City of Boston Licensing Board

The Board issues and regulates alcohol, food, hotels/inns, lodging houses, fraternities/dormitories, billiards/pool tables/sippio, bowling alleys, and fortune teller licenses within the City of Boston. All of the aforementioned licenses are regulated by the Board pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 138 and 140, and the Rules of the Board.

Forms & Applications

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Board.

Non-Alcohol Related Licenses

When applying for a license that does not involve alcohol, any form which needs to accompany your application will be listed on the instructions of that application. Generally, when you click on the link to download the application, all forms which need to accompany your application should automatically download. If not, you can obtain the necessary form(s) on the Forms & Applications page, "Licensing Board Forms" section.


Alcohol Licenses (25) Alcohol Licenses

For any alcohol license, you have to submit a combination of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) forms and the Licensing Board forms. You can obtain the ABCC forms and instructions off the ABCC’s webpage (at Retail Forms tab); we have provided a link to it on our Forms & Applications tab, in the State ABCC Applications and Forms section. Please note: When you are submitting an application for any type of alcohol license, you must submit two copies of the application (as one must go the ABCC and the other must stay in this office).

For New Alcohol Licenses:

In addition to the ABCC online forms, the Licensing Board requires the following be submitted in duplicate:

New License Application
  • Affidavit of Notice to Abutters Form 
  • Corporate Vote Form
  • Criminal Record Information Form
  • Must attach Articles of Incorporation (from Secretary of State's Office)

For Existing Licenses:

In addition to ABCC online forms, the Licensing Board requires the following be submitted in duplicate:

Transfer of Licenses
  • Affidavit of Notice To Abutters Form
  • Corporate Vote Form
  • Criminal Record Information Form
Changes Within Corporation
  • Certificate of Change of Directors or Officers (certified by the Secretary of State's Office)
  • Corporate Vote Form
  • Criminal Record Information Form
Change of Manager
  • Corporate Vote Form
  • Criminal Record Form
Change of Hour
  • Request for Changes to License/Corporation Form
  • Affidavit of Notice to Abutters Form
  • Corporate Vote Form
Change of Classification Adding Cordials & Liqueurs
  • Affidavit of Notice to Abutters Form
  • Corporate Vote Form
Change of License Type
  • Corporate Vote
Change of Location
  • Affidavit of Notice to Abutters Form
  • Corporate Vote
Amendment to Description
  • Affidavit of Notice to Abutters Form
  • Corporate Vote
Pledge of License or Stock
  • Corporate Vote Form
  • Must attach Copy of Pledge Agreement
Change of D/B/A
  • Request of Changes to License/Corporation Form
  • Corporate Vote Form
  • Copy of City Clerk Registration
Change of Corporate Name
  • Corporate Vote Form
  • Amended Articles of Incorporation (from Secretary of State's Office)