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Does ABC notify local officials of the license application?

Yes. ABC mails a copy of the application to local officials as required by law. If the premises is in the city, a copy goes to the police department, city council and city planning department. If the premises is in the county, a copy goes to the sheriff's department, board of supervisors and district attorney. If local officials have concerns about the issuance of a license, they may request or impose restrictions on the business operation, or they may file a protest. (Section 23987) Common concerns are that the license: (a) Would create a public nuisance, (b) Would cause or add to crime in the area, (c) Would be contrary to a zoning law, or (d) Is in a high-crime area or an area that has too many licenses and would not serve public convenience or necessity. In the case of (d), the City Council or Board of Supervisors has 90 days to determine this and notify ABC. If the City Council or Board of Supervisors does not decide within 90 days, ABC may issue the license if the applicant shows ABC that issuance would serve public convenience or necessity.


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