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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
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
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