WE MAKE OBTAINING A LIQUOR LICENSE FAST & EASY
DO NOT TAKE CHANCES WITH YOUR LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION
We do not recommend that you attempt to deal with the Liquor Authority by yourself. Beware of fraudulent websites and persons claiming to be liquor license expeditors. Ask the expeditor if they have ever worked for the NYS Liquor Authority. Our team consists of retired Liquor Authority investigators, examiners, representatives, and attorneys. We are regulatory experts. We have the expertise to file your application correctly. Before you retain an attorney, ask if the law firm limits their practice only to NYS liquor law.
The Liquor Authority has the right to make their own rules. It seems they change the rules, required forms, and documents almost on a daily basis, depending on which examiner you are dealing with. Liquor Authority employees constantly seem to dream up new requirements. Many of these requirements you will not find anywhere in writing.
If your application is rejected, the SLA can confiscate your filing fee.
Has your license application been rejected for some crazy reason that you cannot find in the ABC Law? Don’t be surprised, it happens all the time! In our opinion, if you are not a professional in contact with the three SLA offices on a daily-basis, your application could be rejected or delayed. Deficient applications can easily be rejected or delayed for many months.
We offer a free consultation by telephone to determine if our services fit your licensing needs. For one low flat fee, our consultants will do all the work for you, your attorney, or your accountant.
- Provide a FREE pre-application consultation and evaluation of your liquor license needs
- Advise the correct license or permit for your application
- Conduct an on-site survey
- Complete premises diagrams
- Block diagrams
- Frontal elevation diagrams
- Take the appropriate photos and format to SLA specifications
- File Municipal Notice with your city, town, or community board
- Proximity report
- Demographic study
- Legal notices
- Obtain a penal bond
- Complete a correct application with appropriate documentation
- Evaluate all documents to be sure they meet SLA requirements
- File your application promptly
- Continuous status follow-up
- Help to locate a liquor business to buy
- Sell an existing liquor business
A liquor store license is the most difficult license to obtain. Attempting a liquor store application without professional assistance will probably result in a rejection of the application. More liquor store applications are rejected than approved. All liquor store applications must go in front of the full board in NYC. The community board, local municipality, churches, and neighborhood groups can oppose your application.
Before you sign a lease or purchase a building for a liquor store, call us at 888-252-2830 for a free evaluation of the proposed premises.
The license application process is very time-consuming and frustrating. If one question is not answered to the ABC license examiner’s satisfaction, the application can be returned to the applicant. The Authority can keep your fees and then make you start all over with more fees. Unwelcome surprises that cost the applicant significant time and money to resolve are very common. If an applicant attempts to obtain a license without EXPERIENCED professional assistance the process could take many months before a license is issued, if a license is issued at all.
The Liquor Authority has created a huge backlog of license applications. The Liquor Authority is now returning new applications and keeping fees if the application is not correct. The Liquor Authority is more than happy to keep your fees and make you start the process all over if they find an i not dotted or a t not crossed. Questions that appear to be simple can cause problems that could result in the rejection of your application.
If you attempt to file an application on your own or with an inexperienced professional, we wish you well.