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NYC administrative law attorneyAny business that involves the importation, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol in New York needs a liquor license issued by the State Liquor Authority. If you conduct your business without one, you could face penalties that will impede or stop your operations, so it is important to know how to go about obtaining a liquor license and what the regulations include. If you need help eliminating or lessening any charges against your business, speak with an experienced administrative law attorney.

The Consequences of Not Having a Liquor License in NYC

If you do not take the necessary steps to obtain a liquor license or you violate the terms of your existing license, the consequences can be devastating to you and your business. Depending on the circumstances, you could face criminal penalties. In addition, your business will be suspended from buying or selling alcoholic beverages for the time being. Your liquor license can be canceled, forcing you to apply for a new one in the future. Your license could also be revoked, preventing your business from selling alcoholic beverages for two years. Even though some circumstances allow you to apply for a new license, revocation could entice the New York State Liquor Authority to deny any applications for the next two years. For each violation, the license holder could face fines that exceed $10,000. Some of these offenses include selling alcohol to minors, selling alcoholic beverages to someone who is too intoxicated, and hosting disorderly premises by way of fights, prostitution, lewd conduct, or excessive noise. 

Applying for a New York State Liquor License

All liquor licenses in NYC can be granted through the State Liquor Authority. The most common way to apply today is to complete the corresponding form on the State Liquor Authority website. Depending on the nature of your business, you will need to apply for one of four main groups of liquor licenses:

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NYC administrative law attorneysGovernor Cuomo extended the New York State on PAUSE executive order for an additional two weeks, until April 15. At that time, the COVID-19 pandemic in New York will be re-evaluated to determine if the order should continue. During this challenging time for everyone, it is important to understand the guidelines of the PAUSE order and make sure that you and businesses you work for, know about, or own remain in compliance to protect everyone’s safety. If not, there could be administrative consequences. 

The 10 Points of New York State on PAUSE

As of Sunday night, March 29, 2020, nearly 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus in New York. With cases of the disease at that time in the state hovering around 60,000, more than half of which are in New York City, it is even more critical for people to follow proper safety precautions.

The New York State on PAUSE order went into effect on the evening of Sunday, March 22. Here is a brief summary of the safety guidelines from this order that must be followed:

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