Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Returns More Than $1.5 Million in Licensing Fees to Local Communities

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) announced the return of more than $1.5 million in licensing fees to 687 municipalities in which licensees are located.

Twice a year, as required by law, the PLCB returns liquor license fees paid by PLCB-approved licensees to the municipalities that are home to those licenses. Municipalities have flexibility in allocating and spending the returned license fees to meet local needs.

The PLCB oversees the regulation of more than 15,000 retail liquor licenses statewide, including restaurants, clubs, and hotels. Licensees pay liquor license fees ranging from $125 to $700, depending on the type of license and the population of the municipality in which the license is located, as part of the annual license renewal or validation process, as well as in conjunction with approval of certain new applications.

The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Aug. 1, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021. In all, 45 cities, 251 boroughs, and 391 townships will receive payments ranging from $25 to $917,600.

The complete list of license fee distributions by municipality is available on the PLCB website.

Over the last five fiscal years, the PLCB returned $22.3 million in licensing fees to local municipalities.

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