The Board issues, renews, or validates approximately twenty-one thousand (21,000) licenses annually. In order for a liquor license to be issued by the Board, there must be both a person or entity and an operational premises. The Board, however, may grant prior approval to an applicant whose premises are not yet complete.
There are four (4) ways of obtaining a license. For a new license, an applicant must apply to the Board’s Bureau of Licensing for a new license. This may occur as a result of an opening in the quota, due to a legislative exception to the quota, or because there is no quota for the particular license. For a person-to-person transfer, an applicant must apply to have an existing license owned by another transferred to it for use at the same premises (change of ownership only). For a place-to-place transfer, an applicant must apply to have an existing license that it holds transferred to a different location without changing its ownership. For a double transfer (person-to-person and place-to-place), an applicant must apply to have an existing license transferred to it for use at a different location (change of ownership and location of license).
The legislature has generally limited the number of licenses for the retail sale of malt or brewed beverages and liquor to one (1) license for each three thousand (3,000) inhabitants in any county, exclusive of licenses granted to public venues, performing arts facilities, continuing care retirement communities, airport restaurant, municipal golf courses, hotels, privately-owned public golf courses, racetracks, automobile racetracks, non-primary pari-mutual wagering locations, and national veterans' organizations. Club licenses are somewhat different in that they are not included in the quota but are subject to the quota. Once the quota is filled, no additional club licenses, except for incorporated units of national veterans' organizations, may be issued. Once the number of existing retail licenses in a municipality exceeds one (1) license per three thousand (3,000) residents, then an applicant who wishes to move into that municipality must receive written approval, in the form of an ordinance or resolution following a hearing, from the municipality before the Board can consider the application.
A special situation exists with respect to hotel licenses. They are not subject to the retail license quota. Unless the Liquor Code grandfathered them, hotel licenses may be issued or transferred to a new location that possesses the requisite number of rooms for the municipality. Hotel licenses that were issued prior to September 1, 1949 are exempt from the current room requirements. These grandfathered hotel licenses may not be transferred from their current location, however, unless the new location meets the specific room requirements for the municipality. Since the number of hotel rooms necessary to qualify for a hotel for those licenses issued prior to September 1, 1949 is less than the current requirements, these licenses have value to a third party who may wish to acquire the licensed premises.
There is also a restriction on the number of distributor and/or importing distributor licenses that may be issued in any county. No new distributor or importing distributor license may be granted in any county where the combined number of distributor and importing distributor licenses exceeds one (1) license for each thirty thousand (30,000) inhabitants of the county in which the license is to be issued, provided that a combined total of five (5) such licenses may be granted in any county.
Certain entities are eligible for special occasion permits, which allow them to sell alcoholic beverages on or off the premises on certain days. Only one (1) special occasion permit may be issued to an eligible entity per year, but it may be used for up to six (6) days. Except for volunteer fire companies, rescue companies, and ambulance squads that own their premises, the permits are not available for premises already holding a license. The purpose of the permit is to provide the eligible entity with a means of raising funds for itself.
Questions Frequently Asked by Licensees
HOW CAN I OBTAIN A LICENSE FOR A BAR, TAVERN, NIGHTCLUB OR BEER/SIX (6)-PACK STORE?
Bars, taverns and nightclubs must obtain restaurant liquor licenses in order to sell and serve alcoholic beverages. Beer or six (6)-pack stores generally hold retail dispenser eating place licenses. Generally, you must locate an available license within the county in which the proposed establishment is located and purchase it. You must file an application for transfer of that license with the Bureau of Licensing.
Transfer applications are available by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250, or by logging onto www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “For Licensees”, then “PLCB Applications and Forms” and then choosing the appropriate packet.
WHAT SHOULD A LICENSE COST, IF I MUST PURCHASE ONE?
Prices of liquor licenses are governed by the marketplace, and are neither monitored nor regulated by the Board. In order to determine the cost of a liquor license in a particular area, you may wish to consult with a real estate or license broker in that area. Generally, a license is sold by its owner in conjunction with the building in which it is located. In cases where a license is sold separately, the cost is usually higher than when a license and building are sold as a package.
