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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
pdf Bi-Directional Amplifier Permit
Required in high-rise and below grade structures
Permit Fire Department
pdf Bi-Directional Antenna Permit
Bi-Directional Antenna Permit
Application Form Fire Department
pdf Cutting and Welding Permit Application
Cutting and Welding Permit Application
Application Form Fire Department
pdf Cutting or Welding or Hot Work Permit
Fire detail may be required
Permit Fire Department
pdf Demolition Permit
Site safety plan required
Permit Fire Department
pdf Fire Alarm Permit Application
Fire Alarm Permit Application
Application Form Fire Department
pdf Fire Alarm System Permit
Modification or installation
Permit Fire Department
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