By Andrew Kane
ALBANY N.Y. (WENY) – Craft beverage manufacturing businesses in New York will now be able to sell beverages while their liquor license is pending.
These new permits can generally be processed and approved in less than 30 days– compared to applications for new licenses that currently take an average of six months.
The permits allow businesses to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages for a period of six months, or until the full application is approved, for a fee of just $125.
The new permits may be extended for a three-month period for an additional $50 fee if necessary.
“New York’s craft beverage industry is not only a source of local pride, but also creates jobs and drives tourism in every corner of the state,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “These fast-tracked permits will allow new businesses to hit the ground running by opening quickly and making immediate contributions to their local economies. This is another step in furthering our administration’s efforts to cut red tape, ease regulations, and make commonsense reforms to help these businesses grow and thrive.”
The application for craft manufacturers to apply for the new temporary operating permits are available here.