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Economic Vitality Final 10-26-11 -   4.4.c.1 - Liquor License Applications

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Economic Vitality Final 10-26-11
1. Employment & Worker Services
2. Economic Growth & Development
3. Economic Foundation
4. Business Relations
Action Plan
4.4.c.1 - Liquor License Applications
How has workload changed over time?
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Data Notes
Data Source: WSLCB Licensing and Regulation Division data tracking systems
Measure Definition: The total number of applications for new annual liquor licenses over time
Target Rationale:

Link to Agency Strategic Plan:


Support Public Safety by ensuring that only qualified people and venues are authorized to sell and serve alcohol, and making the regulatory process as effective as possible while meeting the needs of business.
Relevance: Timely, effective, and efficient alcohol regulation enhances public safety.
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: Yes

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

Application Type   FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011
Annual Liquor License Applications





Modifications to Existing Location





Application volume includes new annual license applications as well as enhancements of existing licensed locations. Our 10.3% gain in new applications for FY 2010 was offset by the 7% decline of annual liquor license applications received in FY 2011.  Noteworthy is that in FY 2009 we experienced a 10.8% decline in applications; net decline in annual liquor license applications over 3 years is 7.5%. 

Modifications to existing licensed premises (Added Activities) are included in the consolidated count of annual application volume.  While part of the overall division workload, modifications to existing licensed premises are processed by customer service staff, not the investigatory staff processing annual license applications.  This workload is not included in the calculation of annual liquor license application processing time.

The slow recovery of the economy is likely the cause of declining applications for new annual liquor licenses.