License Commission

The License Commission, comprised of a chairperson, the Fire Chief, and the Police Commissioner, is charged with the responsibility of issuing licenses and enforcing rules, regulations, local ordinances, and state laws pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages to common victualers, innholders, lodging houses and dorms, garage and gasoline storage permits, shops and sales, hackney carriages and drivers, open air parking lots, entertainment, fortune tellers, raffles and bazaars, festivals, used car dealers, peddlers, auctioneers, jitneys and livery/limousine licenses in the City of Cambridge.

It is strongly suggested that, whenever possible, the applicant visit the License Commission Office during regular business hours for application forms and procedures necessary for the business that the applicant wishes to start in Cambridge. There is always a staff member available to assist with the application process. When a visit is not possible, the License Commission staff will send application forms and procedures to the applicant by mail.

The License Commission typically meets twice a month. Check the Calendar for specific dates or call our office at 617-349-6140 for exact schedule and filing deadlines.

Department Information

Hours of Service

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


Nicole Murati Ferrer, Esq.