Buying or Selling a Liquor License in Michigan

If you are looking to purchase a liquor license in the state of Michigan, the process can be very complex, as Michigan has among one of the most complex liquor control laws in the nation. The Law Offices of Joseph Nafsu can assist you in liquor license procurement, transfers, and adding or removing owners and/or permits.

The Process of Obtaining a Liquor License

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

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A liquor license attorney will first aid you with figuring out the kind of liquor license you need, plan to transfer, or acquire, such as Class-C, Resort Class-C, SDM, SDD, etc. The Law Offices of Joseph Nafsu 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 license that can be bought. The catering permit would allow you to supply alcohol in the original container to a customer’s event as long as they meet particular criteria such as the event needing to be a private occasion serving alcohol at no charge.

Keeping the Liquor License Once Obtained

Maintaining an alcohol certificate after you have acquired one is another process completely. The MLCC has many policies you must comply with 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 at risk. If you are purchasing a liquor license from another party, their history might affect the process of transferring the licenses and permits to you, as well.  Be sure to consult with an experienced liquor license attorney at The Law Offices of Joseph Nafsu for a smooth licensing transaction.

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