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Buying or Selling a Liquor License

liquorIf you are seeking a liquor license in the state of Michigan, the process can be very complex as Michigan has one of the most dynamic liquor control laws in the nation. Eyestone Law Offices PLC can help you work through the process for liquor license acquisition, transfers, and adding or removing owners or permits.

The Process of Obtaining a Liquor License

While the application process itself can appear to be quite simple, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has many rules, regulations, and standard practices that an experienced liquor license attorney uses in your favor to expedite your liquor license application.  Simple mistakes can easily increase the turn around time for an application from 6 months to as long as 12 to 18 months.

A liquor license lawyer will first help you determine the type of liquor license you need, plan to transfer or acquire, such as Class-C, Resort Class-C, SDM, SDD, etc. Your liquor license attorney will also review your business plans to ensure applications are made for the permits needed for your liquor license, such as Sunday-sales, dancing, outdoor service, golf, etc.  There is also a new catering permit that can be purchased. The catering permit would allow you to deliver alcohol in the original package to a customer’s venue as long as they meet certain criteria such as the event must be a private event that is serving liquor at no charge.

Keeping the Liquor License Once You’ve Obtained it

Keeping a liquor license after you have been granted one is another process altogether. The MLCC has many regulations you must follow in order to ensure that your liquor license is not revoked. Reporting problems with liquor and beer, server training, imported liquor and other requirements can put your liquor license in jeopardy.  If you are acquiring a liquor license from another party, their history might affect the process for transferring the licenses and permits to you, as well.  Be sure to consult with an experienced liquor license attorney at Eyestone Law Offices PLC for a smooth licensing transaction.