The Boston City Council’s Committee on Government Operations will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 2:00 PM in the Council Chambers on the 5th floor of City Hall. The subject of the hearing is a Home Rule Petition filed by At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley seeking changes to the way alcohol licenses are issued in the City of Boston. Councilor Pressley seeks state legislation that would transfer authority for alcohol licensing from the State to the City; remove the existing state cap on the number of licenses in the City of Boston and give authority to the City for establishing the number of licenses; make licenses returned to the Licensing Board nontransferable; and set restrictions on the reissuance of a license to the same operating location.
According to the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association, the North End/Waterfront neighborhood currently has 100 alcohol licenses, including 90 pouring licenses (restaurants and cafes) and 10 retail sales licenses (liquor stores). By NEWRA’s list, the North End/Waterfront neighborhood has more than six times the number of licenses by population than any other neighborhood and the city as a whole.