License Commission

COVID-19 Updates

On August 7, 2020, Governor Baker updated guidelines for Phase III, Step 1, of reopening the Commonwealth. Licensees are reminded that until Phase IV commences, all licensees licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption must provide seated food service with the sale of alcohol. The food must be prepared on-site and under a retail food permit issued by a local licensing authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.00.

  • Effective August 11, 2020, for each customer, an item of prepared food must be ordered at the same time as an initial alcoholic beverage(s) order. Items such as potato chips, pretzels, and other pre-packaged or manufactured foods do not constitute food “prepared on-site.”
  • Also effective August 11, 2020, any licensees holding private functions on their premises must limit attendance to 25 people for indoor events and 50 people for outdoor events. Food must also be served as described in the preceding paragraph. 
  • A full copy of the new ABCC Advisory regarding the above updates can be found here.

Resources & Guidance


The License Commission is the local licensing authority with all powers to grant, suspend, or revoke licenses and permits for alcoholic beverages as provided in MGL ch. 138 and all other licenses not otherwise provided by law. The License Commission is an advisory, regulatory and adjudicatory multiple-member body charged with the issuance, oversight and administration of licenses in the City of Northampton for the service and sale of alcoholic beverages, operation of restaurants, hotels, inns and lodging houses, indoor and outdoor entertainment for licensed and non-licensed premises, automatic amusement devices, car dealers and short term or one-day liquor licenses.

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC)

The ABCC is an agency under the Massachusetts State Treasury with an overall objective to provide uniform control over the sale, transportation, possession, purchasing, and manufacturing of alcoholic beverages in the state. The ABCC works with companies in the alcoholic beverage industry and local licensing authorities to provide licenses, enforce legislation and regulations, and resolve license issues.


  • Brian Campedelli, Chair - Term ends, June 2024
  • Natasha Yakovlev - Term ends, June 2022
  • Helen Kahn - Term ends, June 2026


Northampton License Commission meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 212 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060. The meeting schedule is subject to change.

2021 Meeting Schedule

January - TBDMay 5, 2021October 6, 2021
February 3, 2021June 2, 2021November 3, 2021
March 3, 2021July 7, 2021December 1, 2021 
March 18, 2021 (Special)August 4, 2021

April 7, 2021September 1, 2021

Agendas & Minutes

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