Business Registration Information and Forms

The Office of the City Clerk is charged with ensuring that businesses throughout Boston apply for and obtain a business certificate.

Failure to register a business is punishable by a fine of not more than $300.00 each month that a business is not registered.

The "doing business as" (d/b/a) certificate is renewable every four (4) years from the date of registration with the Office of the City Clerk. Please list the name and address of your business, as well as the name and address of each individual who has an interest in the business. Post office boxes are NOT acceptable as a business address.

Fees

The owner's signature must be notarized and your business check or money order must be included payable to the City of Boston prior to mailing the form to our office. Also, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will return a certified copy of the business certificate to you. No personal checks will be accepted.

IN PERSON

Where to Go:

Boston City Hall
City Clerk's Office, Room 601
Boston, MA 02201

During the hours of 8:30 AM  - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday.

or

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Payment:

Fee payment may be made by:

  • cash,

  • pre-printed business check,

  • money order, or

  • debit card.

Your Business Registration Form can be notarized by one of the Notary Publics at the City Clerk's Office. If you visit City Hall to Go, bring a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of official copy.

BY MAIL

What You Need:
  • Completed Business Registration Form

  • Business check or money order payable to the City of Boston.

  • Self addressed stamped envelope for return of official copy.

Mail to:

Office of the City Clerk
Boston City Hall - Room 601
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
ATTN: Business Certificates

Additional Requirements for Specific Businesses

  • Daycare Providers

    In addition to the standard registration requirements, daycare businesses in the City of Boston are required to provide a copy of a valid state issued daycare provider license in order to register their business.

  • Livery Businesses

    In addition to the standard registration requirements, all "Livery Businesses" in the City of Boston are required to produce a copy of automobile registration; a copy of insurance binder; copies of two (2) utility bills; a valid Massachusetts Driver's License; a copy of a lease where business is being conducted; and Livery Plates issued by the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles. Address must match on all documents.

    Download Requirements List

Forms & Resources

Announcements

  • OFFICE HOURS

    Monday - Friday: 9:00AM to 5:00PM


    CASHIER HOURS:

    Monday - Friday: 9:00AM-4:30PM


    *All public business transactions MUST be completed by 4:30PM before cashier closes.

  • New Daycare Business Requirement

    When registering a daycare business in the City of Boston, daycare providers are now required to provide a copy of a valid state issued daycare provider license.

  • Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates

    The Registry Division manages birth, death and marriage certificates for the City of Boston.
    More Information

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