Permits

Small Business Permitting Guides

Would you like to open a small business? This page provides you with the information to help you get started.

Permit Overview


Dear Business Owner,

Thank you for opening a small business in our city and investing in Boston! Small businesses play an important role in our city: they provide quality jobs, help power our economy, and revi-talize neighborhoods. I know that opening a business is a significant undertaking, so my administration created this guide to help you through the permitting process. I hope you will explore it and all of the resources offered by the Boston Business Hub. Once again, I welcome you to Boston’s business community and I thank you for your investment in our city.

Menino Signature
Thomas M. Menino
Mayor of Boston


Resources

All Businesses Permit and Licensing Guide
This checklist describes the permitting process for new or expanding businesses in the City of Boston. Customized permitting checklists, links to applications, and permit information are available through Boston Business Hub's Licensing & Permitting Wizard. For additional questions, please use the Connect with an Expert function on the Business Hub and you will be routed to the best expert for your question.

Guide for All Businesses


Grocery Permit and Licensing Guide
This checklist describes the grocery-specific permitting process in the City of Boston. Customized permitting checklists, links to applications, and permit information are available through Boston Business Hub's Licensing & Permitting Wizard. For additional questions, please use the Connect with an Expert function on the Business Hub and you will be routed to the best expert for your question.

Guide for Groceries


Restaurant Permit and Licensing Guide
This checklist describes the restaurant-specific permitting process in the City of Boston. Customized permitting checklists, links to applications, and permit information are available through Boston Business Hub's Licensing & Permitting Wizard. For additional questions, please use the Connect with an Expert function on the Business Hub and you will be routed to the best expert for your question.

Guide for Restaurants


Retail Permit and Licensing Guide
This checklist describes the permitting process for new or expanding retail businesses in the City of Boston. Customized permitting checklists, links to applications, and permit information are available through Boston Business Hub's Licensing & Permitting Wizard. For additional questions, please use the Connect with an Expert function on the Business Hub and you will be routed to the best expert for your question.

Guide for Retail Shops


Salon Permit and Licensing Guide
This checklist describes the permitting process for new or expanding beauty salons in the City of Boston. Customized permitting checklists, links to applications, and permit information are available through Boston Business Hub's Licensing & Permitting Wizard. For additional questions, please use the Connect with an Expert function on the Business Hub and you will be routed to the best expert for your question.

Guide for Beauty Salons