A business certificate is in full force and 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 being conducted.
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Any person, whether individually or as a partnership, conducting business under any title other than the complete real name of the owner(s). Any corporation doing business in a name other than its corporate name.
File with the Town Clerk, either in person or by mail, in every city or town where an office of said business may be situated.
Upon discontinuing, retiring or withdrawing from such business or in the case of a change or residence of such person or of the location where the business is conducted, a form must be filed with the office of the Town Clerk. A change of business name requires a new business certificate and the discontinuance of the old business name. A Business Certificate Amendment Form (PDF) can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.
No. However, you must provide a copy upon request.
Business Certificate Application Form (PDF) is only required for any business when first applying for a business certificate. Multiple departments are required to sign off on the application before processing it at the Clerk's Office.
Business Certificate - Renewals/Notarized Form (PDF) is used for all business certificates renewals and when all owners are unable to sign the certificate in the presences of the Town Clerks Office, in which case all owners must have their signatures notarized. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope, check or money order payable to the Town of Braintree along with the notarized business certificate. A registered copy of the Business Certificate will be returned to you.