Category: Restaurant / Liquor License

Pennsylvania’s Economic Development Licenses

Most Pennsylvania liquor licenses are distributed on a county-by-county basis based upon a ratio of one license per 3,000 inhabitants in the county. Once the limit is reached, liquor license acquisition depends on supply and demand. However, in 2002 the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation… Continue reading

Responsible Alcohol Management Program

Last summer Governor Wolf signed Act 39 of 2016 which made several changes to the Liquor Code. Among those changes were provisions regarding the Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) requirements. RAMP training covers how to detect fake IDs, identify signs of intoxication and how to… Continue reading

Expanded Wine Sales in the Commonwealth

In August of 2016, Act 39 of 2016 went into effect changing the Pennsylvania Liquor Code substantially.  The act included dozens of changes which impacted licensees, consumers and the Pennsylvania LCB (“LCB”). One area most affected by the changes to the law involves how Pennsylvanians… Continue reading

Liquor License Citations

Sale of alcohol is regulated by both the federal government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (in the latter case via the Liquor Control Board). Before a restaurant, bar, deli, brewery, hotel or similar establishment can legally sell alcohol in Pennsylvania, it must obtain a proper… Continue reading

Upcoming Renewal and Validation Information

District ​Packets Available ​Filing Deadline ​Expiration of License ​​District 1  Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset, Union ​October 3 ​December 2 ​January 31 ​District 2  Adams, Dauphin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, York ​November 3 ​January 2 ​February 28 ​District… Continue reading

Liquor License Can Be A Privilege or a Right

In the Philadelphia suburbs restaurant liquor licenses have recently sold for as much as $550,000. What has a buyer of a license really bought? Certainly, other than the certificate that is issued by the Liquor Control Board (the LCB), there is nothing very tangible; but… Continue reading

Going Once, Going Twice – Sold!

As we reported in June, the Governor signed Act 39 into law which went into effect on August 8, 2016. Act 39 requires the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to auction expired restaurant licenses, including those that were not renewed, were revoked by an Administrative… Continue reading

The Current State of Intermunicipal Liquor License Transfers

In the past we have reported on the process for transferring liquor licenses. Since 2000, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) has permitted Restaurant (“R”) licenses and Eating Place (“E”) licenses to be transferred outside of the municipality where they are located to another municipality… Continue reading

What is RAMP Training?

RAMP is the LCB’s “Responsible Alcohol Management Program” designed to train and certify owners, managers and servers of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania in proper alcohol sale and service procedures. These include such things as proper identification checks, detecting fake or fraudulent I.D. documents, identifying signs… Continue reading

Landmark Changes to the Liquor Code

In December we reported that the Pennsylvania Senate had approved liquor reforms that were acceptable to the Governor, but that the Pennsylvania Legislature had yet to approve any such change. In June, the Legislature finally passed the Liquor Reform Bill and on June 8, 2016,… Continue reading