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Antique Store License

Antique Store


Antique Store License

Issued by: License Commission

Governed By: Massachusetts General Law (MGL) ch. 140 sec. 54 & Cambridge Regulations & Ordinances

Process Length: The approval process typically takes four to six weeks

Fee: $175 hearing and advertising fee; $91 for an annual antiques store license fee. Cash (only) payment must be made at the Treasurer’s Office, checks are accepted in any office.


Step 1:

The applicant must obtain and fill out the following forms from the License Commission:

  1. an Antique Store License application
  2. a Licensed Premises Inspections Approvals form

When submitting the completed forms to the License Commission, the applicant must include:

  1. a 8.5X11 inch sketch or plan showing the store’s street and number, entrances and exits, and a description of the items to be sold
  2. if organized as a corporation, a copy of the stamped Articles of Organization or if organized as a business, a copy of the Business Certificate issued by the City Clerk’s office

Step 2:

The applicant must take the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form to the Inspectional Services Department for zoning approval.

Step 3:

All forms must be turned in to the License Commission along with a $175 hearing and advertising fee. The License Commission will schedule a hearing on the second or fourth Tuesday of the month.

Step 4:

The Fire Department will automatically inspect the site based on the License Commission’s hearing agenda.

Step 5:

The applicant will then submit the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form, and sketches or plans, to an Inspectional Services ’s building inspector for approval. If the applicant has a current Certificate of Occupancy, this sign-off is not required.

Step 6:

Upon approval, the License Commission will issue the license and the Police Department will monitor the site.

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