Anyone conducting business in Newton under a name other than their own or corporate name must file a Business Certificate with the City Clerk. This form is commonly known as a "doing business as" or "DBA" certificate. The DBA allows consumers to identify and locate the proprietor of a business. Once filed, a certificate is valid for four years.
Business Certificate Application - The cost of starting or renewing your DBA is $35.00. Please note, the DBA application requires the applicant's signature to be notarized.
Home Business Affidavit - If you are starting or renewing a home business, this form is required in addition to the Business Certificate Application.
Change of Ownership or Location - There is a $10.00 cost to change the ownership or location of a current DBA. Please note, this form requires the person(s) on the original DBA's signature(s) to be notarized.
Statement of Discontinuance - If you are closing your DBA there is a $10.00 charge. Please note that this form also requires signature(s) to be notarized.
For more information please contact Donna Whitham at the City Clerk's Office:(617)796-1200 or by e-mail:
Any Business undertaking a Closing-Out or Going-Out-of-Business Sale in Newton must complete the following steps as laid out in Chapter 93 of Massachusetts General Law, and deliver the required material listed below to the Newton City Clerk's Office at least three days before the start of the sale.
1. The business owner must provide the City Clerk with a complete and detailed inventory, singed by the owner under the penalties of perjury, which inventory shall include:
2. The fee to file this inventory is $1.00 per page payable by check to the City of Newton.
3. A good and sufficient bond, payable to the City of Newton, in the penal sum of one thousand dollars, with sureties approved by the Mayor of Newton.
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