Permits and License Procedures

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pdf Alcohol Rules and Regulations
Alcohol Rules and Regulations
Garage & Flammables License
$175 hearing and advertising fee. The license fee is on a sliding scale starting at $31.
License
Resources for Permitting and Licensing
City of Cambridge License Commission text version of resources for Permitting and Licensing
Document License
One Day Alcohol License
All Alcohol: $100/day for 1-100 people and $120/day for 100+ people. Beer & Wine: $55/day for 1-100 people and $75/day for 100+ people. Cash (only) payment is paid at the Treasurer’s Office, checks are accepted in our office.
License License
Alcohol License, Annual—On Premise (restaurants, hotels & clubs)
$175 hearing and advertising fee; $10 for each record check; $200 for Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC). The annual license fee for a new no-value no-transferable license is on a sliding scale from $2450/year and up.
License License
Annual Entertainment License
$175 hearing and advertising fee. The licensing fee starts at $110 and is on a sliding scale depending on category of entertainment.
License License
Annual Peddler/Vendor License
$175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $39/year license fee; $10.00 for criminal record check form. Notes There is a cap on the number of Peddlers allowed in Cambridge. Harvard Square is restricted by city ordinance and requires permission of the Police Commissioner.
License License
Antique Store License
$175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $39/year license fee; $10.00 for criminal record check form.
License License
Auction Sale License
$31 per day license fee for minor sale items; $121 per day license fee for larger items (i.e. oriental rugs, etc.)
License License
Auctioneer's License
$31 per day license fee for minor sale items; $121 per day license fee for larger items (i.e. oriental rugs, etc.)
License License
Carnival/Festival License
$5 per game and ride per day. Cash (only) payments must be made at the City Treasurer's office, check can be accepted in our office.
License License
Common Victualer License (Non-Alcoholic Restaurant)
$175 hearing and advertising fee. The License fee is based on seating capacity and starts at $45.50
License License
Hackney License
$10 Police Record Check; $100.00 Hackney School fee (money order only); If the applicant passes the written Hackney exam after attending Hackney School, $10.00 for a temporary 60 day training license. Following the expiration of a successful training period, $32 one-year license fee.
License License
Innholder License
$175 hearing and advertising fee; $24 for the first four rooms total and $24 for each additional room
License License
Letting of Motor Vehicle License
$175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $121 license fee
License License

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Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Chairperson:
Andrea S. Jackson, Esq.