Liquor Licensing and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission

Obtaining a liquor license can be intimidating and overwhelming to the layperson. More importantly, the process can have negative financial implications on an inexperienced business owner who becomes frustrated by delays in the approval process that are the result of the applicant’s unfamiliarity with the document-intensive application process and the rigorous scrutiny of the assigned investigator.

Our attorneys help business owners avoid the common missteps and mistakes made in applying for, obtaining, and ultimately keeping a liquor license. We are experienced in the complexities of the Michigan Liquor Control Act, which governs liquor licensing in Michigan. We know the Administrative Rules by which the MLCC oversees and enforces the Liquor Control Act. With many years of practice in this area, we have developed personal relationships with many of the administrators and staffing personnel at the MLCC, which often streamlines the application process and facilitates prompt and favorable treatment of our clients.

In the past two years, the MLCC has implemented many changes, including the addition of new licenses and permits, and modifications to the application process. We make it our business to stay abreast of new laws and regulations affecting the businesses we represent.

We serve our clients in many ways, including:

  • Understanding the differences between the various types of liquor licenses, knowing the regulations affecting the issuance of each type, and recommending the right license to fit the specific needs of our clients.
  • Understanding the laws and ordinances specific to the various jurisdictions in which our clients do business, and counseling our clients to remain in compliance with those specific regulations.
  • Understanding not only the current law affecting our clients, but keeping abreast with proposed changes that could affect our clients in the future, and being proactive to keep our clients compliant and their businesses booming.
  • Assisting clients when they are cited with violations under their license, defending the charges where appropriate, assisting in providing mitigating circumstances to reduce fines and penalties, and offering counsel on ways to minimize the occurrence of future violations.

Whether your business is a bar or microbrewery, a restaurant, or a convenience store, our team of experienced attorneys can serve your specific needs. We will take the complication and intimidation out of the liquor licensing process for you.

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