City of Cambridge


11/15/2017 3:25 p.m. Expect traffic delays on Sunday, Nov. 19, starting at 7:30 a.m. in Kendall Square, Central Square, Riverside & Cambridgeport during the 2017 Cambridge Half Marathon (Course Time Limit: 3 hours). The event will also impact MBTA bus service along the route. The 13.1 mile race starts at CambridgeSide, heads west through MIT & Harvard to No Beacon St. bridge in Watertown, then back along the Charles River to finish line in Canal Park. More details »


Alcohol License


Outdoor dinning

There are two major categories for annual alcohol licenses: retail on-premise consumption (G. L. c. 138, § 12) and retail off-premise consumption (G. L. c. 138, § 15).  Annual alcohol licenses have to be approved first by the Board of License Commissioners and then by the State's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.  Therefore, the process for a new or transfer of an alcohol license can take a minimum of eight weeks.

Types of On-Premise Consumption Alcohol Licenses:

            All Alcohol Beverages with Common Victualler

            General on Premise All Alcohol Beverages

            Malt Beverages with Common Victualler

            General on Premise Malt Beverages

            Malt and Wine Beverages with Common Victualler

            General on Premise Malt and Wine Beverages

            Malt, Wine and Liqueurs with Common Victualler

            General on Premise Malt, Wine and Liqueurs

Types of Off-Premise Consumption Alcohol Licenses:

            All Alcohol Beverages

            Malt & Wine Beverages

Any individual or any corporation, LLC or partnership which meets the statutory criteria set forth in G. L. c. 138 may apply for an annual liquor license.  License applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted if all statutory, state, local and legal requirements are met. 

NOTE:  All applications for a new or transfer of a liquor license must be filed through the State's online e-place portal. Please visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) Website to complete the application and for additional information. If seeking an Entertainment License, you should do so simultaneously with the Alcohol License to be heard during the same public hearing.  Please email or contact us at 617-349-6140 to obtain additional forms and instructions on how to file.

Last Updated: 5/18/2017 | Provide feedback on this page

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