The filing fee paid to the Board for the transfer of a license depends upon the type of transfer: $650.00 for a transfer to a new entity (person to person), $550.00 to a different location (place to place) or $700.00 for a transfer to both a new entity and location (person to person and place to place).
A recent change to the Liquor Code added a new type of license, which may be issued by the Board for the purposes of economic development under highly regulated circumstances, which include seventy percent (70%) food sales and payment of a surcharge of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00), depending on where the license is to be located. Also, the place where the license is to be issued must be in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, an Enterprise Zone as designated by the Department of Community and Economic Development, or in a municipality that has approved the issuance of a license for purposes of local economic development.
CAN I GET A TEMPORARY PERMIT TO HAUL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES INTO PENNSYLVANIA?
In order to transport alcohol into or within Pennsylvania, you must have a transporter-for-hire license issued by the Board, unless the alcohol is denatured, is transported by certain common carriers, is for the personal use of the transporter, is for licensees whose licenses or permits allow them to transport it, or is merely transported through the state, without stopping.
The law prohibits anyone other than the Board, a manufacturer, the holder of a sacramental wine license or importer's license from bringing alcohol into Pennsylvania, and from possessing or transporting any liquor or alcohol within the Commonwealth that was not purchased from a Pennsylvania wine and spirits store or limited winery. There are some limited exceptions to these general rules. For example, a person may import into Pennsylvania an amount of liquor not exceeding one (1) gallon, if it was purchased in a foreign country or United States territory. Active or retired members of the armed forces, totally disabled veterans, and their spouses, may import up to one (1) gallon of liquor per month if the liquor was purchased from a Department of Defense package store. Also, consuls general, consuls or other diplomatic officers of a foreign government may import liquor obtained in a foreign country.
Liquor may be imported by non-residents on behalf of residents as a gift, stockholders of a distillery located outside Pennsylvania as a dividend or under a purchase privilege plan, to heirs and legatees, liquor purchased prior to 1934, new residents entering Pennsylvania who possessed alcohol for their personal use in their foreign residence, and hospitals desirous of obtaining confiscated liquor offered to them by federal authorities or granted to them by the courts of Pennsylvania. All of these groups, except hospitals, must submit an application to the Board, and pay to the Board a service charge. Some situations also require the filing of an affidavit to the Board. If the Board grants the request, the person making the request will also need to pay all state and federal taxes due on the alcohol imported. Once a resident has done these things, he or she will receive a consent certificate approving the importation of the product by the resident. For further information and application forms, please contact the Bureau of Product Management at (717) 783-8237.
Most Pennsylvania residents are able to obtain desired wines/spirits through either the Board’s regular stock or its special liquor order system. The Bureau of Product Management or the staff at a wine and spirits stores should be able to provide you with information regarding special liquor orders. Sales that are made using this service require the consumer to pick up the product in person at his or her local wine and spirits store in order to verify the consumer's age.
The law, likewise, prohibits any person within the Commonwealth from transporting within, or importing any malt or brewed beverages (beer and flavored malt beverages) into, the Commonwealth unless the person holds a valid importing distributor license issued by the Board, or unless a person is otherwise exempted. The importation of malt or brewed beverages into Pennsylvania is allowed only by licensed importing distributors on whose premises the malt or brewed beverages must come to rest, who have properly registered the brand with the Board and who have acquired the appropriate territorial rights from the manufacturer of the beverage in question.
The possible penalties for transporting liquor into Pennsylvania without a proper license include a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per package (defined as a bottle or other receptacle), plus costs of prosecution, or imprisonment for a term of up to ninety (90) days, and the packages of liquor shall be forfeited to the Commonwealth.
Applications are available by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250, or by logging onto www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “For Licensees”, then “PLCB Applications and Forms” and then choosing the appropriate packet.
