Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

The Caterer’s License is an on-premises license which allows a caterer to sell alcoholic beverages at private events.
Once an application is submitted via our eLicensing system, the typical turnaround time is 4 – 6 weeks.

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The Details of Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

What you need for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

To apply for a Caterer License pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 12C you will need electronic copies of the documents listed below.

Required Documents for ALL new Caterer licenses:

  • Personal Information Form for anyone with Beneficial or Financial Interest in this license (any person or business entity with ownership).
  • CORI Release Form for the liquor license manager.
  • Proof of Citizenship for the liquor license manager. Any one of the following is acceptable: US Passport, US Passport Card, Birth Certificate, Voter Registration or Naturalization Papers.
  • Liquor Liability Insurance in the required minimum amount of $250,000/$500,000.
  • Board of Health Food Service Permit
  • ServSafe or TIPS certification for each person serving liquor under this license.
  • Floor Plan indicating where the alcohol will be stored when not in use.
  • Lease / Occupancy Documents that show your right to store at the premises.
  • Financial Statement and Documents for the proposed transaction.

In addition

    By statute, holders of Caterer licenses must also hold at least one transportation permit:

  • Vehicle Registration for each vehicle being permitted.

    If entity applying is a business:

  • Vote of the Corporate Board or LLC is required authorizing any transaction you are applying for.
  • Business Structure Documents: Articles of Organization, Partnership Agreement, Bankruptcy Documents, Estate Documents, Trust Documents or Business Certificate, are required depending on your corporate structure.

    If Pledging license/stock/beneficial interest/inventory, the following is required:

Fees for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

Name Fee Unit
Caterer License $1,650 each
Transportation $150 each

How to apply Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

To apply for this license, please create an account on our eLicensing and ePermitting Portal.

Please review the information below:

Technical Requirements:

Below is the list of supported browser versions that provide the best user experience for the online application:

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 10

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11

  • Firefox 29

  • Safari 6

  • Google Chrome 34

  • Opera 21

Although you may find that your current version also works, it may not support all functions.

To use the system you must first create a user name and password. User guides on this topic and other helpful information about the eLicensing and ePermitting Portal can be found here.

For technical assistance:
Please call the ePLACE Help Desk Team at (844) 733-7522 between the hours of 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday, with the exception of all Commonwealth and Federal observed holidays.

Next steps for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

Processing Time

Please allow 4-6 weeks for the application to be processed. If there is any information missing, a licensing staff member or investigator will reach out to you directly.

If you would like to check on the status of your application, please contact a licensing staff member.


More info for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

  • The caterer license allows the holder to cater private events outside the premises of the principal place of business.
  • This license is not for catering events on public property. For events on public property, a special one day permit is needed and issued by the town.
  • Caterers can only purchase alcohol from a licensed Massachusetts wholesaler or other authorized source such as a Farmer Series licensee.
  • To be eligible for a Caterer license in Massachusetts, the company must store alcohol in Massachusetts.
  • The caterer can serve alcohol at a private event for a maximum of 5 hours.
  • Caterers can not deliver or sell alcoholic beverages at a location already licensed to serve alcohol.
  • 48 hours before the event, the caterer must provide written notice of the event to the local police chief and Local Licensing Authority. This needs to include a copy of the 12C license, a copy of the liquor liability insurance, and emergency contact information for the manager of the 12C license.

To generate a list of the most current Caterer licensees, please use our General Search Function provided on our eLicensing and ePermitting portal.

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Contact for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Caterer License (ABCC)

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