Helping You Navigate Missouri Liquor Laws in Kansas City, MO
If you are a business owner that serves alcohol, you’ve experienced the complexity of liquor regulations. At Saxton Law Firm in Kansas City, MO, we understand the nuance of the licensing process and can communicate effectively with regulators on your behalf.
Our principal attorney, Don Saxton, was once a tavern owner himself and has spent considerable time negotiating with regulators. Mr. Saxton is a former member of the Westport Regional Business League and has participated with Kansas City, MO, in setting standards affecting the sale of alcohol in the metro area. We can offer you valuable advice based on our industry experience.
Liquor Licenses in Kansas City
The key to obtaining a liquor license in the shortest period of time is finding a lawyer who understands local liquor laws and the information needed in your application to pass the review process. Here’s a brief overview:
●First, you’re going to have to figure out the specific license or licenses you need for your establishment. If you’re running a restaurant where alcohol will only be consumed on the premises, you’ll need an on-premises license. If you’re selling at a store, you’ll want to apply for an off-premises liquor license.
●Next, you’ll prepare your application, which should include your certificate of incorporation, your food and beverage menu information, and other key details that allow regulators to review your case. Average review time is 30 days, but if you don’t submit the proper information, it can take much longer, highlighting the need for legal guidance throughout the process.
●If your application is accepted, you’ll have to actually buy your license. Depending on your selling hours, and types of drinks sold, your fees will be calculated according to the costs for all specific parts of your license.
Liquor Law Misconduct
If you’ve been found to be liable for violation of local alcohol accordance, this may result in major fines or the loss of your liquor license altogether. You’ll be given the opportunity to state your case in a hearing, in which you’ll need a lawyer with in-depth knowledge of liquor laws to ensure that your punishment is minimal.
Here’s the good news: Missouri is known for its relaxed laws regarding the sale of alcohol by bars, restaurants, and stores. So relaxed, in fact, that back in the time of prohibition, Kansas City, MO, was wholly unaffected by federal bans. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be worried about breaking the law.
There are still complex terms that you’re tacitly agreeing to when you purchase your liquor license. These relate to who you can sell alcohol to and who you can’t, who’s liable for accidents or injuries related to liquor on your premises, and more.
The Saxton Law Firm has years of experience guiding clients like you through the regulatory process of acquiring and keeping a liquor license in Kansas City, MO. For more information about what we can do for you, call today and request a free consultation about your business.
Contact us at (816) 810-3207 for more information!
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