After an ABC application is filed, there is a 30-day period during which the public is notified that a California Liquor License application is pending for the location. In some instances, applications may be protested by neighbors, community groups such as churches, or by schools or other public officials.
In order to object to an application, the protesting party must submit their objection in writing within the specific time frame of 30 days. The 30 days begins with either the date of public posting, the date notification was mailed to residents, or the date public officials.
On occasion, if the protesting party is a public official such as a law enforcement agency, a 20-day extension can be requested. Timely received protests are deemed valid upon receipt. However, a protest by a private citizen must be reviewed by the ABC to determine if there are legal grounds for it.