Alcohol license bond cost
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission requires any person involved in the sales, storage or manufacturing of alcoholic beverages to be bonded and licensed to work legally in the state.
The required bond amount varies and is determined by the Commission. Bond amounts of $10,000 or less can be issued instantly without a credit check. If the bond amount exceeds $10,000, the cost will be subject to underwriting, which means your surety bond cost will be directly related to your credit report.
Why this bond
Individuals involved in the sale, storage or manufacturing of alcoholic beverages must be bonded to protect customers from unlawful practices that could potentially cause financial damages. By posting this bond, the principal (liquor handler) agrees to comply with regulations as outlined in the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 138 or any other Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission regulations. Prohibited acts under these laws include, but are not limited to:
- selling to any person under the age of 21
- employing any person under the age of 18
- selling alcohol during riots or times of great public excitement
- selling to any intoxicated person
If these or any other laws stated in the General Laws are broken, a claim can be made against the bond to provide reparation for damanges.
Liquor license bond details
The principal’s full legal name, address, and county of business must be listed on the form. The principal’s signature must be witnessed.Massachusetts liquor license bonds have a set expiration date of December 31. If the bond is to be canceled at any other time, the surety must provide the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission with at least 30 days of written notice.
How to get a liquor license
Massachusetts offers numerous types of specific liquor licenses that fall into one of four categories:
- all alcoholic
- wine only
- malt only
- wine and malt
Each specific liquor license type has unique requirements that must be met. For detailed licensing information and instructions, check out our “Additional Information” section below.
Some local county and city governments also have their own additional licensing requirements that must be met before an establishment can be approved for a liquor license.
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