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BRIAN D. SOLOMON, ESQ.

182 Rose Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306

Phone: (718) 698-1287
Fax: (718) 698-2962

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Licensing

The Law Office of Brian D. Solomon will assist our clients in obtaining liquor licenses, sidewalk café licenses and other licenses. Our office will explain to our clients what the licensing agency requires and prepare the necessary documents. We will also advise our clients how to remain in compliance with the relevant rules and laws of the licensing agencies after receiving their license.

The Law Office of Brian D. Solomon will explain the various license classes and the requirements needed to obtain a liquor license. Our office also advises liquor license applicants on the rules of the New York State Liquor Authority.

The Law Office of Brian D. Solomon will fervently defend our clients at administrative hearings and at violation and revocation proceedings.

The Law Office of Brian D. Solomon’s experience and extensive knowledge of the liquor licensing procedures will ease the process of applying for a liquor license.

If an applicant has been denied a license by the New York State Liquor Authority, The Law Office of Brian D. Solomon will prepare the client's appeal for a reconsideration of the application.

The Law Office of Brian D. Solomon will prepare the documents required by the New York State Liquor Authority for the transfer of an existing license (a temporary permit is usually issued and is good for 90 days) to the buyer, where the buyer purchases the assets of the ongoing business. The temporary permit allows the buyer to sell alcoholic beverages while waiting for approval by the Authority for the full license.

The following information will describe how The Law Office of Brian D. Solomon can assist our clients to successfully apply for and be awarded a liquor license.
 

  • We will advise our clients as to the different categories of liquor licenses and what the procedures are for each.
  • Depending on the type of license, advise our clients about the regulations regarding distances from; other similarly licensed premises, houses of worship, schools, etc.
  • Advise our clients on what documents are required for the application.
  • Locate the appropriate Community Board and prepare the letter of notification.
  • Attend the Community Board hearing if required.
  • Prepare all the necessary forms, affidavits, sketches and letters.
  • Submit documents for the required liquor bond.
  • Prepare the publication notice, if required, in the local newspapers.
  • File all the documents with the New York State Liquor Authority.
  • Represent our clients at the New York State Liquor Authority's 500 Foot Hearing, if required.
  • Represent our clients at the New York State Liquor Authority's Full Board Meeting, if required.


Disciplinary Penalties Imposed By The New York State Liquor Authority

  • Revocation – terminates the license and bans the licensee from holding any liquor license for two years.
  • Cancellation – terminates the license, but does not ban the licensee from applying for a license for two years.
  • Suspension – prohibits consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages for a designated period.
  • Civil penalty – monetary fine that may be levied against the licensee with or as an alternative to a revocation, cancellation, or suspension.
  • Bond Claim – a claim made against the licensees surety bond.
  • Proscription – prohibits the issuance of a liquor license for any part of the licensed premises for two years. Can only be issued when a license is revoked.
  • Summary Suspension – under the State Administrative Procedure Act, a State agency is authorized to summarily suspend a license when the agency finds that public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.  

NEW YORK STATE CATEGORIES OF LIQUOR LICENSES

There are two basic categories of liquor licenses. The first is known as an "On Premise" or "OP" and that allows for the on premise consumption of alcoholic beverages as follows:

OP = Full liquor license which permits on premises consumption of all types of alcoholic beverages. Also permits sale of beer for off premises consumption.

HL = Hotel license which permits on premises consumption of all types of alcoholic beverages.

CL = Club license which permits on premises consumption of all types of alcoholic beverages to members of club and their guests.

RW = Restaurant Wine license that permits the on premises consumption of wine and beer.

EB = Eating Place Beer license that permits the on premises consumption of beer.

  • Alcoholic beverages must be consumed on the premises. However, beer may be sold to go.
  • Hours of sale are determined by the closing hours in the county where your establishment is located. Be sure you know the proper hours.
  • Credit cards may be used for sales.
  • Patrons may consume drinks purchased before closing hours up until one-half hour after the legal closing hours.
  • The second is known as an "Off Premise" license and that allows for the off premise consumption of alcoholic beverages as follows:  

L = Liquor store license which permits sale of liquor and wine for off premises consumption.

A/DS = Grocery store/drug store license which permits sale of beer for off premises consumption.

AX/DX = Grocery store/drug store license which permits sale of beer and wine coolers for off premises consumption.

  • Alcoholic beverages are sold "to go." They cannot be consumed in your establishment.
  • Open containers of any alcoholic beverages are not permitted in your store.
  • You must purchase strictly from a licensed wholesale dealer.
  • You cannot buy from or sell alcoholic beverages to another retailer.
  • Beer cannot be sold in a liquor store.
  • Liquor and wine cannot be sold in grocery stores.
  • Sales can only be made to consumers for their consumption, not for resale.
  • Sales cannot be made "on house credit." However, credit cards may be used.
  • Grocery stores and drug stores cannot sell beer on Sundays from 3 a.m. to noon. Other hours of sale are determined by the closing hours in the county where your establishment is located. Be sure you know the proper hours.

Liquor stores licensed pursuant to ABC Law Section 63 and wine stores licensed pursuant to Section 79 for off-premises consumption are converted to 7 day licenses and may remain open to the consumer all seven days of the week. The hours of operation permitted on Sunday are from noon to 9 P.M. Other hours of sale are determined by the closing hours in the county where your establishment is located. Be sure you know the proper hours.