CAN MY ORGANIZATION GET A SPECIAL OCCASION PERMIT? FOR HOW LONG, AND HOW DO WE APPLY?
The Board issues special occasion permits to specific, eligible entities for the purpose of raising funds. The permit may be used in conjunction with activities and events involving other entities; however, no one other than the holder of the special occasion permit may acquire a financial interest in the permit. Only one (1) special occasion permit shall be issued to an eligible entity per calendar year and each permit may, generally, only be used for six (6) consecutive or non-consecutive days. Special occasion permit holders may sell alcoholic beverages during the same hours as restaurant liquor license holders, and may sell alcohol for consumption off the licensed premises.
Entities eligible to hold a special occasion permit include:
- a city of the third class
- a hospital
- a church
- a synagogue
- a volunteer fire company
- a volunteer ambulance company
- a volunteer rescue squad
- a unit of a nationally chartered club which has been issued a club liquor license
- a library
- a nationally accredited Pennsylvania nonprofit zoological institution licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture
- a nonprofit agricultural association in existence for at least ten years
- a bona fide sportsmen’s club in existence for at least ten years
- a nationally chartered veterans’ organization and any affiliated lodge or subdivision of such organization
- a fraternal benefit society that is licensed to do business in this Commonwealth and any affiliated lodge or subdivision of such fraternal benefit society
- a museum operated by a nonprofit corporation in a city of the third class or township of the first class
- a nonprofit corporation engaged in the performing arts in a city of the third class or in an incorporated town
- an arts council
- a nonprofit corporation that operates an arts facility or museum in a city of the third class in the county of the fourth class
- a nonprofit organization as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)) whose purpose is to protect the architectural heritage of boroughs and which has been recognized as such by a municipal resolution
- a nonprofit organization as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)) conducting a regatta in a city of the second class with the permit to be used on State park grounds or conducting a family-oriented celebration as a part of Welcome America in a city of the first class on property leased from that city for more than fifty years.
The Board may refuse to issue a special occasion permit if it finds that the applicant is not reputable or does not otherwise meet the requirements of the Liquor Code. Such a refusal may be based in whole or in part on the applicant’s prior operational history with either a special occasion permit or a license issued by the Board.
Special occasion permits applications are available by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250 or by logging onto www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “Licensing”, then “Special Permits” and then choosing the special occasion permit packet.
When applying for a special occasion permit, the applicant must have secured the use of the premises in which the license is to be issued and provide a description of the area to be used. The application must be made thirty (30) days prior to the event and the local or Pennsylvania State Police must be notified of the times and place where alcohol is to be served.
I NEED SOMETHING CALLED TAX CLEARANCE TO GET MY LICENSE. WHO DO I GET THAT FROM AND WHEN?
The Liquor Code requires that licensees and applicants provide information demonstrating that they are in good standing relative to their state tax obligations. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issue tax clearances. To accompany a new or a transfer application, PLCB-1898, Tax Certification Statement must be filed with the Board, which initiates a request to the Departments. The Departments preaudit renewal and validation applications with the resulting “clear” or “not clear” status shown on the application. Regardless of the type of application, when you are notified you do not have tax clearance, you must contact the respective department and obtain clearance. Labor and Industry provides tax clearance by execution of “Tax Certification Statement for PLCB License” (UC Form 61), which must be sent or faxed to the Board. Tax clearance from the Department of Revenue is reflected on-line, and only in an unusual situation is a hard copy clearance (form REV-1744) transmitted. The form used to initiate tax clearance may be obtained from the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250, or by logging onto www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “For Licensees”, then “PLCB Applications and Forms” and then choosing the appropriate form. Local offices of both departments are usually available in the government listings or blue pages of your telephone directory.
I’D LIKE TO HAVE A LIST OF LICENSES IN MY COUNTY. WHERE DO I GET ONE SO I CAN FIND OUT IF THERE IS AN AVAILABLE LICENSE?
