For certain types of establishments, Community Boards are notified before the SLA receives an application. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law requires that anyone applying for an on premises license notify their community board of their intention to apply for a liquor license 30 days before filing an application with the State Liquor Authority. Proof of the 30 day notice must be submitted with the application.

The community board may submit an opinion, either in favor of or against granting the license. That opinion will become part of the record used by the SLA in deciding whether to approve the application.