Liquor Control States

Liquor Control States

There are 17 states that continue to control liquor licenses through a quota system. There are also 17 states in which the state governments control the sale of hard alcohol, referred to as liquor “control states.” Of these states, there are five that fall on both lists: Idaho, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah. The other […]

Economic Development Bill’s Impact on Liquor Licenses

Additional liquor licenses for Boston

Just prior to the close of the legislative session last week, Massachusetts lawmakers passed an economic development bill that provides Boston with additional liquor licenses. However, the impact on liquor licenses and current liquor license holders will not be as negative as feared with the threat of completely abolishing the quota system. The bill is […]

Earlier Alcohol Sales on Sundays

Earlier Alcohol Sales on Sunday

Massachusetts has been changing some of its laws regarding alcohol sales, and the latest change includes earlier alcohol sales on Sundays. The latest bill will allow liquor stores to open at 10:00 a.m. rather than noon on Sundays. The bill (Bill H.228) is a straightforward change in language: “Paragraph 52 of section 6 of chapter […]

Direct Wine Shipments to Massachusetts

direct wine shipments

Both wine connoisseurs and those that enjoy an occasional glass can raise a toast together: Direct wine shipments to Massachusetts will be legal beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The new legislation (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 138, § 19F) was included with the 2015 budget and expands the availability of Direct Shipper’s Permits. With its passage, the […]

Reducing Your Liquor License Liability

Liquor License Liability Training

As we covered earlier this week in “Liquor License Liability,” many states (including Massachusetts) require liquor license holders or those applying for a liquor license to carry liability insurance. This insurance provides a bit of a safety net, but it’s better to reduce your liability regarding selling and serving alcohol in the first place. Think […]

Liquor License Liability

Liquor License Liability

Acquiring and renewing your liquor license are only two steps in the process of operating a profitable bar or restaurant. In Massachusetts, all Section 12 licensees are required to have liquor license liability insurance. Liquor license liability claims typically occur when a patron overindulges and subsequently gets behind the wheel and injures or kills themselves […]

Liquor License Acquisition and Renewal in DE

DE Liquor License Laws

Delaware does not operate under the quota system for liquor license acquisition, and its liquor laws are getting a bit more progressive. To apply for a liquor license in DE, you will need to submit a letter of intent including the location of the establishment, or if it’s a transfer, you must provide a letter […]

Liquor License Renewal in NJ

Liquor license renwal in NJ

New Jersey, like its neighbor across the Delaware River, is a quota state; however, unlike Pennsylvania, liquor license renewals in NJ occur annually. Every spring, liquor licensees must go through the renewal process as all liquor licenses in NJ are effective from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. According to NJ’s Alcoholic […]

Liquor License Renewal in PA

liquor license renwal in Pa

Pennsylvania operates under a liquor license quota systems and is also a control state regarding the retail sale of alcohol. It’s no surprise, then, that there are a number of regulations regarding liquor license renewal in Pennsylvania. Unlike some other states, liquor licenses in PA only need to be renewed biennially (i.e. every other year), […]

Liquor License Renewal in Connecticut

CT liquor license renewal

Renewing a liquor license in Connecticut is easier than in some other states; however, there are still regulations to which you must adhere to avoid headaches or worse, license suspension or revocation. Unlike its neighbor to the north, Connecticut is not a state that uses a quota system for issuance of liquor licenses. Additionally, it […]