Select Board Licenses

The Town of Concord is in the process of working with a vendor to allow license applications and renewals to be completed online. The license applications will be available online at a later date. Until then, license applications and inquiries should be directed to Shannon McAndrew in the Town Manager's Office via email at smcandrew@concordma.gov or at 978-318-3003.

The Select Board is responsible for issuing the following types of annual licenses:

Alcoholic Beverages License

Alcoholic Beverages Licenses are required to serve and sell alcoholic beverages, both for on- and off-premise consumption. The following categories are used for Alcoholic Beverages Licenses:

  • On-Premise Consumption for either All Alcoholic Beverages or Wine & Malt Beverages
    • Restaurant License
    • Club License
    • Innholder/Lodging License
  • Off-Premise Consumption for either All Alcoholic Beverages or Wine & Malt Beverages 
    • Package Stores

For further information on the requirements or to apply, please view the Select Board's Alcoholic Beverages Rules and Regulations or visit the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission website.

Class I, Class II, and Class III Car Sales License

  • Class I - required for new car dealers
  • Class II - required for used car dealers
  • Class III - required for junk/salvage car dealers

For further information on the requirements, please visit the Massachusetts Legislatures website.

Common Carrier/Livery License

  • Common Carrier License - required to operate a vehicle that carriers ten (10) or more passengers, including the driver, for charter, sightseeing, or fixed routes. There are two forms associated with a Common Carrier License, one for the Town and one for the State. 

For further information on the requirements, please visit the Massachusetts Legislatures website

  • Livery License - required for a service in which a vehicle and chauffeur is hired for a fee in advance, in which the origin and/or destination is in Town.

Common Victualler License

Common Victualler Licenses are required for food service establishments with the capabilities for cooking, preparing, and serving food which provides seating for the immediate consumption therein.

For further information on the requirements, please visit the Massachusetts Legislatures website.

Entertainment License

Entertainment Licenses are required if you are a holder of a Common Victualler or Alcoholic Beverages License and feature any kind of concert, dance exhibition, cabaret, or public show of any description. A public show of any description further includes dancing by patrons or performers, recorded or live music, use of an amplification system, a theatrical play, a film, a floor show or light show of any description. 

For further information on the requirements, please visit the Massachusetts Legislatures website.

Innholder & Lodging License

  • Innholder License - required for hotel/innholder establishments which prepare and serve food for travelers, and also has the rooms, beds, and bedding required by law
  • Lodging License - required for a house where four or more unrelated persons reside, including dormitories of education institutions and fraternity houses.

For further information on the requirements, please visit the Massachusetts Legislatures website.

One Day Special Liquor License

One Day Special Liquor Licenses are required for an event if alcoholic beverages are being sold to attendees or if admission is being charged for the event where alcohol is being served for a charge or for free. No more than thirty (30) One Day Special Liquor Licenses may be issued per calendar year to the holder of the Special License. 

For further information on the requirements, please view the Select Board's One Day Special Liquor License Procedures or visit the Massachusetts Legislatures website.

Apply for a One Day Special Liquor License here!

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Seasonal Outdoor Restaurant Seating License

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town has worked to permit seasonal outdoor restaurant seating for restaurants that do not have permanent outdoor seating included in their Alcoholic Beverages License and/or Common Victualler License. The seasonal outdoor restaurant seating period is from April 1st through October 31st. The Town will do its best to accommodate the applicant while remaining in compliance with the Town Zoning Bylaws.

Sunday Entertainment License

Sunday Entertainment Licenses are required for entertainment occurring on a Sunday that the public must pay a fee to attend. Please refer to the Entertainment License section above for a further description of "entertainment". There are two forms associated with a Sunday Entertainment License, one for the Town and one for the State.

For further information on the requirements, please visit the Massachusetts Legislatures website

Tour Guide License

Tour Guide Licenses are required for any individual who performs commercial tourist guide work in Town. Before the Select Board can issue a Tour Guide License, the applicant must have satisfactorily completed the Concord History series offered by Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education and pass the Town of Concord Guide Exam.