Liquor Licenses for Stores & Restaurants
Farrell & Grochowski works with individuals who require assistance with a variety of liquor issues including obtaining licenses, buying and selling liquor stores, and other licenses premises including restaurants.
The Liquor Control Commission
In Connecticut, the Department of Consumer Protection liquor control division regulates the sale of liquor, the licensing of places that sell liquor, and the enforcement of liquor laws. The division regulates all persons and firms involved in the distribution, sale, and dispensing of alcoholic liquor. This helps to prevent the sale to minors and intoxicated persons, to guarantee product integrity, and ensure that licensed premises are safe and sanitary.
The Liquor Division regulates the following types of businesses:
- package stores
- restaurants holding liquor licenses
- grocery stores with beer permits
- wine distributors, manufacturers, and wholesalers
- caterers who serve liquor
- private clubs who serve liquor
If you want to open a package store, serve alcohol at your restaurant, sell beer at your grocery store or even get a one day permit for a charity event, we can help.
In addition to the state liquor regulations, each town has its own zoning regulations. These regulations control things like how close licensed premises can be to each other, their location, and whether an established premise can be moved to another location in town. Guiding a person through the start up of a licensed premise or the purchase of an existing one, requires a knowledge of town zoning and health laws.
In addition to state permits, some aspects of the liquor industry such as wholesaling and distribution require a federal permit from the Department of Alcohol and Tobacco. If you have interest in being an importer you will need these licenses. If you want to manufacture craft beers or artisan liquors, you will also need to get federal approval. The federal agency also deals with labeling for wine and spirits. We can help with both state and federal approvals.