Short Term Liquor License

Short Term or One-Day Liquor License

A short term liquor license is a temporary license issued for the service of alcohol or beer and wine. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for Short Term All Alcohol License. The License Commission typically has requirements for issuance of a short term liquor license:
  • 1) TIPS or ServSafe trained servers
  • 2) Liquor liability insurance for the event with a per occurrence amount of no less than $250,000
  • 3) Any alcohol for the event(s) must be purchased with a distributor licensed by the state. No alcohol can be stored on the premises after the event and any excess alcohol must be returned to the distributor.
If your event is open to the public, whether you are charging for alcohol samples or not, you need a short term liquor license.


The License Commission has the authority to place restrictions on the license to ensure control of the alcohol/beer and wine being served and public safety.

On December 3, 2008, the License Commission voted to include a restriction: For-profit organizations must specify a non-profit organization to which it will donate all profits.


Short Term All Alcohol - $102 per day
Short Term Wine & Malt - $61 per day


Please contact the License Commission at 587-1212 to place your application on an upcoming agenda of the Northampton License Commission.

General Laws

The General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 138, Section 41: Delivery of alcoholic beverages as prima facie evidence of sale.

Section 41. The delivery of alcoholic beverages in or from a building, booth, stand or other place, except a private dwelling house, or in or from a private dwelling house if any part thereof or its dependencies is used as an inn, eating house or shop of any kind, or other place of common resort, such delivery in either case being to a person not a resident therein, shall be prima facie evidence that such delivery is a sale.

If you are in doubt as to whether your event needs a short term liquor license to operate, please call the License Commission office at 413-587-1212.

Contact Us

  1. Annie Lesko
    Executive Assistant to the Mayor and License Commission

    Office of the Mayor 
    210 Main St., Room 12
    Northampton, MA 01060

    Ph: 413-587-1212
    Fx: 413-587-1275