For Liquor License Applicants

Local governments must be notified of all on-premises license applications in their neighborhoods at least 30 days before the application is submitted to the State Liquor Authority (SLA). The 30-day advance notice requirement is intended to provide local municipalities and community boards with an opportunity to make their views known to the SLA.  When a local municipality or community board submits an opinion, either in favor of or against granting the license, this opinion becomes part of the record used by the SLA in deciding whether to approve the application.

While not binding on the Members, the SLA considers input from local governments in all licensing decisions.

Local municipalities and community boards may also work with licensees to place stipulations on a license. If the municipality or community board and the applicant reach an agreement with respect to the operation of the establishment, the SLA can incorporate these conditions or stipulations into the application. These stipulations then become conditions of the license privilege, and the licensee will face disciplinary action if they fail to comply .

All Liquor Licence applicants must submit a  30-Day Advanced Notice to a
Local Municipality or Community Board form to Community Board Six via Certified Mail. For more information on the SLA, click here.

That form can be found here.

Our mailing address is:
Manhattan Community Board Six
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 1404
New York, NY 10017

Once we receive the 30-Day Notice form, the Community Board office will reach out to you with an invitation to present the merits of your application at a meeting of our Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee. Prior to the meeting there are two forms that must be filed with the Board office:

  • The establishment’s Certificate of Occupancy, which can be obtained from the Department of Buildings website
  • The CB6 Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee Liquor License Questionnaire (click here)

In addition, applicants appearing before the committee should view the Board’s Liquor License Change Agreement (click here) so they may be aware of certain concessions that more than likely will be requested.  Additionally, applicants should review this document with committee procedures and guidelines.

If the Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee finds no objection to your application, then a resolution of no objection will be voted on by the Full Board at its next meeting.

Because the Community Board’s role is an advisory one, if the Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee  objects to your application you may still apply to the State Liquor Authority. However, the likelihood of them approving an application following a resolution of objection being passed by the Board is low.

Similarly, failure to respond to correspondence from the Board office and to attend the Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee meeting may result in a resolution of objection being drafted with regards to your application.

A few days after the Full Board meeting, all resolutions will be sent to the SLA and to each applicant.