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Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)

CommissionerAllen Pascual
Alcoholic Beverage Control
To view the Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook click here

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law provides for an issuing authority to issue, renew, transfer retail licenses and provides for enforcement of the law, A.B.C. rules and regulations and local ordinances pertaining to the control of alcoholic beverages.

Services

  • Issuance of liquor licenses
  • Annual renewal of liquor licenses
  • Transfer of liquor licenses
  • Enforcement of the law, A.B.C. rules and regulations and local
  • Oversee ABC Board monthly meetings

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q:

    What kind of liquor license do I need and how much will it cost?

    A:

    There are a variety of liquor licenses to obtain depending on the type of business that you intend to operate. The Township of North Bergen does not sell liquor licenses. Although there are some exceptions, such as for the issuance of a liquor license for a hotel or a private club, the Township has reached its legal capacity for the number of licenses allowed in the municipality. Therefore the only way to obtain a liquor license, other than for a hotel or a private club, is to purchase one from an existing licensee. The principal cost involved in obtaining a liquor license is the sales price of the liquor license that you negotiate with the seller to determine. Other costs would include application fees and, sometimes, other related filing fees.

     
  • Q:

    How long does it take to get a liquor license?

    A:

    It normally takes 30-90 days to process; it can take longer in some cases if the Township received an objection to the application or if additional documents are needed.

     
  • Q:

    If I apply for a liquor license and withdraw or get denied do I get my fees back?

    A:

    In most cases yes, depending on the status and time limit of the application. The state fees are not refundable.

     
  • Q:

    I am buying an existing business. Can I get their liquor license transferred to me?

    A:

    Yes, but you must file a liquor license transfer application with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC Board) of the Township of North Bergen. The ABC Board decides whether or not to grant your application, using the public interest and the ABC laws as its guide. Unless there is some good reason not to transfer a license, the ABC Board will generally grant a license transfer application but, in some instances, may place conditions on the license, if deemed necessary to protect the public interest.

     
  • Q:

    I'm in the process of purchasing a liquor license, where do I get the necessary information/forms to start the process?

    A:

    You can pick up the information/forms at the Parks & Recreation Department on the 2nd Floor and ask to speak with Ruth E. Evertz, ABC Board Secretary (201-392-2061), or send an email to revertz@northbergen.org

     
  • Q:

    I'm interested in obtaining a bartenders license. How can I obtain such a license?

    A:

    The North Bergen Police Department handles all applications for bartender licenses. This will involve completing an application, providing your fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining a criminal background investigation, and the payment of an application fee. Generally speaking, unless you have a criminal history, your bartender license application will be granted.

     

Alcoholic Beverage Control Forms