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License Board

Contact

City Hall Annex
Room 401
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Monday - Friday:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

The City of Holyoke has adopted a policy of waiving license renewal fees for activities that have been, and will likely continue to be, affected by the COVID pandemic. Specifically, those license categories are:

  • Entertainment

  • Common Victualler

  • Automatic Amusement Devices

  • Club All Alcohol

  • Restaurant All Alcohol

  • Restaurant Wine/Malt

  • Veteran's Club All Alcohol

  • Hotel/Innkeeper All Alcohol

  • Hotel/Innkeeper Wine/Malt

  • General On Premises All Alcohol

  • General On Premises Wine/Malt

Any business seeking to renew these licenses for the 2021 season will not have to submit a license fee. This policy was adopted by vote of the License Board at their October 14th, 2020 meeting, with the encouragement of Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse.

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On Saturday June 6, 2020 Governor Baker will announce the starting date of Phase 2  of the state’s reopening plan. At the start of Phase 2 restaurants will be able to start providing outdoor dining in accordance with these state issued regulations. At this point the Holyoke Board of Health is responsible for enforcing these regulations but does not plan on placing any additional restrictions. 

Restaurants with a food permit from the Board of Health that already have common victualler/alcohol licenses allowing for outdoor service of food and alcohol as part of their licensed premises are able to serve without any additional permitting from the state or city.

Restaurants with a food permit from the Board of Health and a common victualler’s license and/or on-premises liquor license that seek to expand their existing permitted outdoor service area, or create an outdoor service area on private property will need to amend their licensed premises for their liquor license and/or common victualler’s license. Applications for an amended common victualler’s license premises can be found here, and applications for an amended liquor license premises can be found here. There are no fees associated with these amendments and our Local License Board will be expediting requests.

Restaurants with a food permit from the Board of Health, that seek to create an outdoor service area on public property, such as a sidewalk or parking area, will need an additional Tables and Chairs license and should contact the Holyoke License Board at 413-322-5599 or barbarabou@holyoke.org.

Any restaurant that seeks to have a tent erected will need to obtain a temporary structure permit and should contact the Building Department at 413-322-5600.

It is the responsibility of the restaurant owner to ensure any expanded dining area, including streets and sidewalks, is clean at all times.

For general questions please contact coronaresponse@holyoke.org.


The Holyoke License Board is the licensing and enforcement agent for alcohol, common victualler, entertainment, automatic amusement devices, open air vendors, motor vehicle sales, motor vehicle repair, rooming houses and Hotel/Innholders licenses. It is responsible for the issuing of licenses and enforcing the rules, regulations, local ordinances and state laws pertaining to the below mentioned licenses

For detailed information about state laws, visit The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. This helpful website allows you to download forms and applications, learn about renewals, and more.

Below is a listing of the City of Holyoke’s fees and schedules:

 

       LICENSE

FEE

EXPIRES 

APPLICATION 

Automatic Amusement Device

$50/per device

Dec. 31

Amusement Device Application

Class I

$100

Dec. 31

Class II

$100

Dec. 31

Club All Alcohol

$675

Dec. 31

Common Victualler

$25

Dec 31

Common-Victualler-Application2020-PDF

Entertainment

$100

Dec. 31

Entertainment License Application pdf form

Flea Market

TBD

Fortune Teller

$2.00

Dec. 31

Fortune Teller License Application

InnHolders

$25

Dec. 31

INNHOLDER'S LICENSE APPLICATION

Hotel/InnHolders All Alcohol

$1,200

Dec. 31

Motor Vehicle Repair

$100

Dec. 31

Repair-License-Application 2020

Open Air Vendor

$30/per event

Open-Air-Vendor-Application-Form2020

Package Store All Alcohol

$1,100

Dec. 31

Package Store Beer/Wine

$675

Dec. 31

Restaurant Wine/Malt

$675

Dec. 31

Restaurant All Alcohol

$1,000

Dec. 31

Rooming House

TBD

Dec. 31

Seasonal All Alcohol

$675

Jan. 15

Seasonal Wine/Malt

$475

Jan. 15

Veterans Club All Alcohol

$675

Dec. 31

     LICENSES REQUIRED FOR EVENTS :

Special One Day Alcohol

(up to 30 licenses allowed per year per applicant)

$30/per day

Special-License-Application-Form-Instructions 2020

Open Air Vendor

$30/per event

Open-Air-Vendor-Application-Form2020
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