FILING A BUSINESS CERTIFICATE
(MASS GENERAL LAWS, CHAPTER 110, SECTION 5)
Who Must File?
- 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. The certificate must be completed and filed by a corporate officer.
Where Does One File?
- File with the City Clerk, either in person or by mail, in every Town or City where an office of said business may be situated. Filing a business certificate at the city level does not protect your name as a corporate filing or a trademark registration does, it merely allows consumers and or creditors to identify the names of the actual owners of a business. This filing is required by state law.
- A business certificate does not give you permission to operate your business either, it only registers the name.
- It is your responsibility to obtain all appropriate permits and/or licenses for your business from the building department, licensing authority and board of health.
What About A Change?
Upon discontinuing, retiring or withdrawing from such business, or in the case of a change of residence of such person or of the location where the business is conducted, a form must be filed with the office of the City Clerk.
Does A Business Certificate Expire?
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.
Does The Certificate Have To Be Displayed?
No. However, you must provide a copy upon request.
Business Certificates Filing and Renewals cost $40.00 and are good for four years.
- Complete the form above
- SIGN BEFORE THE CITY CLERK OR A NOTARY PUBLIC
- Mail or deliver with a check payable to the City of Amesbury to:
City Clerks Office
62 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913