Business Certificate

Chelsea businesses must apply for a business certificate through the City Clerk's Office in conformity with the provisions of Chapter 110, Section 5 of the General Laws.  Any individual conducting business under any title other than the complete real name of the owner, whether individually or as a partnership. Inc., Corp., Ltd., LLC may only be used by a corporation. However, any corporation doing business in a name other than the corporate officer must file the corporate name.

A business certificate is in effect for four (4) years from the date of issue.  A new filing must be made every four years as long as the business is conducted.

Upon discontinuing, retiring or withdrawing from such business or partnership, or in the case of a change of residence of such person or of the location where the business is conducted such a change must be filed with the City Clerk.  The filing fee is $10. Violations of these provisions shall be subject to a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300) for each month during which such violation continues.

To apply for a business certificate, please complete the top portion of the Business Certificate application, including the business name, business address, full name, residence, telephone number and signature. The filing fee is $25. Please note that your Business Certificate must be notarized.

Return the Business Certificate to the City Clerk’s Office, 500 Broadway Room 209, Chelsea, MA 02150, with the following:

  1. Copy of Certificate of Occupancy (obtained from the Department of Inspectional Services, City Hall, 500 Broadway Room 201, Chelsea, MA (617-466-4130); and
  2. Filing fee in the amount of $25. We accept cash, check or money order payable to the City of Chelsea. We also accept credit cards: VISA/MASTERCARD/AMERICAN EXPRESS/DISCOVER. A service charge of 2.95% or $1.00 minimum will assessed per credit card charge.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (617) 466-4050.

Doing Business in Chelsea: Permitting Guide
Hacer negocios en Chelsea: Guía de permisos

More information on starting a new business here or on tax identification numbers here
For information regarding corporations, please visit the State's Corporations Division
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