Bureaucratic Nightmare

I have written before about the silliness of the liquor licensing process.  A regulatory procedure perhaps necessary when the government was trying to drive organized crime out of liquor in the 1930's, its insanely useless today.

For example, last winter we replaced a store building at the same address with a brand new building.  It did not even occur to me that I might have to make any changes to my liquor license.  Surprise!  Here is the paperwork required to activate my existing, already paid-for license at the exact same address, only in a newer building:


Its hard to tell from the picture, but we are talking lots and lots of detail, much of it repeated several times through the application.  And most every page has to be notarized.  How much of this is new and not already on file with my current license?  Just one-half of one page, down in the lower right where I draw the floor plan of the new building.  Everything else is a total repeat of the information on file.

My favorite question I had to answer to move my liquor license to a new building?  They require I give them the date and location of my wedding.

Update: Oh, and it has to be approved by the County planning department, who for several days now have not returned my calls.  And it may have to go in front of the county commisioners.  And I am pretty sure it will have to be publicly posted on the new building for a 30-day comment period, and I will have to pay for an announcement for three weeks running in the local paper.  And then it will probably be approved, just about when it will be time to close for the season.  For those who have not been there, though, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park is gorgeous, and, if I can brag, I think our new building is a big improvement as well.


  1. garble:

    That's just too much silly. Were you allowed to use photo-copies of your old form?

  2. Brad Warbiany:

    Is this a standard bureaucratic nightmare, or is this instance made particularly onerous due to America's weird relationship with alcohol?

  3. Erik:

    Hey Coyote...
    Don't you realize that you and your capitalistic ways cannot be trusted under any circumstance! Do you expect to just traipse through life ripping off consumers without the wise oversight of honest hard-working bureaucrats?
    C'mon, you know better than that. (End sarcasm)

    Thank you for reminding us of the time/money cost of bureaucracy. If only this kind of stuff was on the emotionally charged local evening local news instead of "What Dangers are Lurking in Your Fridge?" That might wake up some of the public and change public policy. Oh well, continue with the good work.

  4. Anonymous:

    Bureaucratic nightmare

    Why reveal the date and place of your wedding to get a liquor license?