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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.

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  • Read the Board's Advisory regarding the delivery of alcoholic beverages as well as the prohibition of the delivery of alcoholic beverages to the Department of Conservation and Recreation properties.
  • Stay updated: Join the Small Business Conference call every Tuesday at 3 p.m. on Zoom.
  • 2021 Outdoor Dining: You can now apply for the 2021 single-season Outdoor Dining program, which will begin on March 22, 2021 (previously April 1, 2021). Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis. Please visit our 2021 Outdoor Dining website for key dates, guidance, common questions, and a link to the application. Please allow at least two weeks for the review of an application.

Entertainment and Special Events Licensing

Do you want to apply for an Entertainment license or Special Events permit?  Contact the Entertainment Licensing Division.

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1 City Hall Square
Room 809
Boston, MA 02201-2035
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Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.

CANNABIS BOARD

If you would like to apply for a Cannabis-related license, visit the Cannabis Board page.

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Public comment period available for draft amendment to Boston Cannabis Board rules and regulations

Public comment period available for draft amendment to Boston Cannabis Board rules and regulations

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 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR DINING WILL NOW BEGIN IN BOSTON ON MARCH 22

Outdoor dining to begin in Boston on March 22

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Outdoor dining will begin in Boston on April 1

Outdoor dining will begin in Boston on April 1

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The Licensing Board grants and regulates various types of alcohol and food licenses for restaurants, nightclubs, and other establishments in Boston.

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