Different states have different regulations related to lease of bars; these involve zoning laws and restrictions, smoking and drinking regulations, according to the U.S. Small Business Association. If music is part of the bar, regulations concerning noise should also be considered.
States such as California require every business dealing with alcoholic products to be registered with the Department of the Treasury for taxing purposes, states Upcounsel. A TTB D 5630.5d Alcohol Dealer Registration must be filed before the bar can be opened. The same document must be filed if the bar closes permanently.
A liquor licence is also essential; this can be acquired for just beer and wine, with an option for spirits, explains Upcounsel. Once these licenses have been applied for, a notice is posted in the intended locations for 30 days. This is to allow residents to file a complaint against such businesses. If no complaint is filed, the department launches an investigation regarding the intended owner of the business, the location and the type of business applied for. This process can take up to three months. Some states and cities require a separate application if a business wishes to serve alcohol.
Other licences and certificates include business licences, personal identification number, heath licence, food handlers permit, food safety certification and work compensation insurance, states Upcounsel.