Rules, Regulations & Advisories

Rules & Regulations (PDF)Rules & Regulations of the Northampton License Commission - Last updated September 2, 2021
2 AM Closing Rules (PDF)These rules govern 2 a.m. closing times provided to establishments after approval by the License Commission. 
Fair Wage Compliance Certificate (PDF)When issuing a new license or a renewal, the License Commission 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. 149Ch. 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)
Cordials/Liqueurs Permit
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.