You may find out if there is an available license in your county by calling the Board’s Licensing Bureau at 717.772.1729 or go to www.lcb.state.pa.us and click on PA Licensing Search.
WHAT IS THE QUOTA FOR MY COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY?
You may find out the quota of your county or municipality by calling the Board’s Licensing Bureau at 717.772.1729.
WHEN WILL THE QUOTA BE UPDATED BASED ON THE NEW CENSUS?
The quota figures are updated every ten (10)-years with receipt of the federal decennial census results.
THE LICENSEE IS RECENTLY DECEASED. AS EXECUTOR/ ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BE ABLE TO SELL OR TRANSFER THE LICENSE?
You must notify the Board in writing within thirty (30) days of the death of the licensee. The license may be transferred immediately to the surviving spouse or to you, as the administrator or executor of the licensee’s estate, upon presentation of the transfer form, application, filing fee, and short form certificate from the county Register of Wills. This requirement applies primarily to sole proprietorships and the transfer to a surviving spouse. If the license is to be “transferred” to the estate of the deceased, a “Correction To License form” (PLCB-959) must be executed by the administrator or executor of the estate.
The necessary forms are available by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250, or by logging onto www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “For Licensees’”, then “PLCB Applications and Forms” and then choosing the transfer application or the correction application packet.
ONE OF OUR CORPORATE OFFICERS DIED RECENTLY, WHAT DO WE DO TO NOTIFY YOU OF HIS REPLACEMENT AND WHEN?
Generally, if a corporation, which holds a liquor license issued by the Board, has a change of officers, directors, or stockholders involving ten per centum (10%) or more of the outstanding voting stock and/or a majority or controlling interest, such change must be reported to the Board within fifteen (15) days. In addition, the change in the corporation’s president requires the filing of a change in officer form. Change in officer form (PLCB-866) must be accompanied by a two hundred dollar ($200.00) fee when the change in officers does not constitute a change in majority or controlling interest. If the change in corporate officer constitutes a change in majority/controlling interest, fees will be assessed in accordance with the Administrative Code. If the change in stockholders does not involve a change of majority interest, no additional fee is required and a placard posting is not required.
Changes in the setup of a corporation must be duly noted in the minutes, and any changes in stock holdings must be reflected in the stock certificates and stock transfer ledger.
Fee information may be obtained by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250. Change in officer forms are available by calling the Licensing Information Center, or by logging into www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “For Licensees”, then “PLCB Applications and Forms”, and finally, “Application Packet for Notice of Change in the Officers, Directors, Stockholders or Manager of Licensed Corporation, Except Clubs”.
OUR ORGANIZATION HAS A CLUB LICENSE AND WE HAVE HAD A CHANGE OF OFFICERS OR MANAGER/STEWARD. WHAT DO WE DO TO NOTIFY YOU OF THE NEW MANAGER/STEWARD OR OFFICERS?
The club is not required to notify the Board at the time a change occurs. Notification of the manager and officers is done at the time of renewal by completing and submitting the “Status/Change of Officers Directors and Manager or Steward of Club” (form PLCB-E 868) application found in the club’s renewal application packet. Notification of the manager is done at the time of validation by completing and submitting the “Status/Change of Manager or Steward of Club” (form PLCB-E 2175) application found in the club’s validation application packet.
MAY I EMPLOY SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME? DOES ANYTHING SPECIAL HAVE TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO DO SO?
Until recently, Pennsylvania had a law that precluded retail licensed establishments from allowing “known criminals” to frequent their premises, and the licensed establishment would have had to obtain written permission from the Board to employ such a person. As of April 22, 2002, that section of the law was eliminated and is no longer in effect. Therefore, if you wish to hire someone with a criminal record, you could do so without prior Board approval. Please note that persons of ill repute and prostitutes may still not be employed by licensees at their discretion.
I’M APPOINTING A NEW MANAGER. WHAT PAPERWORK AND FEES ARE REQUIRED?
