Applying For A New York State Liquor License
The process of obtaining a liquor license is lengthy and complex. We can help clarify this process by educating you on the requirements to get your liquor license as well as any restrictions or local conditions (i.e. distances from similarly licensed premises, houses of worship, schools, resolution areas.) that may prevent you from obtaining a liquor license in the first place. We will then discuss the different categories of liquor licenses (i.e. beer & wine, liquor, etc.) and what the procedures are for each. We will then 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, dramatically speeds up the process of obtaining your liquor license.
Transferring a Liquor License In New York
The DiPasquale Law Group is experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of the liquor license approval and transfer processes. If you close your restaurant or simply relocate it, we will gather and prepare the required forms and documents to transfer your liquor license from your existing restaurant, bar, tavern or nightclub, to your new location. During the transfer process, it is likely that the State Liquor Authority will issue a temporary permit which will enable you to continue operating under your existing liquor license for a period of 90 days or until the transfer application is approved.
Temporary Liquor License Permits
If you have purchased the assets of a restaurant, bar, tavern 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, those who seek to open a restaurant in a location where there was no prior liquor license, are unable to obtain a temporary permit.
Types of Liquor Licenses
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, tavern or nightclub in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx, call the DiPasquale Law Group for a free consultation at (646) 343-4607.
DIPASQUALE LAW GROUP
James D. DiPasquale, Principal