License Commission


  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, twice monthly
  • City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chamber
    375 Merrimack Street
    Lowell, MA 01852
Notice of meeting is filed with the City Clerk at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Notice of meeting is on the bulletin board outside of City Hall in the JFK Plaza, and on the City of Lowell's online Event Calendar.

Agendas & Minutes

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes.
License Commissioners:
John Descoteaux, ChairmanClifford Krieger; Terry McCarthy; Martha Howe; Joseph Donahue


The License Commission adopts rules and regulations for licenses and license activity that address matters of local interest in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth. It is the local authority for licenses affecting:
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Common victualler (restaurant)
  • Entertainment
  • Lodging house
  • Precious metals
  • Public amusements
  • Second hand motor vehicles


In according with License Commission policy: "An individual, a corporate officer, a manager of record or any other person who will be directly responsible for the business, entertainment, or special event for which a license is requested shall be required to appear at a meeting of the Lowell License Commission when said licensing board is scheduled to review the application filed by or on behalf of an individual, corporation, partnership, club, or association." 

The licensing board may adopt rules and regulations in compliance with the Massachusetts General Laws and the Lowell Code of Ordinances.