San Diego Liquor License Transfer Attorneys
Liquor License Transfer Representation in Southern Calfornia
When an establishment that holds a liquor license is sold, the license needs to be transferred to the new ownership. The transfer must be approved by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Structuring a buy/sell agreement that complies with the State of California statutes and regulations for the transfer of a liquor license can be challenging. At the San Diego law firm of Martinez & Schill LLP, we are skilled in drafting compliant, enforceable agreements. Our San Diego hospitality industry lawyers make sure our clients interests are protected at every step and help facilitate a smooth transfer of the business and the liquor license.
Managing Problems with Liquor License Transfers in San Diego
There are numerous laws and regulations involved in transferring a liquor license. The services of an experienced restaurant and hospitality lawyer can help reduce the likelihood of a costly delay in obtaining your license. According to ABC, obtaining a liquor license transfer takes on average about 120 days for a transfer, though it can take much longer if problems arise. Our attorneys will make sure your application is properly filed and any and all questions from ABC are answered accurately. We will also assist in mitigating any issues that may arise in the approval process.
Despite carefully crafted agreements, some liquor license transfer applications are denied by ABC. ABC conducts thorough investigations of all applications for liquor licenses and liquor license transfers. The application may be denied if the Department does not approve of the character or history of the transferee. It may also be denied if the Department does not approve of a proposed change in location for the establishment. In some cases, a transfer may be protested and applicants will have to go through a liquor license protest hearing. Our San Diego hospitality industry lawyers understand how costly problems securing a liquor license transfer and the resulting inability to serve or sell liquor can be to a business, and we strive to resolve these matters favorably as quickly as possible.
If you are buying or selling a business that requires a liquor license, contact us at 619-512-5995 to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation to discuss how we can assist you in the process. We will explain the statutory and regulatory requirements of liquor license transfers and identify any potential pitfalls. Our office is located in downtown San Diego, and we offer flexible appointment hours for consultations to accommodate our clients’ busy schedules.