Michigan Liquor License
Liquor laws in Michigan are among the most complex out of all of the United States. Being able to navigate these laws efficiently yet with care requires both knowledge and experience. If you are looking into acquiring a liquor license, there are a number of things you should know before you begin the process.
First and foremost is to higher an experienced liquor licensing attorney. It is important that your lawyer knows the ins and outs of the Michigan liquor law, as these laws vary between states. This article is a resource for you in finding the right attorney and starting the process of obtaining a Michigan liquor license.
While there are different liquor boards, liquor authorities, and liquor controls in different states throughout the country, in Michigan, there is a Michigan Liquor Control Commission that takes care of all of the liquor licensing for the state. It was established in the 1930s following the end of prohibition and has been around ever since.
After you have become acquainted with your experienced Michigan liquor licensing lawyer, you and your lawyer will need to determine which type of liquor license you would like to apply for. Typically, if it is your first time applying for a liquor license, you will either be applying for an on premise license or an off premise license. You would want to look into getting an on premise license if you are anticipating the sale of alcohol for consumption in your place of business, such as in a bar or restaurant. If you are looking for a permit to sell alcohol in a liquor store, for consumption outside of your place of business, you will need to obtain an off-premise license.
Recently, licensing applications have been able to be found more frequently online than they had been in the past. This makes it easy for you to download the application forms that you need to obtain your license in an easily printable PDF format. The key here is to make sure that you are downloading the proper forms for your situation. Consulting a liquor license attorney will help ensure that you complete this step correctly.
You will also need to fill out an application for new licenses or an application for buyers for transfer of ownership or interest in license. These are also available for you to download online in a PDF format.
Finally, it will cost around $250 to purchase your retail liquor dealer tax stamp. This must be renewed annually and is a requirement for any business that sells alcohol.
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The experienced attorneys at Fahey Schultz Burzch Rhodes PLC have been working with Michigan's liquor laws for decades. Our liquor licensing lawyers will work with you to ensure the process of obtaining your liquor license goes smoothly for you.
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