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.


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.

License Commission

Title Member Name Term Exp. Date
Chair John Descoteaux 6/30/2020
Member Cliff Krieger 6/30/2025
Member Joseph Donahue 6/30/2020
Member Terrance McCarthy 6/30/2020
Member Martha Howe 10/20/2021
Secretary John Pyers     

As of May 20, 2021, the License Commission requests that most applications include a work history for the business owner(s) and manager. You may attach a resume or CV that includes relevant experience.