ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES LICENSE GENERAL INFORMATION
Alcoholic beverages retail licenses are distinguished by where a patron may consume the beverages purchased, i.e. off the premises or the on premises. Off-premises licenses include package stores, convenience stores and supermarkets. There are 5 types of on-premises alcoholic beverages licenses: restaurants, clubs (or veterans club), hotels, taverns, and general on premises.
Retail alcoholic beverages licenses fall into five categories: all alcoholic beverages licenses, wine and malt beverages licenses, wine beverages licenses, malt beverage licenses, and wine and malt with cordials and liqueurs beverages licenses. These licenses may be issued seasonally or annually.
FIRE SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS
Local Licensing Authorities (the “LLA”) must be aware that applicants for a new on-premises alcoholic beverages license are required to submit a valid fire safety certification issued by the building inspector and the head of the fire department for the city, town or district in which the premises is located, or their license will not be issued. Thereafter, existing licensees are required to complete and sign an annual renewal form by November 30th of each calendar year. A valid certificate of inspection signed by the building inspector and the head of the fire department for the city, town or district in which the premises is located must be filed with the LLA. If an existing licensee does not submit a signed annual renewal form by November 30th, the license will expire on December 31st of that calendar year. The LLA IS REQUIRED to forward to the ABCC for EACH LICENSEE an attestation, on the renewal application, that the authority is in possession of the required fire safety certification.
TRANPORTATION (DELIVERY) PERMIT
In order for an individual to transport and deliver alcoholic beverages lawfully, they must apply for and receive an ABCC transportation (delivery) permit for each vehicle transporting and delivering the alcoholic beverages. The operators must carry either the permit or a certified copy of it when transporting the alcoholic beverages.
Transportation Permit for Retail Licensees
Persons who have an off-premises alcoholic beverages license (M.G.L. c. 138, §15) are required to obtain a transportation permit to deliver alcoholic beverages to customers and “pick up” alcoholic beverages from authorized suppliers inside Massachusetts.
Persons who have an on-premises alcoholic beverages license (M.G.L. c. 138, §12) are required to obtain a transportation permit to “pick up” alcoholic beverages from authorized suppliers inside Massachusetts. On-premises licensees may never deliver alcoholic beverages outside of the licensed premises.
Individuals in charge of an ABCC permitted vehicle shall carry an invoice or sales slip stating the:
- names and addresses of the purchaser and seller,
- the date and the amount of the purchase, and
- an itemization of the number of the various kinds of containers and the kinds, quantities and brands of alcoholic beverages or alcohol.