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Licensing Board

Our office is closed to the public. You can reach our staff Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at 617-635-4170 or by email

COVID-19 updates:
  • Restaurant safety standards: On September 22, the state issued updates to the safety standards for restaurants. On September 23, Mayor Walsh announced how these updates will be put in place for indoor and outdoor dining in Boston. These updated safety standards go into effect on September 28. Read the safety standards advisory.
  • Common Victualler (no alcohol) renewals: Renewal applications begin online on Monday, September 7, 2020. Read the instructions. If you have any questions, please email Join us on Zoom for our virtual office hours, Monday - Friday, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 - 3 p.m. Join our Zoom room (Passcode 123456).
  • Temporary outdoor dining: We created an online application if you would like to temporarily extend your licensed premise onto outdoor space.  The outdoor program will end on December 1, 2020 (or weather permitting). To learn more, visit our outdoor dining website. Heaters may be permitted on temporary outdoor extensions. Licensees should apply for a "Temporary Heater Permit" from Boston Fire. Fees will be waived. Read the advisory regarding heaters.

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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, and its members.

1 City Hall Square
Room 809
Boston, MA 02201-2035
Temporary COVID-19 hours
City Hall is only open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Entertainment and Special Events Licensing

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



Outdoor dining extended in Boston

Licensing Board
drive in movie

Guidance for hosting an outdoor drive-in theater and outdoor theater

Consumer Affairs and Licensing
Licensing Board thank you

Be Connected: Stories from our employees at the Licensing Board

Human Resources

Be Connected: Stories from our employees in health benefits and insurance

Human Resources

Hearings and Meetings

Hearings and Meetings
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Sep 29

Virtual Licensed Premise hearings

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Sep 29

Virtual Entertainment Administrative hearing

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Sep 30

Licensing Board hearing

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Oct 6

Virtual Licensed Premise inspections

Archived Public Notices

Hearing materials

Hearing materials

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