How long will it take to get my New York liquor license?

Based on statistics from the most recent calendar year (2013), the average number of days for the Liquor Authority’s Licensing Board to approve a new license application is

Liquor Store 85 days
Grocery Store 64 days
Restaurant 76 days
Bar 76 days
Wholesale 58 days
Temporary permit 7 days

These are averages, meaning that some applications can take longer and some may be approved more quickly. These statistics also include applications that have been attorney certified to fast track processing. The best assurance an applicant can have to ensure a smooth and timely license approval process is a complete application package. Working with an experienced liquor license attorney can help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls that cause delay.

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