Entertainment Licensing

We license and regulate entertainment activities in Boston. 

  • For questions regarding Entertainment, please email MOCAL@boston.gov
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  • 2023 Entertainment License: Entertainment renewals for the 2023 license will occur during the month of November. Please obtain valid Inspection Certificates, Place of Assembly permits, and your 2022/2021 Annual Report. They are required for the renewal application.
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Licensing Board

If you would like to apply for a Common Victualler or Alcohol license, contact the Licensing Board.

  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 809
    Boston, MA 02201
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    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • About Entertainment Licensing

    We license and regulate entertainment activities in Boston. We maintain safety and order in Boston's restaurants and nightclubs through the licensing and monitoring of entertainment activities. Find out more about our work.

2023 Renewals

Inspection Certificates:

If your licensed premise has any seats, the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is requiring all licensees to get a valid Inspection Certificate. Invoices are mailed and emailed for the building permits two months before the expiration date.

Who to contact at ISD:

If you need an invoice or to schedule an inspection, please contact your building inspector. There is a list online of all the inspectors' contact information, including phone and email. You may refer to this document as well for the most updated information. The best time to schedule an appointment for inspection is at 1010 Mass. Avenue (5th floor) at 8 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 4 p.m. when the inspectors are in the office.

Please note: To completely submit your renewal application, you will be required to submit an application on the below application links and also submit payment online. Please VERIFY the total amounts before submitting the payment as we have seen issues with some browsers and licensees have overpaid for a license. Have questions? Contact entertainment@boston.gov

License Type (Click for instructions) Renewal Period Online Renewal Form Contact Email
Entertainment 2023

November 1, 2022 -December 12, 2022  (Late fee: $50/month)

Entertainment renewal app

Common Victualler (No Alcohol) 2023 October 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022 (Late fee: Double current bill)

Common Victualler (No Alcohol) renewal app

Lodging House 2022-2023

April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022  (Late fee: $10/month)

Lodging House renewal app 

Pool/Billiard 2023

October 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022  (Late fee: $10/month)

Pool/billiard renewal app 

Alcoholic Beverages §12 2023

November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022  (Cannot be late per Mass General Law)

Common Victualler / Alcohol Beverages renewal app

Package Stores  §15 2023

November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022  (Cannot be late per Mass General Law)

Package store renewal app

Innholder (No alcohol) 2023

April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022  (Late fee: $10/month)

Innholder (no alcohol) renewal app

BYOB 2023

October 1, 2022 - October 30, 2022  (Late fee: Double current bill)

BYOB renewal app

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