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Aways remember, the money is in the

liquids. There's more money in liquor than lobster, steak, pasta, and pizza.

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​NY City & Long Island

​(631) 520-7510


Yonkers & Westchester County

(914) 272-7955

        
Albany - Poughkeepsie - Plattsburg - Utica​

(518) 772-2003


Syracuse - Watertown- Binghampton-Ithaca

(315) 567-1165

 
Rochester &  Southern tier 

​(585) 479-8653


Binghampton - Elmira - Ithaca - Cortland

(607) 520-7510


​Buffalo  - Niagara Falls - Jamestown

(716) 254-3393

License Application 

General Information


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 web sites 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 in writing anywhere.

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.

If you still wish to attempt to file the application yourself we offer a service to review the application and make appropriate corrections.


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.


  1. A liquor store license application must be a benefit to the community it serves.
  2. Taverns, restaurants, hotels etc are not held to that standard
  3. The four closest liquor stores to your new location will be notified of your application. These stores will be given the opportunity to oppose your application.
  4. The community board, local municipality, churches, neighborhood groups can oppose your application
  5. All liquor store applications anywhere in NY State go to the SLA full board in NYC.
  6. If you attempt to represent yourself you have a fool for a lawyer
  7. And don’t forget the cost of inventory. Inventory for a liquor store can easily be from $20,000 to over $200,000. Depending on your business plan and the square footage of the store.
  8. Before you sign a lease or purchase a building for a liquor store, call us for a free evaluation of the proposed premises.
Caution:

The temporary permit may be summarily canceled or suspended at any time. The Liquor Authority will keep the $640 fee too. 

​The license application process is very time consuming and frustrating. If one question is not answered to the ABC license examiners 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. For one low flat fee our consultants will do all the work for you, your attorney or your accountant.

We will:     

  • Provide a Free Pre-application consultation and evaluation of your liquor / ABC license needs.
  • Advise the correct license or Permit for your application  
  • Conduct an on-site survey    
  • Complete premises diagrams
  • Block diagrams
  • Frontal elevation
  • Take the appropriate photos  and format to SLA specifications 
  • Municipal Notice
  • Proximity report
  • Demographic study 
  • Legal notices     
  • Obtain a penal bond      
  • Complete a correct application with appropriate documentation     
  • File your application promptly
  • Continuous status follow-up
  • Help to locate a liquor business  to Buy 
  • Sell an existing liquor business


​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 simply answered 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.


We offer a free initial consultation by telephone to determine if our services will meet your licensing needs.



If you need a beer and wine permit for your special event anywhere in NY State contact us at: (518) 795-9374

help@liquorauthority.org


All  event permit applications must be filed At least 15 days prior to the event


If you need us to obtain a liquor special event permit you must currently have a liquor license


Caution


Have you hired someone to cater your special event? Did you read the SLA special event permit? Does the name on the SLA permit match the name of the company you hired? 


Beware                              


Unlicensed caterers are constantly using permits issued to others to illegally cater events. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Do your consultants work for attorneys?

Yes


On many occasions a client will go to an attorney for assistance with starting or purchasing an alcohol related business. Attorneys frequently call on our consultants to assist with the ABC license application. We are not attorneys. We always recommend that a client consult with an attorney for purchase offers, leases, incorporation, partnership agreements etc.   

​Is it possible to expedite an application?


Yes


The Members of the Authority have approved the implementation of a Self Certification Program. This program allows attorneys filing retail applications on behalf of applicants to certify that statements and documents provided in an application are true and accurate and that the application meets all statutory requirements. The program will allow for a more timely review of applications as the agency will rely on the information certified by the Attorney, eliminating the need to review each document submitted        We have attorneys that will review the application we have prepared for you. The attorney will then make a visit to the premises to verify the accuracy of the application. The attorney will then certify and submit the application.     

If I filed an application myself and it has yet to be issued will you expedite it for me?


NO.


The license applications that we submit are correct at the time the application is submitted.We can not expedite an application that you have submitted in error to the NYS Liquor Authority. If an application is submitted to the Authority with errors it will be returned and the Authority may keep your fees. You may then be required to start the process from the beginning including paying the same fees all over again! 

You do all the work. I don't have to do anything ?


Yes & No


You have to provide us with truthful answers to our questions and you have to be fingerprinted. Our consultants do everything else for you.Electronic fingerprinting is now offered state wide. It is more convenient and it speeds up the application process.