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

BLLC Community Connection November 2018

Announcement: Please see November 2018's edition of the "BLLC Community Connection" Newsletter. The newsletter will answer questions from the community, remind the public of important dates, and much more. Each month the newsletter will be added to the BLLC's Community Engagement Page here.

Announcement: On September 4, 2018, Chairman Albert J. Matricciani Jr. of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) announced the Board’s meeting dates for the final quarter of 2018. They are listed below:

  • Oct: 11th, 18th, and 25th
  • Nov: 1st, 8th, and 29th
  • Dec: 6th and 13th

Please note, that on October 25, 2018 the Board will hold an evening hearing from 5pm to 7pm.

Press Release: On August 10, 2018 the BLLC will be moving to 1 North Charles Street, Suite 1500, Baltimore, MD 21201. The BLLC will close its offices, currently located at 231 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, at 12:30pm to facilitate the moving process. Effective August 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. the BLLC will be open for business to the public to conduct all regularly scheduled business at its new offices located at 1 North Charles Street, Suite 1500, Baltimore, MD 21201. To read more about the BLLC’s move please click here.

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.

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

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. 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.

Commissioners

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