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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.

  • Bottle Service: The Board has issued an Advisory regarding bottle service. Read the Advisory. Licensees may request Bottle Service with this application then submit it online.
  • 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. Licensees may request a variance to allow for dogs on outdoor patios via Inspectional Services with this application.
  • 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.
  • Non-Alcohol Online Form (New Licensees and Amendments): For Common Victualler, Fortune Teller, Bowling/Pool, and Changes to non-alcohol licenses, submit your application through the Licensing Board's new online portal. You may email LicensingBoard@boston.gov with questions. Please note: Do not submit renewal applications on this form.

More Licensing Board advisories

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Renewals

  • 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) 2024 October 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023 (Late fee: Double current bill start November 1st)

Common Victualler (No Alcohol) online portal

RenewCV@boston.gov

BYOB 2024 October 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023 (Late fee: Double current bill start November 1st)

BYOB online portal

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov

Innholder (No Liquor) 2024 Nov. 1, 2023 - Nov. 31, 2023 (Late fee: $20/month)

Innholder (No Liquor) Online Portal

(Renewal applications will be mailed to you at the end of October)

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov

Pool/Billiards 2024 Nov. 1, 2023 - Nov. 31, 2023 (Late fee: $10/month)

Pool/Billiards 2024 Online Portal

(Renewal applications will be mailed to you at the end of October)

RenewAlcohol@boston.gov

Lodging House 2022-2023

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

Lodging House renewal app 

RenewLodging@boston.gov
Entertainment 2024

November 1, 2023- December 15, 2023  (Late fee: $50/month)

Entertainment Renewal Online Portal

(Renewal applications will be mailed to you at the end of October)

Entertainment@boston.gov
Lodging House 2023-2024

April 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023  (Late fee: $10/month)

Lodging House renewal app 

RenewLodging@boston.gov
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. If you are having issues contacting your inspector, you can reach out the building supervisors. 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:

Upcoming Hearing Dates

Hearing Dates
  • January 30 (Violation)
  • January 31 (Transactional)
  • February 1 (Voting)
  • February 6 (Violation)
  • February 7 (Transactional)
  • February 8 (Voting)
  • February 27 (Violation)
  • February 28 (Transactional)
  • February 29 (Voting) 
  • March 5 (Violation and Transactional)
  • March 7 (Voting) 
  • March 26 (Violation)
  • March 27 (Transactional)
  • March 28 (Voting) 
  • April 2 (Violation)
  • April  3 (Transactional)
  • April 4 (Voting) 
  • April 30 (Violation)
  • May 1 (Transactional)
  • May 2 (Voting) 
  • May 21 (Violation)
  • May 22 (Transactional)
  • May 23 (Voting) 
  • June 4 (Violation)
  • June 5 (Transactional)
  • June 6 (Voting) 
  • June 25 (Violation)
  • June 26 (Transactional)
  • June 27 (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
Contact
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