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How to get an annual dance school license

How to get an annual dance school license

If you want to run a dance school in the City, you need to have a license. You can get a new license, make a renewal, or change an existing license. 

Step
1

Get your application together

Print out and complete the application for an annual dance school license. You'll need to include the following documents with your application:

You'll need to pay a fee to apply for a dance school license. To get an idea of what it costs to apply, you can view a list of common fees.

We take certified checks, money orders, or credit or debit cards.

Step
2

Give us your application

Bring or mail your completed application, documents, and payment to:

  • Consumer Affairs and Licensing
  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 817
  • Boston, MA 02215
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can only make your payment by mail with a certified check or a money order.

Step
3

Wait for our response

We will let you know about your application in three to four weeks. We may also schedule a hearing with you after getting your application.

The fee for a hearing is $100, and you need to pay it before the date of the hearing.

Both you and the person who runs the dance school (if it's not you) must go to the hearing.

Step
1

Get your application together

If you need to make changes to your license, you need to file an amendment. This includes changes to your business name, hours, or other changes that affect your license.

Print out and complete the general application to amend your license. Make sure to give us a description of the change and the reason for it.

There are also some other forms you need to fill out if they apply to your situation:

To change your license, the application fee is $35. We take certified checks, money orders, or credit or debit cards.

Step
2

Give us your application

Bring or mail your completed application, documents, and payment to:

  • Consumer Affairs and Licensing
  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 817
  • Boston, MA 02215
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can only make your payment by mail with a certified check or a money order.

Step
3

Wait for our response

We will let you know about your application in three to four weeks. We may also schedule a hearing with you after getting your application.

The fee for a hearing is $100, and you need to pay it before the date of the hearing.

Both you and the person who runs the dance school (if it's not you) must go to the hearing.

Step
1

Get your renewal notice

We send out renewal notices at the end of October. You will get your notice in the mail. If you don't receive the notice, call us at 617-635-4165.

You have until the end of November to fill out and return your renewal. 

Step
2

Fill out your renewal application

Your renewal packet will include an application for you to complete and give to us. Please follow the instructions. The packet has other documents you need to fill out, including:

  • a fire safety checklist
  • a security staff questionnaire, and
  • wage theft forms.

The renewal application fee is $35. We take certified checks, money orders, or credit or debit cards.

Step
3

Give us your application

Bring or mail your completed application, documents, and payment to:

  • Consumer Affairs and Licensing
  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 817
  • Boston, MA 02215
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can only make your payment by mail with a certified check or a money order.

Contact:
Consumer Affairs and Licensing
1 City Hall Square
Room 817
Boston, MA 02201-2039
United States
Questions?

Call us at 617-635-4165

Safety

Learn the safety guidelines for entertainment events and dance schools. We've also created a safety checklist.