The Licensing Commission works to ensure that all licensed businesses under its purview operate in a manner to protect the public safety and serve the common good in accordance with rules, regulations, local ordinances, and state laws.
The Licensing Commission is excited to announce that effective immediately, applications and renewals for Common Victualler, Entertainment, and Hotel/Motel licenses can completed online. Please note that some applications will require additional documents to be uploaded as part of the application process. Many of those documents are found in the Forms and Links section below.
*Note that payment is not available online, but must be made by check or money order in person with the Collector’s Office in Revere City Hall.
Other license types will soon be available online as well.
The following license types are not currently available to complete online. Download, print and complete the necessary form for your license request, and follow the instructions in the Process section below.
The License Commission is responsible for the issuance, oversight, and administration of licenses in the City of Revere for the service and sale of alcoholic beverages, operation of restaurants, hotels and lodging houses, indoor and outdoor entertainment, parking lots, fortune tellers, second hand goods stores, pawnbrokers, sale of jewelry and/or precious metals, sale of motor vehicles, flea markets, carnivals, pool tables, bowling alleys, automatic amusement devices, and one day licenses for alcohol and/or entertainment.
Daniel Occena, Esq.
Anyone selling or serving liquor in any retail capacity needs the appropriate liquor Liquor licenses may be on-premises (restaurants, hotels, etc.); or off-premises (package stores, convenience stores, etc.), and may be for all alcohol; beer and wine; beer, wine and cordials; beer only; or wine only.
Common Victualler License
Restaurants, diners, sandwich shops, ice cream stands, delis, fast food places, coffee shops, etc. – if the food or drink gets prepared on site, brewed on site, warmed up or in any way cooked on site (including microwave ovens), it needs a common victualler license.
Indoor or outdoor entertainment, including, but not limited to, any business that has a radio or TV playing for its customers; any business that puts on performances (dancing, music, plays, movies, etc.), or has dancing by patrons, karaoke, jukebox (or its equivalent); gas stations with TVs on the pumps – these all require an entertainment license.
Special 1-day License
Anyone planning a 1-day event open to the public with liquor, food, or entertainment needs to apply for a special 1-day license for liquor, common victualler, and/or entertainment.
Class 1, 2, or 3 Motor Vehicle Dealer License
Motor vehicle sales of any kind: new, used, junk, or over the internet need a Class 1, 2, or 3 motor vehicle dealer license.
Automatic Amusement Device License
Any business that has an automatic amusement device: electronic arcade games, pinball machines, video poker machines, slot-style machines, etc. NOTE: it is illegal to use any of these machines for gambling!
Buying or selling secondhand goods
Hotels, motels, and inns
Lodging or rooming houses
Operating a commercial open-air parking lot
Running a flea market
Second hand sales
Selling of jewelry, gold, silver, and/or precious metals
Every month, the License Commission meets to consider applications for new or amended licenses, hold disciplinary hearings, and consider any other license-related matters put before it. The agenda is determined two weeks in advance of the meeting, and finalized one week before. Most applications should be submitted at least 2 ½ weeks in advance of the meeting to accommodate legal notice requirements.
Upon approval by the License Commission, liquor licenses must then be approved by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). Once approved by the ABCC, licenses may be issued by the Revere License Commission office. No license amendment or new license may be considered valid until it has been issued by this office.
Application forms and instructions are available from the License Commission office. Liquor license forms and instructions are available at the ABCC website, but please note that on-premises liquor licenses require City of Revere application forms as well as the ABCC forms.
Licensing Rules and Regulations
The License Commission operates under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapters 138 and 140, Revere City Ordinances, and License Commission regulations.
License Commission Meetings
The License Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber on the 2nd floor in Revere City Hall, 281 Broadway, Revere. Meetings are posted outside the City Clerk’s office in City Hall, and on the Calendar of Events. All meetings are open to the public.
My manager is resigning, and I need a new manager. Do I need to let you know?
New managers must be approved by the License Commission. If you have a liquor license, they must also be approved by the ABCC.
But my manager just quit and left! Does that mean my license is suspended?
You will need to petition for a change of manager as soon as possible, but your license is not suspended in the interim. That having been said, it is best not to let the situation drag on too long.
Who is the ABCC?
The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. They regulate the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.
Who approves the liquor license, the License Commission, or the ABCC?
All retail licenses must first be approved by the License Commission. After the License Commission approves the license, most licenses then go to the ABCC, who will investigate the application and then give final approval, after which the License Commission issues the license. Approval by the License Commission is not a guarantee of approval by the ABCC.
Some special licenses only require local approval. Most, however, need to be approved by both.
I want to open a used car dealership in Revere. How do I do that?
Massachusetts law restricts the number of used car dealerships in Revere to 30, and at this time, the city has 30 dealerships. However, this is subject to change, and you are encouraged to contact the License Commission office for the current information.
If someone has been convicted of a crime, can they still get a license?
In most cases, a prior conviction does not necessarily bar a person from having a license, although the License Commission is allowed to consider it a factor in their decision. BUT, liquor licenses are, by state law, restricted. An on-premises liquor license may not be issued to anyone who has been convicted of a federal or state narcotic drug law. An off-premises liquor license may not be issued to anyone who has been convicted of a felony.
What are the allowable hours for off-premises (package store) liquor sales?
The allowable hours are Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. On a day before a legal holiday (see list), liquor sales may continue until 11:30 p.m. Within those boundaries, off-premises license holders may choose their own hours, but those hours must be specified on the license.
What are the hours of sale allowed for on-premises liquor establishments?
By Massachusetts law, no liquor may be sold between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. (10 a.m. on Sundays), and on certain holidays. (see list)
The hours between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. are under the sole control of the license holder.
The hours before 11 a.m. and after 11 p.m. are under the sole control of the local License Commission. The ABCC does not control those hours, nor does it oversee the local License Commission in this matter.
Can I hire an eighteen-year-old to work in my bar or liquor store?
It is permitted to employ anyone 18 years old or older for the direct handling, selling, mixing or serving of alcoholic beverages.
I have a liquor license and I’m constructing an outdoor patio, or an indoor stage, or renovating my establishment. That’s fine, right?
No, it isn’t. Any changes to your premises require you to file an application for an alteration of premises, which must be approved by both the License Commission and the ABCC. Until you get your amended license, you cannot do this.