500 Foot Hearing

The 500 Foot Rule under The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law limits the ability of the Licensing Authority to issue on premises retail liquor licenses when there are existing licensed establishments within 500 feet of the applicant's location. Liquor License applicants subject to the 500 foot rule are required to participate in a hearing to determine if it is in the public interest to issue the license.

If your location is subject to the 500 foot rule, a liquor license cannot be issued unless the State Liquor Authority determines that it is in the public interest to issue the license. The 500 foot rule requires that the Licensing Authority consult with the municipality or community board and conduct a hearing to determine whether the public interest would be served by issuing the license. This is commonly referred to as the “500 Foot Hearing”.

When determining the public interest of approving a liquor license application, the Licensing Authority may consider factors including, but not limited to:

  • the number, classes and character of other licensed premises in the area/municipality where the proposed establishment will be located
  • whether the applicant has obtained all other necessary governmental licenses and permits;
  • the effect on vehicular traffic and parking in proximity to the location;
  • the impact on the existing noise level;
  • the history of ABC violations and reported criminal activity at the location