Restaurants, bars, caterers, liquor retailers, liquor distributors, and liquor manufacturers (including wineries, microbreweries, and microdistilleries) are regulated at the state level by the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. The ABC Division issues 17 different licenses and 5 different permits for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic liquor. Local governments also play a role in the regulation of the sale of liquor within their respective jurisdictions. For a business in the liquor industry, an ABC license often represents its livelihood. Businesses that depend on the sale of liquor, beer, or wine need to ensure compliance with the Department of Revenue and local governments.
Our professional licensing attorneys in Wichita, Lawrence, Topeka, Overland Park and Kansas City KS assist businesses opening new establishments or modifying, transferring, or renewing existing liquor licenses at the state and local level. We advise our clients on the pros and cons of the different licenses and permits available. Because dual-level regulation can be complex and laborious, you will want an attorney who knows how to satisfy the requirements of state and local governments.
We also represent businesses in administrative proceedings before the Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control. Sales to minors, noise violations, hours-of-operation violations, or alcohol outside the premises can all trigger potential disciplinary action by the Director of the ABC. Whether you have been accused of a liquor license violation or are under investigation by the ABC Division, you will want experienced counsel who is knowledgeable about Kansas laws and regulations. Through investigations, hearings, trials, or appeals, we endeavor to challenge every allegation with the strongest possible defense.