What is a license?

Black's Law Dictionary defines a "license" as a permit, granted by an appropriate governmental body, generally for a consideration, to a person, firm, or corporation to pursue some occupation or to carry on some business subject to regulation, under the police power. Liquor licenses and permits are revocable privileges granted by the authority of the Commonwealth. Any licensee who violates M.G.L. Chapter 138 or any regulation promulgated by the Commission or the local licensing authority may be stripped of their privilege of holding a license, after a hearing. 

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1. What is a license?
2. Does the ABCC issue licenses directly to any segments of the alcoholic beverages industry?
3. Who issues restaurant licenses and package store licenses?
4. How many classifications of retail licenses exist?
5. What are the four categories of retail liquor licenses?
6. How many different types of pouring licenses are there?
7. Are there any qualifications for being granted a retail liquor license?
8. Are license applicants barred from holding a liquor license if they have been convicted of a crime?
9. What is the quota system and on what is it based?
10. How far does an establishment selling alcoholic beverages have to be from a church or school?
11. How long does a licensee have to appeal to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) a decision made by the local licensing authority?
12. What are the most common reasons for license applications being denied or returned without action?
13. How long does a licensee have to appeal a decision made by the ABCC?