Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
Regulatory Agencies

United States Patent and Trademark Office
The Federal agency for granting patents and registering trademarks.

Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
The Commission (or “ABCC” as it is known) administers the issuance of all liquor related licenses in Massachusetts and also enforces the laws related to those licenses statewide.

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
The Federal agency that issues Basic Permits and enforces federal laws relating to the sale and use of alcoholic beverages.

Food and Drug Administration
The Federal agency that administers both food and beverage permits and licenses.

City of Boston Licensing Board
The City of Boston’s board that administers the issuance of retail related liquor licenses in the City of Boston, such as restaurants, hotels, package stores, ships and alike, and also enforces both municipal and state laws related to those licensed establishments.

City of Boston Consumer Affairs and Licensing
The City of Boston’s board that administers entertainment licenses in the City of Boston to restaurants, bars and night clubs, and enforces both municipal and state laws relating to those licenses establishments.

Trade Associations

Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America
National trade association represents wholesale tier of wine and alcoholic beverages in front of Congress, executive agencies and other regulatory bodies and provides services to its members.

Massachusetts Beverage Business
Provides wholesale listings for beer and wine distributors. Features articles on brand news, people in the industry, and promotions.

American Beverage Institute
Restaurant trade association promotes responsible on-site dining through research, communication programs and legislature.

American Beverage Licensees
Trade association for retail liquor license holders across the United States. Communicates with industry executives and legislature concerning issues facing the association.

Beer Institute
Develops public policy by representing the industry in front of Congress, state legislatures and public forums across the country.

Century Council
Not for profit organization fighting to end drunk driving and to stop underage drinking.

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
National trade association serves as distillers voice on policy in our nation’s capital, state capitals and capitals worldwide.

National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association
National association represents control state systems by providing resources, compiling research, and fostering relationships to address policy for sale and consumption of alcohol.

National Association of Beverage Importers
National trade association represents beer, wine and alcohol importers at state and federal levels and informs of new rules and regulations.

National Beer Wholesalers Association
Trade association represents interests of beer distributors by facilitating a balanced and orderly marketplace.

National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Association promotes the enactment of effective and uniform control laws among the states.

Wine and Spirits Shippers Association
Non-profit organization provides efficient and economical transportation of alcoholic beverages by sea, land and air by negotiating reduced rates for members.

Wine Institute
Association represents advocacy and public policy for wineries and affiliated businesses of California wine.

Wine America
Association encourages growth of American wineries and wine growing through the advancement of public policy and assists with business operations.

Civil Litigation

United States District Court – District of Massachusetts
Provides general information about court fees and policies as well as records search and online filing for the federal district courts of Massachusetts.

United States Court of Appeals – First Circuit
Provides opinions, rules and procedures, and the court calendar for the First Circuit.

Massachusetts Court System
Provides the names and addresses of the courts in MA and the judicial profiles as well as press releases and recent court opinions.

Massachusetts Appeals Court Home Page
Provides information on both the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court, as well as docketing information about cases on appeal and recent slip opinions.

Commonwealth Website
Provides information on Massachusetts state agencies and other state services.

Secretary of the Commonwealth
Provides information and access to all the different divisions of the Office including Corporations, Lobbyist, Elections, Land Records, Registry of Deeds and Securities.

Massachusetts Legislature
Provides current legislatures and laws as well as committees and news.

Massachusetts Bar Association
Non-profit organization serves legal profession and public by promoting administration of justice, legal education and professional excellence and respect for the law.

Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractors
Regulates the registration of contractors improvements or renovations on homes.

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