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July 2020 Liquor Permit Changes

 

On April 24th, 2020, letters were sent to four types of permit holders affected by Public Act 19-24 – An Act Streamlining the Liquor Control Act, which goes into effect on July 1, 2020.  The letters have been sent to businesses that will be reclassified as cafes, hotels, manufacturers and restaurants, and they identify some important information on the law change and the upcoming renewal process into their new permit type.

Updated applications have been added to the Liquor Permit Applications and Forms page in anticipation of the July 1 change. 

Copies of the letters are below:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I find a copy of Public Act 19-24 – An Act Streamlining the Liquor Control Act?

2. Which permit types are affected by this Public Act? 

  • Several permit types have been repealed and reclassified as other existing permit types. Please refer to the grid below that identifies the current permit types being repealed and their reclassified permit type.
LIQUOR PERMIT TYPES REPEALED AND RECLASSIFIED
*effective July 1, 2020
REPEALED PERMIT PREFIX AND TYPE RECLASSIFIED AS NEW PERMIT PREFIX AND TYPE
LAP-AMPHITHEATER LCS-Concession Liquor
LBF-FARM BREWERY LIQUOR LMB-Manufacturer Beer
LBP-BREW PUB LIQUOR LMB-Manufacturer Beer
LDF-FARM DISTILLERY LIQUOR LMS-Manufacturer Spirits
LCC-COLISEUM CONCESSION BEER LCM-Coliseum Liquor
LFM-BEER - FARMER'S MARKET BEER PERMIT LFM-Farmer's Market
LIH-A HOTEL LIQUOR (10000 or less population) LIH-Hotel Liquor
LIH-B HOTEL LIQUOR (50000 or less population) LIH-Hotel Liquor
LIH-C HOTEL LIQUOR (50000 or more population) LIH-Hotel Liquor
LRB-RESTAURANT BEER LIR-Restaurant Liquor or LRW-Restaurant Wine and Beer
LMA-MANUFACTURER APPLE BRANDY LMS-Manufacturer Spirits
LMC-MANUFACTURER CIDER-LIQUOR LMW-Manufacturer Wine, Cider, Mead
LML-MANUFACTURER LIQUOR LMS-Manufacturer Spirits or LMW-Manufacturer Wine, Cider, Mead
LMP-MANUFACTURER FOR BEER AND BREW PUB LMB-Manufacturer Beer
LFB-SPECIAL SPORTING FACILITY BAR LIQUOR LCA-Café
LFC-SPECIAL SPORTING FACILITY CONCESSION LIQUOR LCA-Café
LFG-SPECIAL SPORTING FACILITY GUEST LIQUOR LCA-Café
LFR-SPECIAL SPORTING FACILITY RESTAURANT LIQUOR LCA-Café
LAB-AIRPORT BAR LIQUOR LCA-Café
LAC-AIRPORT AIRLINE CLUB LIQUOR LCA-Café
LAT-AIRPORT RESTAURANT LIQUOR LCA-Café
LBA-BOWLING ESTABLISHMENT LIQUOR LCA-Café
LBB-BOWLING ESTABLISHMENT BEER AND WINE LCA-Café
LGC-GOLF COUNTRY CLUB LIQUOR LCA-Café
LIB-BOAT LIQUOR LCA-Café
LIC-CLUB LIQUOR LCA-Café
LIT-TAVERN LIQUOR LCA-Café (with fee steps)
LIU-UNIVERSITY LIQUOR LCA-Café
LOB-SPECIAL OUTING FACILITY BEER LCA-Café
LOL-SPECIAL OUTING FACILITY LIQUOR LCA-Café
LRR-RAILROAD LIQUOR LCA-Café
LUB-UNIVERSITY BEER ONLY LCA-Café
LUW-UNIVERSITY BEER & WINE LCA-Café
LPC-NON PROFIT CLUB LIQUOR LCA-Café
LRF-RACQUETBALL FACILITY LIQUOR LCA-Café


3. My premises has been identified as an affected and repealed permit type.What will be my new renewal fee? Will there be an option to renew for 
6 months?

  • Please see the below chart that shows your new permit type (identified in question 1) with your new annual renewal fee schedule.Yes, you can request a 6-month renewal.

