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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
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
Appliance/Large Item Disposal Permit
Application for Appliance & Large Item Disposal.
Permit Public Works
pdf Bi-Directional Amplifier Permit
Required in high-rise and below grade structures
Permit Fire Department
Crane and Boom Permit Application
A Crane, Boom and Pump Truck permit is required if you are using a crane, boom truck, boom lift, man lift, lull, scissor lift or pump truck on a City of Cambridge right-of way.
Permit Public Works
pdf Cutting or Welding or Hot Work Permit
Fire detail may be required
Permit Fire Department
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