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Manhole Opening Entry Permit
Manhole Opening Entry Permit
Permit Public Works
Media Van Permit Application
Media Van Permit Application
Moving Container Permit
Modification of date, time or location to permits will not be accepted after signs have been posted unless due to extreme weather conditions. In the event that an applicant requests a posting modification after signs are posted, there will be no refund and applicant's must re-apply and pay for a new permit.
Moving Van Application
To obtain a Moving Van permit, please complete and submit application, and pay by VISA, MC or E-Check. Our office must receive submissions and payments no later than 4 business days prior to posting. Requests and payments made after 4 business days will not be accepted.
Newsrack Permit
Permit for any type of newsrack box to be placed on City sidewalks
Permit Public Works
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
Parks and Public Areas
Permit for any non-athletic type of event in City Parks or Public Areas
Permit Public Works
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
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