The Board of Liquor License Commissioners is an agency of the State responsible for regulating the sale, storage, and distribution of retail alcoholic beverages in Baltimore City.
Press Release: On February 10, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued its inaugural Welcome Packet for the purposes of educating its licensees and improving their compliance with State laws and BLLC Rules and Regulations. To see the Press Release, please click here.
Announcement: On March 1, 2020 the alcoholic beverages license renewal process for the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) begins. As per State law, the license renewal season ends on March 31, 2020. Renewal letters, 2020 Renewal Applications, and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet have been sent out to all alcoholic beverage licensees. The renewal application, along with the FAQ sheet, and other applicable renewal documents, can be located and downloaded from the BLLC’s Renewal Webpage, which can be found here.
Announcement: As per Alcoholic Beverages Article 12-1102.2 (g), the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) is authorized to adopt rules and regulations concerning the Related Event Promoter’s Permit for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. With publication of these proposed rules and regulations on this day, January 24, 2020, the BLLC is providing 30 days for public comment concerning its draft. These rules and regulations detail the authority of the BLLC to accept, review, process, and issue promoter permits to promoters or license holders within the City of Baltimore who wish to promote and sell tickets to at least 75 individuals for CIAA related events. The draft rules and regulations also outline all permits, fees, and penalties that promoters and license holders will be subject to if they wish to hold a Related Event during the CIAA Tournament. To see a copy of the announcement, please click here. To review a copy of the draft rules and regulations and application, please click here and here.
Press Release: Please see the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) FY 2020 6-Month CommunityStat Summary Report. To view the report, click here.
Announcement: On December 2, 2019, Chairman Albert J. Matricciani Jr. of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) announced the Board’s meeting dates for the first quarter of 2020. They are listed below:
- January: 2nd, 9th and 23rd
- February: 6th, 13th and 27th
- March: 12th and 26th
Please note, that on February 27, 2020 the Board will hold an evening hearing from 5pm to 7pm.
See Something Say Something
If you would like to report what you believe to be a liquor board violation, please call 311 to report the matter or call our offices at 410-396-4377 during normal business hours and speak to Chief Inspector John Chrissomallis. Also, note that a Baltimore City Police Department (BCPD) tip line and direct email address has been established for complaints regarding illegal bar activity. You can contact the Vice Unit of the BCPD directly via email at [email protected] or you can call at 443-984-7080.
Addiction Service Access: Do you or someone you know struggle with addiction? Call Baltimore’s 24/7 hotline at 410-433-5175 for help getting treatment. For more information about resources to treat addiction and prevent overdose, please visit www.dontdie.org.
POSTPONEMENT requests must be received via e-mail, fax, or regular mail.
All postponement requests must be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the Liquor Board Douglas K. Paige, and received in this office NO LATER than Monday, 4:30pm, of the week of the scheduled hearing.
The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City was created by Act of the State Legislature after the repeal of the Volstead Act in 1933. Prior to Prohibition, alcoholic beverage licenses were issued directly by the Clerk of what was then referred to as the Court of Common Pleas. There was little intervention on the part of the public, zoning or other authorities, and alcoholic beverage licenses were routinely issued as in the case of Trader's Licenses, marriage licenses, etc.
When the Volstead Act was repealed, it became apparent that appropriate controls and licensing of alcoholic beverages at the retail level were necessary in the State of Maryland to insure public safety. Boards of Liquor License Commissioners were, therefore, created in all of the political sub-divisions in the State of Maryland by act of the Maryland General Assembly. Passed in 2016, the Acloholic Beverages Article is the controlling alcoholic beverage statute for the State of Maryland. There have been many changes in the law since 1933, and at each session of the Maryland General Assembly, new laws and statutes are introduced and passed which affect the operation of alcoholic beverage establishments in Baltimore City and throughout the State of Maryland.
The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City is an agency of the State. Every two years, the Governor, with the advice and consent of the City Senators, appoints three individuals to serve as Commissioners on the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City, one of whom is designated as the Chairman. As a body, the Board administers the statutes, laws, ordinances and its own Rules and Regulations regarding the operation of alcoholic beverage establishments in Baltimore City. Currently, there are approximately 1,221 alcoholic beverage establishments in Baltimore City which is a reduction from the approximately 2,200 licenses there were in 1968.
- Chairman Hon. Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. (Ret.)
- Commissioner Aaron J. Greenfield, Esq.
- Alternate Commissioner Harvey E. Jones