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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Special SLA Permits for New Year’s Eve & Other Events - Deadline: November 16th

I. All Night Permits

Establishments that currently have an active license to sell alcohol at retail on their premises (“on premise license”) may apply for a special “all night permit.” An all night permit allows licensees to remain open until 8:00 a.m., and is most commonly used for New Year’s Eve parties.  Before the State Liquor Authority will issue this special permit, certain conditions must be met.

Firstly, the State Liquor Authority must receive the application for an all night permit no later than 45 days prior to the date of the event. For New Year’s Eve, the application deadline is quickly approaching on November 16th.  The applicant must also notify the local police department or county sheriff’s department of their intention to apply for the special permit, and any restrictions or conditions (aside from closing time) that the licensee must adhere to under their normal license will still apply.

The State Liquor Authority will consider any past or pending disciplinary actions against the establishment when deciding whether to grant the all night permit. 

II. Catering Permits 

An establishment that has an active license may qualify for a catering permit, which allows the license holder to sell alcohol at an event located outside the licensed premises. The permit must be applied for 15 days in advance and is only valid for a specific 24-hour period. In addition to alcoholic beverages, the applicant must provide food sufficient to meet the minimum food requirements (i.e., more than just potato chips). 

III. Temporary Beer & Wine Permits 

If you do not have a license, you can still get a permit to serve beer and wine ONLY (no liquor) at a special event. Alternatively, you may hire a licensed caterer to provide the food and alcohol for the event. Note that if you choose to obtain your own Temporary Beer & Wine Permit, you cannot purchase the beer and wine from a retail store; you must purchase the alcohol from licensed brewers, wineries, or wholesalers. 

If you have any questions, or if you need assistance applying for a special event permit, contact DiPasquale Law Group for a free consultation.


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