Ohio Liquor Permit Expired? You May Still Have Time to Appeal


Ohio Liquor Permit Appeal

This post contains important information for permit holders whose permits expired on June 1, 2022, and received a Cancel for Failure to Renew letter or a Tax Non-Renewal Order from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.


The Ohio Division of Liquor Control recently released a list of permit holders who have not filed their renewal application, which were due on June 1, 2022. If your business is on this list, and you intend to keep your liquor permit, you will need to take quick action.


Cancelled Failure to Renew Appeal:

August 2, 2022, is the last day to file a “cancelled failure to renew” (CFRE) appeal with the Ohio Liquor Control Commission (“Commission”). A CFRE letter means that you failed to file your annual renewal application and pay your renewal fee, and you have no privileges to sell alcoholic beverages. The letter you received should explain that you can file a renewal application and pay your renewal fee by a specified cancellation date. If that date has passed, however, you may NOT submit a renewal application and renewal fees; and therefore filing an appeal may be your only option to keep your liquor permit.


Tax Non-Renewal Order Appeal:

August 31, 2022, is the last day to appeal a June 2022-2023 Tax Non-Renewal Order to the Commission. You received this notice if you have any outstanding tax delinquencies with the Ohio Department of Taxation. According to O.R.C. 4303.271(D), the Ohio Division of Liquor Control cannot renew your permit until the outstanding tax issues are resolved. In this case, you also need to file an appeal with the Commission. The Commission may receive the appeal and grant you a Stay Order, which would allow you to continue operating the permit until the hearing and tax issues are resolved.


If you have any questions regarding the liquor permit appeals processes, please contact an experienced alcohol beverage attorney to assist you with the matter.