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Off-Premises License - M.G.L. c. 138, §15

An entity that has an off-premises alcoholic beverages license may sell alcoholic beverages at retail in their original, sealed packaging. The alcoholic beverages may not be consumed at the store where they have been purchased. There are two categories of off-premises licenses, based on the kind of alcoholic beverages that can be sold (i) all kinds of alcoholic beverages, and (ii) wine and malt beverages only.

Many different types of businesses hold off-premises licenses. Examples of these are traditional "package goods" stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores, food stores, wine shops, and so-called "big box retailers" such as warehouse clubs.

New License Transaction Forms

For ease of reference, we have bundled the required forms by transaction type. For example if you are applying for a new license click on retail application and all the necessary forms that must be completed for a new license will be provided.

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For ease of reference, we have bundled the required forms by transaction type below. For example if you are applying for a Change of Location click on "Change of Location Forms" link and all the necessary forms that must be completed for a new license will be provided.

If you are an existing licensee applying for multiple transactions, that is, more than 1 change to a license that requires approval, please view the retail transaction checklist. This checklist provides a list of the necessary forms by transaction type. For example, if you are applying to transfer stock of a corporation, change the directors and officers, and pledge your license, in one application, view the retail transaction checklist, which will provide information about which forms must be completed.

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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

Individuals who have an off-premises (M.G.L.c. 138, §15 license) are required to obtain a transportation permit to deliver alcoholic beverages to customers and "pick up" alcoholic beverages from authorized suppliers inside Massachusetts.

Individuals who have an on-premises (M.G.L. c. 138, §12) license 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.

Any individuals in charge of any ABCC permitted vehicle shall carry an invoice or sales slip stating the:

a. names and addresses of the purchaser and seller,
b. the date and the amount of the purchase, and
c. an itemization of the number of the various kinds of containers and the kinds, quantities and brands of alcoholic beverages or alcohol.

Transportation Permit for Delivery Companies

Any delivery companies transporting alcoholic beverages sold at retail by winery shipment licensees, farmer brewers, and farmer distillers must have a permit issued by the ABCC.

a. These packages shall be clearly labeled with the words "CONTAINS ALCOHOL: REQUIRES SIGNATURE OF AND PERSONAL DELIVERY TO A PERSON LEGALLY AUTHORIZED TO CONSUME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN THE COMMONWEALTH" and with a seal of licensure attached thereto as provided by the commission. No delivery shall exceed twenty liters (26 750 ml bottles).

b. The delivery receipt shall contain two check boxes, one next to the recipient's signature where he or she shall certify that he or she is at least 21 years of age and the other where the delivery person shall certify that they received upon delivery valid identification showing that the recipient is not under 21 years of age.

 


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Ryan Melville
Supervisor of Licensing
Ext 718 - rmelville@tre.state.ma.us
Deron Egbuche
Ext 723 - degbuche@tre.state.ma.us
Hurshel Langham
Ext 719 - hlangham@tre.state.ma.us
Jeanily Cruz
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Darla Earl
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