The Licensing Commission of Lowell handles the licensing process for certain licenses to include: serving alcohol at restaurants and bars, selling used motor vehicles and setting up public amusement. Recently, the City administration has sought to make the Commission more user-friendly and establish better outreach to Lowell residents.
The licensing process for bars and restaurants is conducted over a few steps. The owner of the bar or restaurant must fill out the appropriate forms that are acquired from the Law Department on the 3rd floor of City Hall and are also available on line. Once the form is completed and accepted to form, a public hearing is scheduled and the licensee notifies surrounding abutters of the intent to open a business where alcohol will be served. After the prospective licensee is heard by the local Licensing Commission and the application is forwarded to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission for review, the license may be approved. Once approval is achieved at all levels, the licensee is approved to serve alcohol at their establishment.
Occasionally, not all surrounding neighbors hear about the owner’s intent, so the City is updating its resources to better connect to Lowell residents. The Commission holds two hearings per month, both of which are open to the public. An agenda for the meeting will go up on the City’s newly enhanced website 48 hours before the meeting and any items on that list will be addressed. The meeting has always been televised on LTC 10 but may now be viewed on the LTC website. The updated website also hosts a downloadable version of all application forms as well as useful resources for licensees. Anyone wishing to receive agendas for public hearings and minutes from past hearings should email Ryan Winn at RWynn@lowellma.gov. Mr. Wynn will add such contact information to his bi-weekly email distribution lists.