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Tennessee ABC Requiring Application for Any Change in Name, Ownership or Licensed Premises
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Tennessee ABC Requiring Application for Any Change in Name, Ownership or Licensed Premises

08.18.13
We hear it all the time.  Restaurant, hotel, bar and other on-premises liquor license holders change their doing business name, add a new owner, or add a patio or private dining room.

What is required for my liquor license?

Previously, the Tennessee ABC asked license holders to send in a letter disclosing the change, and for new owners or officers, new ABC Questionnaires.

Not so simple anymore.

For some reason, Jack Nicholson's infamous line from Stanley Kubrick's 1980 psychological horror film The Shining comes to mind:

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


The Tennessee ABC now requires that an application be filed and approved before any name, premises or ownership change. The application process is streamlined, but includes the $300 application fee.  And of course, ABC Questionnaires and Declarations of Citizenship for new officers and owners.

The work that really drives Jack nuts is making the Tennessee Department of Revenue happy. In our experience, the ABC application triggers changes at Revenue, and most maddening, tax clearance.

In all defense to the ABC, the new liquor-by-the drink rule is consistent with rules that have applied for decades to retail package stores, wholesalers and distilleries.

Requirements for beer boards are all over the map, making compliance with liquor laws even more complicated.

What is next? We expect the ABC to issue citations if changes are made and not properly disclosed to the ABC in advance.

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