasing an alcohol license in Berks County through the open market. 


Due to the restricted amount of liquor licenses in Berks County, it may not be possible to acquire an alcohol permit from the PLCB. If this is the case, you may have to be patient until a seller agrees to sell a liquor license to you in Berks County, PA. 


Helping business proprietors acquire liquor licenses in Berks County is our area of expertise. In our many years of experience in this business, we’ve gained numerous valuable connections to business entrepreneurs and lawyers. Some of these relationships have given us opportunities to auction exclusive alcohol licenses in Berks County that no other brokerage can sell. This puts us at a competitive advantage and allows us to price the Berks County liquor licenses fairly. Please let us know if you are looking for a specific type of alcohol permit in Berks County. Our liquor license brokers will be able to secure a liquor license and make it available on our online bidding platform. 


Liquor License Auctioneers is available to help lead you through the following eight steps to secure a liquor license in Berks County, PA. 


  1. Secure the location: Pick a place of business where you’ll provide alcohol for customers, and either lease, rent, or purchase this space.
  2. Select your liquor license: Based on the type of business you own, choose which Berks County liquor license you’ll need to obtain. This is also the point where you’ll choose how you’ll receive the alcohol permit - through the PLCB or one of the three transfer options using a liquor license broker, such as Liquor License Auctioneers.
  3. Open your attorney trust account: Create an attorney trust account, ideally with an attorney handling the Berks County liquor license transfer. This attorney trust account will be where all finances associated with the sale and transfer of the liquor license in Berks County are held.
  4. Survey the location: An inspection must be done of your business location. You can either have a contractor or our liquor license brokers complete this step for you.
  5. Complete your PLCB Application: Submit all signed and dated Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Application documents for review. An interview will be set up with a PLCB Investigator who will determine if your PLCB Application is approved.
  6. Post a Public Notice of Application: If the PLCB Application gets approved for a Berks County alcohol license, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Bureau of Licensing will mail you a Public Notice of Application, which you are instructed to display near the front entrance of your business establishment for a 30-day time frame. This orange notice must stay posted until you hear if the PLCB is going to approve you for a liquor license in Berks County, PA.
  7. Submit to investigation: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will do a final investigation of your business premises to ensure that your business establishment is ready to sell or serve alcohol.
  8. Receive the liquor license: The PLCB Bureau of Licensing will send you the Berks County alcohol license if you’ve passed all of the preceding seven steps. When you receive the Berks County alcohol permit, you must feature the liquor license in your establishment.


Completing all eight of the aforementioned steps meets the PLCB’s guidelines for obtaining a liquor license in Berks County, Pennsylvania. To ensure that you receive the Berks County alcohol license efficiently, you should check with your local municipality to see if there are additional requirements and stipulations that must be met to acquire a liquor license in Reading, PA. Having knowledge of what these additional regulations are can save you time in securing your Berks County alcohol license. 


In Pennsylvania, the competition is strong for businesses seeking alcohol licenses in Berks County. We pride ourselves on having the only online auction platform for Berks County liquor licenses, as well as maintaining and upholding our ethical business model. When you are looking for Berks County alcohol licenses for sale, see our auction platform, and place your bid now. 

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Founded in 2012, Liquor License Auctioneers provides an ethical online auction platform for buying and selling Berks County alcohol licenses. Liquor License Auctioneers was started by a former Investigator of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). With this knowledge and expertise, we are the premier and only online auction platform that has Berks County liquor licenses for sale at honest prices, available to bid on any time of the day or night. Browse all available alcohol licenses in Berks County, Pennsylvania - updated in real-time - and purchase one now.

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

Acquiring an alcohol permit in Berks County, PA, can take a considerable amount of time and effort. However, Liquor License Auctioneers has the ability to accelerate the process of purchasing a liquor license in Berks County. Contact our expert liquor license brokers by calling us at 818.345.2226 or sending us an email.  Our team will be happy to assist you in securing an alcohol license for Berks County, PA.