F.A.Q. : I just received a letter from the Division of Liquor Control, which says that they are rejecting my new/transfer/renewal application. What does this mean and what can I do?

The letter that you received is known as a "Rejection Order." The Division is saying that, for the reason(s) stated in the Order, the Division has determined that you are not qualified to hold a liquor permit, or that the issuance of a liquor permit at the location where you are proposing to operate or have been operating is detrimental to the area. You now have several options for proceeding.


If you received a "Conditional Order," the letter will tell you what to do to resolve whatever issue the Division has with your application. Typically, it will tell you to provide specific documents or fees to the Division. The letter will also give you a deadline to meet the conditions. If that date hasn't passed yet, the easiest thing to do is MEET THE CONDITIONS!

If the deadline date has passed, the Division's Conditional Order rejecting your application has gone into effect. At this point, the Division will not accept your attempts to meet the conditions specified in the Order, and the Conditional Order is the same as a regular Rejection Order.

Whether it is a Conditional Order or a regular Rejection Order, you may take the steps outlined in the Order and appeal the rejection of your permit application to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission (Commission). You have 30 days after the effective date of a Conditional Order, or 30 days after the mailing date of a regular Rejection Order, to file an appeal with the Commission. You can hire an attorney to file your appeal with the Commission, or you can do it yourself. (Please note that a corporation must be represented by legal counsel.)

The Commission is comprised of three members who are like judges in a court. They decide cases involving liquor permit holders.

The Commission will notify you when it receives your appeal and set a date for a hearing at its offices in Columbus, Ohio. You or your attorney should be prepared to go to the hearing on the date that they specify. If you or your attorney cannot appear on the date that the Commission selects, at least five days before the scheduled hearing date, you can ask them to continue the matter to a later date.

At the hearing, a representative of the Ohio Attorney General's Office will present the Division's case to the Commission members. The Assistant Attorney General will present evidence and testimony. You or your attorney will then be given the chance to present evidence and testimony as to why the permit application should be approved or renewed. You will receive an Order from the Commission after the hearing telling you whether your appeal was successful.

If your appeal was successful, the Commission will overrule the Division's Order rejecting your permit application. The Division will then reconsider your application.

The Commission may also conditionally overrule the Division. That is the Commission's way of giving you one last opportunity to correct whatever problems exist with regard to your application. If you fail to correct the problems completely, or fail to meet the deadline imposed by the Commission, the Division's original Rejection Order is final and your application will be cancelled.

If you meet the conditions stated by the Commission, the Division will continue processing your application.

If your appeal is not successful, the Commission will affirm the Division's Order rejecting your application. Commission decisions are appealable. You have 21 days from the mailing date of the Commission's Order to file an appeal with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. If no appeal if filed, the Order of the Commission is final.

The above information is not intended as legal advice, but rather as general guidance. Each situation is unique and must be reviewed on a case by case basis. You may wish to retain private legal counsel for comprehensive legal advice. Only legal counsel who has reviewed the totality of the facts and circumstances affecting your liquor permit can advise you in an accurate and comprehensive manner.


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6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Phone 614.644.2360

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