Welcome to Liquor License New York dot net.

We know that getting a liquor license in New York State as a wholesaler or retailer can seem like a daunting task.

This site was created to help you simplify that task so you can get up and running as quickly as possible.

Just one mistake can set you back months and Alcohol Permit New Yorkwe want to do whatever’s necessary to help you avoid that. 

As a former General Counsel to the New York State Liquor Authority, website founder Adrian C. Hunte is uniquely versed and holds a specialty as a Liquor License Attorney. Whether you are a retailer, distributor or producer, Adrian C. Hunte has a wealth of knowledge and dedication to ensuring client needs are met.

If you have any specific questions do not hesitate to contact us.

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    Video Interview with Mrs. Adrian Hunte

    Answers to Visitor Frequently Asked Questions

    Today, we have a special treat for you today.  I was able to tear Mrs. Hunte away from her busy schedule for a 20 minute Skype Video Conference.

    In this video, I ask questions based primarily off of search phrases that drove traffic to this site and to HunteLaw.com.

    If you have any questions, first have a look through this website, then try the chat feature and if you’re questions are still not answered, use the form on the Contact Page.


    01:48 Can you get a liquor license without a C of O (Certificate of Occupancy)

    Letter of No Objection explained

    2:46 What is a Class C New York Liquor License?

    Class C-O versus Class C explained

    4:10 How to obtain a Wholesale Alcoholic Beverage License in NYS

    5:33 Price of liquor permit

    6:39 Liquor license for members-only club

    8:30 Legal Disclaimer About this Video

    9:40 Can I get a liquor license in New York if I have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?

    11:30 How quickly can I get a temporary liquor license?

    13:07 Differences between licensing process in New York and New Jersey

    14:18 200 and 500 foot rules explained

    16:45 Closing comments and some advice from Adrian Hunte

    17:44 One Last Minute Addition: Catering permits explained. – for those with an existing restaurant and without.

    Let us know you are here – Leave your questions or comments below.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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      Liquor License Application Delays

      Frustrated by Liquor License DelaysThe New York Times published an article on their website called Liquor License Delays Add to Restaurants’ Pain by Glenn Collins.

      This story revealed the growing backlog of applications at the New York State Liquor Authority and put the spotlight on a few businesses who have been waiting an eternity to obtain a liquor license.

      A process that once took six to ten weeks only a few years ago now has restaurant owners waiting seven months or more for a liquor license.

      Usually, proprietors will not wait to open for business until they are able to serve alcohol because the rent is do either way.  Immediately, the thought of opening under a Bring-Your-Own policy comes to mind because serving food but no beer or wine will turn customers away and hurt early word of mouth efforts.

      Customarily, alcohol could generate 10 to 30 percent of revenue at a restaurant and 40 to 50 percent of the profit, and owners are losing not only money but also potential customers who recoil from a dry establishment. For years, New Yorkers waited out the approval period by bringing a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer, but the liquor authority recently sent letters to all license applicants reminding them that the practice is illegal under state law and can be grounds for rejecting an application.

      Yes, many people don’t know that BYOB is not legal in New York State and can lead to an application being rejected.

      Here it is straight from the New York State Liquor Authority Website:

      BYOB, or “Bring Your Own Bottle,” where owners of establishments allow their customers to bring alcoholic beverages to

      Is BYOB Legal in NYS

      from the Journal News

      their premises to be consumed on site, is NOT PERMITTED in unlicensed businesses in New York State.  You MUST have a license or permit to sell/serve beer, wine or liquor to the public. Venues without a license or permit may not allow patrons to “bring their own” alcoholic beverages for consumption.  In addition, owners of businesses may not give away alcoholic beverages to their patrons.  Those that do are in violation of the NYS Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

      Applicants should be aware that allowing BYOB without a license may jeopardize their chances for approval of their license.
      source: www.sla.ny.gov/bring-your-own-bottle-byob

      The New York Times Article goes on to say what causes many of the rejected applications.

      Restaurant and bar owners are to blame for some of the delays. “Ninety percent of the applications are incomplete when submitted,” Mr. Crowley [a spokesman for the liquor authority] said.

      The authority’s 26-page “on-premises” application requires owners’ detailed financial information, prior employment experience, proof of citizenship and floor-plan details, and it also entails fingerprinting and background investigations. It asks whether music will be played (and if so, what kind) and whether dancing is planned.

      It has never been more important to hire Adrian Hunte to handle the liquor license application process for you.  She has previously served as General Counsel to the New York State Liquor Authority and is the leading expert in Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

      Read the full New York Times story at: www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/dining/05lice.html

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