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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 Banner Permit

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

Electrical617-349-4925

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 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 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 Carbon Monoxide Technical Option Permit

Application to submit when applying for Carbon Monoxide Technical Option Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Common Victualler License

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

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Dumpster Permit

A dumpster permit reserves 40 feet of space on a City street for a specific number of days to temporarily park a dumpster used during construction.

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation617-349-4700

Apply for a Fire Alarm System Modification Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Fire Alarm System Modification Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Fire Miscellaneous Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Fire Miscellaneous Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Fire Sprinkler Modification Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Fire Sprinkler Modification Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Fire Suppression Permit - Alteration

Application to submit when applying for a Fire Suppression Permit - Alteration

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Fire Suppression Permit - New

Application to submit when applying for a Fire Suppression Permit - New

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Flammable & Combustible Material Permit - Lab

Application to submit when applying for a Flammable Combustible Material Permit Lab

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Flammable & Combustible Material Permit - No Lab

Application to submit when applying for a Flammable & Combustible Material Permit - No Lab

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Food or Sanitary Permit

Inspectional Services enforces the State Sanitary Code for various establishments, including the issuance of temporary food handler permits for special events and farmer's markets.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Fortune Tellers License

Fortune Teller's Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Fuel Oil Burner & Storage Permit - Alteration/Repair

Application to submit when applying for Apply for a Fuel Oil Burner & Storage Permit - Alteration/Repair

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Fuel Oil Burner & Storage Permit - New

Application to submit when applying for a Fuel Oil Burner & Storage Permit - New

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Garage, Flammables or Garage with Flammables License

Garage, Flammables or Garage with Flammables Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission and governed by Massachusetts General Law ch. 148 sec. 13 & 56. It takes approximately four to six weeks for the application to be processed, and if approved, the license to be issued.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Gas Permit

The Inspectional Services Department issues gas fitting permits for all work to be performed.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for A Hackney License

Hackney Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Hawker - Peddler License

Annual Hawker - Peddler Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Hazardous Materials Processing Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Hazardous Materials Processing Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Hotel, Innholder or Lodging House License

Innholder Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Jitney Permit

Jitney Permits are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Letting of Motor Vehicle License

Letting of Motor Vehicle Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Livery/Limousine License

Livery/Limousine Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Marriage License

Marriage Licenses are issued by the City Clerk's Office

City Clerk's Office617-349-4260

Apply for a One Day Peddler/Vendor License

One Day Peddler/Vendor Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a One-Day Auction Sale License

One-Day Auction Sale License are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Plumbing Permit

The Inspectional Services Department issues plumbing permits for all work to be performed.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Pole & Conduit Permit

Pole & Conduit Permits are issued by the Pole and Conduit Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Solid Waste Hauler License

Solid Waste Hauler Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Sprinkler/Standpipe Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Sprinkler/Standpipe Permit in the City of Cambridge.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Street Performer Permit

Street Performer Permits are issued by the Cambridge Arts Council.

Cambridge Arts617-349-4380

Apply for a Tank Installation Permit UST/AST

Application to submit when applying for Tank Installation Permit UST/AST

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Tank Removal Permit - Abandon In Place

Application to submit when applying for Tank Removal Permit - Abandon In Place

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Tank Removal Permit - Removal & Disposal AST

Application to submit when applying for Tank Removal Permit - Removal & Disposal AST

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Tank Removal Permit - Removal & Disposal UST

Application to submit when applying for Tank Removal Permit - Removal & Disposal UST

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Tank Truck Permit - Application for Approval

Application to submit when applying for Tank Truck Permit - Application for Approval

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Tank Truck Permit - Application for Exemption

Application to submit when applying for Tank Truck Permit - Application for Exemption

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Temporary Fuel and/or Heat Permit

Application to submit when applying for Temporary Fuel and/or Heat Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Tobacco License without Food Service

Application for a license to sell tobacco products without a Food Establishment License. Do not use this application if you sell tobacco products along with prepacked food.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Tree Removal Permit

Effective March 11th, 2019, an amended City Ordinance restricts removal of “significant trees” on private property.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Unvented Gas Appliance Permit

Unvented Gas Appliance Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Used Car Dealer Class I, II, III Licenses

Used Car Dealer Class I, II, III Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Utility Permit

The Electrical Department issues Utility Permits for utility work in the public way.

Electrical617-349-4925

Apply for a Variance or Special Permit

Some uses and/or developments of real property may require relief from the Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA). The BZA hears requests for Variances, Special Permits, Comprehensive Permits, and Appeals.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for an Alcohol License, Annual - On Premise

Annual, on premise licenses for restaurants, hotels & clubs are issued by the License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for an Amusement License

Amusement Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for an Annual Entertainment License

Annual Entertainment Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for an Antique or Second Hand Goods Store License

Antique or Second Hand Goods Store Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for an Asbestos Permit

Application to submit when applying for an Asbestos Removal Permit in the City of Cambridge.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for an Auctioneer's License

Auctioneer's Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for an Electrical Permit

The Inspectional Services Department issues electrical permits for all work to be performed.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for an Open Air Parking License

Open Air Parking Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for an Package Goods Store License

Package Goods Store Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for Tool Truck Permit

A Tool Truck Permit reserves space for a specified length of time to park contractors' vehicles while doing construction in Cambridge.

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation617-349-4700

Apply for/Renew a Dog License

Cambridge residents can apply for or renew their dog’s license online or download the paper application and renew via mail or in person, following instructions on the respective form.

