The Ultimate Guide to Liquor License Costs in Florida

Published: Nov 10, 2014
How Much Does a Liquor License Cost in Florida?

Is your business related to selling liquor in Florida? If yes, you’re probably already familiar with the process of getting your liquor license in the state. Still, the licensing costs can be confusing.

How much does a liquor license cost in Florida, really? Since the fees for the different types of licenses vary, we’ve compiled this guide to help you out in your licensing process.

Don’t forget that for all kinds of liquor licenses in Florida, you need to obtain an alcohol bond. This is a kind of surety bond that guarantees your compliance with state legislation in terms of selling liquor.

Let’s go through the different types of licenses, so that you have a clear idea what to expect during your licensing.

Beer and Wine Licenses

You'll need a liquor license if you want to sell wine in Florida
If you are selling beer and/or wine, there are a few possible licenses. Costs vary greatly between them, especially depending on county sizes. You can check out the Fee Chart with full information about the fees according to license type and county size.

  • Beer Package Sales (1APS): The fee is between $20 and $100 depending on county size, plus 40% of the fee
  • Beer Consumption on Premises (1COP): Between $40 and $200 depending on county size, plus 40% of the fee
  • Beer and Wine Package Sales (2APS): Between $60 and $140 depending on county size, plus 40% of the fee
  • Beer and Wine Consumption on Premises (2COP): Between $120 and $280 depending on county size, plus 40% of the fee

Beer, Wine and Liquor Licenses

The other kind of liquor licenses in Florida include selling of beer, wine and liquor together. As with the previous type of licenses, the costs here vary depending on inclusiveness of the package and the size of the county in which your business operates.

  • Beer, Wine and Liquor Package Sales (3PS, 3APS, 3BPS, 3CPS, 3DPS): The fees are $1,365, $1,170, $975, $643.50 and $468, respectively for licenses 3PS to 3DPS (differ in the size of the county)
  • Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises (4COP, 5COP, 6COP, 7COP, 8COP): The fees are $1,820, $1,560, $1,300, $858 and $624, respectively for licenses 4COP to 8COP (differ in the size of the county)

Club and Special Licenses

Golf clubs also need liquor licenses in Florida, if they're offering alcohol
Besides the regular licenses for beer, wine or for all kinds of liquor, there are also club and special licenses. These are for owners of specific organizations who also need a liquor license, such as golf clubs and performing arts centers, for example.

  • Lodges and other Club License for Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises (11C): $400
  • Special Club License for Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises (11CS): $1,750
  • American Legion Club License for Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises (11AL): $500
  • Performing Arts License for Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises (11PA): $400
  • Private Golf Clubs Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises (11CG): $400
  • Golf Clubs Open to the General Public Beer, Wine, and Liquor Consumption on Premises (11CG PC): The fee varies between $624 and $1,820, depending on the county size (just like the 4COP to 8COP licenses vary, as explained above)
  • Caterer License for Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises (13CT): $1,820
  • Race Track Caterer at Jai Alai, Dog and Horse Tracks License for Beer, Wine and Liquor Consumption on Premises by the drink (12RT): $675

Getting your liquor license in Florida

In case you have not found the cost of the license type you need, you can consult the full list of license types and their fees.

The State of Florida organizes a yearly lottery and grants liquor licenses to the winning participants. As there is a quota of liquor vendors, with every increase of 7,500 residents of a county, a new quota license is created. The lottery is a great opportunity for your business to get a full license instead of struggling to transfer one from another business.

The lottery runs from the third Monday in August every year for 45 days. The fee to participate is $100, non-refundable .

Keep in mind also that the fee for transferring a license is 10% of the annual fee without the 40% surtax. There are two possible license periods within the year: from October 1 to September 30 and from April 1 to March 31.

In case you need to get an alcohol bond or renew your old one, Lance Surety Bond Associates can help. The bond premiums vary depending on the type of license and your credit score. For example, for distributors of wine and beer, the requirement is a $25.000 bond. This means that the bond price will be between $250 and $1,000 for applicants with good credit score.

Apply online to get a free quote of the exact bond price for your business.

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Vic Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a logistics officer during a combat tour to Afghanistan. and as an officer in charge of an Iraqi Police Transition Team during a subsequent tour to Iraq. Later, he was assigned to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, serving as Assistant Professor of Naval Science and Marine Officer Instructor. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.