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Apply for an Auctioneer's License

License Commission

Auctioneer's Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission and governed by: Massachusetts General Law (MGL) ch. 100. It typically takes four to six weeks for a license to be issued.

How to Start

Step 1:

The applicant fill out an Auctioneer License application.

When submitting the completed forms, the applicant must include:
  • a 8.5X11 inch floor plan
  • a DBA certificate (which can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office)
  • a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Auctioneer's license
  • Proof of Worker’s Compensation (if you have employees)
  • a signed lease or letter of intent from the landlord

Step 2:

The applicant will then submit the Licensed Premises Approval Form to the Inspectional Services Department for zoning approval.

Step 3:

The applicant will then submit all completed forms and requirements, along with the $175 hearing & advertising fee, to the License Commission. The applicant must attend the hearing and agree to keep accurate records of transactions.

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Step 4:

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


Applicants must first be licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prior to applying for the City license. Only applicants with an Auctioneer's license may conduct an auction in the City of Cambridge without a special one-day license.


$175 hearing and advertising fee; $60 fee for an annual license

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