A Guide to Liquor Licensing in Florida: Types of Licenses and How to Get Them

In Florida, the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is responsible for issuing and regulating liquor licenses. Florida offers various types of liquor licenses to accommodate different establishments and activities involving the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Here are some common types of liquor licenses in Florida:

1. Series 1 – Quota License (SRX)

A Series 1 quota license, also known as an SRX license, permits the sale and consumption of beer, wine, and spirits for on-site consumption at establishments primarily engaged in the preparation and service of full meals. This license is typically held by restaurants, hotels, and other similar dining establishments.

2. Series 2 – Quota License (1COP, 2COP, 3COP, 4COP)

Series 2 quota licenses allow the sale and consumption of beer and wine, and depending on the specific series, may also allow the sale of distilled spirits for on-site consumption. The different series (1COP, 2COP, 3COP, 4COP) vary in terms of the percentage of gross revenue that can be derived from the sale of alcoholic beverages and the specific restrictions on the license.

3. Series 4 – Quota License (3PS, 4PS)

Series 4 quota licenses, specifically 3PS and 4PS licenses, permit the sale and consumption of beer, wine, and spirits for on-site consumption at certain specified public food service establishments, such as sports venues, convention centers, and performing arts centers.

4. Series 5 – Quota License (5COP)

A Series 5 quota license, also known as a 5COP license, allows the sale and consumption of beer, wine, and spirits for on-site consumption at establishments that derive at least 51% of their gross revenue from the sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

5. Special Club License (11C)

A special club license, specifically the 11C license, is issued to certain non-profit organizations such as fraternal organizations, veterans’ organizations, and golf clubs. It permits the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages to members and their guests within the club’s designated premises.

6. Caterer’s License

A caterer’s license allows licensed caterers to serve alcoholic beverages at temporary events or off-site locations, such as weddings, private parties, or corporate events.

These are some common types of liquor licenses in Florida. Each license type has specific requirements, restrictions, and application processes. It’s important to consult the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) or seek legal advice to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations and procedures for obtaining and maintaining a liquor license in Florida.