You must notify the Board within fifteen (15) days of the change, and provide full information for the new individual on specific forms. A $135.00 fee covers a background investigation.
Application for Approval for Appointment of Manager (form PLCB-706) is available by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250, or by logging into www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “For Licensees”, then “PLCB Applications and Forms” and then choosing the “Approval For Appointment of a Manager” packet.
CAN I HAVE MINORS IN MY ESTABLISHMENT? UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES?
It is against the law for retail licensees to permit minors to on its licensed premises, or any premises operated in connection therewith, unless the minors are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or are under proper supervision.
“Proper supervision” consists of is a person twenty-five (25) years of age or older, who is directly responsible for the care and conduct of a minor or minors while on the licensed premises, and who keeps the minor or minors within his or her sight or hearing. If the licensee, an employee of a licensee or anyone else paid by the licensee is performing as proper supervisor then that person may not perform any other employment-related duties; otherwise proper supervision shall consist of unpaid volunteers. In all areas of Pennsylvania, except Philadelphia, each proper supervisor can supervise up to twenty (20) minors, unless the minors are on the premises as part of a school-endorsed function, in which case each proper supervisor can supervise up to fifty (50) minors. In Philadelphia, each proper supervisor can supervise only five (5) minors at one time.
Another exception, known as the “Pizza Hut” rule, applies only to restaurant, hotel and eating-place licensed establishments whose sales of food and non-alcoholic beverages equal fifty percent (50%) or more of their sales of food and alcoholic beverages. If a minor goes to such an establishment, the minor does not need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or be under proper supervision. Under this exception, minors can frequent any portion of the licensed premises except the bar area or any table where alcoholic beverages are being served.
Finally, minors may be present on retail licensed premises if they are attending a social gathering. A social gathering means “events marketed to or catering to minors in whole or in part for which proper notice has been provided to the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (“Bureau”), and at which time no alcohol is served and all alcohol is removed or secured by lock and key at the licensed premises. Written notice must be given to the Bureau at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of a social gathering.
CAN MINORS WORK IN MY ESTABLISHMENT? AT WHAT AGE?
The law permits you to employ persons eighteen (18) years of age or older to serve alcoholic beverages. Minors who are sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age may be employed to serve food, clear tables, and perform other duties that do not include the serving of alcoholic beverages. Minors under sixteen (16) years of age cannot be employed on retail licensed premises except under a narrow exception involving ski resorts, golf courses, continuing care retirement facilities, and amusement park licensees.
A seventeen (17)-year-old minor can be treated as though he or she was eighteen (18) years old for purposes of employment if he or she is a high school graduate or if he or she has been declared to have attained his or her academic potential by the chief administrator of the school district where the minor resides. In these cases, you must have in your possession on the licensed premises, to be produced upon demand, a certified copy of the diploma or certificate of graduation, or a letter on the official stationary of the minor’s school district and over the signature of the chief administrator of the school district, declaring that the minor has attained his or her academic potential.
Please note that the employment of minors is generally a concern of the Department of Labor and Industry and you may wish to contact it regarding employment of minors in general. That department can be reached at (717) 787-5279.
I’VE LOST OR DIDN’T GET MY RENEWAL OR VALIDATION. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Renewal and validation applications are forwarded to your wine and spirits stores. Check with the wine and spirits store, or you may call the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250. Be sure to have your License Identification Number (LID) and your license number available when you call. If you are interested in filing on-line, rather than having a hard copy application mailed, include that in your conversation when you call.
I’VE GOT MY RENEWAL OR VALIDATION APPLICATION; DO I HAVE TO FILE ON-LINE? I DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER.
If you would like to file on-line but do not have a computer, most public libraries have computers available to use for this filing.
