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Announcement: Renewal season for the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) runs March 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018. The office is open Monday, March 26, 2018 – Thursday, March 29, 2018 during the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. All City Agencies will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of the holiday. If you wish to deliver documents to the office in person, please visit our office by 4:30 PM on March 29, 2018. If you wish to mail renewal related documents, such items must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018 to be considered timely. If documents are postmarked on April 1, 2018 or later, the documents will be deemed late. If you have any questions regarding the announcement above, please feel free to contact our office at 410-396-4377.

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

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
  • 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.