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New Changes from the SLA*


On Friday, March 25, 2011, the agency email domain was converted from to This change brings the State Liquor Authority into conformity with the Governor’s office and other New York State agencies. The old email addresses will continue to function, but eventually will be phased out. The agency website address will not be affected. To ensure a timely response, if you wish to contact the agency via email, please use one of the designated department email addresses. For a listing of current email addresses please view our Contact Directory.


The State Liquor Authority is implementing a new call center to make it easier for license applicants, community boards, industry members and other stakeholders to reach the appropriate personnel at SLA. Beginning Monday March 7, callers may dial one of three main lines to reach the agency: (518) 474-3114 in the Albany area; (212) 961-8385 in the New York City Area; and (716) 847-3035 in the Buffalo area. Callers will then be given simple prompts to connect them to the right department to handle their concerns.


Previously, the ABC Law required most license applicants and renewal applicants file notifications via certified mail with their local municipalities a minimum of 30 days in advance of filings with the SLA. Effective January 11, 2011, the types of notice that are considered legally sufficient to satisfy these notice requirements have expanded as follows: overnight delivery or personal service is added to the list of options available for new or renewal applicants for on-premises beer licenses, full on-premises liquor licenses, restaurant-brewer licenses, cabaret licenses, and on-premises wine licenses. In addition, overnight delivery is added to the list of options available for alteration applications [ABCL §99-d(1)].


Beginning with the May 1, 2011 renewal period, applicants will receive a notice in the mail advising them that it is time to renew their license. The notice will provide instructions to applicants on how to download the renewal application along with a list of documents/information that is to be submitted with the application as well as the appropriate fee and the effective/expiration dates for the upcoming license period.  If you have any questions, please contact the renewal unit at (518) 474-3114.


*All information provided by the NYS Liquor Authority website, visit their website at 



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