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Garage License

All auto repair uses and all garages which park more than three vehicles require a Garage Permit.  All buildings storing flammable liquids require a License to store Flammables under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 148. 

Applicants must apply for this license to the Secretary of the Committee on Licenses at the Inspectional Services Department (ISD). The secretary will give the applicant the information needed to fill out the form, the legal advertising information and set the  hearing date for approval from the Committee. Then the license and garage permit will be issued.

All materials must be given in person to:

Brigid Kenny
1010 Mass Ave, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
8:30 AM-3:30 PM

What you will need:

  1. TYPED Application

  2. Four (4) copies of the certified plot plan (no more than one year old)

  3. Floor plans showing the layout of the parking spaces, numbered

  4. Any tanks, or storage of other flammable items.

  5. A check for the newspaper (legal notice).

  6. Abutters list (obtained at Boston City Hall Assessing Department)

Garage License Application
Newspapers - Legal Advertising

Next Steps:

  1. Upon application drop-off, you will be advised of your hearing date.

  2. Ten days into the month of your hearing, you will receive a packet from Ms. Kenny that includes a cover letter that you need to send out (certified mail) to all abutters.

  3. At least 14 days prior to hearing you must mail a copy of the legal notice (newspaper ad) and the cover letter to the abutters with return receipts requested. Please bring green cards with you to hearing.

  4. You must attend the hearing. If you do not appear, your application will be dismissed.

Hours and Directions

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 
    8:00am - 4:00pm

    Thursday Evening:
    Building Division Only 
    8:00am - 7:00pm

    Please note that the cashier closes 15 minutes prior to closing.

    Building Division Contacts