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Entertainment Licensing

Update: Our office is closed to the public, but we have staff working remotely. You may reach us Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., by emailing MOCAL@boston.gov or calling 617-635-4165. Please refer to the City's reopening webpage for more information.

COVID-19 updates:
  • Read the key items for the event guidelines, as of April 30, 2021.
  • Reopening Phase 3, Step 2 advisory: Beginning March 1, 2021, in Boston, restaurants will be permitted to be at full seated capacity with social distancing. Live entertainment, including DJs and trivia, will not be permitted inside of restaurants until March 22, 2021, at the earliest. Indoor performance venues and indoor recreation (for example, skating rinks, escape rooms, laser tag, trampolines, and obstacle courses) will not be permitted to open until March 22, 2021. Read the advisory.
  • Entertainment license renewal for 2021: If you have not submitted an entertainment renewal application, please email Entertainment2021@boston.gov. Visit our renewal page for more information on the renewal process.

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1 City Hall Square, Room 817
Boston, MA 02201-2039
Temporary COVID-19 hours
City Hall is only open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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If you need help with filing a consumer complaint or information on your consumer rights, contact the Consumer Affairs Office.

About Entertainment Licensing

We license and regulate entertainment activities in Boston. We maintain safety and order in Boston's restaurants and nightclubs through the licensing and monitoring of entertainment activities. Find out more about our work.

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