A liquor license can be an extremely valuable asset for a business – in fact, many businesses exist primarily to sell alcoholic beverages and simply would not exist without one. The process of obtaining a liquor license in New York has become significantly more complex in the past few years, and businesses seeking a liquor license should always speak with an attorney before starting the process.
The lawyers of Hirsch & Hirsch, LLP are experienced New York liquor license attorneys who are extremely familiar with New York Alcohol Beverage Control laws. We have represented a significant number of bars and restaurants that are seeking a liquor license, and will thoroughly evaluate your situation in order to ensure that you are in compliance with the minimum requirements set by the New York State Liquor Authority. Failing to do so may result in costly delays or even the rejection of your application for a liquor license. By consulting with a skilled attorney, you can be sure that you get your license as quickly as possible so that you can start operating your business and generating revenue.
New York Liquor License Applications
The liquor license application process can be started online or you can call the New York State Liquor Authority to request the forms. The minimum requirements to obtain a New York liquor license are as follows:
- If you are operating as a partnership or as an individual, each person must be at least 21, a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or be a citizen of a country with a treaty with the U.S. allowing them to engage in trade.
- If you are operating as an LLC or corporation, the managing member of the LLC or the officers and directors of the corporation must all be at least 21, a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or be a citizen of a country with a treaty with the U.S. allowing them to engage in trade.
Importantly, people who have been convicted of a felony, police officers, and people who have lost their license to sell alcohol in the last two years are not eligible to obtain a New York liquor license.
New York Liquor License Process
The process of obtaining a New York liquor license can be extremely complicated, and it is important for business owners to understand the basics of the procedures and rules and regulations involved. As a bar or a restaurant, you will be seeking a retail license, which allows you to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off premises. A wholesale license, on the other hand, allows you to manufacture, store, and distribute alcoholic beverages for sale to licensed retailers.
Once your application has been filed, it is subject to review by the New York State Liquor Authority and can be delayed by various issues. The agency regularly reviews almost 70,000 applications each year, so it very possible for agency staff to deny applications in error or for there to be unnecessary delays in processing a particular application. Our attorneys will continue to work on your application until it is approved or denied and, in the case of an unfavorable result, appeal the decision to the proper authority in a timely manner.
Protecting your New York Liquor License
In addition to helping businesses obtain a liquor license, we are also qualified to protect a liquor license and to represent businesses in hearings involving the State Liquor Authority. Violations could result in significant penalties, including the revocation, cancellation, or suspension of a liquor license, fines, a bond forfeiture, or a two-year ban. For this reason, it is critical to ensure that you are in compliance with all relevant rules and regulations at all times. Our lawyers will work closely with you to ensure that your policies and procedures minimize the risk of violations. In addition, should a violation occur, we will aggressively defend your license in any administrative hearing that may occur.
Contact Hirsch & Hirsch, LLP Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a New York Liquor License Attorney
The attorneys of Hirsch & Hirsch are skilled attorneys that are available to help with all of your liquor licensing needs. Whether you are a new business seeking a license for the first time or an existing bar or restaurant concerned that you may lose your license due to a violation, our lawyers are here to assist you. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 516-486-8500 or send us an email through our online contact form.