The New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has released a revised Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook for retail licensees.  The NJ ABC Handbook provides a summary of many subjects that retail licensees may encounter during their day to day operations. The revised July, 2013 ABC handbook is available at the New Jersey ABC website. See this link to download the July, 2013 Handbook: http://www.nj.gov/oag/abc/downloads/abchandbook02.pdf New Jersey Class C Plenary Retail Licensees are required to have a copy of the ABC Handbook for Retail Licensees kept on the licensed premises and available for all employees.  For a list of other documents…

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Municipalities in New Jersey have the ability to issue new liquor licenses as the population grows. New Jersey municipalities can offer one plenary retail consumption liquor license (used for a bar, tavern or restaurant) for every 3,000 residents. The population has grown significantly enough for Jackson Township to offer such a license. Resolution number 394R-11 outlines Jackson’s intent to sell a liquor license to the highest bidder in a public sale. In order for Jackson to successfully execute the public sale, it will adhere to the strictures of N.J.S.A. 33:1-19.3 and N.J.S.A. 33: 1-19.4. The Title 33 statutes outline the…

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What is a Person-to-Person Transfer Under NJ ABC Law?

The initiation of a person to person transfer of a New Jersey liquor license is started by the filing of a complete 12 page application form and the required filing fees with the municipality. Thus, until a transfer has been approved by resolution, only the current licensee may operate the licenses business. Typically, a request for a person to person transfer is initiated by the entity seeking to acquire the license. After filing, the transferor must place a public notice in a newspaper of local circulation that states the name of the transferor, the trade name and address of the…

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NJ ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) Law. What is a Brew Pub?

The New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law refers to brew pubs as a “Restricted Brewery License.” This license allows the manufacture of malt alcoholic beverages so long as they produce less than 3,000 barrels per license term. Restricted Brewery License The ABC also requires that this “Restricted Brewery License” only be issued to a person who also owns a Plenary Retail consumption license. Furthermore, this person must utilize the two licenses in conjunction with each other. Meaning that they operate a restaurant regularly and principally use the license for the purpose of providing meals to its customers and having…

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Wineries throughout the country will now be able to ship wine directly to New Jersey residents for the first time. The law also allows for licensed retail establishments to open tasting rooms in New Jersey, provided they obtain the necessary license issued by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The new license was signed by New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, in January of 2012 ends nearly 9 years of litigation and legislative debate over direct shipping. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said, “New Jersey residents will now have another convenient way to purchase the excellent wines offered by our many…

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Much of New Jersey’s laws from the Department of Law & Public Safety: Office of the Attorney General: Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) deal with how and with what methods bars (retail licensees) may offer complimentary drinks. The general rule is that a licensee cannot sell any alcoholic beverage, whether in original package or by the drink, which would fall below the cost of that beverage to the retail licensee. Cost to the retail licensee is determined by the actual total price on the invoice from the wholesaler. This price shall include all applicable taxes. Then, the cost of…

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What is New Jersey Law on BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle)?

In New Jersey, customers of an unlicensed restaurant may be permitted by the restaurant to bring their own wine or beer unless there is as municipal ordinance prohibiting it. However, restaurant owners may not advertise the fact that they are a B.Y.O.B. friendly restaurant. They also may not allow customers to bring liquor or hard alcohol to the restaurant. They may supply glasses, ice, etc. but cannot impose a cover charge, corkage charge, or service charge for any services related to supplying these items. Furthermore, the restaurant must operate diligently and prevent anyone under the age of 21 years old…

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Largely due to the decline in the economy, liquor licenses in New Jersey are becoming more available and affordable than years past. New Jersey municipalities can offer one plenary retail consumption liquor license (used for a bar, tavern or restaurant) for every 3,000 residents and one plenary retail distribution liquor license (used for a liquor store) for every 7,500 residents. (N.J.S. 33:1-12.14). Fifteen years ago, that worked out to be approximately 15,000 licenses statewide. Today, there are 9,321 licenses that currently exist. Of that current number, 1,211 are inactive or as they are commonly called, “pocket licenses”. Municipalities in New…

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Given the recent spike of underage drinking, fake ID, and other related charges written in Monmouth County and Ocean County, it is not surprising that liquor license owners, bartenders, and managers are worried. There is a heightened need among owners to hire bouncers, off-duty police officers, and experienced individuals to check ID’s at the door and at the bar because the penalties to the New Jersey liquor license owner for a violation of selling to an underage person can be quite stringent. In a recent article, a Liquor License owner in New Jersey faced charges of selling alcohol to minors….

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Howell Township Accepting Bids For Liquor License

For every extra 3,000 people that reside in a town, one more plenary retail consumption license may be issued. (New Jersey Statute 33:1-12.14). This is exactly where Howell Township found itself after the 2010 census, which estimated the township’s population at 51,075. As a result, Howell has opened a liquor license up for public bid, accepting bids starting at $1.1 million. This liquor license must be used in conjunction with a restaurant which seats at least 100 people and those interested must send a completed ABC license application form, certificate of proof of compliance with Howell’s requirements along with a…

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