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Licensing Board

Update: Our office is closed to the public. You can reach our staff Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at 617-635-4170 or by email licensingboard@boston.gov. Visit the City's COVID-19 reopening pageXổ số may mắn hàng tuần for more information.

  • Reduced capacity: Effective December 26, 2020, until January 10, 2021 (unless further extended by the Governor), restaurants will be required to reduce seating capacity by 25 percent (excluding staff).
  • Bar Seating Plan application (as of Monday, December 14, 2020): Due to the incoming public health metrics, bar seating in the City of Boston will be closed for a minimum of three weeks beginning Wednesday, December 16, 2020, but may be permitted with an express written approval by the Licensing Board for the City of Boston. In order to safely utilize the bar seating, licensees must submit a to the Board for review and approval. 
  • Common Victualler (no alcohol) renewal applications deadline has been extended until  November 30, 2020. Please email the Board at RenewCV2021@boston.gov if you have any questions.

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About the Licensing Board

We grant and regulate various types of alcohol and food licenses for restaurants, nightclubs, and other establishments in Boston. We also hold hearings on violations and license applications. Learn more about the Licensing Board.

1 City Hall Square
Room 809
Boston, MA 02201-2035
Temporary COVID-19 hours
City Hall is only open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Entertainment and Special Events Licensing

Do you want to apply for an Entertainment license or Special Events permit?  Contact the Entertainment Licensing Division for more information.

News

News

Outdoor dining extended in Boston

Licensing Board
drive in movie

Guidance for hosting an outdoor drive-in theater and outdoor theater

Consumer Affairs and Licensing
Licensing Board thank you

Be Connected: Stories from our employees at the Licensing Board

Human Resources

Be Connected: Stories from our employees in health benefits and insurance

Human Resources

Apply for a license

Hearings and Meetings

Hearings and Meetings

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThere are no upcoming events available at this time.

Archived Public Notices

Hearing materials

Hearing materials

Licensing Board hearings are typically held on Tuesdays (violations), Wednesdays (transactional), and Thursdays (voting).

  •  (Emergency hearing for North End)
  • (Emergency hearing on heaters)
  •  (Emergency hearing for South Boston and Seaport)
  •  (Licensing Board Emergency Hearing for Licensed Premise Violations)
  • (2021 Outdoor Dining Help Session)

Licensing Board information

The Licensing Board grants and regulates various types of alcohol and food licenses for restaurants, nightclubs, and other establishments in Boston.

Licensing Board information