One-Day Alcohol License Information

Local licensing authorities may issue special licenses for the sale of wines and/or malt beverages to a responsible manager of any indoor or outdoor activity or enterprise (for profit or non-profit). Special licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages may be issued to non-profit organizations only. No person may be granted special licenses for more than a total of 30 days per calendar year and no special license will be granted to any person while his application for an annual license under Section 12 is pending before the licensing authorities.

No more than one license can be issued for a premises at one time. Therefore, a Section 14 special license can not be issued for use in a licensed premises. Regulations for Section 14 are found in 204 CMR 7.00.

Persons holding a special license must purchase alcoholic beverages from a licensed wholesaler/importer, manufacturer, farmer-winery, farmer brewery or special permit holder. A person holding a Section 14 license cannot purchase alcoholic beverages from a package store.


Commonwealth of Massachusetts Alcoholic Bevereages Control Commission:

204 CMR 7.00: SPECIAL LICENSES  Regulatory Authority 204 CMR 7.00:  M.G.L. c.138, §24; c.30A, §§ 2 and 3.

7.01: Notice by Local Authority. Not more than ten days after approving a license pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c .138,s. 14 (Special License), the local licensing authority shall notify the Commission of such approval in writing. Such notice shall include the name of the city or town, the name and address of the licensee, date of the local authority's approval, the date or dates for which the license is effective, the hours during which sales are authorized, a description of the licensed premises, whether the license is for all alcoholic beverages, wines and malt beverages only, or either of them, whether the licensed activity or enterprise is for profit or nonprofit, whether the license is for a dining hall maintained by an incorporated educational institution authorized to grant degrees, and any restrictions attached to the license by the local authority. The Commission may require use of a form approved by the Commission for this purpose.

7.02: Licensee. A special license, other than a special license for a dining hall maintained by an incorporated educational institution authorized to grant degrees, may be issued only to a natural person, although the licensee may be a responsible manager acting on behalf of a corporation, partnership, or other entity.

7.03: Hours of Sale. The hours during which sales of alcoholic beverages may be made by a special licensee shall be fixed by the local authorities, but no special licensee may sell or deliver any alcoholic beverage between the hours of 2 A.M. and 8 A.M.

7.04: Duration. No special license, other than a special license for a dining hall maintained by an incorporated educational institution authorized to grant degrees, shall permit sales on more than 30 days, nor may any person be granted special licenses permitting sales on an aggregate of more than 30 days in any calendar year.

7.05: Authorized Suppliers. No special licensee may sell any alcoholic beverage other than those purchased from a licensee under M.G.L. c. 138. ss. 18, 19, 19B, or 19C or from a holder of a special permit to sell issued under M.G.L. c. 138, s. 22A.

7.06: Local Supervision. Whenever, in the opinion of the local licensing authorities, any applicant for a special license fails to establish to their satisfaction his compliance with the requirements of M.G.L. c. 138, duly promulgated state or local regulations, or any reasonable requirements which the local authorities may from time to time make with respect to such licenses or to the conduct of business by such licensees, said authorities may refuse to issue or reissue to any such applicant such license. Whenever in their opinion any special license holder fails to maintain compliance with the requirements of M.G.L. c. 138, regulations, and requirements, they may, after hearing or opportunity therefor, modify, suspend, cancel or revoke such license. The licensing authorities shall mail a notice of such action to the applicant or licensee, stating the reasons such action and shall at the same time mail a copy of such notice to the Commission.

7.07: Commission Supervision. The Commission may investigate the granting of any special license and the conduct of the business being done thereunder, and shall, after hearing, modify, suspend, or revoke or cancel such license if, in its opinion, circumstances warrant.

7.08: Severability. The provisions of 204 CMR 7.00 are severable, and if any provision or the application thereof is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect any other provision of 204 CMR 7.00.