Lists, Quotas & Special Acts

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 (28,549)

Links to Special Acts

  • Chapter 109 Acts 2016 (PDF) an act authorizing the city of Northampton to grant additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on premises.
  • Chapter 126 Acts 2014 (PDF) an act authorizing the city of Northampton to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on premises.
  • Chapter 144 Acts 2008 (PDF) an act authorizing the city of Northampton to convert five (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 premises.
  • Chapter 494 Acts 2004 (PDF) an act authorizing the city of Northampton to convert seasonal licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises to annual licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on the premises.
Annual All Alcohol 
On-Premises Licenses
MGL Chapter 138, Section 12
Total within quota = 30
Total over quota = 14*
Total issued = 44 
*10 allowed per special acts
Annual Wine & Malt
On-Premises Licenses
MGL Chapter 138, Section 12
Total issued = 22
(Conversion of 19 per 
Chapter 494, Acts 2004)
Off-Premises 
All Alcohol Licenses
MGL Chapter 138, Section 15
Total within quota = 6
Total over quota = 4 
Total issued = 10
Off-Premises 
Wine & Malt Licenses
MGL Chapter 138, Section 15
Total within quota = 6
Total over quota = 1
Total issued = 7
Seasonal On-Premises
Licenses
Total all alcohol = 2
Total wine & malt = 4
Miscellaneous Licenses
Out of Quota
Pouring permits = 2
Special wine & malt = 1