While one might like to think otherwise, legally starting up a business is rarely just a matter of drawing up the right business organization documents, like a corporate charter, so as to be recognized by the state.
Organization is of course a critically important first step for New York business owners to take.
However, both in the limits of New York City and in the neighboring communities, most businesses will also need to get at least one, and possibly more, licenses from the proper government authorities in order to operate legally.
An unsuccessful application for a liquor license can tank a new restaurant
As a common example, the restaurant business in New York is extremely competitive, and one way many restaurants maintain profitability in a competitive market is by selling alcohol.
Obtaining a license to sell alcoholic beverages from the State of New York is a complicated affair. It is by no means just a matter of filling out some paperwork and then obtaining a license.
For one, an establishment will need to determine what type of license they want. There are many different types of licenses to sell alcohol on a restaurant’s premises, and each has slightly different legal requirements.
More importantly, the establishment will have to meet all of the requirements for receiving a license, including, for example, posting a bond, presenting a detailed diagram of the establishment, and the like.
Receiving the license is not automatic. If an applicant does not submit the documents to show it is eligible for a license, the application may get denied.
Moreover, the State Liquor Authority has the right to disapprove an application based on the poor character, inexperience, lack of financial responsibility or fitness of the person applying for the license.
Especially since these are somewhat subjective standards, a person may want to enlist the help of an experienced advocate before applying for a license.