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Appeal a decision made by your Local Licensing Authority

License holders and applicants have the right to appeal a decision from their Local Licensing Authority to the ABCC.
Appeals from actions of a LLA are generally scheduled to occur 4 to 6 weeks after the ABCC receives written notice appealing the action.

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

The Details of Appeal a decision made by your Local Licensing Authority

What you need for Appeal a decision made by your Local Licensing Authority

The LLA must mail a notice to an applicant or licensee, in addition to the ABCC, with regard to the following actions:

  • License application denial
  • Refusal of license issue
  • License suspension
  • License revocation
  • License amendments
  • License cancellation
  • Denial of application for license transfer

The notice must state the reason for such action. The applicant or licensee must appeal the action of the LLA to the ABCC within 5 business days of receipt of the LLA's written decision. For new license applications, the applicant can also appeal if the LLA does not act within 30 days of the application's receipt.

How to appeal Appeal a decision made by your Local Licensing Authority

This is the preferred method for filing an appeal of an action from your Local Licensing Authority. Our mailing address is:

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
239 Causeway Street - First Floor
Boston MA, 02114

We accept appeals in person via hand delivery, including commercial delivery services. Our preferred method for receiving appeals is by mail.

We also accept appeals by fax. Please do not mail and fax the same submission. Our preferred method for receiving appeals is by mail.

Here are our fax lines:

ADMINISTRATION FAX: (617) 727-1510
LICENSING FAX: (617) 727-1258

Next steps for Appeal a decision made by your Local Licensing Authority

  1. ABCC Decisions

    If the ABCC approves the LLA's decision, you can then appeal to a superior court within 30 days of receipt of that decision.

    If the ABCC does not approve the LLA's decision, the LLA must then carry out the recommended action from the ABCC. If the LLA decides that their original decision was correct and that you were in violation of license, you can re-appeal to the ABCC within 5 days of receipt of the decision.

  2. Fines for License Suspensions

    If your license has been suspended, you can petition the ABCC to pay a fine instead. You must file this petition within 20 days of receipt of the ABCC's decision. If the ABCC accepts the fine, you will waive your right to appeal to a superior court. Accepting the fine is at the discretion of the ABCC.

Contact for Appeal a decision made by your Local Licensing Authority

Address
95 Fourth Street, Suite 3 , Chelsea, MA 02150-2358
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