License Commission


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 (Class I, II & III) and short term or one-day liquor licenses. The License Commission is the local licensing authority with all powers to grant, suspend, or revoke licenses and permits as provided in MGL Ch. 138 and all other licenses not otherwise provided by law.

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 Commonwealth. 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.


  • Natasha Yakovlev, Chair - Term ends June 2028
  • Helen Kahn - Term ends June 2026
  • Jennifer Ewers - Term ends June 2028


Beginning in October 2023, the Northampton License Commission will begin meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. Meetings are currently being held virtually until further notice. The meeting schedule is subject to change. 

2023 Meeting Schedule

January 4, 2023May 3, 2023October 18, 2023
February 1, 2023June 7, 2023
November 15, 2023
March 1, 2023July 19, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m.December 20, 2023
April 5, 2023September 6, 2023

Agendas & Minutes

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