Update

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.

Announcement

Announcement:  The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) will not be processing new, transfer, or expansion applications during the month of April of 2018. The BLLC will still accept and process Hardship Extension Requests and Requests to Reopen during April of 2018. Starting May 1, 2018 – the beginning of the new license year – the agency shall only accept BLLC 2018-2019 applications submitted to the agency. The agency shall no longer accept and process BLLC 2017-2018 applications starting on May 1, 2018. Below please see links to the following BLLC 2018-2019 applications:

  • New and Transfer Application [PDF]
  • Financial Form Application [PDF]
  • One Day Application [PDF]
  • One Day Non-Profit Beer Festival [PDF]
  • Substitute Application [PDF]
  • Wine Corkage and Growler Fee Application [PDF]
  • Alcoholic Beverages Delivery Form [PDF]
  • Delivery Registration Form [PDF]
  • Pub Tour Promoter’s Permit [PDF]

Please note that all of these documents are fillable PDF documents. Starting on May 1, 2018 these applications will replace the BLLC 2017-2018 applications on its website and within its office. Lastly, the BLLC will not begin to accept and process BLLC 2018-2019 applications until May 1, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 410-396-4377.

Announcement: On behalf of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) and in an effort to improve agency operations, the following proposed bills were introduced this Maryland General Assembly session:

  • Residency and Registered Voter Requirements – SB395/HB448
  • Protest of License Renewal – SB398/HB747
  • Suspension based on Unpaid Personal Property Tax – SB401/HB789
  • License Application Newspaper Notice – SB399
  • Class A-7 Licenses – SB519/HB745

As per Chairman Albert J. Matricciani, Jr, “The Board welcomes additional comments from the public and I thank the City’s leadership in the legislature for introducing these bills."

If you wish to see more information on the proposed bills, please click here.

Announcement: On February 6, 2018 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued and implemented the 2018 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Manual. The Board takes seriously its obligation to ensure that the agency’s policies and procedures are replicating best practices and are compliant with the law. This year the BLLC worked in concert with agency staff, the Department of Human Resources for the City of Baltimore, and the Maryland State Attorney General’s Office to develop and improve upon the 2017 SOPs that were issued by the Board in February 2017. The Board expanded upon the SOPs from 2017 to include policies and procedures in 2018 that address the following areas:

  • Updated Financial Disclosure Information to reflect the new laws passed in 2017
  • Publication on Board Policy Decisions
  • Dress Code Requirements
  • Improvements to the Posting, Notification, and Processing procedures within the New and Transfer Application Process
  • Cancellation Polices for Pub tours and Extensions
  • 46th District Food Form Reporting Requirements
  • Scanning and Archiving Policies
  • Updated 311 Response Policy
  • Updated Special Investigations Policy
  • Updated Posting Policy
  • Updated Staffing Policy for Public Hearings
  • Updated Inspector Evaluation Policy
  • Community Engagement Policy

If you would like to see a copy of the 2018 SOPs, please click here.

Announcement: On March 1, 2018 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, 2018. Renewal letters, 2018 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: On  November 28, 2017, 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 2018. They are listed below:

  • January  4th, 11th, and 25th
  • February 1st, 8th, and 15th
  • March 1st and 15th

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 Mark Fosler. 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.

Postponement Requests:

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. 

Background

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. Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland was the enabling legislation and remains as the 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 1,470 alcoholic beverage establishments in Baltimore City which is a reduction from the approximately 2,200 licenses there were in 1968.

Commissioners

  • Chairman Albert J. Matricciani, Jr.
  • Commissioner Aaron J. Greenfield, Esq.
  • Commissioner Elizabeth A. Hafey, Esq.
  • Alternate Commissioner Harvey E. Jones