What happens to existing licenses when a wet municipality goes dry?
If a majority votes to prohibit the granting of retail liquor and/or retail dispenser licenses in their municipality, the PLCB cannot issue or renew those types of licenses when they expire. An existing license may be transferred to a wet municipality in the same county, or it could be put into safekeeping.
There is one exception to this – the so-called “50-year” or “1950” exception: In order to be eligible, a licensee must be located in a
second-class township in a
third-class county, have a license issued prior to 1950 and be licensed for at least 50 years.
What happens when a municipality goes wet?
Once it receives certified election results, the PLCB will accept liquor license applications for establishments in the newly wet municipality. However, residents in affected municipalities can appeal the vote, which might affect the issuing of licenses.
The PLCB cannot issue new retail liquor licenses or malt beverage distributor licenses if the county in which the newly wet municipality is, is at or over its quota. Licenses existing in other municipalities in the county would have to be transferred into the newly wet municipality. See The Retail Liquor License Quota for information about that process.
Retail liquor and malt beverage distributor licenses cannot be transferred across county lines.