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South Carolina Alcohol Beverage License Attorneys: Obtaining and Protecting Your Liquor License

Liquor laws and regulations, including the South Carolina Alcohol Beverages Control Act, set forth when, and if, an application for a South Carolina liquor license may be granted by the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

SC Alcohol Beverage Licensing law sets forth the requirements necessary to obtain, and maintain an alcohol beverage license. Even if you are a small local SC Bar or restaurant, your revenue, and ultimately your livelihood may depend upon revenue generated from selling beer, wine, or liquor. When obtaining a SC ABL license is critical to your livelihood, you need to hire a Columbia, SC alcohol and beverage license attorney to guide you through the process. Give us a all today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.

Whether your SC ABL issue involves:

  • Denial of a SC ABL request;
  • Failure to timely renew a SC ABL;
  • Issuance of a dishonored check;
  • Serving underage patrons;
  • Staying open after hours or beyond permitted law;
  • Improper payment of excise tax, or
  • An appeal of the revocation of your SC ABL,

Whether you are applying for a South Carolina retail liquor license, or a South Carolina on premises liquor by the drink license, or even seeking a Sunday liquor license, it is important to understand that the process is anything but simple. What you may assume to be a simple automated process to obtain a South Carolina license to sell alcoholic liquors is complicated by forms, complex regulations, and administrative law court rulings. Numerous South Carolina alcohol and beverage license applications have been initially denied.

Reasons for denial of a South Carolina liquor license include:

  • Proximity to a church, school or playground;
  • Proximity to a neighborhood;
  • An allegation of bad moral character;
  • Evidence that the area surrounding the proposed location is already saturated/suitability of location or not a suitable location.

Fighting Liquor License Fines or Revocations 

Obtaining SC Liquor License is just the beginning of issues which may occur in your establishment. Whether you are operating with an off premises liquor license or you operate a restaurant and employ a bartender to serve liquor drinks, charges against a South Carolina license to sell alcoholic liquors are not uncommon.

Common Liquor License Violations include:

  • Selling liquor during restricted hours
  • Sale of liquor to underage individuals/sale of liquor to minors
  • Violation of limits placed upon a license
  • Writing a bad check to the South Carolina Department of Revenue
  • Sale of liquor by a private club to a non-member or someone who is not a bona fide guest of a member.
  • Selling liquor on Sunday without a Sunday liquor license

Reasons for denial of a South Carolina Beer and Wine License include:

  • How close the proposed permit location is to a church, school or playground;
  • Whether issuance of the SC beer and wine license will impact a close neighborhood;
  • an allegation that the applicant has bad moral character, including a prior criminal history;
  • testimony or other evidence provided by a protestant that the area surrounding the proposed location is already saturated or that the location is not otherwise suitable.
  • Selling beer or wine during restricted hours/after hours
  • Selling beer or wine to an underage individual/sale of beer or wine to minors
  • Violation of limits/exceeding limits placed upon a beer and wine license
  • Writing a bad check to the South Carolina Department of Revenue
  • Selling beer or wine in a private club to someone who is neither a member nor a bona fide guest of a member.
  • Selling beer or wine on Sunday without a Sunday sales license

If obtaining a South Carolina beer and wine license is important to you, our Columbia, South Carolina alcohol and beverage license attorneys offer a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. When your livelihood is at stake, let us help guide you through the process.

Retail Licensing in South Carolina

Businesses in South Carolina are required to register with the state for a retail license if they wish to sell certain items or services. A retail license registers your business with the state so that you can legally sell new items to the public, and helps South Carolina keep up with your business taxes. South Carolina requires every business that sells licenses to the public to register for a retail business license, and if you do not file for a retail license before you begin selling to the public, you are breaking the state’s law and you may need a retail license attorney. It is not unusual in South Carolina for a business to have more than one type of license

Restaurants, for example, can have both a retail and a wholesale license. Hotels often have bars and restaurants, so they have multiple business and retail licenses to ensure the legality of each operation. Even if you agreed to open a retail business similar to the business you already operate, you must apply for a new retail license; you may not use one license for two stores.

Different types of retail licenses allow you, as the business owner, to sell food or alcohol. Regardless of whether you want to operate as a convenience store, grocery store, beer and wine shop, or even as a restaurant, beer and wine permits are heavily regulated in South Carolina. What you may assume to be a simple automated process to obtain a South Carolina license to sell alcoholic and wine is complicated by forms, complex regulations, and administrative law court rulings. Numerous South Carolina alcohol and beverage license applications have been initially denied. With regard to those who have obtained a South Carolina beer and wine beverage license, many have had their South Carolina beer and wine licenses suspended or even revoked.

If you fail to pay business taxes, your retail license will be revoked. Business licenses, especially retail and alcohol beverage licenses, can be very difficult to get back. Paying back taxes can include penalties and interest. Your business could be closed for months while you finish paying and reapplying for your retail license, which means you could lose valuable income and customers.

Call Today for a Free ABL Consultation

SC liquor license violations are serious and may result in fines, suspension, or even revocation of your South Carolina liquor license. Suspension or revocation of your license will impact your financial security. If you need help with the issuance of a liquor license, call the South Carolina Liquor License Attorneys at Strom Law Firm today for a free, confidential consultation.

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