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New Rule for Renewal of Tennessee Restaurant, Hotel or Other Liquor-By-The-Drink Licenses
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New Rule for Renewal of Tennessee Restaurant, Hotel or Other Liquor-By-The-Drink Licenses

06.27.17
The annual liquor license renewal for Tennessee on-premise liquor license holders has been the same for as long as we can remember.  A TABC Agent inspects, tells the license holder it needs to renew and leaves a copy of the renewal paperwork.

A common complaint from corporate license holder was that the renewal application was not forwarded to corporate offices for renewal.  This sometimes caused a last-minute or late rush to renew.

We recently learned that the TABC has changed the procedure for renewals.  TABC agents still inspect before the renewal deadline.  But renewal forms are no longer provided.

TABC agents direct license holders to forms available on line.

We are advising clients to calendar renewals.  Given the recent ABC rule about voiding late renewals, which we covered here, timing for renewals is a potential trap.

Green Day's bizarre lyrics to Homecoming comes to mind:

Jesus filling out paperwork now
At the facility on East 12th St.
He's not listening to a word now
He's in his own world and he's daydreaming

With a prolonged interruption in service as the penalty for a late renewal, we strongly encourage that renewals be closely monitored and completed on time.

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