It turns out that song is not about the State licensing process. Who knew? Here’s how we did it and it seemed to go pretty smoothly.
We made a call to Van Nuys office to get their counter hours. Then we went down there during those hours to meet with one of the ABC reps. When it was our turn we asked for every piece of paperwork we would need to have to make a complete and easy to process file. We stayed friendly and made sure to smile a lot. It seems that they do not get a lot of this sort of interaction at the counter. We went on our way and took time to fill out the paperwork and complete all of the necessary steps. Once we filed with the TTB we called for our appointment with the ABC to turn in our paperwork. This is key; do not wait for your TTB approval before starting with the ABC. It’s just an unnecessary delay. Here’s another hint; all of the ABC forms are available online as PDF documents that can be filled in on a computer. Do this and print them. Also, when you make your premises drawings, use a ruler and draw it to scale…neatly. When we walked in and handed them the paperwork they actually asked if we paid a lawyer to do the application for us. They said this was the most complete and professional application they had seen in over a year. The woman was so happy to review our paperwork that she had us done in about 15 minutes. Evidently, they get some crazy stuff. She even had someone come in with their drawings written on a napkin. People, come on! She sent us our poster in a couple of days and we posted it on our front door. At some point during the 30 day posting period they checked to make sure our poster was up and visible, so do not cheat this. Once the 30 days was up, we were done- pending TTB approval. Once we finally get that TTB sign off we let the ABC know, they will flip a switch to make us approved and we are good to go. Come on TTB…any day now.