Liquor Licensing

Alert: The Town of Nantucket has issued the maximum number of Chapter 15 ANNUAL Off-Premise (Package Store) Licenses allowed under the current quota. No new Annual package store license applications will be accepted at this time. 

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One Seasonal Off-Premise License is available by vote of the Select Board on March 15, 2023 to set the temporary Seasonal population at 45,000. Seasonal Licenses are valid April 1 - January 15.

Liquor Licensing | Nantucket, MA - Official Website

Liquor Licensing | Nantucket, MA - Official Website

The Select Board acts as the Local Licensing Authority for the Town and County of Nantucket. The Select Board and Licensing Office issue and regulate alcohol and food licenses for restaurants, hotels/inns, package stores, nightclubs and other establishments in Nantucket. The Select Board holds Public Hearings on violations and licensing applications once a month. See below for list of applications, regulations and hearing dates.


Rules and RegulationsLink
Massachusetts General Law governing Alcoholic BeveragesM.G.L. Chapter 138, Alcoholic Liquors
Town of Nantucket Alcoholic Beverages RegulationsTown Regulations Chapter 207 - Alcoholic Beverage Licensing and Regulation
Frequently Asked Questions for Retail LicensingABCC FAQ's: Retail Licenses
Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Regulations
ABCC Regulations: 204 CMR
Massachusetts "Happy Hour" Regulations204 CMR 4.00: PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN PRACTICES
ABCC Advisories (Patio Guidelines, Holiday Calendar, etc.)ABCC Advisories

Public Records RequestNantucket Public Records Request
ABCC Public Records Request
Liquor License Complaints/Violations
Abutter Notification
Outdoor Dining Guidelines and Application2022 Outdoor Dining Update



Nantucket Application

ABCC Application
New/Transfer Liquor LicenseContact Us:
RenewalsAnnual Liquor Renewal: Month of November 
Seasonal Liquor Renewal: Month of March
New Temporary/Event  (One-Day) Liquor LicenseTONN/A
Liquor License AmendmentTONChange of Manager
Alteration of Premises
Change of Beneficial Interest
Change of Category
Multiple Liquor License AmendmentsTONMultiple Amendments Application

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See Select Board page for hearing infoDraft Due For Licensing Administration Review
Final Complete Application, Fees and Documents Due
Wednesday, March 15Week of February 21 Monday, February 27
Wednesday, April 12Week of March 20Monday, March 27
Wednesday, May 17Week of April 24Monday, May 1


  • Email:
  • In-Person: Lobby Records Window, 4 Fairgrounds Road, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm. Please make appointment for anything more than a question or two.
  • Phone: 508-325-4100, x5832 or 5917.