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Pittsfield expands online permitting capabilities to include new array of licenses

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has opened up its online permitting options to include four new licenses.

Assistant city clerk Heather Brazeau says Pittsfielders seeking one-day alcohol, wine and malt, entertainment, and special auctioneer licenses can skip a trip to city hall and apply online.

“Each application is very detailed, and it has full sections for everything that needs attention," she explained to WAMC. "Once they file the application, the licensing board clerk Chris Hebert would then review it to be sure that nothing else is needed. The biggest benefit of applying online is that the event holders don't have to go to each department to have them sign off, which makes this so much more simple for them to have the events that they want.”

Special events require a permit 45 days in advance. Brazeau says with the new system, permit approval turnaround time should only be a day.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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