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An alcoholic beverage license is required for establishments handling alcoholic beverages, including retail pouring or package sales. Any business that sells, stores, distributes, serves or delivers alcohol must have an alcoholic beverage license.
Most alcoholic beverage licenses must be approved by both the Randolph Licensing Board and the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). The local licensing board ultimately issues licenses for restaurants and package stores (retail licenses), while ABCC has sole issuing authority for manufacturers, wholesalers, import/exporters, and caterers.
The application process varies for each type of license. A limited number of licenses are issued by the Town - check for availability before applying. You are strongly encouraged to consult the Licensing Board Clerk to determine which forms and processes to complete. State fees are payable to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) with the application. Once the license is approved locally, a license fee must also be paid to the Town. For example, applicants for a new retail alcoholic beverage license follow this process:
Please contact the Licensing Board for the scheduling of Liquor Licensing meetings. Once approved locally, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) can take four to six weeks to approve an application.
Your permit must be renewed annually in December. Any changes to the license, including transferring it, appointing a new manager, or altering the premises, require a new application and review. If you stop operating the business, you must give up your license. If you plan to temporarily suspend your business operations, you must provide at least 10 days' notice to the Licensing Board.
An abutters list is needed whenever public hearings require individual notice to interested parties. The notice must be sent by mail to abutters and owners of land nearby. Each Town board, commission or agency has requirements that differ depending upon the specific petition. Please contact the administrator for the specific board/commission to confirm requirements.
The Town of Randolph requires that all abutters lists generated from our Online GIS mapping system for legal notification purposes be certified by the Office of the Assessor located at Town Hall, 41 South Main Street first floor. A list of abutters may be generated using the Town's GIS mapping system following the Abutters List How-To (PDF).
The pledge must be approved by the local licensing authority and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
Applicants requesting a Section 14 License cannot purchase alcoholic beverages from a package store. The alcoholic beverages must be purchased from a licensed wholesaler/importer, manufacturer, farmer-winery, farmer-brewery or special permit holder.
A Separate bond shall be required for each different name under which the dealer conducts his business and for each city or town in which the dealer has a place of business.
The town must have a copy of the dealer's bond or an alternative that will be accepted, such as a certificate of deposit or irrevocable letter of credit equal to the bond amount, upon submission of the application for a new license or license renewal. Failure to provide these will result in the town denying the issuance of a current-year license.
Applicant/department generates list of abutters within required number of feet of subject property using the Geographic Information System (GIS). The list shall be completed on a spreadsheet and contain the following minimum information:
Abutters list is forwarded to Town of Randolph Engineering Department.
The Engineering Department validates the parcels within required number of feet of the subject property and forwards the list and associated parcel map to the Assessor's Office.
The Assessor's office certifies the parcel owner(s) and mailing address information for the abutters list and returns the validated list to the requesting applicant/department.
The applicant/department requesting certification should anticipate receipt of the certified list within 3 to 4 weeks of request.
A Business License (Business Certificate) is obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office.