As many restaurateurs and bar owners know from painful experience, over the past year it has taken 6 to 8 months, sometimes even longer for the New York State Liquor Authority to issue liquor licenses. Finally, the Liquor Authority has developed a solution to the problem.
On September 11, 2009 the Liquor Authority started a new Self Certification Program. The program allows attorneys filing a retail application to certify that the statements and documents provided in the application are true and accurate and that that application meets all statutory requirements. This new self-certification will allow a faster review period because the Liquor Authority will rely on the information provided by the attorney, and thus eliminate the need to review each document submitted. Under the Self Certification Program someapplications have been processed in as little as two weeks.
Though it is not required that an attorney prepare the retail application, the new program greatly increases the incentives for small businesses to hire an attorney to prepare their liquor licenses.
If your business needs a liquor license, please call Coran Ober P.C. at (718) 767-1177.
See the related article in the New York Times:
State Liquor-License Delays Ease
by Glenn Collins
Published: October 27, 2009