There is plenty of competition for obtaining a New York liquor license. New York's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulates approximately 70,000 licenses in a variety of different zones. In a state of close to 20 million residents, many other businesses would like to license as well.
Whether wholesale or retail, obtaining a liquor license is an extensive undertaking. A thorough investigation takes place by the licensing authority upon submittal of an application. There will also be an investigation of all individuals seeking the license, where sale of liquor is to take place, and the methods for financing the venture.
Standards for license eligibility
An applicant should not assume that the process for receiving a liquor license will go smoothly or without controversy. And those processing the licenses in various zones throughout the state may not be the ones making the final determinations concerning granting of the license.
In some instances, the license bureau of a specific zone will refer a license application to members of the liquor authority itself to make the decision. This happens especially if there is some sort of opposition to granting of the license. There could also be other concerns regarding the business premises or the individuals making the licensing request.
License fees range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The license fee is not the number one concern for most business owners, however. They wish to obtain the license quickly and keep it in tact as delays in obtaining a liquor license means lost profits.
A nightclub without a liquor license is likely not going to be able to compete in lower Manhattan. And an unexpected suspension of a liquor license could result in your business shutting down.
With a significant amount of investment in time and money to obtain the license, it is important to receive the advice and guidance of individuals who understand licensing and the role it will play in the business. An experienced attorney can advise upon local rule compliance to keep the license in place. They can also assist in business planning to make certain you put the license to good use.