In short, don’t find yourself with 30 days or less to meet any SLA deadline. There are some that are softer than others. For example, the deadlines to get information in for conditional approvals can sometimes be extended. If you are waiting for a certificate of occupancy (which can take some time) or some other item that the SLA understands can take time, they may extend the conditional approval deadline for an additional 6 months. Similarly, they may, in limited circumstances and with a good explanation, give one or two additional days to respond to deficiency requests. But under no circumstances do they extend deadlines for renewals, reconsideration, or applying for a temporary permit.
Holding a liquor license in New York is fraught with peril for those who do not carefully monitor the license or delegate monitoring to responsible managers or other staff. And do not call a professional in a panic with 30 days left to get your renewal and expect that professional to work miracles. A New York liquor license requires monitoring. Monitor it.
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