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Sunday Morning Permit Now Available

As we’ve previously reported, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Reforms adopted at the end of this year’s legislative session changed the hours of sale on Sunday morning to 10:00 am statewide and also included an option for on-premises licensees located outside of New York City to obtain a permit to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the licensed premises on Sunday between the hours or 8:00 am and 10:00 am. The 10:00 am Sunday sales provision took effect on September 7th and the 8:00 am provision took effect on November 5th.

Under the new law on-premises licensees located outside of New York City may apply for up to twelve (12) permits per calendar year. The State Liquor Authority has established a new permit, the Sunday On-Premises Sale Permit for this permit. The Sunday on-premises sales permit fee is $35 per day. If the permit is disapproved a $10 filing fee will be deducted from the refund for each permit. Applicants must notify their local municipality of their intent to apply for the Sunday on-premises sales permit at least 30 days prior to the submission of the permit application by using the SLA proscribed notification form. A copy of the completed notification along with proof of mailing or hand delivery from the municipality must be submitted with the application. Failure to include the notification form and proof of mailing or submitting the application without waiting the required 30 days since notifying the municipality may result in disapproval of the application.

To provide adequate processing time the SLA advises that applications must be submitted at least 15 days prior to the date for which the permit is desired. The application, notification form and instructions are available on the SLA website on the “Forms” page under the “Miscellaneous Permits” heading.