The ABCC is responsible for regulating businesses licensed under M.G.L. c. 138. This includes ascertaining whether or not activities permitted or conducted on licensed premises are in compliance with Chapter 138 and state and local regulations. A primary component of that oversight includes holding hearings to determine whether or not an alcoholic beverages licensee has violated any of these provisions.
The ABCC has jurisdiction to hear cases regarding all aspects of any business licensed under Chapter 138. The ABCC provides fair and impartial hearings and issues timely decisions. These decisions address a wide range of issues, from whether an individual may be approved as a licensed manager, to whether a local licensing authority properly approved or denied a license application, to whether a business that paid millions of dollars for alcoholic beverages products must continue to sell the products to wholesalers who increased the products' market share.
These decision documents are intended to offer information and guidance on these issues.