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Entertainment Licensing

We license and regulate entertainment activities in Boston. 


Check out our new video on the One-Time Entertainment application process here.

  • Read the Advisory regarding the Closed Captioning Ordinance dated March 2, 2023, regarding licensed establishments that utilize public facing televisions.
  • For questions regarding Entertainment, please email

Consumer Affairs

If you need help with filing a consumer complaint or information on your consumer rights, contact the Consumer Affairs Office.

Licensing Board

If you would like to apply for a Common Victualler or Alcohol license, contact the Licensing Board.

  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 809
    Boston, MA 02201
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    Office hours
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • 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.

Upcoming Hearing Dates

Upcoming Hearing Dates
  • September 12 (Violation)
  • September 14 (Application)
  • October 3 (Violation)
  • October 5 (Application)
  • October 24 (Violation)
  • October 26 (Application)
  • November 14 (Violation)
  • November 16 (Application)
  • December 12 (Violation)
  • December 14 (Application)
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