Local Licensing Authority
The Licensing Board is the local licensing authority for the sale of alcoholic beverages and shall issue all liquor licenses in conformance with M.G.L. Chapter 138 and with the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission; as well as Special One Day Licenses, Entertainment Licenses, and Amusement Licenses. The board also issues Car Dealer licenses in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 140.
Please note the following dates the clerk will be out of the office and not taking appointments or packet submissions:
August 15th - 18th
January 12, 2022 (zoom) February 9, 2022 (zoom) March 9, 2022 (zoom) April 11, 2022 (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1) May 18, 2022 - 3:00 pm(50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1) June 8, 2022 - 2:00 pm (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1)
July 27, 2022 - 3:00 pm (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1)
August 24, 2022 - 3:00 pm (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1)
September 21, 2022 - 4:00 pm (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1)
October 19, 2022 - 4:00 pm (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1)
November 21, 2022 - 4:00 pm (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1)
December 14, 2022 - 3:00 pm (50 Payson Ave - Conf. Rm. 1) - ANNUAL RENEWAL MEETING
April 2, 2022
On April 1, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2022 to supplement certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects.” The text of the legislation can be found HERE.
This Act permits licensees for on-premises consumption to continue with (1) expanded patio service and (2) extends the ability to sell alcoholic beverages for takeaway and delivery:
- Patios/Outdoor Expansions: licensees that have been approved for expanded patio/outdoor service may continue their outdoor operations until April 1, 2023. Licensees that seek to continue patio/outdoor service after April 1, 2023, are encouraged to apply in the ordinary course for an alteration of premises with their local licensing authorities. Otherwise, these amended licenses automatically revert to the status prior to the approval of the expansion of outdoor service as of April 1, 2023.
- Takeaway/delivery of alcohol: establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of alcohol may continue takeaway and delivery sales of alcohol until April 1, 2023. All alcohol sold for takeaway/delivery must be sold with food and at the same price as alcohol for on-premises consumption.
Please be aware that the ABCC will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. to discuss proposed guidelines for the operation of patios/outdoor alcohol services. Information regarding the public hearing and the proposed guidelines will be available on the ABCC’s website at www.mass.gov/abcc.
As always, all licensees must ensure that they comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that sales of alcoholic beverages take place only as authorized by federal, state, and local law. All questions should be directed to the ABCC Executive Director Ralph Sacramone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 727-3040 x 731.
March 14, 2022
City of Easthampton Licensing Board Approves Outdoor Live Entertainment Application
Easthampton, MA - The Easthampton Licensing Board approved implementing an Outdoor Live Entertainment License under MGL Chapter 140, §181 at their March 9, 2022, licensing meeting effective April 1, 2022.
The Easthampton Licensing Board held three public hearings over the course of several months and asked for local business and community input around the application and licensing process. After collaboration with the public and City Solicitor, the board voted to implement the licensing process for all outdoor live entertainment events.
*Anyone seeking to do outdoor live entertainment open to the public must go through the Local Licensing Authority’s (LLA) proper channels for their event. *Liquor licensees are not subject to this under MGL Chapter 140 § 183A.
At the March 9th meeting, the board requested that their department LLA, Lindsi Mailler, revise the application to include “good neighbor” language. The good neighbor language added now reads, “The LLA ask that anyone applying for a license make a commitment to being a responsible neighbor in the community. Out of consideration for others in the community, the emission of any unreasonably loud, disturbing, and unnecessary noise that disturbs the peace and quiet of the community or an individual is prohibited. Outdoor Live Entertainment licenses are a beneficial resolution for remedying disputes and moving forward with future applications. Applicants should be mindful to monitor/control the behavior of attendees so that the program, event or activity complies with the approved license at all times.”
The outdoor live entertainment application and guidelines can be found on the city website by clicking here.