RECLASSIFIED PERMIT PREFIX AND TYPE

ANNUAL RENEWAL FEE

6 MONTH RENEWAL FEE

LCA-Café Liquor

$2,000.00

$1,333.33

LCA-Café Liquor (TAVERN -Year 1)

$800.00

$533.33

LCA-Café Liquor (TAVERN -Year 2)

$1,200.00

$800.00

LCA-Café Liquor (TAVERN -Year 3)

$1,600.00

$1,066.67

LCA-Café Liquor (TAVERN -Year 4)

$2,000.00

$1,333.33

LCS-Concession Liquor

$300.00

$200.00

LMB-Manufacturer Beer

$1,400.00

$933.33

LMS-Manufacturer Spirits

$1,850.00

$1,233.33

LMW-Manufacturer Wine, Cider, Mead

$200.00

$133.33

LCM-Coliseum Liquor

$2,250.00

$1,500.00

LFM-Farmer's Market

$250.00

N/A

LIH-Hotel Liquor

$2,055.00

$1,370.00

LIR-Restaurant Liquor

$1,450.00

$966.67

LRW-Restaurant Wine and Beer

$700.00

$466.67


4. Is there a payment plan with DCP?

  • No.If you were identified as a repealed permit type, you will receive detailed instructions on your next renewal notice to renew as your newly identified permit type.You will be required to pay the full new fee. The only exception to this is tavern permits – they were given a four year renewal incremental fee step option in the Public Act.(For more information, see question #11 below.)

5. My permit type has been repealed and reclassified as a café permit.A Café permit is $2000.00 and I’d like to explore obtaining another cheaper permit type available.  What options do I have?

  • In order to apply for another permit type, you would have to qualify under its statutory definition, which can be found in Title 30 of the CT General Statutes.If you have any questions as to whether you qualify for that new permit type, contact liquor control directly for clarification.You will have to pay for a new application and apply for the new permit.

6. Can I still use my current permit past July 1, 2020?

  • Yes. If your current permit has an expiration date past July 1, 2020, it will be valid until the expiration date.However, at the time of your next renewal, you will be required to renew as the new permit type assigned to you by DCP and your current permit will be discontinued.

7. If I decide not to renew my permit, can I go BYOB and operate without a permit? 

  • DCP does not regulate or enforce unlicensed premises. If you are considering this as an option, you should contact your local officials such as the police chief and zoning officer for guidance.

8. My premises currently hold a club permit (LGC, LIC or LPC) and we will have to renew as a Café. Has anything changed with respect to the definition of our premises, besides the renewal fee?

  • The short answer is no. Even though you’ll be considered a ‘café,’ your premises will operate under a more specific definition found in the 30-22a café statute.For a golf country club (LGC), refer to General Statutes § 30-22a(g); for a regular club (LIC), refer to General Statutes § 30-22a(h); and for a non-profit club (LPC), refer to General Statutes § 30-22a(i).Follow the link in question 1 and begin at Section 22.

9. As a café-club premises, do I still need to maintain the guest book requirement? Can I be open to the public?

  • No, you may not open to the public – you may only be open to members or their guests.The guest book regulation requirement has not changed.

10. Can a café-club convert to a “regular LCA” during this process?

  • It’s possible, yes. However, if you applied for and obtained a regular café license, your premises would not hold many of the privileges that clubs are able to maintain as it would now become open to the general public. If you have any questions as to whether you qualify for that new permit type, contact liquor control directly for clarification.

11. My current permit is a Tavern license and I am being reclassified as a regular Café license.What do I need to know?

  • At the time of your next renewal, you will be renewing as a café, however, the legislature has created a fee step schedule for you that raises your annual renewal fee incrementally over a period of four years. For year one, the renewal fee is $800, year 2 is $1200, year 3 is $1600 and in year 4, you pay the full $2000.Once you renew as a café, you will be allowed to serve full alcoholic liquor and you must make food available to your customers. Refer to General Statutes § 30-22a(a) for the definition of your permit type.

12. I am a Manufacturer and will be reclassified under a new permit type. What do I need to know?

  • The legislature has created four new manufacturer permit types to replace the previous seven permit types: Manufacturer of Spirits (LMS), Manufacturer of Beer (LMB), Manufacturer Farm Winery (LFW), and Manufacturer of Wine, Cider, and Mead (LMW).The definitions of each new permit type have been amended to allow for on-premises consumption, among other privileges.Please note that the Farm Winery premises definitions have not changed.For a complete definition of each new manufacturer permit type, please refer to the Public Act, starting at section 5.

13. My premises have been reclassified and my license definition has changed. Do I need local zoning approval for the new permit type?

  • It is also your responsibility as the license holder to comply with your local zoning ordinances, as it relates to the definition of your new licensed premises.DCP will not be asking for verification of this local requirement.

14. I can’t find an answer to my question on this FAQ.Who can I contact?

 

Due to the high volume of affected licensees, we will do our best to accommodate calls and emails in a timely manner.