Liquor License Lists and Quotas

The Massachusetts Liquor Control Act places a quota or limit on the number of alcoholic beverages licenses a city or town can issue. The quota is based on the population of the community as determined by the most recent federal census.

*Quotas are based on Federal Census 2010


Links to Special Acts

  • Chapter 109 Acts 2016 an act authorizing the city of Northampton to grant additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic bevereages to be drunk on premise

  • Chapter 126 Acts 2014 an act authorizing the city of Northampton to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on premise
  • Chapter 144 Acts 2008 an act authorizing the city of Northampton to convert 5 seasonal licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises to annual licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premise
  •  Chapter 494 Acts 2004  an act authorizing the city of Northampton to convert seasonal licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premise.

Annual All Alcohol 
On-Premise Licenses
MGL Chapter 138 Section 12
Total within Quota = 30
Total Issued = 40 
(10 over quota)
5 allowed per special acts
Annual Wine and Malt
On Premise Licenses
MGL Chapter 138 Section 12
30 Licenses Total
Conversion of 25 per 
MGL Chapter 494 
Acts of 2014
Seasonal On-Premise Licenses
All Alcohol
Wine and Malt
Total All Alcohol = 3
Total Wine and Malt = 2
MGL Chapter 494 
Acts 2014
Outside of Quota 
Miscellaneous Licenses
Total Pouring Permits = 2
Special Wine and Malt = 1
Off-Premise 
All Alcohol License
MGL Chapter 138 Section 15
Total within Quota = 6
Total Issued = 10  (4 over)
Off-Premise 
Wine and Malt Licenses
MGL Chapter 138 Section 15
Total within Quota = 6
Total issued = 7  (1 over)