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Common forms and applications we review

Common forms and applications we review

The Licensing Board handles applications for many business transactions.

In some situations, you have to meet with the Neighborhood Association before we can do anything. This includes:

  • new licenses (except special one-day licenses)
  • change of hours to a liquor license
  • changing hours on a Common Victualler License
  • removing or changing license terms
  • adding cordials or liqueurs to a license
  • changing or updating your location, and
  • adding outdoor seating.

In these cases, you need to set up a meeting with the neighborhood coordinator for your area. You can still file an application with us before the meeting, but we won't be able to process it until afterwards. Learn more about our review process.

Still have questions? Contact:
Licensing Board
1 City Hall Square
Room 809
Boston, MA 02201-2035
United States

New licenses

FORMS

Filing or Hearing FEES

NUMBER OF COPIES YOU NEED

New License (for any type of license with alcohol)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Farmer Series Pouring Permit

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Common Victualler License (without outdoor seating)

No hearing fee.

1

 

Common Victualler License (with outdoor seating)

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

1

Fortune Teller License

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

1

Innholder (no alcohol)

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

1

Lodging House, Dorm, or Fraternity License

No hearing fee.

1

Pool, Sippio, Billiards, or Bowling Alley License

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

1

 

Special one-day liquor licenses

Changes to existing licenses

FORMS

FEES

COPIES

Change of Doing Business As (D/B/A/) (for license with alcohol)

Other forms: Corporate vote to form

You also need to file a copy of your business certificate with the City Clerk.

$30 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

2

Change of Doing Business As (D/B/A/) (without alcohol license)

You also need to file a copy of your business certificate with the City Clerk.

No fee.

1

Change of hours (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

2

 

Change of hours (without alcohol license)

No fee.

1

Adoption of Management or Operating Agreement (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Change to License Conditions (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

2

Change to License Conditions (without alcohol license)

No fee.

1

New Officers or Directors (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form (one for each officer or director)

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

New Officers or Directors (without alcohol license)

Other requirements: You need to include a summary of your business entity.

No fee.

1

New Stockholders (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form (one for each stockholder)

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

New Stockholder (without alcohol license)

No fee.

1

Pledge of License or Stock (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote to form

$30 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Change of Manager (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form

$30 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Change of Manager (without alcohol license)

No fee.

1

Transfer/Issuance of Stock (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Transfer of License at Same Location (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and Criminal Record Information form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

 

Alteration of Premises (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote to form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Adding Patio (with alcohol license)

Other requirements: You need to give us proof of your legal rights to use the location and a floor plan.

$100 hearing fee and $30 fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

1

Adding Patio (without alcohol license) No fee. 1

Change of License Type (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form and affidavit of notice to abutters

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Request to Add Cordials or Liqueurs to § 12 Licenses

Other forms: Corporate vote to form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Change of Corporate Name (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote to form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

Change of Corporate Name (without alcohol licenses)

 

No fee.

1

Change of Location (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote to form

$100 hearing fee. We take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

$170 advertising fee. You need to give the Boston Herald a check or money order.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission fee. You need to give the state a check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can also pay online.

2

One-Day Amendment to Existing Licenses

No fee.

1

Request to Add Bottle Service (§ 12 Licensees)

No fee.

1