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New York State Liquor License Lawyer Guest Q&A: What is the best way to avoid rejection and delays caused by missing/incomplete information in your liquor license application?

We are pleased to continue our guest blog series on questions about the New York State liquor license. Our Westchester County and New York Lawyers have helped many applicants ranging from restaurants to liquor stores resolve various issues related to their liquor licenses as well as obtain their liquor license in an expedited manner.

above-the-bar-logo.jpgFAQ: I filed an application for an on premises liquor license for my restaurant that I am ready to open. My application was rejected because of incomplete/missing information. Is it worth it to hire an attorney to fill out and file this application?

Unfortunately, missing or incomplete information on your on premises liquor license will result in delay or rejection of your application. You can easily download the application from the SLA’s website and you don’t have to hire an attorney to help you fill out the application. However, we highly recommend it for several reasons. Most of all, you can focus on opening your restaurant while our attorneys take care of getting your liquor license. The on premises liquor license application is extremely overwhelming and involves the gathering of a lot of information, preparation of diagrams, photographs, as well as obtaining various permits and licenses. For example, the following are just a few things to think about when filling out your application:

  • Calculating the Fee. Depending on what type license you are seeking and the location of your premises, the fee will vary. Keep in mind that there is also an extra filing fee for every additional bar you put up in the restaurant as well as a bar filing fee for every additional bar. If your application states that you are going to have 3 bars in your restaurant, and you only submitted a fee covering 1 bar, this will clearly result in delaying your application.
  • If you are a corporation or a limited liability company with less than 10 shareholders, you must list all stockholders, officers, directors, members, and managers on the application. Also make sure you submit a personal questionnaire for each person, as well as proof of citizenship or alien status, copy of photo identification, an original passport size color photo, and fingerprints.
  • Be very careful with the List of Expenses part of the application. The SLA wants to know where the money that you are putting into this business is coming from. If the money is coming from different sources, you must identify all of them. If somebody is lending you money, you must submit a loan agreement, even if the loan is from a family member. If the money is a gift from anyone other than a spouse, you must submit a letter stating that the financing is a gift. Anybody who lends or gifts you money must also fill out a personal questionnaire. This section of the application alone is a good reason to have one of our experienced attorneys file your application.

Our attorneys will guide you step by step through the whole process of successfully getting your liquor license, whether its for your restaurant, liquor store, or wine bar. While you focus on opening your business, our attorneys will make sure that all the documents, including diagrams and photographs which are needed for your application are complete and accurate. Call our New York/Westchester Liquor License Attorneys at Villanueva & Sanchala at (800) 893-9645 to help you get your liquor license without any worries so that you can focus on your business.


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