Request for Intermunicipal Approval of a Liquor License Transfer

In SSEN Inc. v. Borough Council, 810 A.2d 200 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2002), the Court explained that a municipality's refusal to approve a request for intermunicipal approval of a liquor license transfer must be based on substantial evidence that the transfer would be detrimental to the neighborhood or its residents. There, the Court held that testimony intending to demonstrate increased traffic hazards, parking problems, drinking and driving under the influence, which would result from the approval of the transfer was, at most, general and speculative and therefore insufficient to support the conclusion that the transfer would adversely affect the neighborhood or its residents. Id. at 208.