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Types of Delaware County Liquor Licenses

As a business owner in Delaware County, PA, it’s imperative that you have a proper Delaware  County alcohol license to sell alcohol to customers. In Southeastern Pennsylvania, specifically in Delaware County, a majority of the 567,000 residents are fans of professional sporting events. The area draws many tourists due to all the professional sports events in the state. Delaware County gets its name from the nearby Delaware River, and the county seat is the borough of Media, PA. Tourists visit the area to go to professional sports games as well as the Tyler Arboretum, Brandywine Battlefield Park, and Chanticleer Gardens. There is also an annual Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park which draws a crowd each year in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.


In order to provide alcohol to patrons at your Delaware establishment legally, we offer online Delaware 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 Delaware 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 Delaware County, PA.
  • Type D: Permits distributors to sell beer for off-premises consumption. All beer sales have to be in their original containers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.


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

How to Buy a Delaware County Liquor License

There are four ways to acquire a liquor license in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. 


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


If you choose to obtain a Delaware County alcohol license through one of the aforementioned liquor license transfers, you can use a liquor license broker, like Liquor License Auctioneers. You’ll receive your Delaware County alcohol permit on the open market. 


There is a cap on the number of liquor licenses available to businesses in Delaware County, which means that acquiring a Delaware County alcohol license from the PLCB is not always an option. If you need a specific type of Delaware County liquor license, you might have to wait for another person to sell a liquor license to you through one of the liquor license transfers on the secondary market. 


We are proud to be the only online auction platform for alcohol licenses in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Our expertise in this industry has allowed us to connect with some of the best lawyers and business owners, giving us the opportunity to offer Delaware County liquor licenses exclusively on our bidding platform. These Delaware County alcohol permits are only available on our auction, and other brokerages don’t have the ability to sell these alcohol licenses. Let us know if there is a specific type of Delaware County liquor license that you need for your type of business establishment. We can use our network connections to locate the Delaware County liquor license that you want to purchase. 


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


  1. Secure the location: Select a business location where you’d like to sell alcohol in Delaware County and rent, lease, or purchase the premises.
  2. Select your liquor license: Find the proper type of Delaware County alcohol license for the type of business you have, and then decide if you’ll purchase it from the PLCB or from a liquor license broker on the open market like Liquor License Auctioneers.
  3. Open your attorney trust account: All funds related to purchasing the Delaware County liquor license must be held in an attorney trust account. This account should be set up with an attorney in charge of the Delaware County alcohol license transfer.
  4. Survey the location: Your business premises must be properly inspected. You can choose to hire a contractor, or our liquor license brokers can complete this step for you.
  5. Complete your PLCB Application: Fill out all related forms and documents associated with the PLCB Application. These original forms must be signed and dated, and then they will be reviewed during an interview with a PLCB Investigator. After they are reviewed, they must be approved.
  6. Post a Public Notice of Application: Once the PLCB Application has been reviewed, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Bureau of Licensing will issue you a Public Notice of Application. This notice is usually an orange piece of paper alerting customers that your business plans on selling or serving alcohol. This Public Notice of Application must be posted near the entrance of your business for at least 30 days and until the PLCB approves you for a Delaware County alcohol license.
  7. Submit to investigation: At this point, one more inspection of your business must be conducted by the PLCB to make sure your business meets all the requirements for selling alcohol in Delaware County. This inspection is done before they grant you the Delaware County liquor license.
  8. Receive the liquor license: If all seven previous steps were approved, then you should receive your Delaware County liquor license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) in the mail. When the official Delaware County alcohol license has been sent to you, it must be displayed at your business before alcohol or liquor sales can begin.


Obtaining a Delaware County liquor license is a time-consuming process, but if you closely follow the eight steps required by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), the process will go smoothly and not take longer than it needs to. If you want to be sure you receive your alcohol license in Delaware County as quickly as possible, check to see if the local municipal government has any other stipulations that must be met before purchasing a liquor license in Media, PA. If you are aware of these additional requirements, the process of acquiring an alcohol permit in Delaware County, PA, will be faster so you can begin selling alcohol at your business.


There are many types of businesses vying for liquor licenses in Delaware County, PA. When you use our auction platform to bid on Delaware County liquor licenses, you’ll see our fair prices met with ethical business practices. We provide quality service and will go the extra step of helping you track down a type of liquor license that isn’t currently available for auction. See all the Delaware County liquor licenses for sale, and place a bid.

Delaware County alcohol permits

Founded in 2012 by a previous Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Investigator in California, Liquor License Auctioneers strives to provide liquor licenses in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Our auction platform is updated in real-time with fairly priced Delaware County alcohol permits. View all available Delaware County alcohol licenses, and buy one now.

Contact Liquor License Auctioneers

Purchasing a Delaware County liquor license in Pennsylvania can be a long process. Our expert liquor license brokers on staff can help expedite the process of receiving an alcohol permit so you’ll have your Delaware County alcohol license in no time to serve or sell alcohol to your customers. Contact Liquor License Auctioneers with any questions, and our team will be happy to assist you in obtaining a liquor license in Delaware County, PA. Call us at 818.345.2226 or send us an email