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Rules and Regulations for State House Events

When holding an event in the State House, you must follow our rules and regulations. Find them here.


Reservation requests are accepted beginning on the first of month. We recommend that you submit several possible dates in order of preference in case the first choice is already booked.

When to submit a room request
Accepting reservations in For the month of
January June
February July
March August
April September
May October
June November
July December
August January
September February
October March
November April
December May



We do not have preferred caterers. You can work with any vendor you like, but they must provide a certificate of insurance. Please see the event policy for the types and amounts of insurance required.

We do not allow overnight storage of items. You must remove any event materials or rented equipment from the building at the end of your event. Please see the event policy for detailed set up and clean up instructions.

Technical Capabilities

We provide 1 microphone per event space. You must rent or bring in any extra A/V equipment or items not listed on the application. You can connect devices to our wireless sound system with a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. Make sure to bring your own cable. Examples of these devices include:

  • CD players
  • MP3 players
  • Laptops
  • iPods
  • Smartphones

Our free public Wi-Fi is intended for basic web browsing. If you need a dedicated Internet connection for your event, please contact FTG Technologies for a service quote at (617) 367-7474.

Table Sizes

  • Rectangular banquet tables: 8’ x 30”
  • Round tables: 60” in diameter

Signage for Events

Paper, cardboard, foam core, wooden, etc. event related signs cannot be displayed on walls, pillars, floors and or ceilings. All event related signage must be displayed on easels in approved space. Handheld signage must be made of paper materials and cannot be supported on or by sticks and or poles of any sort.

Temporary Art Exhibits

Temporary art exhibits are displayed on the 4th floor outside the House Gallery; Doric Hall is no longer available.

You must hang any artwork and accompanying information on the display boards. Please don't place tables or easels in the area. If you’d like to hold an event related to your exhibit, please book one of our 2nd floor event spaces.

Loading Dock Access

You must arrange access to the loading dock access in advance. Please use the space on your application to:

  • State which vendors need loading dock access
  • Notify the State House Events Coordinator to schedule a delivery

Wheelchair and Mobility Access

The Ashburton Park entrance located on Bowdoin Street is the accessible entrance to the State House. Wheelchairs are available at this entrance on a first-come, first served basis. A form of government issued photo identification is required to borrow a wheelchair.

Building Maps

For security reasons, we no longer distribute maps of the State House. You can find detailed wall maps on each floor of the State House.

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