While the Board encourages licensees to renew their licenses on-line, it is not necessary. You may mail your renewal application to PLCB, Bureau of Licensing P. O. Box 8941, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-8941. You may mail your validation application to PLCB, Bureau of Licensing, P. O. Box 8945, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-8945. You may drop it off at the Board’s regional office closest to you. The regional offices are located at:
Regional Office 1
Meetinghouse Business Center
140 West Germantown Pike, Suite 100
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1421
Regional Office 2
101 Northwest Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17124-0001
Regional Office 3
158 Purity Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Renewal and validation should be made in a timely manner, as there are additional fees for late processing.
WHAT IS SAFEKEEPING? WHAT DO I RETURN? WHAT DO I DO NOW?
If your licensed premises is not in operation for fifteen (15) consecutive days, you must return the license and, if applicable, your wholesale purchase permit cards, to the Board no later than the expiration of the fifteen (15)-day period. In order to place your license in such “safekeeping”, you must return the formal license to the Board’s Bureau of Licensing. The mailing address is PLCB, Bureau of Licensing, P.O. Box 8940, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-8940. You may physically return the license to the Bureau of Licensing, Room 101 Northwest Office Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17124. Include a request that it be kept in safekeeping and the name and address of the person to be contacted of license-related issues.
If the closing of the establishment coincides with the filing of the renewal or validation application, you may initiate this action in that process.
You still maintain ownership of the license while the Board is holding it. A license may be placed in safekeeping for a period no longer than three (3) consecutive years. The license must be renewed and/or validated during that period.
Keep in mind that, once you no longer have your liquor license to display, you have neither the privileges nor the restrictions as a licensee who is operating under its liquor license.
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THE DETAILS OF MY CITATION OR CITATION HISTORY?
Citations issued to licensees are issued by the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. Hearings on citations are held before the Board’s Office of Administrative Law Judge. Details of citations or licensee’s citation history may be obtained by contacting the Office of Administrative Law Judge at (717) 540-5037.
Be advised that there is no mechanism to expunge citations issued by the Bureau from an entity’s record with the Board, but those citations decrease in significance with the passage of time. In fact, while the Liquor Code allows for mandatory suspensions of licenses after a certain number of citations, those citations all must have occurred within the last four (4) years.
WHAT IS REVOCATION? CAN I GET MY LICENSE BACK?
Revocation of a license is a penalty that may be imposed by the Office of Administrative Law Judge for citations sustained against a particular licensee. Once a license is revoked, the licensee loses its operating privileges, and the license goes out of existence. A licensee whose license has been revoked will not be eligible to apply for another license for three (3) years from the date of the revocation, and the place covered by the revoked license may not be licensed for at least one (1) year after the date of revocation. Licensees aggrieved by the revocation of their licenses may appeal the decision of the Office of Administrative Law Judge to the Board within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the decision.
WHAT ARE ADVISORY NOTICES?
Advisory Notices are notifications of policy decisions and changes in the law issued by the Board. They may be found by logging onto www.lcb.state.pa.us, clicking on “About the PLCB”, then “Legal Issues”, then “Advisory Notices”.
WHAT NUMBER CAN I CALL WITH INQUIRIES ABOUT THE STATUS OF MY CASE/APPLICATION?
You may call the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250. Please have your license number and/or LID (license identification number) available when you make the call.
HOW CAN I OBTAIN FORMS I NEED OTHER THAN BY DOWNLOADING THEM FROM MY COMPUTER?
Forms can be obtained by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250. You may also obtain applications and forms from one of the Board’s regional offices:
Meetinghouse Business Center
140 West Germantown Pike, Suite 100
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1421
990 Briarsdale Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109
101 Northwest Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17124-0001
Western Regional Office
158 Purity Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
WHAT IS THE FAX NUMBER, IF I MUST FAX DOCUMENTS TO YOU?
Anything to be faxed to the Bureau of Licensing should be sent to (717) 772-2165.
WHAT ADDRESS DO I USE TO MAIL DOCUMENTS TO YOU?
