Licensing

Licenses from the City Clerk’s Office

Business Certificate

Before filling out and submitting an application for a business certificate, a Certificate of Occupancy must be obtained from the Building Department (781-397-7030).

Business owners may come in to the City Clerk’s Office with the Certificate of Occupancy and a photo ID to file a business certificate. Business certificates must be filed by the owner of the business.

Completed applications may also be mailed in with a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy, and check or money order to the City Clerk’s Office. The bottom of the business certificate needs to be notarized before submitting.

Fee: $35 (cash, check, or money order accepted as payment) Business certificates expire every 4 years

Business Certificate

Canvassing License

Fee: $100 per person

Applications must be accompanied by a completed CORI Request Form, $1,000 surety bond, and a 2”X2” picture of applicant from the shoulders up.

Canvassing licenses expire on December 31st of the same year they are granted

Canvassing License Application

CORI Request Form- Canvassing

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.

Licenses from the City Council


Please note: All applications for all of the following licenses must be accompanied by a completed Tax Compliance Certification as per M.G.L. Ch. 62C Section 49A. There is an at least 4 week review process by the City Council and License Committee for new license application as well as renewals.

Amusement Machine License

Fees: $100 application fee + $50 per machine for the first 25 machines, then $25 for each additional machine.

Please note that city ordinance Sec. 6.08.010 of the R.O of 2020 requires that every establishment post a sign on the premises, so as to be clearly visible to users, a notice containing the following statement: “This machine is licensed for recreational use only.  Any gambling associated with the use of this machine will result in revocation of the license for its operation.”

Amusement Machine License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Amusement Machine licenses expire annually on December 31st

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.

Bowling Alley License

Fees: $25 for the first lane, then $5 for each additional lane.

Bowling Alley License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Bowling Alley licenses expire annually on April 30th 

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.

Christmas Tree Sales License

Applications must be submitted by October 1st to allow for City Council and License Committee review before the start of sales during holiday season.

Fee: $750

Christmas Tree Sales License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license. 

Class I, II, III Licenses

Fees: $200 License fee + $100 Inspection fee, $50 Application fee for new applicants (Class II “Grandfathered” Licenses are exempt from Inspection fee)

Applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • A Certified plot plan approved by Building Commissioner AND Fire Department
  • A CORI Report issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • A copy of your $25,000 surety bond
  • A copy of your dealer plate registration from the RMV

Class I, II, III License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Class I, II, III licenses expire annually on December 31st

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license. 

Extended Hours License

Fee: $250

Extended Hours License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Extended Hours licenses expire annually on April 30th

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.

Fortune Teller License

Fee: $50

Fortune Teller License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Fortune Teller licenses expire annually on December 31st 

Please click here to review the section of the M.G.L. for more information regarding this license.

Livery License

Fee: $100 per vehicle

Applications must be accompanied by a completed CORI Request Form

Livery License Application

CORI Request Form - Livery Driver

Tax Compliance Certification

Livery licenses expire annually on February 1st 

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.

Lodging House License

Fee: $200

Lodging House License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Lodging House licenses expire annually on April 30th

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license. 

Open Air Parking Lot License

Fee: $100 per parking space

Open Air Parking Lot License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Extended Hours licenses expire annually on December 31st

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license. 

Pool Table License

Fees: $25 for the first table, then $5 for each additional table.

Pool Table License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Pool Table licenses expire annually on April 30th 

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.

Second-Hand Dealer / Pawnbroker Licenses

Fee: $200

Second Hand Dealer-Pawnbroker License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Second-Hand Dealer and Pawnbroker licenses expire annually on April 30th

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.

Self-Service Gas Station License

Fee: $1,250

Self-Service Gas Station License Application

Tax Compliance Certification

Self-Service Gas Station licenses expire annually on June 30th

Please click here to review the ordinance for more information regarding this license.