Are there any restrictions on the location of my premises? Applicants for a liquor store license, wine store license and on-premise liquor license cannot be within 200 feet of a school, church, synagogue or other place of worship.

In what instances will criminal convictions or administrative actions by the SLA disqualify my application? Individuals not eligible for a license include:

  • A person convicted of a felony in NYS, including felony DWI.
  • A person convicted of a crime in another state or federal jurisdiction which would translate to a felony conviction if committed in NYS.
  • A person convicted of misdemeanors under sections 230.20 or 230.40 of the NYS Penal Law or 1146 of the former NYS Penal Law.
  • A revoked license will disqualify the licensee for a period of two years; if the revoked licensee was a corporation any officer or director may also be disqualified.

Note: If an executive pardon or a certificate of relief from disabilities is obtained, the convictions are no longer disqualifying in and of themselves, although all convictions may be considered as part of the total merit of the application.