Auctioneer's License



Auctioneer's License

Issued by: License Commission

Governed By: Massachusetts General Law (MGL) ch. 100 sec. 10

Process Length: Typically takes four to six weeks

Fee: $175 hearing and advertising fee; $60 fee for an annual license

Notes: Applicants must first be licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prior to applying for the City license. Only applicants with an Auctioneer's license may conduct an auction in the City of Cambridge without a special one-day license.


Step 1:

The applicant must obtain and fill out the following forms from the License Commission:

  1. Auctioneer License application
  2. Licensed Premises Approval form

When submitting the completed forms, the applicant must include:

  1. a 8.5X11 inch floor plan
  2. a DBA certificate (which can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office)
  3. a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Auctioneer's license

Step 2:

The applicant will then submit the Licensed Premises Approval form to the Inspectional Services Department for zoning approval.

Step 3:

The applicant will then submit all completed forms and requirements, along with the $175 hearing & advertising fee, to the License Commission. The applicant must attend the hearing and agree to keep accurate records of transactions.

Step 4:

The Fire Department will automatically inspect the site based on the License Commission’s hearing agenda.

Department Information

Hours of Service

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


Nicole Murati Ferrer, Esq.