Getting your liquor license – how long does it take?

The following are the average waiting periods for a license: (includes a 30-day posting of Public Notice of Application)

Non-Protested Application:

  • From date application is filed at District Office to issuance (55-65 days)

Protested Application (Protests Withdrawn After Negotiations):

  • From date application is filed at District Office to issuance (95 days)

Protested Application

  • Investigation hearing preparation and administrative review (175 days)
  • Scheduling of Administrative Hearing (60 days)
  • Administrative Law Judge Proposed Decision (30 days)
  • Action by ABC Director (3-10 days)
  • Appeal to ABC Appeals Board (40 days)
  • ABC Appeals Board Decision (120 days)
  • Appeal to District Court of Appeal (30 days)
  • District Court of Appeal’s Decision (No time mandated)
  • Appeal to California State Supreme Court (30 days)
  • Supreme Court Decision (No time mandated)