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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.

  • Service Dog Policy: Licensees may post this policy at their establishments. Details regarding service and assistance animals may be found on the Mass.gov website.
  • Alcohol Petition Online Form: For alcohol-related petitions and transactions, submit your application through the Licensing Board's new online form. You may email alcohol@boston.gov with questions. Please note: Do not submit renewal applications on this form.
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2023 license renewals

Inspection Certificates:

If your licensed premise has any seats, the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is requiring all licensees to get a valid Inspection Certificate. Invoices are mailed and emailed for the building permits two months before the expiration date.

Who to contact at ISD:

If you need an invoice or to schedule an inspection, please contact your building inspector. There is a list online of all the inspectors' contact information, including phone and email. The best time to schedule an appointment for inspection is at 1010 Mass. Avenue (5th floor) at 8 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 4 p.m. when the inspectors are in the office. Once your inspection has passed, send an email to the following people and they can send you a scanned copy of the updated Certificate: megan.baker@boston.gov, melissa.darosa@boston.gov and silvia.rivera@boston.gov

  • Please note: To completely submit your renewal application, you will be required to submit an application on the below application links and also submit payment online.  
  • Pay for your Alcohol, Package Store, Common Victualler, and Entertainment licenses online. The license number (for example, LB-###### or CAL-######) is located at the top right of your license or renewal application. Verify the total amount before paying!  If submitting back-to-back payments, due to browser issues, a previous payment fee may appear again, you can select "remove fee" to remove the duplicate payment.
License Type (Click for instructions) Renewal Period Online Renewal Form Contact Email
Common Victualler (No Alcohol) 2023 October 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022 (Late fee: Double current bill)

Common Victualler (No Alcohol) renewal app

RenewCV@boston.gov
Lodging House 2022-2023

April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022  (Late fee: $10/month)

Lodging House renewal app 

RenewLodging@boston.gov
Pool/Billiard 2023

October 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022  (Late fee: $10/month)

Pool/billiard renewal app 

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov
Alcoholic Beverages §12 2023

November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022  (Cannot be late per Mass General Law)

Common Victualler / Alcohol Beverages renewal app

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov
Package Stores  §15 2023

November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022  (Cannot be late per Mass General Law)

Package store renewal app

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov
Innholder (No alcohol) 2023

April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022  (Late fee: $10/month)

Innholder (no alcohol) renewal app

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov
BYOB 2023

October 1, 2022 - October 30, 2022  (Late fee: Double current bill)

BYOB renewal app

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov
Entertainment 2023

November 1, 2022 - December 12, 2022  (Late fee: $50/month)

Entertainment renewal app

Entertainment@boston.gov

 

Hearing Information

Licensing Board Hearings

Licensing Board hearings are typically held during the first and last week of the month at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. You may contact the Board to verify the upcoming hearing dates at LicensingBoard@boston.gov.

  • Violation hearings: Tuesdays
  • Transactional (application) hearings: Wednesdays
  • Voting hearings: Thursdays

Upcoming Hearing Dates

  • January 24 (Violation)
  • January 25 (Transactional)
  • January 26 (Voting)
  • January 31 (Violation)
  • February 1 (Transactional)
  • February 2 (Voting)
  • February 14 (Violation)
  • February 15 (Transactional)
  • February 16 (Voting)
  • March 7 (Violation)
  • March 8 (Transactional)
  • March 9 (Voting)
  • March 28 (Violation)
  • March 29 (Transactional)
  • March 30 (Voting)

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
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