Licensing Department

The Provincetown Licensing Board forwards its mission to assist local businesses, while at the same time assuring they abide by the applicable rules and regulations, which leads to a peaceful and prosperous community.


Any business that engages in the sale of art whether an art gallery, retail store, restaurant, etc. are encouraged to attend the October 22nd Licensing Board meeting at 5:15 p.m. At that meeting there will be a policy and regulation workshop where the Licensing Board members, members of the business community, artist community, and general public will discuss how art sales are handled in Provincetown. The board will be discussing all forms of art sales whether the business "participates" in the sale or whether the proceeds of the sale go directly to the artist.

Additionally, the Licensing Board is looking to reach out to artists who may be affected by any possible changes to the regulations who would like to be heard on this topic. The Board would like to hear from anyone who would like a voice in this workshop.

The goal of this process is to provide the Licensing Board with enough input from the community on whether or not the sale of art within Town may need to be better regulated.

If you would like to have your voice heard but are unable to attend on October 8th, or if you would like to have the board receive your correspondence in writing prior to the meeting, please email the Licensing Agent by 12 p.m. on Friday, October 4th.

Please click here if interested in viewing the current Licensing Board regulations.


While not all license types may be currently applied for or renewed on-line, there are a good number that can. View the new permitting software system. Information sessions on how to effectively use the new system will begin in the Summer!  If you wish to renew your license for the first time using the on-line system please contact the Licensing Agent so they can make sure your licenses are attached to your user account.

License Renewal Periods

  • March: Seasonal Alcohol
  • October: Lodging
  • November: Annual Alcohol
  • December: Taxi Vehicle
  • Note: Taxi Operator licenses expire one year from issuance

All other licenses expire on December 31st of each year.  Please do not open your business without going through the renewal/inspection process.  Businesses that open without renewing, or new businesses that don't initially license, are subjects to Licensing Board fines of up to $300 per day.  If your license is signed by the Licensing Board please give enough time for your license to renew at a Licensing Board meeting before you open for the season.

Notice to Lodging License Holders...

There have been a number of public events held at lodging establishments in Provincetown that included liquor service. Please note that if you would like to have an event that is open to the public and includes liquor service, and you do not have a liquor license, you MUST go before the licensing board to get a one-day license. Please call or visit the licensing agent for more details...

Increased Communication...

In an effort to increase communication between the Licensing Department and the licensees, two new FAQ's have been launched to answer common questions.

Buying a business in Provincetown...

Before buying a business in Provincetown please contact the Licensing Agent to discuss whether it would benefit you to attend a pre-application meeting.  Know your permitting requirements before you buy!

A Friendly Reminder to Potential Licensees...

Before you sign a lease, or even before you apply for a business license, make sure your type of business is allowed at the location and that you know what permits and fees might be required. Please call the licensing agent at 508-487-7000 ext. 535 if you have any questions.