2022 Press Releases

Press Release: On Monday June 6th, the BLLC office will be open and accessible to the public at 1 North Charles St., from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Visitors will enter the building through the lobby and inform the front desk staff that they wish to go to the BLLC offices - building staff will provide access to the elevator to the 15th floor.  BLLC staff will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. ALL visitors are requested to PLEASE wear a mask and practice social distancing in an attempt to protect the health and safety of staff and other visitors. You may continue using daily delivery via courier and United States Postal Service. Also, we continue to offer our secured drop box outside our office entrance.

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Press Release: On Friday, April 1st, 2022 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) announced plans to resume in-person hearings beginning April 28th.  

All BLLC Staff will report to the office each business day, starting on Monday, April 4th. Due to staffing limitations and capacity concerns, public access will be by appointment only until the end of renewal season on May 31st.

Announcements will be made in the month of May announcing a general reopening without appointments, provided the COVID-19 pandemic trajectory remains positive. 

Hearings will return to City Hall, Room 215, on April 28th for Protest of Renewal cases. Masks will remain required, and attendees will need to adhere to City Hall’s entrance guidelines and policies, including presenting identification. 

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Press Release: The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance today, June 25th, 2021, to licensed establishments in Baltimore City on the upcoming lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions at the State and City level. Licensees were notified they must come to current status with their liquor license as well as any related licenses, as Governor Hogan terminated his Executive Order suspending deadlines, effective midnight on July 1, 2021. Additionally, licensees in Baltimore City must cease any extra carry out or delivery of alcoholic beverages not already approved under their previously existing license. The special privilege Governor Hogan allowed for sale of “to go” cocktails for carryout or delivery also ends on June 30, 2021, and the normal licensing timelines and activity as set by Maryland Law and the BLLC Rules and Regulations all resume.

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Copy of the BLLC’s guidance

If you have any questions regarding this guidance, please reach out to the BLLC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Nicholas Blendy.

Announcement: On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, Mayor Brandon M. Scott officially lifted the Baltimore City Indoor Masking Mandate, citing recent data trends relating to COVID-19.

Mayoral Press Release: Baltimore City Masking Order Rescinded

Although the Masking Order will be rescinded, the State of Emergency for Baltimore City, declared on March 19, 2020, will remain in place. The BLLC strongly encourages all of our licensees to continue to be cognizant of the health and safety of the public and their employees.

Announcement: As authorized by the Alcoholic Beverages Article 12-2003(a)(1)(ii) and 12-2004(a)(1)(ii), the holders(s) of a Class "A" Beer & Wine License or a Class "A" Beer, Wine & Liquor License may request a Special Sunday License which allows the license holder(s) to remain open the Sundays that fall between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day. Any Class "A" License holder may apply for these Special Sundays. The establishment may be open between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. only and must conspicuously display the provided Special Sunday License.

Copy of the 2022 Special Sunday License listing 

Announcement: The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) will be accepting—but not processing—new, transfer, or expansion applications during the month of April of 2022. The BLLC will still accept and process Hardship Extension Requests and Requests to Reopen during April of 2022. Starting May 1, 2022—the beginning of the new license year—the agency shall only accept BLLC 2022-2023 applications submitted to the agency. The agency shall no longer accept and process BLLC 2020-2021 applications starting on May 1, 2022. Below is a list of the BLLC 2022-2023 applications:

  • New and Transfer Application [PDF]
  • Financial Form [PDF]
  • One Day Application [PDF]
  • One Day Non-Profit Beer Festival [PDF]
  • Substitute Application [PDF]
  • Wine Corkage and Growler Application [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, 2022 these applications will replace the BLLC 2020-2021 applications on its website and within its office. Lastly, the BLLC will not begin to accept and process BLLC 2022-2023 applications until May 1, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 410-396-4377.

Approved CIAA Related Event Promoter Permits
* As of 2:00PM on 2/23/2022

Announcement: On March 1, 2022, 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, 2022. Renewal letters, 2022 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.