Rules, Regulations & Advisories

  • Rules & Regulations of the Northampton License Commission (PDF) - Updated October 9, 2019
  • Extracts of Law, Rules & Regulations (PDF) governing licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises as authorized by Massachusetts General Laws, Ch. 138 § 12
  • License Commission 2 a.m. closing rules (PDF) - These rules govern the 2 a.m. closing time that has been provided to establishments after approval by the License Commission.
  • Fair Wage Compliance Certificate (PDF) - The Northampton License Commission, when issuing a new license or a renewal, requires certification of compliance with wage and hour laws. Each licensee must certify that they are not subject to a federal or state criminal or civil judgment, administrative citation or final administrative determination resulting from a violation of MGL Ch. 149, Ch. 151, or the Fair Labor Standards Act. Any licensee who does not certify to the above will be required to provide a wage bond prior to issuance of said license. 
  • Happy Hour Regulations (PDF) per order of the Liquor Control Act and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC)
  • NEW 12/23/19: The City of Northampton voted to adopt MGL Ch. 138 §12, allowing a common victualler, who holds a wine and malt beverages license under section 12, to, upon written approval, also sell liqueurs and cordials. Any establishment seeking to serve liqueurs and cordials is required to obtain a permit which must be granted by the Local Licensing Authority and the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission.
       - To apply for a liqueurs and cordials permit, complete a Change of Category application and submit it to the License Commission.