The Renewal Process
You will receive a renewal advisory approximately three months prior to the expiration of your license as a reminder to renew your license. The renewal advisory will include the total fees due to renew your license. A renewal application must be filed before the expiration of the current license period. Please allow 10 business days for processing of your renewal application.
In your renewal application, you must report any changes of information, such as a change in your residential address or any arrests or convictions that have not been reported to the SLA. The only change that can be made during the renewal process is the Trade Name (DBA) change. Please do not use the renewal application to include changes that require SLA approval, such as changes to the principals of the license or any physical changes to the establishment.
You must mail your completed renewal application, your renewal advisory, the appropriate fee and all other required documents to the address below:
M&T Bank Lockbox
New York State Liquor Authority
PO Box 8000-Dept 930
Buffalo, New York 14267
Applications sent to any other address will be returned and will delay the processing of your renewal.
If you file a complete renewal application before the expiration of your current license period, you will receive either:
- A new license certificate for the next licensing period;
- A letter explaining why your application was denied; or
- A letter from the SLA allowing you to sell alcoholic beverages while your application is being reviewed.
Any deficiency in the application or failure to provide all supporting documentation will delay the processing of your renewal, or may lead to the disapproval of your renewal.
If your application is not complete, or you don't file it before the expiration of the current license period, you will not be able to sell alcoholic beverages once your current license expires.
The term of your license depends on the type of license you have. If you have a retail license to sell only beer for on-premises or off-premises consumption, your license lasts for three years. Off-premises liquor and wine licenses (liquor and wine stores) are also issued for three years. On-premises wine and liquor licenses are issued for two years. If you have a seasonal license, it must be renewed every year. The renewal form for retailers can be found in the documents below.
If you have an on-premises beer, wine or liquor license in one of the five boroughs of New York City, you must notify your Community Board of your intent to renew your license at least 30 days before filing your renewal application with the SLA. The notice must be sent using the Standardized Notice Form below, and can be sent using certified mail, an overnight delivery service or by personal delivery to your Community Board.
You must submit the completed Standardized Notice Form and proof of delivery to the SLA with your completed renewal application.
If sending in a late renewal application, please make sure to submit the completed Late Renewal Requirements Form for Retailers with your renewal application.
Renewal Forms for Retailers
All on-premises licensees located within one of the five boroughs of NYC must mail a Renewal Application Notice Form to their local community board.
Manufacturers and Wholesalers
The term of your license depends on the type of license you have. If you have a seasonal license, it must be renewed every year. The renewal form for wholesalers and manufacturers can be found in the documents below.
If you have a Farm Manufacturing Branch Office permit(s), you must indicate whether you would like to renew the permit in your renewal application. You must also submit a completed Permit Renewal Application with your renewal application (the permit renewal application can be found on this page under "Other Renewal Forms")
If sending in a late renewal application, please make sure to submit the completed Late Renewal Requirements Form for Wholesalers and Manufacturers with your renewal application.
Renewal Forms for Manufacturers and Wholesalers
This application should be used by all wholesalers and manufacturers to renew their license.
This should be used by all manufacturers and wholesalers if filing their renewal application late.
Other Renewal Forms
This application is used to extend or reduce the license period of a Seasonal Class License in which the effective or the expiration date do not exceed the available license term.
This application should be used by all Out-of-State Direct Wine Shipment Licensees to renew their license.
Contact the Licensing Department
Contact the Licensing Department if you have questions about obtaining a license or permit.