Information for Restaurants


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Soft Openings (For Training Purposes)

Contact the Select Board's office via email to ensure that all licenses are in place and that soft opening training can be provided at the Select Board's office.

Important: Due to insurance and liability issues, alcoholic beverages cannot be served free of charge.

Standard Regulations for All Restaurants

  • No restaurant clientele shall walk around the establishment with an alcoholic beverage.
  • All alcoholic beverages must be poured and delivered by a TIPS certified server.
  • All servers must be registered with the Burlington Police Department.
  • Drinks may not be provided free of charge or sold for a price less than the price regularly charged even during soft openings.
  • No more than two drinks may be served prior to eating.
  • Live music entertainment must be applied for and licensed separately (piped in music and televisions do not need a separate license).
  • No alcoholic beverages may be served in a container or pitcher except for wine which may be served in either half or full liter carafes without prior approval from the Select Board.

Beer & Wine Tastings

  • All alcoholic beverages tasted must also be available for sale at the package store premises.
  • Restaurants, hotels, and function halls holding wine, malt beverages and spirits tasting must provide food with the alcoholic beverages.
  • The manager of the restaurant, hotel, or function hall holding a tasting event is responsible for controlling the dispensing of the alcoholic beverages and the size of each serving for tasting events is limited to the following amounts:
    • Malt beverages one (2) ounce serving
    • Wine beverages one ounce serving
    • Spirits beverages one (1/4) ounce serving
  • Package stores may not charge for any wine, malt beverages or sp  irits tasting and they must also limit the above stated serving sizes.

Special One-Day Liquor License

Alcohol Beverages Control Commission (ABCC)

View the ABCC website to learn about the state's authority to promulgate regulations clarifying, carrying out, enforcing and preventing violation of Chapter 138's provisions for the method of carrying on the business of any alcohol licensed premise.

New & Amendments to Existing Licenses

  • Submit applications 30 days prior to meeting to allow for staff review and public hearing.
  • Clips may be used - no staples.
  • Sections of application and documents may be separated by colored paper. You may add headings to the colored sheets of paper.
  • Submit 2 copy copies of 11x 17 floor plan for new or altered floor plans.
  • $200 (plus fee) is due to the Alcoholic Beverages for all submission applications. The auto pay receipt should be included with the submitted application online.
  • $150 fee (check only) made out to the Town of Burlington should be included with the submitted application.

Forms & Applications Links

Extra Requirements for New Manager

  1. Brief resume describing past or current experience under an alcohol license - Town Requirement.
  2. State I.D. or driver's license.
  3. Passport or other verification of U.S. citizenship.
  4. $150 fee to the Town of Burlington for all amendments.
  5. TIPs Certification (Training for Intervention) - Town Requirement (Procedures) 
  6. Burlington CORI Authorization Form (PDF): Signed (We cannot use the state's CORI.) - Town Requirement
  7. Letter signed by new manager stating they have read and understand the State and the Town's following Alcohol Rules and Regulations. - Town Requirement

Public Hearings

When a public hearing is required, the proponent approves the legal notice and abutter notification that is prepared by this office. Petitioner or representative is responsible for the cost of the billing for the publication.

Abutters

Petitioner obtains from the Assessors Office 781-270-1650 -
4 sets of labels for the certified abutter notifications
A list of direct abutters to send certified abutter notifications.
A list of abutters within 500' and the petitioner must ensure that any churches or schools on that list receives an abutter's notice per MGL

Petitioner then mails by certified mail abutter notices to direct abutters and churches and schools within 500' no later than three days from the publication of the legal notice.
Petitioner provides certified receipts to the Select Board's office and a copy of the two abutter lists.

Unless told otherwise by the Select Board's office, when an application is complete and abutter labels have been received, contact this office to select a date to go before the Select Board.

New/Transfer & Alterations of Premises

Contact building department to review the floor plan. Final plan should include a break down of Number of indoor and outdoor seating including changes during the off season. The term "bar" may not be included on the floor plan. You may use the term "café dining."

Certificate of Good Standing (COGS)

In order to confirm that all licensees and applicants are in compliance with Massachusetts tax laws, the ABCC is requiring a Certificate of Good Standing (COGS) from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for the following transactions submitted to the Local Board:

  • Transfer of License (certificate must be in the current/seller licensee name)
  • Change in Beneficial Interest
  • Pledge of License
  • Change of License Class (Seasonal, Annual)
  • Change in License Category (Wines and Malts, All Alcohol, etc.)
  • Change of Entity Name (certificate must be in the current corporate name)
  • Change of Corporate Structure (certificate must be in the current corporate structure)
  • Addition of a Management Agreement
  • Please Note: a new licensee does not require a COGS

An applicant can obtain a COGS by visiting the Department of Revenue's website.

Additional Links

Form Completed by the Select Board's Office