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Business Certificate

BRAINTREE TOWN CLERK
Braintree Town Hall
One JFK Memorial Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: 781-794-8240
Fax: 781-794-8259

Filing a Business Certificate
(Mass. General Laws, Chapter 110, Sections 5)

Business Certificate Application - PDF 32k
(Sorry no electronic submissions at this time)

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 Town Clerk, either in person or by mail, in every city or town where an office of said business may be situated.

WHAT ABOUT CHANGES?
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 Statement of Discontinuance/Change Form can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours or click on the following link:
Business Statement of Discontinuance/Change Form - PDF 22k

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.

FEES:
Business Certificate Filing $35.00
Withdrawal, Discontinuance, Change, Etc. $10.00

HOW DO I OBTAIN A BUSINESS CERTIFICATE APPLICATION FORM?
A Business Certificate Application Form can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours or click on the following link: Business Certificate Application

FILING:
Complete form with the exception of the expiration date. BE SURE TO SIGN APPLICATON BEFORE A NOTARY PUBLIC. Mail or deliver with a check payable to the TOWN OF BRAINTREE to the Town Clerk’s Office (Sorry no electronic submissions at this time)

 
 
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