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Licensing Board

Update: 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. Visit the City's COVID-19 reopening page for more information.

  • 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.
  • 2021 Outdoor Dining: Apply for the 2021 single-season Outdoor Dining program which will begin 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.
  • Reduced capacity: Beginning December 26, 2020, restaurants will be required to reduce the capacity which is listed on the Inspection Certificate to 25 percent (excluding staff). As of January 5, 2020, the reduced capacity has been extended for an additional three weeks. Read the Board's advisory.
  • Bar Seating Plan application (as of Monday, December 14, 2020): Due to the public health metrics, bar seating in the City of Boston will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 16, 2020, but may be permitted with an express written approval by the Licensing Board for the City of Boston. In order to safely utilize the bar seating, licensees must submit a Bar Seating Plan to the Board for review and approval. 

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About the 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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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.

CANNABIS BOARD

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

News

News

Outdoor dining extended in Boston

Licensing Board
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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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Jan 26

Virtual Licensed Premise hearings

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Jan 27

Licensing Board hearing

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Feb 1

Virtual emergency Licensed Premise Inspections hearing

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Feb 2

Virtual Licensed Premise Inspections hearing

Archived Public Notices

Hearing materials

Hearing materials

Licensing Board hearings are typically held on Tuesdays (violations), Wednesdays (transactional), and Thursdays (voting).

Find the Board's Hearing Videos prior to 2021 on the Board Information page.

Find the Board's Voting Agendas prior to 2021 on the Board Information page.

 

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