ABC Announces On-Sale Liquor Licenses for Napa County
Sacramento – Eric Hirata, Director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, announced authorization for the issuance of five (5) new on-sale general licenses for bona fide public eating places in Napa County, as authorized in Section 23826.10 of the Business & Professions Code. Any premises to qualify for a license under this statute shall have a seating capacity for 25 or more diners.
From September 14, 2020 through September 25, 2020, the Department’s Santa Rosa District Office will accept applications for the new original on-sale general licenses at 50 D Street, Room 130, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Only one priority application will be accepted from any one applicant. A fee of $15,835 is to be paid when filing a priority application for a new original on-sale general license.
If the number of applicants is equal to or less than the number of licenses available, all applicants will be notified that they have 90 days to complete a formal application for their specific premises.
If the Department receives more applications than there are licenses available, a virtual drawing will be held. To participate in such a drawing, an applicant must have been a resident of California for at least 90 days prior to the date of the scheduled drawing. Successful drawing participants will be notified that they have 90 days to complete a formal application for their specific premises.
Unsuccessful drawing participants will be automatically refunded their application fee (minus a $100 service charge) within 90-120 days of the priority drawing but will retain their priority ranking until a new priority list is established in 2021. Successful participants who file a formal application for a priority license who then decide to withdraw their application, will be entitled to a refund in accordance with Business and Professions Code Section 23320. Please note that B&P Section 23320 was amended as of July 1, 2019.
Applicants are encouraged to file their application early in the filing period to avoid a lengthy wait.
In the coming weeks, additional information and instructions regarding applications for original and intercounty transfer of general licenses will be made available on the Department’s website.