The addresses for the mailing documents to the Bureau of Licensing have post office boxes, which ensure fast and reliable delivery. Send documents to:
PLCB - Bureau of Licensing
P O Box 8941
Harrisburg Pa 17105-8941
PLCB - Bureau of Licensing
P O Box 8945
Harrisburg Pa 17105-8945
PLCB - Bureau of Licensing
P O Box 8940
Harrisburg Pa 17105-8940
The address for overnight or next-day-delivery is PLCB, Bureau of Licensing, Capital and Forster Streets, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17124-0001.
Questions Frequently Asked by the General Public
CAN I GET GRAIN ALCOHOL? IT’S NOT ON THE SHELF AT THE BOARD’S WINE AND SPIRITS STORES ANY MORE.
As of April 19, 1999, the Board opted not to sell grain/ethyl (190 proof) alcohol through its Wine & Spirits Shops to the general public. This was done in an effort to prevent alcohol abuse, particularly among college students and other young people. The Board will sell grain alcohol to non-licensees that intend to use the alcohol for a non-consumable use. However, individuals who wish to acquire grain alcohol must fill out “Application for Ethyl (Grain) Alcohol Purchase” (form PLCB-2196) and swear or affirm under penalty of law that the alcohol purchased will not be consumed. The applications will then be processed by the Bureau of Licensing who will make a decision regarding your application and provide you with any additional information you may need. The necessary form is available by calling the Board’s Licensing Information Center at (717) 783-8250.
THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH THE LICENSEE DOWN THE STREET, NOISE, ETC. CAN YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? WHO SHOULD I COMPLAIN TO?
Enforcement of the Liquor Code and the Board’s Regulations is done by the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. Enforcement of all laws, regulations and ordinances is done locally by the policing authority of a particular municipality. Complaints relative to the operation of an establishment licensed by the Board should be reported to your local police department, or to the Liquor Control Enforcement office of the Pennsylvania State Police that covers your county as follows:
3655 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 540-7410
Fax: (717) 540-7452
Philadelphia Office (Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties)
6901 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19142
Phone: (215) 726-6200
Fax: (215) 726-6230
Wilkes-Barre Office (Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties)
1095 Hanover Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706
Phone: (570) 826-2370
Fax: (570) 826-2281
Harrisburg Office (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties)
3655 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 541-7961
Fax: (717) 541-7861
Pittsburgh Office (Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties)
313 Mt. Nebo Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: (412) 548-2050
Fax: (412) 548-2064
Altoona Office (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Somerset counties)
130 Olde Farm Office Road
Duncansville, PA 16635
Phone: (814) 693-6200
Fax: (814) 693-6207
Williamsport Office (Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties)
150 Choate Circle
Montoursville, PA 17754
Phone: (570) 433-3959
Fax: (570) 433-3967
Punxsutawney Office (Armstrong, Butler, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Indiana and Jefferson counties)
305 Sutton St
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Phone: (814) 938-0565
Fax: (814) 938-0571
Erie Office (Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties)
8349 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
Phone: (814) 217-0001
Fax: (814) 217-0004
Allentown Office (Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Schuylkill counties)
7448 Industrial Park Way
Macungie, PA 18062
Phone: (484) 519-4500
Fax: (484) 519-4503
The PLCB has operated a Nuisance Bar program since 1993, which aims to identify those establishments, which may have abused the licensing, privilege. Details about this program are available on the PLCB website.
WHAT IS LOCAL OPTION? HOW DO I GET IT CHANGED WHERE I LIVE?
Local option is an opportunity for residents of a particular municipality to vote, during a primary election, whether or not to allow certain types of licenses to be issued within the municipality. In order to get the question(s) on a ballot, you must file a petition with the Board of Elections for the county in which you reside. You may contact the Board’s Licensing Bureau at 717.772.1729 for assistance.
***The answers provided to these questions are meant to be general in nature. They are not meant to offer legal advice. Specific inquiries relative to the legality of a particular situation should be presented to the Board’s Office of Chief Counsel for specific analysis. You may reach the Office of Chief Counsel as follows:
By mail: Office of Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
401 Northwest Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17124-0001
By phone: (717) 783-9454
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