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Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Retail License via Paper Forms (ABCC)

Below you will find the forms and procedures needed to apply for an alcoholic beverages retail license.

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Required Online Payments

Beginning Sunday, November 19, 2017, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission will no longer accept paper checks as payment for applications and permits. Payments must be made on-line by using either a personal or business check (ACH). Once your on-line payment is completed, you must print the confirmation receipt and then include that receipt with your application to the Local Licensing Authority.

EPAY - Pay your bill Online

To apply for an alcoholic beverages retail license, you will need the following forms completed:

  • Monetary Transmittal Form
  • New/Transfer Application
  • $200 check made out to the ABCC OR confirmation that you paid online through our online payment portal, ePay (See: ePay for Licenses)
  • CORI Authorization Form. Complete one for each individual with beneficial interest in the entity that is applying AND one for the proposed manager of record. This form must be notarized with a stamp or raised seal. Officers/Directors of non-profit clubs with no ownership do not need to fill out CORI applications.
  • Beneficial Interest - Individual. Complete one for each individual with beneficial interest in the entity that is applying.
  • Beneficial Interest - Organization. Complete one for each organization/parent company with beneficial interest in the entity that is applying.
  • Vote of the Corporate Board. Include a vote to apply for a new/transfer of license AND a vote appointing the manager of record, signed by an authorized signatory for the entity.
  • Proof of Citizenship for the proposed Manager of Record.
  • Business Structure Documents
    • If Sole Proprietor, Business Certificate 
    • If partnership, Partnership Agreement
    • If corporation or LLC, Articles of Organization from the Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Purchase & Sale Agreement, which is only required for a transfer of license.
  • Supporting Financial Records for all financing and or loans, including pledge documents, if applicable.
  • Legal Right to Occupy, such as a lease or deed.
  • Floor Plan, which is only required for a new license.
  • Abutter's Notification, which is only required for a new license.
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SPECIAL NOTICE

Certificate of Good Standing required beginning March 1, 2018

In order to confirm that all licensees and applicants are in compliance with Massachusetts tax laws, a Certificate of Good Standing (“COGS”) from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue will be required for the following transactions submitted to the Local Board beginning March 1, 2018:

  • Transfer of License (certificate must be in the current/seller licensee name)
  • Change in Beneficial Interest
  • Pledge of License
  • Change of License Class (Seasonal, Annual)
  • Change in License Category (Wines and Malts, All Alcohol, etc.)
  • Change of Entity Name (certificate must be in the current corporate name)
  • Change of Corporate Structure (certificate must be in the current corporate structure)
  • Addition of a Management Agreement
  • PLEASE NOTE: a new licensee does not require a COGS

An applicant can obtain a COGS by visiting the Department of Revenue’s website: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/request-a-certificate-of-good-standing-tax-compliance-or-a-corporate-tax-lien-waiver.

Fees for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Retail License via Paper Forms (ABCC)

Name Fee Unit
Processing Fee $200 each

How to apply Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Retail License via Paper Forms (ABCC)

  1. Submit your application to your Local Licensing Authority (LLA) and publish an advertisement of a public hearing on your application. It must be published within 10 days of your application.
  2. The hearing will be held between 10 and 30 days. The LLA must act on an application within 30 days of it being filed.
  3. If the LLA grants the license, you application will be forwarded to the ABCC within 3 days.

Next steps for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Retail License via Paper Forms (ABCC)

  1. LLA Hearings

    When an application is filed with the Local Licensing Authority (LLA), the LLA holds a hearing and issues either a decision of Approval or Disapproval, along with a Statement of Reasons.

    If the LLA disapproves, the aggrieved party may appeal to ABCC within 5 business days of receipt of the decision.

    After the ABCC receives the appeal, a hearing is conducted and decision is reached.

  2. ABCC Approval or Disapproval

    If the ABCC approves the LLA denial of license application, applicant may appeal ABCC decision to Superior Court within 30 days.

    If the ABCC disapproves of the action of the LLA to deny a license, the ABCC remands to the LLA recommending further action.

    The LLA must take the action recommended within 5 days of receipt of the ABCC decision. The LLA then acts and decides to either affirm their original decision of denial or accept and implement the recommendtion of the ABCC and grant a license.

    If the LLA upholds decision to deny the license and the applicant is:

    • renewing their license:

      • Applicant may reappeal to ABCC within five days.
      • Applicant may file suit against their LLA (MGL c. 249 $ 4).

    • requesting a new license or change of location:

      • Applicant may file suit against their LLA (MGL c. 249 $ 4)

      • Applicant may NOT reappeal to the ABCC.

  3. Final license application approval

    If the application is approved by the LLA, it is forwarded to the ABCC and received by ABCC through a lockbox no later than 3 days after LLA approval.

    Once received, the ABCC notifies the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and assigns an investigator for recommendation. The DUA may issue a release, further moving the application forward. If the DUA recommends disapproval of an application, the application will be disapproved on that basis alone and returned to the LLA.

    The investigator will investigate the proposed licensed premises, you as an applicant, and the source(s) of financing for the transaction. You must respond promptly to an investigator's inquiries. Failure to do so will result in a delay of the approval and may result in a denial of your application.

    If the DUA “releases” the application and the investigator approves the application, the Executive Director reviews the application for recommendation of approval. Once the Executive Director approves, the application is sent to the Commission members for approval.

    The LLA must issue the license within 7 days of receipt of approval from the ABCC.

  4. License application denials

    If the application is denied with Statement of Reason by LLA, the applicant may or may not appeal to ABCC. See Violations and Appeals for more information.

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