Helping NYC Bar and Restaurants to Apply for a New York State Liquor License
The process of obtaining a liquor license is lengthy and complex. We can clarify this process by educating you about the requirements to get your liquor license, as well as any potential restrictions or conditions that may prevent you from obtaining a liquor license. We will then discuss the different categories of liquor licenses (i.e. beer & wine, liquor, etc.) and what collect the necessary information required to complete the application and assist you in taking those extra (but often not explained), steps that many community boards require before they vote to approve your application. When you do appear before a community board, we will be there with you and ensure that you are fully prepared for the process. If the New York State Liquor Authority requires a personal appearance at a 500 foot hearing, we too will attend. It is this level of personal involvement that distinguishes the DiPasquale Law Group from other law firms. We genuinely care about our clients and will do everything to educate you on the relevant rules and regulations governing your liquor license so that you can avoid any potential issues after you are in business.
Attorney Self-Certification Program for Liquor License Applications
The New York State Liquor Authority allows attorneys to "self-certify" liquor license applications which, as you can imagine, can speed up the process of obtaining your liquor license.
Transferring a Liquor License in New York
Contrary to popular belief, in New York, there is no such thing as “transferring” a liquor license; licenses cannot simply be sold or passed on to a new owner. The State Liquor Authority only uses the term “transfer” to identify an application for an establishment that is currently licensed and selling their business versus a “new” establishment that is not currently licensed. Regardless of whether your application is a “transfer” or “new”, the process is essentially the same. However, if you are purchasing an existing business that has a liquor license, you may apply for a Temporary Retail Permit, which allows the new owner to serve alcohol while their application for a permanent license is pending. To qualify for a temporary permit, the establishment must have been open at least 30 days prior to the filing of the application. The permit is valid for 90 days and may be renewed. Just because the State Liquor Authority grants you a Temporary Permit does not mean you will be approved for a permanent license.
Temporary Liquor License Permits in New York
If you have purchased the assets of a restaurant, bar, lounge or nightclub which held a valid liquor license, you may qualify for temporary liquor license permit that will allow you to sell liquor, wine and beer while your full applicaiton is being reviewed by the State Liquor Authority. Unfortunately, in New York City, if you are trying to open a restaurant at a location where there was no prior liquor license, you will be unable to obtain a temporary permit.
Types of Liquor Licenses in New York
OP = Full liquor license which permits on premises consumption of all types of alcoholic beverages. Also permits sale of beer for off premises consumption.
HL = Hotel liquor license which permits on premises consumption of all types of alcoholic beverages.
CL = Club liquor license which permits on premises consumption of all types of alcoholic beverages to members of club and their guests.
RW = Restaurant Wine liquor license that permits the on premises consumption of wine and beer.
EB = Eating Place Beer liquor license that permits the on premises consumption of beer.
L = Liquor store license which permits sale of liquor and wine for off premises consumption.
A/DS = Grocery store/drug store liquor license which permits sale of beer for off premises consumption.
AX/DX = Grocery store/drug store liquor license which permits sale of beer and wine coolers for off premises consumption.
If you are a looking to obtain a liquor license for any restaurant, bar, lounge or nightclub in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx, call Attorney James DiPasquale for a free consultation at (646) 343-4607.