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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 licensingboard@boston.gov.

COVID-19 updates:
  • Common Victualler (no alcohol) renewals: Renewal applications begin online on Monday, September 7, 2020. Read the instructions. If you have any questions, please email RenewCV2021@boston.gov. 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). You can read about the outdoor dining program, guidance on the application process, common questions, and view a list of restaurants permitted for outdoor dining on our website
  • Heaters on outdoor dining extensions: Heaters may be permitted on temporary outdoor extensions. Licensees should apply for a "Temporary Heater Permit" from Boston Fire Prevention. Fees will be waived. Read the advisory regarding heaters.

View all COVID-19 advisories


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.

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Contact
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.

News

News

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
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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 21

Emergency informational hearing on temporary heaters and outdoor dining

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Sep 22

Licensed Premise Inspection hearings

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Sep 23

Licensing Board hearing

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Sep 29

Virtual Licensed Premise hearings

Hearing Videos and Voting Agendas

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