On December 16, 2022, Governor Hochul signed Senate Bill S.9049 which updates the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. This bill authorizes New York State to grant eligible catering businesses a license to serve liquor off-site at weddings, banquets or other events. Effective immediately, these eligible catering businesses can now apply for an off-premises catering license without meeting bulky facility requirements to benefit caterers and small businesses.
Previously, caterers were required to have a facility with a kitchen and a dining or banquet hall with the ability to serve and seat at least 50 people to serve alcoholic beverages at an off-site location where an event is taking place. Caterers that did not meet the facility requirements previously had to apply for a temporary permit that would only allow them to serve beer, wine and cider at each individual event.
Further, the Off-Premises Catering Establishment annual licensing fee is two-thirds the cost of the license fees for selling alcohol that is intended to be consumed on the premises. Seasonal licenses may be issued, and the fees will be pro-rated for the period that the license is effective.
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