**NOTE**: The City of Cambridge now requires that license applications must be submitted to the Commission by the Thursday two weeks preceding the event.
The City of Cambridge License Commission requires licenses for events that include the following:
- Alcohol Licenses are required for any event in which you will be selling alcohol to guests (through an entrance fee or drink tickets)
- Vending License is required when selling items (there is an exception if books are the only item being sold)
- Raffle Licenses are required when selling raffle tickets
- An Entertainment License must be acquired when selling tickets, charging admission, or collecting a mandatory donation for any event whose purpose is entertainment related rather than academic
Licenses are at the expense of the program/organization reserving the space. Failure to obtain appropriate licenses will result in cancellation of your event or the appropriate element thereof.
Before contacting the Cambridge License Commission, please make sure to obtain a signed form from the Office of Event Scheduling and Support; licenses must be picked up by the individual listed on this form. Proof of identification (Massachusetts State ID or passport only) is required. Payment by check made payable to the City of Cambridge is accepted; paying with cash may necessitate a separate trip to City Hall. We recommend calling the City of Cambridge for more information on their latest acceptable methods of payment.