Welcome to the Division of Regulated Activities (Special Licensing) website. For information about the specific licenses and permits within the division, please click on appropriate link below.

All inquiries and applications must be in writing and should be mailed to:

Division of Professional Licensure

The Office of Public Safety and Inspections
50 Maple Street, Suite 1
Milford, MA 01757

Contact: Jen Fraga
Direct: 508-422-1957 
E-mail: jen.fraga@state.ma.us
 

NOTICE:
As of September 5, 2017, the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission staff will be moving to the Office of Public Safety and Inspections' Ashburton Office. 
Please visit us at: 
Office of Public Safety and Inspections 
One Ashburton Place, Room 1301 
Boston, MA 02108 
By phone: 617-826-5249

Public Warehouse

Prior to owning or operating a public warehouse in Massachusetts, a person or corporation must obtain a license from the Department. A public warehouse is any building, or part thereof, kept and maintained for the storage of goods, wares and merchandise as a business. The Department derives its authority to regulate this industry from Massachusetts General Laws chapter 105, section 1.

Public warehousemen must provide notice to the community in which they intend to operate by placing advertisements in the local newspaper. Further, they must secure a bond to protect the property they will store. Public warehousemen licenses are issued only once, and need not be renewed.

Please note that self-service storage facilities are not regulated by the Department. Such facilities are defined as "any real property used for renting or leasing individual storage spaces in which the occupants themselves customarily store and remove their own personal property on a 'self-service' basis."

All license applications and forms are available via the link below. Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information.

     

Ticket Resellers

The Department regulates the reselling of tickets in Massachusetts. No person may engage in the business of reselling tickets to any theatrical exhibition, sporting event, public show, public amusement or exhibition without being licensed by the Department. All license applications can be obtained via the link below.

Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information. 

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Ticket Reseller Application for New and Renewal pdf format of ticket_reseller_application_n_r_2016_revised.pdf

Theatrical Booking Agent

A Theatrical Booking Agent is any person who holds himself out as an agent of a person who seeks employment as an entertainer. Entertainers represented by theatrical booking agents may include actors, actresses, musicians or others undertaking a "theatrical engagement.".A "theatrical engagement" is any engagement or employment of a person as an actor, performer or entertainer in a circus, agricultural fair, vaudeville, banquet and other stage performances, stage productions in theaters, including floor shows, so called, in restaurants, clubs, bars and taverns, tents, arenas, halls and similar places of amusement, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 140, §180A.

Prior to operating as a Theatrical Booking Agent in Massachusetts, a person must obtain a license from the Department.

All license applications and forms are available via the link below. Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information

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Theatrical Booking Agent Application for New and Renewal pdf format of theatrical_booking_application_n_r_2016_revised.pdf

Assumed Name Application pdf format of appl_assumed_names_n_r_2016.pdf

S-License & Certificate of Clearance

Anyone who wishes to engage in the business of installing, repairing, or maintaining security systems must obtain an S-license. The S-license was formerly known as the "Security Systems Contractor's License." The name was recently changed so as to avoid confusion with a wholly different license of a similar name issued by the Board of State Examiners of Electricians. "Security systems" include any electrical device that is set up to survey or detect intrusion. In order to obtain an S-license, a person must hold a valid electrician's license of any grade and complete the application process. You may obtain an application for an initial issuance or renewal by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Anyone who holds an S-license may employ as many workers as they deem necessary. However, every individual employed by an S-license holder must obtain a Certificate of Clearance prior to engaging in any work for them. In order to obtain a Certificate of Clearance for his or her employees, the S-licensed employer must perform a criminal background check on each prospective worker. The S-licensed employer must then submit an attestation including the results of the background check to the Department. You may obtain the complete Certificate of Clearance application package by clicking on the "Certificate of Clearance application" link below.

Though the S-license program has been enhanced and some changes made to the application process, all existing S-licenses, "Security Systems Contractor's Licenses," and Certificates of Clearance shall remain valid and do not have to be renewed until they expire. Renewals must conform to the new requirements. The laws pertaining to S-licenses and Certificates of Clearance may be found in the Massachusetts General Laws chapter 147, sections 57 through 61. Prior to contacting the Department with any questions, please review the FAQs ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information. 

ADVISORY: National CORI submitted in application for S-licensure and Certificates of Clearance under M.G.L. c.147, §§59 and 60
The Department has issued a new Advisory with respect to the type of criminal offender record information (CORI) required for S-licenses and Certificates of Clearance issued under M.G.L. c.147, sections 59 and 60.  Effective immediately, the Department will accept national CORI for applications for Certificates of Clearance, albeit on a case-by-case basis, subject to the requirements contained in the Advisory.   The Department will also accept national CORI in application for S-licensure.

Please click on the Advisory pdf format of s-license-advisory-apr15
for details and further information.

S License Application New Applicant pdf format of appl_s_license_new_2016_revised2.pdf

S License Application Renewal pdf format of appl_s_license_renew_2016.pdf

Certificate of Clearance New and Renewal Applicant pdf format of appl_cert_clearance_n_r_2016.pdf

Sunday License

    Sunday License Form pdf format of sunday entertainment license_fillable.pdf

Sunday Licensing (FAQs)