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New Renewal Trap for Restaurants, Hotels, Liquor Stores and other Businesses Licensed by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission

04.28.14
Renewing a liquor license with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission can be a trap for both novices and licensing experts. Reliable sources at the ABC say that the rules for renewals are going to be much stricter beginning July 1, 2014.

Meatloaf captures the pain:

And I wanna take you out of the frying pan and into the fire
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
 

The new rule is that if everything is not filed and completed by the expiration date of the liquor license, the ABC will require the licensee to reapply for a brand new liquor license.  The ABC will no longer provide a 7-day grace period to tie-up any loose ends.  All documents must be filed and all tax issues cleared up.

Previously, the ABC allowed a 7-day grace period on renewals.  The 7-day grace was not a law.  Consistent with ABC goals of enforcing the law as written, the grace period is toast as of July 1.

What happens if a license holder fails to renew by the license expiration date?  We suspect that the business is looking at a prolonged interruption in service until a new application can be completed and approved by the ABC.  This typically takes several weeks.

A simple snafu with a renewal can mean the bar is closed for several weeks.  This ups the ante for renewals in Tennessee and we advise folks to pay close attention to completing renewals.

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