Permits and License Procedures

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Format Document Name & Description Type Category
Livery/Limousine License
$175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $10 for each driver record check; license fee for the first two vehicles, $121/year per vehicle. Each vehicle thereafter is $50 per year per vehicle.
License License
Lodging House License
$175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee. The license fee is $24 for the first four rooms total and $24 for each additional room. Applies to a residence where four or more unrelated people share a kitchen and/or a bath.
License License
One Day Entertainment License
Process for events at Harvard, MIT, & Lesley College. $50/day; Cash (only) payment must be made at the Treasurer’s Office, checks are accepted at our office.
License License
One Day Peddler/Vendor License
$10 per vendor or peddler per day. Cash payment must be paid at the Treasurer's Office
License License
Open Air Parking License
$175 hearing and advertising fee; $12.10 per parking space.
License License
Package Goods Store License
$175 hearing and advertising fee; $10 for each record check; $200 for Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC). The annual license fee ranges from $1500/year to $2000/year.
License License
Palm Reader License
$175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $50 annual license fee.
License License
Pawnbroker License
$10 fee for the Police Record Check; $175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $121 license fee.
License License
Pole & Conduit
DPW - obtain a $5,000 bond and pay $100 Excavation Permit fee; Electrical Department - $10 installation fee; Traffic, Parking & Transportation - $25 and up for a Street Obstruction Permit fee; Pole and Conduit application fee of $110/street, residential 3 units and under; $180 commercial and residential over 3 units.
License License
Raffle & Bazaar License
$10.00 for a one day license; $60.00 for an annual license. Applicant must be a Cambridge based non-profit. An application must be filled out and submitted to the LIcense Commission. Applicant must have approval form the police department.
License License
Resources for Permitting and Licensing
City of Cambridge License Commission text version of resources for Permitting and Licensing
Document License
Seasonal Decorations/Christmas Tree License
Notes: 1) Trees must be kept away from building used for habitation 2) Trees must be removed from premises by December 26th 3) No trees can be stored inside a building 4) A person must be in attendance at all times. License Commission fee is $10/season. The Fire Department fee is $5/season.
License License
Second Hand Goods Store License
$60 for an annual license.
License License
Solid Waste Hauler
$175 hearing and application fee. $125 annual licensing fee.
License License
Used Car Dealer Class I, II, III License
$175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $200.00 annual license fee; $10 for each Criminal Record Check form. Notes: If the applicant has not held a license in the year prior to making the application, they must file a duplicate of the application with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
License License

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

Chairperson:
Andrea S. Jackson, Esq.