The New York State Liquor Authority adopted a proposed Advisory today that dispenses with the requirement to have a Certificate of Occupancy, or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, in order for a new on premises liquor license to be issued. Previously, having a C of O or TCO, or in some cases, a Letter of No Objection issued by the Department of Buildings, was an absolute requirement to obtain a license. However, due to delays at the Buildings Department, the SLA adopted this new policy on a temporary basis. If a license is issued without the proper C of O, the SLA will require that the C of O be obtained prior to the first renewal of the license. This is an important development for new hotels and restaurants that are ready to open but delayed due to backlogs at the Department of Buildings.