The James Firm

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing

Liquor Licensing

Obtaining a liquor license made unbelievably effortless!

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We provide end-to-end services in obtaining, renewing or transferring liquor licenses. We also assist our clients in forming corporations and LLC’s, purchasing or selling their business, reviewing and negotiating lease agreements, and purchasing or selling their commercial property in the course of their transactions.

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(212) 845-9909 | (516) 858-5887

Why should you use our firm?

1. Our Experience

Our experience handling the liquor license transactions will prove invaluable to guiding you and your company through your license application. Our proof is in our track record. Your investment in our assistance will aid your business in securing or sustaining this lucrative revenue stream. An investment in our service is an investment in your business. 

2. Avoid the paperwork:

Obtaining a retail liquor license in New York involves a plethora of paperwork. Not only are the applications lengthy, but they also require complex analysis of the supporting documentation. We apply years of experience to your application, avoiding the common and complex issues.

3. Invest Your Time Elsewhere:

We understand that the industry you are in is rather demanding of your attention. We know how precious and valuable your time can be. One less thing you have to do, is one less more thing that you can accomplish. While you cater to your day-to-day operations, we are happy to attend to your license application.

Our office culture is to begin working on your dossier the same day we are retained, saving ample time and keeping the process seamless.

4. Accelerate Processing Time: 

Each day you do not have a license is opportunity cost lost for your business. This could even decide the success of your endeavor. We process your application with high levels of efficiency and accuracy. Hence, your application is processed with no hurdles. We can cut your processing time period by up to 33%!

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Frequently asked Questions

+ What are the requirements?

In order for an applicant to obtain a liquor license under Alcoholic Beverage Control Law the applicant must:

• Be 21 years old or older • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident • Have a valid social security number • Have a valid lease agreement

The following are disqualifications to obtaining liquor license under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law:

• Applicant is a police officer • Applicant holds an interest in a wholesale license • Applicant has a felony conviction For further information see our frequently asked questions below or contact us to schedule a consultation.

+ Can I obtain a liquor license if my premises is near a church or school?

It depends. The 200 foot rule restricts the State Liquor Authority (SLA) from issuing liquor licenses to establishments "on the same street or avenue and within 200 feet of a building occupied exclusively as a school, church, synagogue or other place of worship." The 200 foot rule applies if it is a retail establishment where liquor will be sold for consumption on premises or an establishment where liquor and wine will be sold for consumption off premises. It's worth noting that the 200 foot rule does not apply to establishments seeking to serve only wine and beer.

+ How long will it take to obtain my license?

Our office practice is to begin working on your file the same day we are retained, saving time and keeping the process smooth.

It can take approximately three months to obtain an On-Premises license and two months to obtain an Off-Premise license. The application process can also be expedited with our Attorney-Certification service which can normally reduce the processing time by a month. Applicants applying by themselves normally see timeframes of six months to a year. This is due to the steep learning curve and inexperience with handling the various moving parts of the process. Our expertise helps you avoid the common pitfalls that delays or denies applications.

+ How much will it cost?

The cost to obtain your license will depend on several factors, such as, the location of the premises, the type of license you're seeking, and the complexity of your case. The State Liquor Authority provides a schedule of fees here.

+ Do you provide any other services?

Yes. We assist our clients in forming corporations and LLC’s, purchasing or selling their business, reviewing and negotiating lease agreements, and purchasing or selling their commercial property.

Looking to get started? To schedule a complimentary consultation regarding your liquor license application, please click the button below or call us at (212) 845-9909 in New York City, or (516) 858-5887 in Garden City, Long Island.