One of the most frequently asked questions is whether a license is required in the distribution, storage, and selling of liquor in a private club? The answer to this question on yes. This license gives club owners a permission to sell alcoholic beverages in tennis courts, swimming pools and golf courses within the club’s premises.
Requirements for Acquiring a Private Club License.
The private club must have been in operation for two or more years working as a non-profit making organization. Though this prerequisite is waived in some states if the club is considered national organization division.
The club should have an adequate space or building to host its members. In addition, the club should also have a well-equipped kitchen, dining area, and personnel to attend to the needs of its members for it to qualify to get a private club license. It is also required of the club to be self-sustaining without the income realized from the selling of alcoholic drinks. For instance, if the premises on which the club is located is hired or leased, the club should be capable of paying for it comfortably with proceeds from cumulative membership fee and dues or from other sources exclusive of returns from alcoholic drinks. On the other hand, if the premises are owned by the club, it should be capable of raising taxes, insurance, and mortgages without depending on alcoholic sales returns.
There should never have had any cases of discrimination against members or potential ones based on gender, race, nationality or religious background. This should be presented as a signed affidavit together with the application.
For clubs licensed to sell alcoholic beverages and drinks a reputation for adhering to the age limit must precede it. Likewise, no member or shareholder of the club should have directly or indirectly benefited from the net earnings of the club.
For a club located near institutions such as schools and churches, the church or school is allowed to present its objection to the licensing commission. The issuance of the license is the determined by the findings of this commission. Similarly, it should be noted that the club is subject to the host state’s code od building, zoning, plumbing, fire, and sanitation.
The license will be given when an executive committee, a board of directors or a group equivalent to this is presented as the one mandated with management as well as conducting day to day activities of the club. If all the above requirements satisfy the states licensing commission, then the club is awarded the private clubs operating license.