- . . . Alcoholic beverage law and legal services for businesses engaged in, or seeking to engage in, the sales of alcoholic beverages. California Alcoholic Beverage Law services include ABC licenses, conditional use permits, Police Department permits, Sheriff Department permits, and determinations of Public Convenience or Necessity. California Alcoholic Beverage Law is a legal practice area of William A. Adams of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. Mr. Adams has been providing legal services to the hospitality, grocery, and convenience store industries for over 20 years. Although the firm's offices are in San Diego California, the firm provides its alcoholic beverage legal services statewide. The firm also provides representation to businesses in enforcement proceedings related to alcoholic beverage sales, entertainment, and related matters.
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Trade Joe’s is so popular that laws are drafted to accommodate them while keeping out competitors, and communities swoon to receive them while staunchly opposing other businesses selling the same types of goods.
In a recent process, I represented a client in a matter in which the issue was whether the client’s use was grandfathered under the old municipal zoning code or whether more recent amendments applied to it. Interestingly, municipal staff raised … Continue reading
Many entrepeneurs intent on opening a bar, nightclub, pub, cocktail lounge, live entertainment, or similar business in California, which will include the availability of wine, beer, or spirits, are surprised to learn that their business plan is simply not allowed. … Continue reading
One of the terms often used when it comes to land uses is “grandfathered.” Generally speaking, the term refers to something that would now be forbidden or illegal as a new use or activity but is allowed because the … Continue reading
Part 1 of this series discussed the State licensing process for establishing a brewery. However, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) will not issue a license until the applicant can show municipal or County zoning allows a brewery … Continue reading
Making beer in California is regulated by local, state, and federal government agencies. This first of a series of articles examines the state licenses applicable to making and selling beers. The key word here is “making” since there are several … Continue reading
A number of California cities and counties are adopting “deemed approved” ordinances. These ordinances target existing grocery stores, liquor stores, and specialty stores, which sell alcoholic beverages to take home (or elsewhere).
Perhaps the most insidious way in which a restaurant, bar, or other business with an alcoholic beverage can get its license revoked is when an employee sells illegal drugs.
The permitting process for any business, but especially those selling alcoholic beverages, can be extremely confusing, expensive, time consuming, different in each locality, and often makes little sense.