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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. 
Bring your own bottle applications

Applications for "Bring Your Own Bottle" (BYOB) permits are now available to download for restaurants who meet certain eligibility requirements.

Download the BYOB application

Licensing Board
Contact
1 City Hall Square
Room 809
Boston, MA 02201-2035
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Public hearings and meetings

We add information on Licensing Board public meetings and hearings to the public notices section of our website.

Board information

The Licensing Board regulates licenses 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.