Whether you’re a business owner interested in acquiring a liquor license for an existing or new restaurant or an individual looking to sell one, Corbett can help facilitate the purchase or sale of these licenses.
There are both classifications of liquor licenses as well as categories plus a complexity of qualifications in Massachusetts. The most typical ones include:
On Premises – M.G.L. c 138, §12 (Commonly referred to as a “Pouring License”)
Use: Consumed on premise in Restaurants, Bars, Taverns, Nightclubs, etc.
Off Premises – M.G.L. c. 138 §15 (Commonly referred to as “Package Store License”)
Use: Consumed off premise used in Package stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores, food stores, wine shops, etc.
All Alcoholic – (commonly referred to as “Full Liquor”)
Wine & Malt – (commonly referred to as “Beer & Wine”)
Wine, Malt & Cordials – (commonly referred to as “Beer, Wine & Cordial”)
The following are the stages or steps in acquiring a liquor license: (One should seriously consider retaining a lawyer or consultant with experience in this field for guidance and counsel with this process)
Determine Type: Existing vs. a New license (if none are available with the city of town you need to purchase an existing one at a market rate)
Location: Review the site history, will the neighborhood accept, are there any local issues, is there a need.
Regulations & Quota: Are they over Quota, what are the seating requirements, check with local officials on approval process steps
Application: Checks, state agencies, paperwork
Local Board (LLA) Approval: Hearings, investigation, state agencies
ABCC Approval: Consideration, investigations, financing source, tax obligations
Issuance of License & Closing: After all levels of approvals are cleared license is issued.