In 1995, California liquor license laws were changed to allow a local government to comment on a pending liquor license application. This often makes it difficult for a bar or off-sale licensee in an area of high crime or an over-concentrated census tract to get their license application approved. Such applicants would need to have the local government indicate that the pending license is a public convenience or necessity.
Many cities do not have a process for making this determination and it can become a very political issue when communities are asked to consent to a new liquor license within their local area.
ABC Service has handled an abundance of these cases within cities throughout California. If you are having difficulty with the Public Convenience aspect of your liquor license application, please contact us.
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