City Licensing Information and Guidance

last updated: 1/8/2021

Sector-Specific Relief Grant Program for Massachusetts Small Businesses

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a $668 million program to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses can receive up to $75,000, capped at three months’ operating expenses, to be used for employee wage and benefits costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, and interest on other debt obligations. The application period will open on December 31st at noon, and close at 11:59 p.m. on January 15th, 2021. View more information, including eligibility requirements, here. Grant information will be available in multiple languages, including Portuguese and Spanish.

COVID-19 Small Business grant program

The City established the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program to assist in stabilizing existing small businesses within Framingham that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of the pandemic. Framingham’s small businesses are encouraged to apply. Send an email to communitydevelopment@framinghamma.gov for more information.

alcohol server training

All individuals who serve alcohol to the public or view identification cards to determine age must successfully complete a classroom* alcoholic beverage server training program approved by the Framingham Police Department and Licensing Bureau. See FAQs for providers. *Online server training will be accepted 60 days past the Governor's State of Emergency.

All individuals who serve alcohol to the public or view identification cards to determine age must successfully complete a classroom* alcoholic beverage server training program approved by the Framingham Police Department and Licensing Bureau. See FAQs for providers.

Alcoholic beverages control commission (abcc) notifications

Temporary RESTAURANT outdoor seating applicATION

To enable restaurants to reopen as quickly as possible when Governor Baker allows it under Phase II of his reopening plan, the City has made a temporary outdoor seating application. There will be no fee for the temporary outdoor seating application.

The quick application allows owners to lay out how they propose to offer food and beverages outside in a manner to meet health and safety requirements. Eating establishments must possess an existing “pouring license” to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors. The application can be found here.

To assist restaurants in reopening, the City has created an easy-to-follow application process guide (PDF).

If you have additional questions, please email Diane Willoughby for more information.

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