Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 17 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, the licensing authority of the town of Chatham, may grant 2 additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises under section 12 of said chapter 138. The licenses shall be subject to all of said chapter 138, except said section 17.
The licensing authority shall grant 1 of the licenses to a business entity located within the West Chatham Area and the other to a business entity located within the Crowell Road Areas, as more particularly shown on plans which are on file with the board of selectmen.
Notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, the licensing authority shall not approve the transfer of the license to any other area. The license may be granted by the licensing authority to a business in the same area if an applicant for the license files with the authority a letter in writing from the department of revenue indicating that the license is in good standing with the department and that all applicable taxes have been paid.
If the license granted under this section is cancelled, revoked or no longer in use, the license shall be returned physically, with all of the legal rights, privileges and restrictions pertaining thereto, to the licensing authority and the licensing authority may then grant the license to a new applicant who meets the criteria set forth in this act and whose business is located within the applicable subject area.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved July 24, 2008