City Licensing Information and Guidance
Governor Baker’s executive order
Governor Baker issued an executive order, preparing for the Phase II reopening of businesses. It includes state-wide provisions relieving requirements for special permits and public notifications similar to the order issued by Mayor Spicer on Monday, June 1.
alcohol server training
On May 19, the Board of License Commissioners voted, at a duly posted remote meeting, to approve a temporary measure allowing online alcohol server certification. This measure expires November 1, 2020, and will be considered again at a duly posted hearing on October 19, 2020.
All individuals who serve alcohol to the public or view identification cards to determine age must successfully complete a classroom* alcoholic beverage server training program approved by the Framingham Police Department and Licensing Bureau. See FAQs for providers.
Alcoholic beverages control commission (abcc) notifications
- September 22, 2020: ABCC Advisory Regarding Updated Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Restaurants to Address COVID-19 (PDF) (NOTE: Joint Mayor-BOH Order (PDF) Limits Seating to six (6) people)
- August 10, 2020: ABCC Advisory Regarding Food Service and Gatherings for Licensees Selling Alcohol for On-Premises Consumption (PDF)
- July 21, 2020: ABCC Advisory Regarding On-Premises Licensees Selling Mixed Drinks for Off-Premises Consumption (PDF)
- June 19, 2020: ABCC Advisory Regarding Indoor Service at On-Premises Consumption Licensees (PDF)
- June 19, 2020: ABCC Advisory Granting Credit Extension Request (PDF)
- June 7, 2020: ABCC Advisory Regarding Restaurants Commencing Outdoor Table Service of Alcohol (PDF)
- June 1, 2020: ABCC Advisory Regarding LLA Approval of Outdoor Seating (PDF)
- April 3, 2020: ABCC Advisory Regarding On-Premises Licensees Selling for Off-Premises Consumption (PDF)
On-premises liquor licensees may sell beer and wine (up to 192 ounces of malt beverages and 1.5 liters of wine) for off-premises consumption only as part of a transaction for the purchase of food during this emergency.
Temporary RESTAURANT outdoor seating applicATION
To enable restaurants to reopen as quickly as possible when Governor Baker allows it under Phase II of his reopening plan, the City has made a temporary outdoor seating application. There will be no fee for the temporary outdoor seating application.
The quick application allows owners to lay out how they propose to offer food and beverages outside in a manner to meet health and safety requirements. Eating establishments must possess an existing “pouring license” to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors. The application can be found here.
To assist restaurants in reopening, the City has created an easy-to-follow application process guide (PDF).
If you have additional questions, please email Diane Willoughby for more information.