On-premises licensees (bars, taverns, restaurants, etc.) seeking to remain open after the county closing hours on New Year’s Eve must file a permit application with the SLA at least 45 days prior to the event. The application for an All Night Permit is available on the Liquor Authority website. Notice of the licensee’s intent to apply for the permit must be sent to the local police department or, if there is no local police department, to the County Sheriff’s Department. Licensees located in New York City also must send notice to the Local Community Board. Proof that the notice was mailed to the police department (and the community board if applicable) must be included with the application.
The SLA’s Licensing Bureau will review each application within 10 days of receiving it based on criteria that includes the licensee’s disciplinary history and whether adequate security plans are in place for the event. If the Licensing Bureau denies the application, the licensee may request review of the decision by a Member of the Authority. A Member of the Authority will review the decision and make a final determination within 10 business days of receipt of the request. All Night Permits are not as popular as they once were, but get your application in soon if you are looking for one this year.