Different states and cities have varying procedures for objecting to an alcohol application. In Chicago, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection notifies registered voters, churches and schools within 250 feet of a business of an application. The public has 35 days to file a written complaint, according to CityofChicago.org.
In Ohio, only the local legislative authority and public institutions within 500 feet of a business may object to an alcohol application. The organizations can object to an application for a new permit or a renewal and request a formal hearing within 30 days of the form’s filing, as noted by Com.Ohio.gov. The process includes mailing an objection to Division of Liquor Control and presenting evidence at a hearing with all parties present.
In Alaska, any concerned party may object to an alcohol application. Complaints can be emailed to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board within 18 days of the application deadline. Objections must include the liquor license number and reasons for the objection. Those objecting to a license must also serve a formal written complaint with the business that applied for the permit, as outlined on Commerce.Alaska.gov.
In South Carolina, applicants must notify local law enforcement of the applications and give them an opportunity to object. Applications also require written confirmations from school and church governing bodies, stating that they do not object to the licenses, as detailed on ScStateHouse.gov.