How do I get an alcoholic beverage license?

The application process varies for each type of license. A limited number of licenses are issued by the Town - check for availability before applying. You are strongly encouraged to consult the Licensing Board Clerk to determine which forms and processes to complete. State fees are payable to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) with the application. Once the license is approved locally, a license fee must also be paid to the Town. For example, applicants for a new retail alcoholic beverage license follow this process:

  1. Application and public hearing: Complete the appropriate online application on ABCC's website, print and sign it, and submit the fee. Then submit this application to the local Licensing Board, which will post it as an agenda item for a public hearing. You will need to be present at the hearing.
  2. Local and state review: The Licensing Board will review your application and, if approved, forward it to the ABCC. Once approved by the ABCC, the Licensing Board will issue the alcoholic beverage license upon your submission of the licensing fee.

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1. What is an Alcoholic Beverage License and who needs one?
2. Who oversees alcoholic beverage licensing?
3. How do I get an alcoholic beverage license?
4. What is the time frame for a decision for an alcoholic beverage license?
5. What are the final steps for obtaining an alcoholic beverage license?
6. How do I get the abutters list certified?
7. If a seller or a third party wishes to obtain a security interest in the alcoholic beverages license, what is required?
8. Can I purchase alcoholic beverages from a package store for a Section 14 License (One-Day Alcoholic Beverages or Wine and/or Malt Beverages)?
9. Do I need a separate bond if I have multiple locations?
10. What will happen if I don't post a bond for a Class 2 Dealer License?
11. What is required for a change of Manager?
12. What is the process for certifying abutters?
13. What is required for a Change of Manager?
14. How do I obtain a Business License?