August 21, 2023

2023 Florida Alcoholic Beverage Quota License Drawing Opens

Holland & Knight Alert
Johnny P. ElHachem

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco will accept quota beverage license drawing entries for 45 days starting on Aug. 21, 2023.

This year, there are 89 licenses available in 30 counties:

Florida quota beverage license availability

Interested individuals and business entities can submit one entry per person or entity, per available county, and each entry requires a nonrefundable fee of $100. The winners will have the right to apply for a quota license and, depending on the county, a license may be sold for $75,000 to $500,000.

What Is a Quota License?

Broadly speaking, a quota license allows the holder to sell all three types of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and liquor) for consumption on or off the premises.

Every year, the State of Florida holds a drawing to award new quota licenses. The number of licenses available in every county depends on the population increase in each county. Section 561.20(1), Florida Statutes, makes available one license for each population increase of 7,500 residents per county.

Entry and Results

To enter the annual lottery, one must submit a Quota Beverage License Drawing Entry Form during the entry period and pay the $100 nonrefundable fee. The drawing is a double-blind procedure, and the winners are usually announced several months after the entry period closes. Once announced, quota lottery winners must either file an application for the issuance of the license within 45 days or waive the right to apply. There are several state-imposed requirements that must be met, including payment of the required fees.

Holland & Knight Can Help

Holland & Knight attorneys and professionals are available to assist in navigating the process of participating in the quota drawing, securing a license for alcoholic beverages or tobacco products, and protecting the license in case of administrative actions initiated by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. For more information, please contact the author or a member of the firm's Alcohol Beverage Team.

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