New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Law
General Prohibitions and Restrictions
1. (a) Except as provided in section seventy-nine-c of this chapter, no alcoholic beverages shall be shipped into the state unless the same shall be consigned to a person duly licensed hereunder to traffic in alcoholic beverages. This prohibition shall apply to all shipments of alcoholic beverages into New York state and includes importation or distribution for commercial purposes, for personal use, or otherwise, and irrespective of whether such alcoholic beverages were purchased within or without the state, provided, however, this prohibition shall not apply to any shipment consigned to a New York resident who has personally purchased alcoholic beverages for his personal use while outside the United States for a minimum period of forty-eight consecutive hours and which he has shipped as consignor to himself as consignee. Purchases made outside the United States by persons other than the purchaser himself, regardless whether made as his agent, or by his authorization or on his behalf, are deemed not to have been personally purchased within the meaning of this paragraph.
(b) Except as provided in section seventy-nine-c of this chapter, no common carrier or other person shall bring or carry into the state any alcoholic beverages, unless the same shall be consigned to a person duly licensed hereunder to traffic in alcoholic beverages, provided, however, that alcoholic beverages may be delivered by a trucking permittee from a steamship or railroad station or terminal to a New York resident who has personally purchased alcoholic beverages for his personal use while outside the United States for a minimum period of forty-eight consecutive hours, and which he has shipped as consignor to himself as consignee, and except as so stated, no trucking permittee shall accept for delivery, deliver or transport from a steamship or railroad station or terminal any shipment of alcoholic beverages consigned to a non-licensed person having his home or business in New York state. Purchases of alcoholic beverages made outside the United States by persons other than the purchaser himself, regardless whether made as his agent, or by his authorization or on his behalf, are deemed not to have been personally purchased within the meaning of this paragraph.
(c) Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subdivision shall apply to alcoholic beverages, either in the original package or otherwise, whether intended for commercial or personal use, as well as otherwise, and to foreign, interstate, as well as intrastate, shipments or carriage, irrespective of whether such alcoholic beverages were purchased within or without the state.
(d) Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to exempt from taxation the sale or use of any alcoholic beverages subject to any tax imposed under or pursuant to the authority of the tax law or to grant any other exemption from the provisions of such law.
2. No person holding any license hereunder, other than a license to sell an alcoholic beverage at retail for off-premises consumption or a license or special license to sell an alcoholic beverage at retail for consumption on the premises where such license authorizes the sale of liquor, beer and/or wine on the premises of a catering establishment, hotel, restaurant, club, or recreational facility, shall knowingly employ in connection with his business in any capacity whatsoever, any person, who has been convicted of a felony, or any of the following offenses, who has not subsequent to such conviction received an executive pardon therefor removing any civil disabilities incurred thereby, a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law, or other relief from disabilities provided by law, or the written approval of the state liquor authority permitting such employment, to wit:
(a) Illegally using, carrying or possessing a pistol or other dangerous weapon;
(b) Making or possessing burglar’s instruments;
(c) Buying or receiving or criminally possessing stolen property;
(d) Unlawful entry of a building;
(e) Aiding escape from prison;
(f) Unlawfully possessing or distributing habit forming narcotic drugs;
(g) Violating subdivisions six, ten or eleven of section seven hundred twenty-two of the former penal law as in force and effect immediately prior to September first, nineteen hundred sixty-seven, or violating sections 165.25 or 165.30 of the penal law;
(h) Vagrancy or prostitution; or
(i) Ownership, operation, possession, custody or control of a still subsequent to July first, nineteen hundred fifty-four. If, as hereinabove provided, the state liquor authority issues its written approval for the employment by a licensee, in a specified capacity, of a person previously convicted of a felony or any of the offenses above enumerated, such person, may, unless he is subsequently convicted of a felony or any of such offenses, thereafter be employed in the same capacity by any other licensee without the further written approval of the authority unless the prior approval given by the authority is terminated. The liquor authority may make such rules as it deems necessary to carry out the purpose and intent of this subdivision. As used in this subdivision, “recreational facility” shall mean:
(i) premises that are part of a facility the principal business of which shall be the providing of recreation in the form of golf, tennis, swimming, skiing or boating; and
(ii) premises in which the principal business shall be the operation of a theatre, concert hall, opera house, bowling establishment, excursion and sightseeing vessel, or accommodation of athletic events, sporting events, expositions and other similar events or occasions requiring the accommodation of large gatherings of persons. 3-a. No licensee or permittee shall purchase or agree to purchase any alcoholic beverages from any person within the state who is not duly licensed to sell such alcoholic beverage as the case may be, at the time of such agreement and sale nor give any order for any alcoholic beverage to any individual who is not the holder of a solicitor’s permit, except as provided for in section eighty-five or ninety-nine-g of this chapter. 3-b. No retail licensee shall purchase, agree to purchase or receive any alcoholic beverage except from a person duly licensed within the state by the liquor authority to sell such alcoholic beverage at the time of such agreement and sale to such retail licensee, except as provided for in section eighty-five or ninety-nine-g of this chapter.
4. No licensee or any of his or its agents, servants or employees shall peddle any liquor and/or wine from house to house by means of a truck or otherwise, where the sale is consummated and delivery made concurrently at the residence or place of business of a consumer. This subdivision shall not prohibit the delivery by a licensee to consumers, pursuant to sales made at the place of business of said licensee.
5. No licensee shall employ any canvasser or solicitor for the purpose of receiving an order from a consumer for any liquor and/or wine at the residence or place of business of such consumer, nor shall any licensee receive or accept any order, for the sale of any liquor and/or wine, which shall be solicited at the residence or place of business of a consumer. This subdivision shall not prohibit the solicitation by a wholesaler of an order from any licensee at the licensed premises of such licensee.
6. No alcoholic beverage shall be released for delivery from any warehouse located within the state, except upon a permit having first been obtained as provided by this chapter. Applications for such permits may be filed at the office of the liquor authority in New York, Albany or Buffalo, whichever is nearest to the location of the warehouse, and shall be upon a form to be prepared by the liquor authority. This provision shall not apply to alcoholic beverages, which are to be released for shipment outside of the state.
7. Each person owning or operating any warehouse located within the state shall keep and maintain as part of his permanent records, treasury department forms fifty-two and fifty-two-a as heretofore required by the United States government.