In order to assist applicants that wish to open this year, the Inspectional Services Department is offering a pilot program to streamline the permitting process.
Where to Begin
Prior to opening, Farmers Markets should designate a manager and determine where the market will be located. Some markets choose to operate on private property while others may opt to operate on public property.
The Market Manager will be in charge of applying for and obtaining: a short form permit (ISD), entertainment licenses, a letter of recommendation from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), and Health permits (ISD). These managers may also develop working relationships with municipalities to ensure compliance of all applicable codes.
ISD permits can be applied for and obtained the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) at 1010 Mass Ave., 5th Flr. Permit Counter.
(Note: the type of permit required may change year to year. Each vendor is responsible for obtaining whatever health licenses, hawkers and peddlers, or other licenses outlined in this document.)
Obtain the following permits:
- Short Form Building permit, ISD
- Retail Farmers Market Health License, ISD
- Public Works permit, if selling on a public way
- Parks Department, if selling in a park
- Entertainment License, if amplified music
- Boston Fire Department (permit for portable generator - if applicable)
Applicants may also be required to provide:
- Contract for waste removal
- Letter of support from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services; listing days and hours of operation and all activities
- A $1000 check or bond deposit may be required for cleanup based on the type of activities.