license commission

Second Hand Goods Store License


Second Hand Store Truck

Second Hand Goods Store License

Issued by: License Commission

Governed By: Massachusetts General Law ch. 140 sec. 54 & Cambridge Regulations & Ordinance

Process Length: Approximately four to six weeks

Fee: $60 for an annual license


Step 1:

The applicant obtains and completes the Second Hand Goods Store License application form and Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form.

Step 2:

The applicant submits the Licensed Premises Inspection Approvals form to the Inspectional Services Department for zoning approval.

Step 3:

The applicant submits all forms along with:

  1. a 8.5 x 11 inch sketch or plan showing the store's street and number, entrances and exits, and a description of the items to be sold to the License Commission,
  2. a copy of the Articles of Organization (if a corporation) or a copy of the Business Certificate obtainable from the City Clerk's Office
  3. payment of $175 for a hearing and newspaper advertising fee

The License Commission will schedule a hearing on the second or fourth Tuesday of the month. The applicant must copy the ad from the Cambridge Chronicle, notify abutters (according to the latest Assessor's list ) by certified mail, return receipt requested, and submit certified mail receipts to the License Commission.

Step 4:

The applicant submits the Licensed Premises Inspection Approvals form for ISD building inspector's approval and sign off. However, if the applicant has a current Certificate of Occupancy, this form is not required.

Step 5:

The Fire Department will inspect the site automatically based on the License Commission hearing agenda. The applicant does not have to obtain a sign-off from the Fire Department.

Step 6:

The License Commission issues the license one the license fee is paid and the approvals are received. The Police Department will do site monitoring.

Visiting City Hall

Cambridge City Hall

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA, 02139
Ph: 617-349-4000
TTY: 617-349-4242

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Louis DePasquale
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager