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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
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
pdf 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
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
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