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Common Licensing Board forms and applications

We review 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
Alcohol Petition Online form

Please submit any alcohol-related petitions through the Licensing Board's new online form. Email alcohol@boston.gov if you have any questions.

New licenses

FORMS

Filing or Hearing FEES

New License (for any type of license with alcohol)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Bottle Service

No hearing fee. 

Bring your own bottle (BYOB)

No hearing fee. 

Common Victualler License (without outdoor seating)

No hearing fee.

Common Victualler License (with outdoor seating)

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

Farmer Series Pouring Permit

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Fortune Teller License

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

Innholder (no alcohol)

No hearing fee.

 

Lodging House, Dorm, or Fraternity License

No hearing fee.

Pool, Sippio, Billiards, or Bowling Alley License

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

 

Changes to existing licenses

FORMS

FEES

Multiple Amendment Application (If you are making multiple amendments to an ALCOHOL License please fill out this form)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

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

 

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

$30 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

 

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.

Change of hours (with alcohol license)

Other forms: Corporate vote form 

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

Change of hours (without alcohol license)

No fee.

Adoption of Management or Operating Agreement (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Change to License Conditions (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

Change to License Conditions (without alcohol license)

No fee.

New Officers or Directors (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

New Officers or Directors (without alcohol license)

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

No fee.

New Stockholders (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

New Stockholder (without alcohol license)

No fee.

Pledge of License or Stock (with alcohol license)

$30 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

 

Change of Manager (with alcohol license)

$30 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Change of Manager (without alcohol license)

No fee.

Transfer/Issuance of Stock (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Transfer of License at Same Location (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Alteration of Premises (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

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. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Adding Patio (without alcohol license) No fee.

Change of License Type (with alcohol license)

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

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Request to Add Cordials or Liqueurs to § 12 Licenses

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Change of Corporate Name (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

Change of Corporate Name (without alcohol licenses)

 

No fee.

Change of Location (with alcohol license)

$100 hearing fee. Upon review, you will receive instructions from the Licensing Board to submit payment.

$170 advertising fee. You will pay the Boston Herald directly. You will receive instructions from the Licensing Board.

$200 Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) fee. You will pay the ABCC directly online

One-Day Amendment to Existing Licenses

No fee.

Request to Add Bottle Service (§ 12 Licensees)

No fee.