License Commission

COVID-19 Updates

On April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing on-premises licensees to sell malt beverages and wine for off-premises consumption for the duration of the Governor’s declared state of emergency. Effective immediately and until the end of the state of emergency, all on-premises licensees (M.G.L. c. 138, § 12 bars, restaurants, general on premises, hotels, taverns, clubs, war veterans’ clubs, and continuing care retirement communities) may sell up to 192 ounces of malt beverages and 1.5 liters of wine for off-premises consumption only as part of a transaction for the purchase of food.


The License Commission is the local licensing authority with all powers to grant, suspend, or revoke licenses and permits for alcoholic beverages as provided in MGL ch. 138 and all other licenses not otherwise provided by law. 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 and short term or one-day liquor licenses.

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 state. 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.


  • Brian Campedelli, Chair - Term ends, June 2024
  • Natasha Yakovlev - Term ends, June 2022
  • Helen Kahn - Term ends, June 2020


Northampton License Commission meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 212 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060. The meeting schedule is subject to change.

2020 meeting schedule:

January 8, 2020May 6, 2020 CANCELLED
September 2, 2020
February 5, 2020June 3, 2020 CANCELLEDOctober 7, 2020
March 4, 2020July 22, 2020November 4, 2020
April 1, 2020 CANCELLEDAugust 5, 2020December 2, 2020

Agendas & Minutes

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