Category: Restaurant / Liquor License

Keeping a Liquor License Safe While it is in Safekeeping

When a licensed establishment is closed for renovation or is damaged by natural disaster or when the business has to close for economic reasons, there are actions the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) requires of the licensee. Any licensed establishment closed for fifteen days or… Continue reading

RAMP Requirements vs RAMP Certification

Pennsylvania liquor licensees are required to have the owner or the “premises manager” certified under the Responsible Alcohol Management Program (“RAMP”) within 6 months of becoming an owner or becoming the premises manager. Additionally any employee hired on or after Aug. 8, 2016 who serves or… Continue reading

Management Companies for Liquor Licensed Premises

A Pennsylvania liquor license may only be used by the owner of that license, the “licensee.”  The licensee may not lease the license or allow an individual that is not recognized by the Liquor Control Board (LCB) as the owner to use that license.  However, the LCB… Continue reading

Seventh LCB R-License Auction

The bidding process for the seventh auction for expired restaurant licenses is now open.  The Commonwealth is offering 33 expired restaurant licenses in a sealed bid auction.  There will be one license offered in each of the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks,… Continue reading

Breweries, Limited Wineries and Distilleries

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a “craft” transformation. This phenomenon includes alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and spirits. Consumers have increasingly been demanding products that are locally sourced and made in small batches of quality ingredients designed to meet the taste and preferences… Continue reading

What is the Difference Between an H (Hotel) and an R (Restaurant) Liquor License in Pennsylvania?

The two most common retail liquor licenses in Pennsylvania are the H license or hotel license and the R license or restaurant license. Virtually all restaurants and taverns serving alcohol in the Commonwealth utilize one of these two types of licenses.  In recent years the… Continue reading

The Commonwealth’s 6th Auction for Expired R-Licenses

The bidding process for the sixth auction for expired restaurant licenses is now open.  The Commonwealth is offering 25 expired restaurant licenses in a sealed bid auction.  There will be one license offered in the following 25 counties:           Bids for… Continue reading

Obtaining Liquor Licenses

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) issues, renews, or validates over 21,000 liquor licenses per year.  A retail license (providing for sales directly to the public) can only be issued when there is both an owner (which can be either an individual or an entity)… Continue reading

Spring 2018 Auction Notice

An invitation for bids is now open for the award of 30 expired restaurant licenses; this is the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s fifth license auction since Act 39 became effective in August 2016. The auction format will use the sealed bid process which the LCB… Continue reading

Liquor License Validation/Renewals Summary

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) issues, renews and validates retail and wholesale liquor licenses. Every liquor license must be renewed biannually and validated in years that renewal is not required. In order to renew or validate a license, the appropriate renewal or validation fee… Continue reading