Licensing Department

The Licensing Department is comprised of three Attorneys, two Paralegals and one Legal Assisatnt. We are here to help you make the process of obtaining your License as fast and easy as possible.

Director of Licensing/ Deputy City Solicitor

Alesia H. Days, Esq.

COVID-19 Virus

As you are aware, there will not be public access to City Hall from March 17, 2020 until April 5, 2020.  You can make contact with our office by emailing any questions to  You will receive a response from the Licensing Department within 24 hours. 


As a Result of COVID-19, We are Requesting that ALL CORRESPONDENCE be mailed into our office located at 36 Court Street Room 305 Springfield, MA 01103.

Governor Baker Issues New Order on COVID-19 Essential Services


Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.

The City of Springfield will adhere to the Governor's order of closing all non-essential businesses and organizations in the city.  These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.

The Order also prohibits the gatherings of more than 10 people.  The City will also adhere to this order and limit gatherings in the city to no more than 10 people.  Previous the city limited gatherings of no more than 25.    

The Governor also issued an Advisory asking people to avoid any non-essential traveling and to stay at home.  The City of Springfield echos the Governor's advisory and is asking all Springfield residents to try and avoid any unnecessary and non-essential travel.  

The Governor has issued an essential services list which includes the following: 

  • Healthcare, public health, human services, pharmacies  
  • Law enforcement, public safety, first responders
  • Food service including grocery stores, convenience stores, famer’s markets, delivery and take-out food service,
  • Energy services such as petroleum, natural gas, and steam workers
  • Utilities and public works such as water, sewer, and trash collection
  • Transportation services
  • Communications and information technology, financial services, and critical manufacturing

Below is the full COVID-19 Essential Services Order from the Governor:

Governor Baker COVID-19 Essential Services Exhbit A



New Annoucements

Please be Advised All Pool Table  and Bowling Alley Renewals are due no Later than May 1, 2020.


As a Result of COVID-19, We are Requesting that ALL CORRESPONDENCE be mailed into our office located at 36 Court Street Room 305 Springfield, MA 01103.

How To Obtain a Liquor License?


All Liquor License Forms and Applications are found ONLINE ONLY at the Alcoholic Berverage Control Commission (ABCC) website at

1. Complete Application form  and submit it to the Licensing Department with a $200.00 check Payable to the City of Springfield. All ABCC transaction fees must be paid online. Print your payment confirmation page and include it in your application packet when submitting it to the Licensing Department.

2. Meeting with Neighborhood Council

3. Planning Board Hearing

4.  License Commission Hearing

5.Application sent to ABCC by the Local Licensing Authority (LLA)

6.ABCC has Final Approval

7. LLA Recieves Approval from ABCC

8. License is Issued





How to Obtain a Taxi or Livery License?

Taxi & Livery Application Process

New applicants for a Taxi or Livery license need to meet the "Driver Requirements Checklist" before completing the Taxi License application. Once the application is completed and submitted, the CORI form that is apart of the application will be sent to the police department for the background check. The Tax Certification Affidavit will be sent to the City of Springfield Collectors Office. Once the background check and tax certification review is deemed to have been passed, the Licesning Department will contact the applicant to come to the Licensing Department to pick up an approval form that the individual must bring to the police department to get their finger prints scanned and photo ID Taxi License issued.

If the applicant fails the background check, a hearing notice will be mailed to the applicant to attend a Taxi and Livery hearing to discuss with the commission the reason(s) the applicant failed the background check and to discuss If there is an opportunity to be approved with conditons. If a applicant fails Tax Certification reveiw the application will be denied until the outstanding bills are satisfied.

Please note: Forms cannot be submitted by e-mail.

Process to Obtain Other License Types

1.Complete the Application Related to the License Required for Your Business Type

2. Submit your completed application to the Licensing Department with a Certified Bank Check or Money Order in the amount of the applicable fee. Attach the specified additional required documents and submit it with your application.

Please Click here to View the Full Guide of the Process to Obtain Different License Types.


Please be advised ALL Applications must go through the Tax Certification process before Approval or Denial .


Please Be advised the Licensing Department ONLY accepts Certified Bank Checks or Money Orders


For Further Information Please Contact us at (413) 787-6140.


Page last updated:  Wednesday, April 1, 2020 02:31 pm