Retail Alcoholic Beverages Licenses are licenses that allow sales of alcohol directly to consumers. These are governed by individual cities and towns where they are located and overseen by the ABCC. Licenses under this category include (but not limited to) restaurants, taverns, clubs, and package stores.
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Retail licenses are issued by and under the purview of the “Local Licensing Authorities” (local municipalities). These include on-premises licenses including restaurant, hotel/inn, club, veteran’s club, retirement community, and general-on-premises licenses and off-premises licenses (package store licenses) that are issued after the completion of a three-step process.
Step 1: The Local Licensing Authority grants a restaurant or package store license.
Step 2: The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) approves the granting of such a license.
Step 3: The Local Licensing Authority may issue the license upon payment of the licensing fee.