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How Do You Obtain a Liquor License in New York?

Posted on in Administrative Law

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:

  • On-premises licenses, typically required for bars

  • Off-premises licenses, allowing you to purchase and leave with alcohol at stores

  • Manufacturing licenses

  • Wholesale licenses

The application process for New York State liquor licenses can take some time. However, businesses can get a temporary permit so that they can begin manufacturing, importing, or selling alcoholic beverages while their application makes its way through the appropriate officials.

Contact a Manhattan Administrative Law Attorney

Maintaining a business and abiding by NYC liquor laws can be challenging, which is why having an NYC administrative law attorney by your side can be helpful for your case. Whether you are applying for a liquor license or have recently lost your liquor license, our experienced attorney can help. Call Joey Jackson at 1-833-JOEYJACKSON or 1-833-563-9522 today to schedule your first session and begin navigating the intricacies of New York State administrative law.





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