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Licensing Board

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.

Our board issues and regulates:

  • alcohol and food
  • hotels, inns, and lodging houses
  • fraternities and dormitories
  • billiards, pool and sippio tables, and bowling alleys, and
  • fortune teller licenses within Boston. 

These licenses are regulated by the Board pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 138 and 140, and the Rules of the Board.  Our board consists of three commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor of Boston. Each commissioner serves a six-year term. Boston police officers also act as agents of our board, and report violations of the alcoholic and other laws relevant to our laws and hearings.

Licensing Board
1 City Hall Square
Room 809
Boston, MA 02201-2035
United States
Monday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Liquor license holiday extensions

The holiday extensions will not be available for pickup until December 20, 2016.

Upcoming Meetings & Hearings