New York State and You

The State Liquor Authority is fostering a business-friendly attitude toward those in the alcoholic beverage industry. New York State recognizes the contributions made to the State’s economy through the production and sale of alcoholic beverages.

As the holder of a retail license to traffic in alcoholic beverages, you will have opportunities to interact with New York State, particularly with the State Liquor Authority. Every effort will be made to ensure that your contact with the SLA is efficient and courteous.

There are more than 60,000 active alcoholic beverage licenses and permits in the State, with the vast majority held by law-abiding, hard working people. Our intent in this pamphlet is to help you achieve success with your business operations through compliance with the ABC Law.

Holding a license is a privilege, one that carries with it an enormous responsibility. It is important that you protect your license which is valid only for you (or your corporation or partnership) and only for the address which is listed on the certificate. According to provisions of the ABC Law, you cannot allow another person to sell alcoholic beverages using your license, nor can you move the license to another location without the prior approval of the SLA.

If your license is lost or stolen, a police report should be filed immediately. A copy of this report along with a money order for $5.00 must be sent to the SLA in order to obtain a duplicate original.


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