The most important aspect of your liquor license application is getting the approval of your local Community Board. This process can be time-consuming and immensely frustrating. The Community Board forum provides an opportunity for the members of the neighborhood to voice their opinions and concerns about local events, including the issuance of liquor licenses.
The process goes something like this:
You send notice to the correct Community Board at least 30 days prior to submitting your application to the State Liquor Authority.
The Community Board will then notify you of a date on which you will present your application before the committee that oversees liquor licenses (they typically meet once a month).
Some Community Boards require you to post public notices of your intent to apply as well as submit responses to a questionnaire, which usually differ from Board to Board. (here's an example from Brooklyn CB4 - Bushwick)
Once the Board schedules you for a presentation, it is essential that you not only show up, but are thoroughly prepared to present and handle the often-intense negotiation that follows. Board approval is crucial to your chances of actually obtaining a license.
When you hire me to represent you, I will assist you in tailoring a comprehensive presentation that suits the demands of your particular Community Board and be right by your side at the meeting. My experience has shown me how to work with the community and negotiate for your interests - reasonably, yet powerfully.
If you are interested in applying for one of the many different kinds of liquor licenses, or have questions about the process, contact me now.