Category: Liquor Licenses

Can a liquor or wine store licensee sell wine out of state or over the internet?

Can a liquor or wine store licensee sell wine out of state or over the internet?

We are often asked about the limitations of internet-based retail sales of alcohol.  Straight from the New York State Liquor Authority, the answers are as follows: (a) A liquor or wine store may sell and ship alcoholic beverages to a customer in another state as long as that state allows the licensee to make such sales […]

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“Transferring” a Liquor License in New York

“Transferring” a Liquor License in New York

It is common to hear people refer to “transferring” a liquor license upon the purchase or sale of a business, but, because of how the liquor authority evaluates liquor license applications, there really is, by definition, no such thing.  But don’t take my word for it.  The Chief Executive Officer of the New York State […]

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Getting a Liquor License in NYC for a Restaurant Requires Community Board Approval

Getting a Liquor License in NYC for a Restaurant Requires Community Board Approval

Getting a liquor license in NYC for a restaurant requires working cooperatively with the relevant community board. Each borough in New York City (Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn) has several community boards that play important advisory roles in dealing with land use, zoning matters, the City budget, municipal service delivery, public safety, liquor licensing, […]

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Starting a Business? Preparing a Business Plan is Essential For Success

Starting a Business? Preparing a Business Plan is Essential For Success

It is very common for me to speak with business people who started their businesses without creating a business plan.  This is easy to understand because creating a thorough business plan that covers all of the essential topics is time-consuming. It is also frightening because it forces the prospective business owner to face issues related to starting […]

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Protect Your Liquor License: Food, Hours, and Drink Specials

Protect Your Liquor License:  Food, Hours, and Drink Specials

Holders of a New York liquor license permitting the consumption of alcohol on premises should note the following rules related to food, hours, and drink specials: FOOD All on-premises retail licensees are required to have food available for purchase and consumption by patrons. Where the licensee will not be preparing the food but will enter […]

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What To Do With Your Liquor License if Your Business Closes

What To Do With Your Liquor License if Your Business Closes

Your business has a liquor license, but you are contemplating closing, selling the business, or even just closing temporarily (more than two weeks) to do renovations or for some other reason.  What do you do with your liquor license?  Well, if you would like to remain in good standing with the State Liquor Authority, you […]

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New York Liquor Licensing: The 200 and 500 Foot Rules

New York Liquor Licensing:  The 200 and 500 Foot Rules

If you have thought about obtaining a New York Liquor License, I am sure that you have heard, at the very least in passing, meanderings about the 200 and 500 foot rules and how they apply.  Here is how they work in a nutshell (a more detailed explanation can be found here). The 200 foot […]

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No BYOB If You Do Not Have A Liquor License

No BYOB If You Do Not Have A Liquor License

A common misconception that I often hear about the need to obtain a New York liquor license is usually stated something like: “Well I don’t really need the liquor license if I let them bring their own alcohol anyway.”  In New York, that is dead wrong and will cause you many problems if you are […]

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How to get a liquor license in New York

How to get a liquor license in New York

INTRODUCTION Preliminarily, there are many different types of liquor licenses that one can obtain in New York. This article focuses on licenses for on premises consumption and on licenses for off premises consumption. Obtaining a liquor license in New York is no easy task. Although the state liquor authority (referred to throughout as SLA or […]

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