5/23/2019 4:36 p.m. Expect significant traffic impacts in Harvard Square area due to Boston Calling music festival May 24-26, at Harvard’s Athletic Complex, 65 N. Harvard St., Allston. Many attendees will be taking Red Line to Harvard Square Station and walking to event. Please contact event organizers via the Community Hotline at 617-903-0157 or email with questions or concerns. More details »


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Access Small Business Data and Market Research

The Small Business Data Dashboard displays data from Cambridge's local business market in accessible graph, chart, and text formats. The dashboard also links to license and permitting information and other small business resources available through the City.

Community Development617-349-4600

Adopt a Tree

The Cambridge Department of Public Works is asking for your help to support our City's street trees and help us maintain a healthy, vibrant urban forest.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Banner Permit

The Electrical Department approves banner attachments to poles in the public way.


Apply for a Block Party Permit

A block party is a community-based event hosted by a group of neighbors, a not-for-profit organization or an association on a City street requiring closing of a portion of the street, a single block, for part of a day.

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation617-349-4700

Apply for a Board or Commission

The City of Cambridge encourages and promotes involvement by residents in the decision-making process through participation in a variety of boards and commissions.

City Manager's Office617-349-4300

Apply for a Building Permit

Building permits are issued by the Inspectional Services Department. Anyone seeking to construct, alter, repair, or demolish a structure must first obtain a building permit.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Business Certificate

A business certificate must be filed for any person, partnership, or corporation conducting business in Cambridge under a name other than their own.

City Clerk's Office617-349-4260

Apply for a Cambridge Arts Grant

This program provides access to professional arts and culture events for Cambridge youth through Field Trip Grants and also supports individual artists and organizations through Project Grants.

Cambridge Arts617-349-4380

Apply for a Catering License or Permit

Application to submit to apply for a One-Day Catering Permit or an Annual Catering License in the City of Cambridge

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Common Victualler License

A Common Victualler License (Non-Alcoholic Restaurant) is issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

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