Liquor Licenses

Annual Liquor Licenses (On-Premise and Off-Premise)

  • Liquor licenses are governed by Mass General Laws Ch. 138 and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). All of the forms needed to apply for a liquor license transaction can be found here. Please check with the License Commission for any additional documents that are required on the local level.
  • The availability of annual on- and off-premise liquor licenses are determined by population and currently the City of Northampton is over its quota. Therefore, the city does not have any annual on- or off-premise liquor licenses available for issuance. The only way to obtain an annual liquor license is to purchase it on the open market.

Seasonal Liquor Licenses

  • Seasonal liquor licenses run from April 1 to January 15.
  • Seasonal wine & malt licenses are available. After demonstrated responsible use, the licensee can apply to convert the seasonal license to an annual license. The licensee is subject to a one time $5,000 conversion fee (installment payments available.)

State Licenses