City Licensing Information and Guidance

last updated: APRIL 5, 2022

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 for more information.

Alcoholic beverages control commission (abcc) notifications

Additional ABCC Related Advisories can be viewed here

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 made a temporary outdoor seating application. There will be no fee for the temporary outdoor seating application. Total of indoor and outdoor seats cannot exceed maximum seating capacity. Term of approved plan expires April 1, 2023. Seating shall not block any established exits from any building or block fire lanes, hydrants, fire department connections or exit discharges. 

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.