The licensing section of the town website has the current regulations that can be viewed and/or downloaded.
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The following business types are licensed by the Town of Provincetown:
Additionally the Health Department issues food service permits to all businesses that serve food (including caterers).
Currently you must pay with cash, check or credit card in our office. You may apply and pay for your license(s) on-line by clicking this link: https://provincetownma.viewpointcloud.com/. Please do NOT create a new license application if you are renewing a license! If you do not see a way to renew your license please contact the Licensing Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment is due before you can schedule your inspection.
You will need to apply for your licenses on the permitting software. Click on the following link: https://provincetownma.viewpointcloud.com/
Additional documentation that may be needed: worker’s compensation certificate from your insurer, and/or fire inspection report filled out and submitted a certified electrician. If your hours of operation, emergency contact information or floor plan (seating plan) have changed you should also submit new versions.
You will need to apply on the permitting software at the following link: https://provincetownma.viewpointcloud.com/
Additional documentation may also be needed including: articles of incorporation or a business certificate, a floor plan (or seating plan for restaurant), a worker’s compensation certificate from your insurer, and possibly a fire inspection report filled out and submitted by a certified electrician.
Food service permits are issued by the Department of Health. You can contact the Health Agent by email her at email@example.com.
You may turn in your forms to the Licensing Agent in person at the office of Community Development on the first floor of Town Hall, email them to the Licensing Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax them to 508-487-0032 or mail them attention Licensing Department at 260 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 02657 or by uploading them into your application in the permitting software.
After you have turned in your licensing forms and paid your fee you must have a building inspection. These inspections are scheduled through the Licensing Agent at 508-487-7000 ext. 535. or can be requested by commenting in the permitting software.
Businesses with Food Permits are also inspected annually by the Health Department and those inspections are not scheduled. Please schedule your initial inspection with the Licensing Agent (email@example.com).
A fire inspection report is simply a test of your fire alarm system performed by a licensed electrician. It gets submitted to the town Fire Department and Department of Community Development by the electrician when complete. You may also submit a copy given to you by the electrician.
If you are part of a larger complex which has a hardwired fire alarm system, you will need a fire inspection report from your landlord's electrician to submitted with your yearly licensing application. Otherwise, if you have battery operated fire alarms (similar to those used in homes), you do not need an inspection report, the town inspector will test them during your licensing inspection.
Ultimately you are responsible for the fire alarm inspection if your business/unit has an alarm system that is hard wired. If that is the situation you must call your electrician or landlord to test that system each season you license your business.
Yes. Please be sure to point out to the Licensing Agent before you submit your renewal that the address information has changed.
We are happy to accommodate your schedule when renewing your business license. You can submit your renewals as early as September! You'll receive automated emails from the permitting software letting you know that renewal season has begun. We urge you not to wait until you are ready to open. The beginning of the season is a busy time for everyone, don't let your licensing slip through the cracks. Opening your business unlicensed will result in fines!
The Licensing Department suggests you renew your license before it expires on December 31st of each year. Most businesses may schedule their building inspections at any time after submitting and paying for their renewal.
You may apply online at: https://provincetownma.viewpointcloud.com/ and clicking on the Rental Certificates category or you may download and fill out the Renter’s Application. If you fill out the paper application, you should submit it to the Office of Community Development. The fees are $300 per unit and the certificate is good for 3 years. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Hobart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply complete the application online at https://provincetownma.viewpointcloud.com/ . Under the Licensing category look for Special Entertainment License. There will be fees for this application as well as for the legal ad that will be placed by the Licensing Agent in the local paper on your behalf. You will receive an abutter letter from the licensing agent which must be sent out to all people on the abutter’s list which will be uploaded into your application in the permitting software. The licensing agent can also email the list to you along with the letter. Ask the licensing agent the procedure for sending out the abutter letter and submit proof of mailing to the licensing agent no later than a day before the Licensing Board meeting that you will attend to obtain your license.
Simply complete the application online at https://provincetownma.viewpointcloud.com/ . Under the Licensing category look for Special Alcohol License. There will be fees for this application as well as for the legal ad that will be placed by the Licensing Agent in the local paper on your behalf. You will also need to submit a site plan of the location showing areas of alcohol service and a copy of the identification of the responsible party.
You will receive an abutter letter from the licensing agent which must be sent out to all people on the abutter’s list which will be uploaded into your application in the permitting software. The licensing agent can also email the list to you along with the letter. Ask the licensing agent the procedure for sending out the abutter letter and submit proof of mailing to the licensing agent no later than a day before the Licensing Board meeting that you will attend to obtain your license.
If you’re representing an organization holding an event which serves food to the public, you must have a special food service permit. It does not matter whether you will be charging for the food or providing it for free. There is no cost for this permit. You may find the application by CLICKING HERE. If you have any questions please contact the health agent at email@example.com.
Bonfires are not allowed on Provincetown beaches. You may however contact the National Seashore at (508-487-1256) or at https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm regarding fire permits for Seashore beaches.