How to get California State Approval for Your Liquor License
The state of California’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) evaluates liquor license eligibility based on owner’s background and findings from the local jurisdiction. The state process needs to occur at the same time as the local application process. However, the state level approval will not happen until the local jurisdiction approves the license of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP).
Prepare and Submit Initial Application
After doing the background research for your site and license type, you will prepare your state application at the same time as your local application. After you submit your initial application the state will wait for your local application to be approved.
After Local Approval the State ABC Process Begins
Once conditions are met for the local license, you will submit those qualifications to the state of California ABC. From there ABC will:
-Conduct an extensive background check of the owners/applicants
-Verify the financial viability of the owners/applicants
-Analyze the location. This step is similar to the local process of answering the need for your business in the area.
-Are city conditions being met to the satisfaction of the jurisdiction?
After the Review is Completed
The license will be issued once the state review is completed. However, don’t be fooled the process will not happen over night. In fact, often times you are looking at months to even a year before you can be approved to serve and sell alcohol.
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