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Types of Chester County Liquor Licenses

The competitive nature of businesses in Chester County, PA, requires all establishment owners to purchase a Chester County liquor license to sell or serve alcohol legally. In southeastern Pennsylvania, Chester County - commonly referred to as Chesco - boasts a population of 534,000 people. As one of the first three Pennsylvania counties created back in 1682 by William Penn, the county is named after England’s city of Chester. The county seat and largest city in Chester County is West Chester, PA. Many residents and tourists spend time at Longwood Gardens, the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, and Chester County History Center. People also visit the area each year to attend the Goshen County Fair in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to enjoy lots of entertainment, amusement, and food.


As a business proprietor, you’ll need to secure a proper alcohol license in Chester County. We offer online Chester 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 Chester 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 Chester County, PA.
  • Type D: Permits distributors to sell beer for off-premises consumption. All beer sales have to be in their original containers in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 


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

How to Buy a Chester County Liquor License

Select one of the following four ways to acquire your Chester County liquor license. 


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


If you decide to receive a liquor license by any of the aforementioned transfer options, you may obtain an alcohol license in Chester County, on the open market, with the help of a liquor license broker, such as Liquor License Auctioneers. 


Like many Pennsylvania counties, there is a restricted amount of alcohol licenses in Chester County that are available at any point. If there is a limited number of liquor licenses, obtaining an alcohol permit in Chester County from the PLCB may not be viable.  In this situation, you have to be patient until a seller is willing to sell a liquor license to you through any of the three liquor license transfers in Chester County.


As the only online bidding platform for Chester County alcohol licenses, we’ve maintained our expertise in this industry. We’ve formed excellent relationships with both business owners and lawyers who work in this field, guaranteeing us availability to Chester County liquor licenses that are solely up for auction on our platform. With this exclusivity, no other liquor license broker can sell these Chester County alcohol licenses, and we are able to set our prices fairly. Please let us know if your business needs a Chester County liquor license, and we can pursue that specific license type for you. 


Our experienced alcohol license brokers are able to guide you through the eight steps to acquire a Chester County alcohol license. 


  1. Secure the location: Make sure that you have proof of a place of business, whether you are renting, leasing, or purchasing the location.
  2. Select your liquor license: Identify which type of Chester County liquor license you need for your business, and purchase from the PLCB, or choose the best license transfer using an alcohol permit broker, such as Liquor License Auctioneers to help you secure a Chester County alcohol license from the secondary market. 
  3. Open your attorney trust account: Funds related to the purchase of a Chester County alcohol license must be placed in an attorney trust account. This account should be set up with an attorney handling the Chester County alcohol permit transfer.
  4. Survey the location: Employ a surveyor to perform an inspection of your business establishment. Our liquor license brokers can complete this step for you. 
  5. Complete your PLCB Application: To finish the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Application, all original forms and documents have to be signed and dated. Then, these PLCB Application documents will be reviewed by a PLCB Investigator during a formal interview, where they will decide if your PLCB Application for a Chester County alcohol license is approved. 
  6. Post a Public Notice of Application: Following the completion of your PLCB Application for a Chester County liquor license, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Bureau of Licensing will issue you a Public Notice of Application. This must be properly displayed for at least 30 days near the main entrance of your business establishment. The Public Notice of Application for a Chester County alcohol permit must stay posted until the PLCB informs you if they will approve your business premises as suitable for selling liquor. 
  7. Submit to investigation: The next step in the process to acquire a liquor license in Chester County is to set up another inspection of your business location - this time with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). If the PLCB finds your place of business favorable for selling or serving alcohol, then you’ll be approved to attain the alcohol license in Chester County.
  8. Receive the liquor license: If you’ve successfully completed the prior seven steps, then the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Bureau of Licensing will mail you the formal Chester County alcohol license. As soon as you obtain the official alcohol permit for Chester County, it must be displayed on your business premises, allowing for your business to start selling or serving alcohol to your customers. 


It’s important to remember that there is no set time schedule for securing an alcohol license in Chester County, Pennsylvania. If you follow each of the eight steps closely and complete them efficiently, you’ve met all the requirements from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Bureau of Licensing, and you’ll typically receive the Chester County liquor license as quickly as possible. To be entirely sure the process won’t get delayed, it’s always a good idea to see if your local municipal government has any other stipulations, that must be met before you can obtain a liquor license in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Being aware of what these additional requirements are can not only save you time but can also help you sell alcohol to your customers faster. 


In Chester County, Pennsylvania, there is a lot of competition for businesses pursuing liquor licenses in Chester County. At Liquor License Auctioneers, we’ve set ourselves apart by supplying our Chester County alcohol licenses for auction at competitive yet ethical prices. Our quality service and experienced staff of alcohol permit brokers make themselves available to help you in your quest to acquire a liquor license in Chester County. Whether you need a liquor license available on our bidding platform or one you don’t see up for auction, let us know, and we can help locate a Chester County alcohol license for you. Our auction platform updates in real-time. See which liquor licenses in Chester County are available now, and make an offer.   

Chester County

Liquor License Auctioneers was launched in 2012 by a previous California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Investigator to provide alcohol licenses in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Use our one-of-a-kind auction platform to see all available Chester County liquor licenses for sale. Make an offer, and purchase an alcohol permit in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

Attaining a Chester County liquor license may be a drawn-out and tedious process. Liquor License Auctioneers can aid you in your endeavor to receive an alcohol permit in Chester County. Our team has the expertise to efficiently secure a Chester County liquor license. Please send us an email, or give us a call at 818.345.2226 if you have any inquiries or would like to have our liquor license brokers help you purchase a Chester County alcohol license.