How to Get Approved for a Liquor License | Elke Hofmann

Class Description:

Serving alcohol is one thing you definitely don’t want to do under the table. If you plan on serving liquor at your establishment, this class will help you learn all the steps you need to take to obtain a liquor license in New York. Elke Hofmann, an attorney-at-law who focuses on representing restaurants, bars, and retail wine & spirits stores, to cover the role of Community Boards, how to file with the State Liquor Authority, and any issues that might prevent a license from being approved. Cheers!


Class Outline:

  • The Application Process

    • The Community Board

    • Block Associations

    • 30-day Notice

  • What goes into the Application

    • The 200-foot rule

    • Disclosed Shareholders/Owners

    • Sources of Funding

    • Producers, Distributors and Retailers

    • The 500-foot rule

    • Demonstrating a public benefit

  • Completing the Application

    • Citizenship, Residency and Approved Nationalities

    • Certificate of Occupancy

    • Timing your application

  • Alternatives to Applying for a New License

    • Temporary Liquor License

    • Grandfathering in Clauses

    • Corporate Change Application

  • Overview of the Timeline

    • Community Board Process

    • Hearings with the State Liquor Authority

    • The Law vs Community Board Stipulations

  • Alcohol Retail and Other Topics


Educator Bio:

Elke Hofmann is the founder and managing member of Elke A. Hofmann Law, PLLC, a boutique law firm representing restaurants, bars, retail wine and spirits stores, and alcoholic beverage producers. Elke earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1997, and began her legal career working with start-up and emerging growth businesses as an associate in the Business and Finance section of the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia. Since 2005, Elke has focused on the hospitality industry, assisting businesses with general commercial transactions in addition to counseling clients on matters relating to the New York State Liquor Authority. Elke is a founding member of the New York City Hospitality Group.


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Recorded Date: 05/09/2016