The 500 Foot Rule of Liquor Licenses

If you’re getting ready to apply for a liquor license, you should familiarize yourself with the 500 Foot Rule. Unfortunately, this rule often results in applications being rejected. Before you submit your liquor license application, learn this rule & figure out if it applies to you.

According to, the 500 Foot Rule says that:

“No license for on-premises liquor consumption may be granted for any premise within 500 feet of three or more existing premises licensed & operating with an on-premises liquor license.”

There’s a catch, though – the New York State Liquor Authority can issue a license if it’s in the public interest. The Liquor Authority will first have to speak with the area’s community board and hold a public hearing before making this decision.

Determining if the venue will be in the public interest is a process in itself. The Liquor Authority has to consider both the proposed type of business (is it a bar? restaurant? lounge?) as well as how many other businesses are running within 500 feet. Also, if the applicant has other establishments, the Liquor Authority will look into any violations or complaints against them. Lastly, issues that are considered “quality of life” matters, such as how much traffic will increase, noise levels and possible parking problems, are taken into consideration.

For more information about the 500 Foot Rule, visit the NYS Liquor Authority online


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