Animal Commission617-349-4376

Apply to Modify My Building Permit Application

Application to submit when modifying the scope of work or personnel (contractor, architect, etc.) for an existing Building Permit application with the City of Cambridge.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Get a License to Carry & FID Cards

The Cambridge Police Department (CPD) accepts and processes applications for License to Carry (LTC) & Firearm Identification Card (FID). CPD will only accept and process License to Carry (LTC) & Firearm Identification Card (FID) applications that are complete.

Cambridge Police617-349-3300

Obtain a Danehy Park BBQ Permit

The barbecue area at Danehy Park is open to Cambridge residents from May 1 – November 1. A permit is required to use this area.

Human Service Programs617-349-6200

Obtain a Temporary Disability Parking Permit

Temporary Disability Parking Permit program affords Cambridge residents with disabilities equal opportunities to avail themselves of public parking.

Human Service Programs617-349-6200

Request a Resident Parking Permit

Resident Parking Permits allow Cambridge residents to park their vehicles, including motorcycles, in locations throughout the City posted "Permit Parking Only".

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation617-349-4700

Apply for a Crane, Boom, Pump Truck (CBP) Permit

A Crane, Boom and Pump Truck permit is required if you are using a crane, boom truck, boom lift, man lift, lull, scissor lift, pump truck, or similar aerial/mobile vehicle on a City of Cambridge right-of way.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Cryogenics/Compressed Gases Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Cryogenics/Compressed Gases permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Curb Cut

Anyone wanting to make or change a cut in the curb of the street, such as in constructing, moving or removing a driveway must first obtain a permit from the City of Cambridge.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Dewatering Permit

A dewatering permit is required for projects or businesses that plan to discharge to the municipal stormwater or wastewater system from dewatering or pumping activities or want to make changes in discharges from existing connections.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Farmers Market Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Farmer's Market Permit in the City of Cambridge.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Food Establishment Permit

Application to submit to apply for a Food Establishment Permit in the City of Cambridge.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Food Truck/Trailer Fire Safety Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Food Truck/Trailer Fire Safety Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Gas Station/Underground Storage Facility Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Gas Station/Underground Storage Facility Permit

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for a Mechanical Permit

Application to submit when applying for a mechanical permit in the City of Cambridge

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Mobile Food Truck Permit

Application to submit to apply for a Mobile Food Truck Permit in the City of Cambridge

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Moving Container or Crate Permit

A Moving Container Permit reserves space at a specific time and location to park a container on a City street while moving materials in or out of a building.

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation617-349-4700

Apply for a Moving Van Permit

A moving van permit reserves space at a specific time and location to park a vehicle while moving materials in and out of a building.

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation617-349-4700

Apply for a Newsrack Permit

No person shall place, affix, erect, constitute or maintain a news rack in or on any part of a public way without first obtaining a Certificate of Compliance from the Department of Public Works.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a One-Day Alcohol and Entertainment License

In an effort to streamline processes and increase transparency, the License Commission has created an application for the following requests: one-day alcohol licenses, one-day entertainment licenses, and one-day alcohol and entertainment licenses.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Park Permit

A park permit is required for any non-athletic events in City parks or public areas and must be obtained through The Department Public Works. If you are looking to reserve an athletic field or use of Danehy Park please call the Recreation Department at (617) 349-6238.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for A Raffle Bazaar Permit

Raffle & Bazaar Permits are processed by the Cambridge License Commission.

License617-349-6140

Apply for a Recreational Camp License

Application to submit when applying for a Recreation Camp License in the City of Cambridge.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Short Term / Special Event Sidewalk Business Use Permit

A temporary business use sidewalk obstruction permit is required if you are a plan to temporally obstruct a City of Cambridge sidewalk. Please apply for an Annual Sidewalk Obstruction Permit if you plan to use an “A” framed sign, sandwich board, display merchandise, temporary banner or use tables and chairs on a sidewalk in the public way.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Sidewalk Obstruction Permit

A Sidewalk Obstruction permit is required if you are blocking any portion of a City of Cambridge sidewalk whether it be through full closure, partial closure, or walkthrough-staging.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Stormwater Control Permit

A stormwater control permit is required for construction, development and redevelopment projects in the City of Cambridge to ensure that measures are taken throughout the project to address erosion, nonpoint source pollution, and flood control.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Swimming Pool Permit

Application to submit when applying for a Swimming Pool, Wading, Hot Tub or Whirlpool Permit in the City of Cambridge

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for a Temporary Construction Access Permit

A Temporary Construction Access permit is required for temporary access across a public right-of-way to any construction site.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for a Temporary Food Service Permit

Application for a Temporary Food Service Permit to operate for no longer than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Apply for an Annual Sidewalk Business Use Permit

A business use sidewalk obstruction permit is required if you are a business in the City of Cambridge and want to use an “A” framed sign, sandwich board, display merchandise, temporary banner or use tables and chairs on a sidewalk in the public way.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for an Excavation Permit

An Excavation and Trench Permit is required if you are excavating or trenching on private property or in a public right-of-way in the City of Cambridge.

Public Works617-349-4800

Apply for Bi Directional Amplifier Permit

The Cambridge Fire Department requires a Bi-Directional Radio Amplifier for public safety radio frequencies in all high-rise and below grade structures.

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

Apply for Sale and Transfer Smoke/CO Certificate (26F-26F 1/2) - Less Than 6 Units Sold/Transferred

Sale and Transfer Smoke/CO Certificate (26F-26F 1/2) - Less Than 6 Units Sold/Transferred

Cambridge Fire617-349-4900

I Want to Get Married

Marriage Licenses are issued by the City Clerk's Office

City Clerk's Office617-349-4260

Order a Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate

Please note that only certified copies of records are issued by the City Clerk's Office, regardless of intended use.

City Clerk's Office617-349-4260
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