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How to apply for a business certificate

How to apply for a business certificate

Companies in Boston need to get a business certificate through the City Clerk’s office. You need to renew your certificate every four years.

Step
1

Before you get started

The filing fee is $65. If you aren’t a Massachusetts resident but you want to conduct business in the state, you need to pay an additional $35.

  • Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Boston.
  • If you plan to pick up your certificate in person, you can also pay with a debit card.

You need to give us the name and address of your business, along with the names and addresses of any people who have an interest in your business. You CANNOT use a post office box for a business address.

Complete and print out a business certificate form. Check the box that says "new filing."  The business owner’s signature needs to be notarized.

If you plan to open a daycare business, you must give us a copy of a state-issued daycare provider licenseIf you want to open a livery business, you also need to give us copies of this information:

  • registrations for all cars used in the business
  • insurance binders
  • two utility bills
  • Massachusetts licenses for all drivers
  • the lease where the business is operating, and
  • livery plates issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Step
2

Pick up the certificate in person

Bring your information, including your payment and completed form, to City Hall:

  • City Clerk’s Office, Room 601
  • 1 City Hall Square
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also visit the City Hall to Go truck (Drop-off only):

Step
3

Or mail us your info

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in your letter. Mail your information, including your payment and completed form, to:

Office of the City Clerk, 1 City Hall Square
Room 601, ATTN: Business Certificates
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Step
1

Before you get started

The filing fee is $65. If you aren’t a Massachusetts resident but you want to conduct business in the state, you need to pay an additional $35.

  • Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Boston.
  • If you plan to pick up your certificate in person, you can also pay with a debit card.

You need to give us the name and address of your business, along with the names and addresses of any people who have an interest in your business. You CANNOT use a post office box for a business address.

Complete and print out a business certificate form. Check the box that says "renewal." The business owner’s signature needs to be notarized.

If you plan to open a daycare business, you must give us a copy of a state-issued daycare provider licenseIf you want to open a livery business, you also need to give us copies of this information:

  • registrations for all cars used in the business
  • insurance binders
  • two utility bills
  • Massachusetts licenses for all drivers
  • the lease where the business is operating, and
  • livery plates issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Step
2

Pick up the certificate in person

Bring your information, including your payment and completed form, to City Hall:

  • City Clerk’s Office, Room 601
  • 1 City Hall Square
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also visit the City Hall to Go truck (Drop-off only):

Step
3

Or mail us your info

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in your letter. Mail your information, including your payment and completed form, to:

Office of the City Clerk, 1 City Hall Square
Room 601, ATTN: Business Certificates
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Step
1

Before you get started

The filing fee is $50. Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Boston.  If you plan to change your address in person, you can also pay with a debit card.

You need to give us the name and address of your business, along with the names and addresses of any people who have an interest in your business. You CANNOT use a post office box for a business address.

Complete and print out a change of location formThe business owner’s signature needs to be notarized.

Step
2

Change the address in person

Bring your payment and completed form to City Hall:

  • City Clerk’s Office, Room 601
  • 1 City Hall Square
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also visit the City Hall to Go truck (Drop-off only):

  • Find out when the truck is in your neighborhood.
  • If you use City Hall to Go, your info is forwarded to the City Clerk. If approved, we will mail you an official copy of your certificate with the address change within 10 business days.
Step
3

Or mail us your info

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in your letter. Mail your payment and completed form to:

Office of the City Clerk, 1 City Hall Square
Room 601, ATTN: Business Certificates
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Step
1

Before you get started

The filing fee is $50. Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Boston. If you plan to withdraw your business in person, you can also pay with a debit card.

You need to give us the name and address of your business, along with the names and addresses of any people who have an interest in your business. You CANNOT use a post office box for a business address.

Complete and print out a withdrawal of business certificate form. The business owner’s signature needs to be notarized.

If you only want to remove a person’s name from a business certificate, complete and print out a withdrawal of names form. The filing fee is still $50.

Step
2

Withdraw the certificate in person

Bring your payment and completed form to City Hall:

  • City Clerk’s Office, Room 601
  • 1 City Hall Square
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also visit the City Hall to Go truck (Drop-off only):

Step
3

Or mail us your info

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in your letter. Mail your payment and completed form to:

Office of the City Clerk, 1 City Hall Square
Room 601, ATTN: Business Certificates
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Need to Know:
  • The City can fine you up to $300 for each month that your business isn’t registered.
  • The business certificate needs to be renewed every four years from the date the business was registered with the City Clerk.
Important forms and resources
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
  • Please contact the City Clerk at 617-635-4600.
Contact:
City Clerk
617-635-4601
1 City Hall Square
Room 601
Boston, MA 02201-2014
United States