A Schedule A form completed by the person being granted the power of attorney must be included in with the notification of appointment. Q: I am purchasing an ongoing business; can I operate off of the previous owners permit? A: A permit is not transferable, assignable, or heritable. The permit must be returned to the office of alcohol and tobacco control or surrendered to an agent of the commissioner within 5 days of closure, when the ownership of the business is transferred or the business is terminated. When the ownership of the business is transferred, the new owner shall be allowed to continue to operate using the transferor’s permit until a new permit is issued or denied, if the new owner notifies ATC of the transfer within 5 days of the transfer and applies for a new alcoholic beverage/tobacco permit within 15 days of the transfer of ownership.
If the permit holder is a corporation or limited liability company, the permit holder shall notify ATC of any changes in officers, directors, managers, shareholders, members, or persons previously qualified to conduct or manage the business within 15 days of the date of such changes. The notification shall include the suitability documents and information for each new individual required to possess the qualifications of applicants. However, in the event of the dissolution of a partnership by death, the surviving partner or partners may operate under the partnership permit. Q: After obtaining a permit, can I make structural changes to my licensed premises? A: ATC shall be notified of any changes to the licensed premises which shall increase or decrease the previously approved licensed business premises prior to any such changes. Q: Will ATC conduct a site inspection on a location to determine if it will qualify for a permit before I purchase it or before I submit an application? A: ATC does not conduct site inspections until an application is submitted and approved. Q: How do I change the location address of my business?
A: Detailed instructions for a location change are available on our website under “permits” then “alcohol applications” then “supplemental documents.” Q: An officer or member is being removed from my business, what do I do? A: Please follow the Change of Members/Shareholders/Officers instructions available on our website under “permits” then “alcohol applications” then “supplemental documents. Q: I am selling my business, what do I do with my permit? A: If you are selling the LLC or corporation holding the permit, the permit remains with the new owners who are required to complete a Change of Members/Shareholders/Officers with ATC. If you are only selling the business assets, you must surrender your permit to ATC, via mail or in person, within 5 day of the sale. Q: Do you have a list of authorized wholesale dealers of alcoholic beverage? A: Yes, on our website, select “Permits” then select “Permit Record Search.” Q: What is the minimum age to sell or serve alcoholic beverages? A: The minimum age to prepare, sell or serve alcoholic beverages in a bar or restaurant is 18 years. Persons under the age of 18 years are allowed to sell or serve alcoholic beverages, under immediate supervision, in a package store (where the sale or handling of alcoholic beverages does not constitute the main business). However, the employer must fill out an “Application to Employ Minors Under 18” form and return it to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Q: What is the minimum age to work in or enter a bar? No one under the age of 18 years is permitted on a bar premises at any time (even during private events), unless the person under the age of 18 years is a musician performing in a band on the premises under written contract with the permittee for a specified period and is under the direct supervision of his/her parent or guardian during such time. A: Yes, if the minor is on the premises under written contract with the bar permit holder for a specified period and is under the direct supervision of his/her parent or guardian during such time. A: Persons under the age of 18 years are prohibited in any area where the principle commodity served is alcoholic beverages. Q: If my bar (Class A-General permit) is closed to the public for a private event can I allow in persons under the age of 18 years? No, no one under the age of 18 years is allowed on the premises of a Class A-General establishment at any time. Q: Can a convicted felon work in business who primary purpose is to sell alcoholic beverages, such as a bar or a Class C Package Store? A: No, a convicted felon cannot work in a bar (Class A-General) or any business whose primary purpose is to sell alcholoic beverages (Class C - Package Store) in any capacity unless 10 years have elapsed since the completion of the sentence and the felony was not a crime of violence. Q: Should I conduct background checks on employees? A: : Louisiana law prohibits convicted felons from working in a bar (Class A-General) or a Class C package store in any capacity. Louisiana law also prohibits convicted felons from managing or having any managerial duties at any Class of alcoholic beverage outlet.
ATC maintains a list of persons who have been found guilty of serving alcoholic beverage or tobacco products to underage persons under the legal age on our website. Q: I received an ATC administrative violation, what are the possible penalties? A: Possible penalties include monetary penalties, suspension and/or revocation of your alcoholic beverage permit. Q: I received an ATC administrative violation, what is the process. A: After receiving an administrative violation from an ATC agent, you will receive a formal Notice of Violation via certified mail to the mailing address that you provided to ATC. Your Notice of Violation will either provide you with an opportunity to pay a fine or require that you attend an administrative hearing. If you are provided the opportunity to pay a fine, but wish to attend the hearing, you may do so by appearing at the hearing date, time and location that will also be provided in your Notice of Violation.
NOTE: failure to receive your Notice of Violation is not a defense. ATC will proceed with the prosecution of your case in your absence. You should contact the ATC legal division at (225)-925-4059 if you have not received a Notice of Violation at least 10 days prior to the hearing date listed on your ticket. Q: I received a Notice of Violation, where can I pay my fine?