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Entertainment Licensing

Update: Our office is closed to the public, but we have staff working remotely. You may reach us Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., by emailing or calling 617-635-4165. Please refer to the City's Re-opening webpage for more information.

  • On December 14, 2020, the Board issued an Advisory regarding the closing of bar seating and restricted ancillary activities in licensed premises. 
  • Entertainment license renewal fees: Live entertainment fees for 2021 entertainment renewal applications have been automatically waived. Licensees who are not permitted until Phase 4 may email to request a fee waiver of the non-live entertainment. Other licensees who are permitted to open before Phase 4 may email to request a fee reduction for the 3 months when there was a state-mandated closure. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licensees should submit the online renewal applications without the payment. Licensing staff will give further instructions regarding the fee waiver requests and payment.
  • Entertainment license renewals begin Monday, October 19, 2020, until Monday, December 14, 2020. Renewal instructions have been mailed out and licensees may . In-person renewals are discouraged and will require an appointment. .
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    About Entertainment Licensing

    We license and regulate entertainment activities in Boston. We maintain safety and order in Boston's restaurants and nightclubs through the licensing and monitoring of entertainment activities. Find out more about our work.

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