Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the City’s Licensing Department announced today that pursuant to Governor Baker’s Executive Order, applicable guidance from the Commonwealth and input from various municipal departments, the City of Springfield has issued guidance and applications for temporary extension of licensed premises to outdoor space.
As part of the Commonwealth’s and the City of Springfield’s Phase II reopening plan. Restaurants and other establishments will now be able to seek a temporary extension of their license to provide outdoor table service.
Mayor Sarno stated, “As we deal with protecting the health of our Springfield residents, just as important is bringing back and enhancing our economic health too. My administration’s goal is to get restaurants/businesses the ability to expand their current services and/or back open and get our people back to work as we navigate through this new normalcy. We are hopeful that these guidelines clarify and streamline this process. We will do whatever we can to facilitate and work with our restaurants and businesses to energize their bottom lines and our economy.”
Applications for temporary modifications of Liquor Licenses do not need to be submitted to the State’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). Review and approval of a modified permit from the ABCC will be made at the local level and notification to the State will be made by the City of Springfield.
Applications can be found on the City’s Licensing Department website at: www.springfield-ma.gov/cos/index.php?id=licensing-department
Applications can be submitted via email to License@SpringfieldCityhall.com
If an applicant does not have access to email an appointment can be made at (413) 787-6140 to drop off the application to the Licensing Department located at 36 Court Street, Room 305, Springfield, MA.
Hours of operation will be at the request of the business / property owner but at a maximum shall reflect the current operating hours of an applicant’s business. Based upon the location of the business and surrounding zoning, the City may reduce the hours of operation. Businesses with existing approvals for outdoor dining / alcohol sales will need to complete the temporary permit application and abide by the approved hours of operation. No alcohol sales will be allowed between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) years.
Please see the attached Notice letter, License Commission Guidance for Application, Application for Temporary Extension of Licensed Premises onto Outdoor Space, the Commonwealth’s Restaurant Checklist and Workplace Safety Standards for additional information.
Click to view NOTICE BY MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO TO ALL APPLICANTS FOR TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF LICENSED PREMISES ONTO OUTDOOR SPACE
Click to view Application for Temporary Extension of Licensed Premises onto Outdoor Space
Click to view LICENSE COMMISSION GUIDANCE FOR APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF LICENSED PREMISES ONTO OUTDOOR SPACE
Click to view Restaurant Saftey Standards
Click to view Restaurant Checklist