It’s about to get cheaper for bars to apply for a tavern gaming license.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has voted to lower the license fee to obtain the license. The fee will decrease from $2,000 to $500.
Board Chairman Joseph E. “Skip” Brion said the goal is to take in more revenue.
“More licenses means more revenue for the commonwealth,” he said. “The board is happy to lower the license fee in an effort to encourage more tavern owners to apply.”
While the license fee has been reduced, the nonrefundable $2,000 application fee has not.
In the application process, the applicant submits an application packet along with $2,000. One thousand dollars remains with the PLCB for processing and $1,000 goes to the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission for a background investigation. After a successful background investigation is complete, the application goes before the PLCB.
If the PLCB approves the application, the licensee must pay a fee to receive the license. That fee is the amount that has been lowered.
“We have heard what the legislators have said regarding their desire to make the Tavern Gaming License process more affordable for applicants,” said board member Robert Marcus. “It is their belief that, by lowering the license fee, the commonwealth will get more tavern owners to apply for tavern gaming licenses. That’s why we took this step.”
As of July 30, there have been 21 Tavern Gaming Licenses issued, the board said.
In addition, three applicants have been approved by the PLCB and will receive their licenses once they pay the new, lower license fee.
Two other applications are being processed and investigated.