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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.

View all COVID-19 advisories

  • Reopening Phase 4 advisory: Beginning, April 30, 2021, the gathering limit for events has increased to 100 people inside and 150 people outside. There is a still a 90-minute time limit on dining and a six-person-per-table maximum. On June 19, the table maximum will increase to 10 persons per table and food service will no longer required with alcohol service. Read the advisory.
  • Commencements and graduations: The Licensing Board issued an advisory regarding commencement and graduations. Read the advisory.  You can submit a COVID-19 safety plan online.
  • 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: You can now apply for the 2021 single-season Outdoor Dining program, which will begin on March 22, 2021 (previously 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.

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.

CANNABIS BOARD

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

News

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 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR DINING WILL NOW BEGIN IN BOSTON ON MARCH 22

Outdoor dining to begin in Boston on March 22

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Outdoor dining will begin in Boston on April 1

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Outdoor dining extended in Boston

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drive in movie

Guidance for hosting an outdoor drive-in theater and outdoor theater

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Hearing materials

Hearing materials

Licensing Board hearings are typically held on Mondays (emergency violations), Tuesdays (violations), Wednesdays (transactional), and Thursdays (voting). You can find the Board's hearing videos 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