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Permits, Licenses, and Forms

Special Council Permits (SCPs)

Under the Gloucester Zoning Code, the City Council is a Special Permit Granting Authority for a variety of projects regulated by the Zoning Ordinance. Permits  granted can range from major projects such as shopping centers, to specialized projects such as assisted living facilities and can also include small projects by individual such as a dock to an individual's residence.

All applications for City Council Permits must be approved as complete and filed with the office of the City Clerk by the end of business hours (4:00 PM) on the Wednesday before the next City Council Meeting.

City Council Special City Council Permit (SCP) Timeline

Special Events Permits 
Special Events Permit application should go to the City Clerk who will bring it to the Special Events Advisory Commission. The Special Events Advisory Commission meets monthly. The commission will send the application to the City Council if a street closure is necessary and at that time a $25.00 fee will be paid.

Application for Permit to Conduct Raffles and Bazaars
The organization must be functioning as a non-profit for at least two years in order to be eligible for a raffle permit. Permits must be signed off on by the Chief of Police and returned to the City Clerk's office for the Clerk's signature. The cost is $25.00, and the organization is allowed up to 12 events per year.

Worker's Permit
Worker's permits must be completed and returned to the Principal's office at the Gloucester High School. The City Clerk's office does not accept/process completed forms.

Transient Vendor Permit Application
Vendors wishing to vend at one time events (such as the annual Sidewalk Bazaar) must purchase a transient vendor license from the City of Gloucester in order to sell unless they already have a State issued vendor permit.

Vendors must contact the Board of Health for any additional licenses that may be required pertaining to food or other activies (such as face painting). Furthermore, vendors must contact the organizers of each event to secure placement as a vendor.

Taxicab/Private Livery Driver Application
Applicants for a license to operate a taxi must bring a completed form and a current driver's license to the City Clerk's office. The office will supply the applicant with a CORI request form which be will run by the City Clerk.

The cost of the license is $50.00 (payable at the time of issuance), and is valid from the date of issuance until December 30th of the current year.

Hawkers & Peddlers license
Available at the City Clerk's office. The initial Hawkers & Peddlers license application must go before the Licensing Commission. Hawkers and Peddlers are prohibited from some streets as listed in the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 11.


Hunting and Fishing licenses
No longer available for purchase at the City Clerk's office (January 2012).
Where to buy hunting/fishing/trapping licenses.


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