Looking to open a business that sells alcohol in Merced County? You will need to obtain a liquor license as mandated by California, Merced County, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The ABC actually limits the number of licenses issued in each county, which can make acquiring a liquor license very competitive, expensive and stressful. Most often, this leaves many liquor licenses in the hands of private sellers who can drive up prices, knowing that their license is in high demand. In addition, the path to obtaining the license is riddled with obstacles that can take a great deal of time to surmount. Fortunately, License Locators are committed to assist you in this process and get you the license you need quickly and efficiently.

When it comes to earning a liquor license, the price can vary depending on the rise and fall of the market. This can mean that, at times, liquor licenses can be exorbitantly expensive. Note that those seeking licenses that allow the sale of beer and wine exclusively will be less expensive than licenses that allow for the sale of all alcohol—including liquor. This is true whether you plan to open a bar, nightclub, restaurant, convenience store, or supermarket. The difference can be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The market can be difficult to navigate for the less experienced, so License Locators can help find a fair seller and negotiate a reasonable deal so you can open your business faster and easier.

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Merced County has many legal stipulations and red tape to get through before getting a liquor license. The ABC requires many things—zoning permit, proof of lease or ownership of the property, and on top of that all of these entail that you follow local and state regulations. On top of this, the complicated nature of the liquor license transfer process can make many proprietors feel at a loss for how long it will take to actually receive the permit. License Locators brokerage service will help accelerate the securement of the licenses you need, so that you can open your business according to plan.

In order to apply for a liquor license, you must first know which one you need. There are a plethora of license depending on the business you intend to establish and what alcohol you want to sell. As stated earlier, the prices differ depending on what you want. If you are opening a restaurant that will sell only beer and wine, then you will apply for a Type 41 license. However, if you seek to sell and serve beer, wine, and alcohol, then you will need a Type 47 liquor license. If you would like to sell alcohol without serving food, such as in a bar, you will get a type 48 license, which allows you to sell liquor for patrons twenty-one years of age and older.

On the other hand, you may be seeking to open a gas station, convenience store, or supermarket. A Type 20 or Type 21 liquor license will be just what you need. Similar to a restaurant establishment, a Type 20 license allows for the sale of beer and wine, while a Type 21 allows for the sale of beer, wine, and legal. Keep in mind that legal stipulation insists that under these licenses, beverages must be sealed and consumed offsite. Once you know which license you need, you have overcome one hurdle of the licensing process.

Getting the correct license for your business in Merced County can be a venture riddled with dense legal material, confusing regulations, and intense competition. Whether you seek to open your dream restaurant or own a franchise, License Locators will be with you every step of the way to help you overcome those tricky obstacles. Our brokerage services have been proven to help our clients receive the license they need with relative ease, and our guidance will give you confidence to move forward with your business.