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City Clerk reminds unregistered businesses in Boston about fines

February 6, 2018

City Clerk

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City Clerk

Starting on July 1, 2018, all businesses in the City not registered with the City Clerk will be fined $300 per month.

Effective July 1, 2018, all businesses in the City of Boston that are not registered with the Office of the City Clerk ("Clerk's Office") as required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 110, Section 5 will be assessed a fine of up to $300.00 per month that a business remains unregistered with the Clerk's Office.

All businesses in the City of Boston operating under a "doing business as" designation (DBA) are legally required to file a Business Registration with the Clerk's Office every four (4) years. The filing fee for this registration is $65.00.

Once the Clerk's office has determined a business is unregistered, an initial notification providing detailed information and instructions on how to register with the Clerk's Office will be sent to the business owner.

If a business remains unregistered after initial notification, the Clerk's Office will send a "final notice" to the business owner. Businesses that fail to register after receiving a "final notice" from the Clerk's Office will be assessed a fine of up to $300.00 per month that a business unregistered with the Clerk's Office.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk's Office with any questions concerning business registration at 617-635-4601.