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 files allow consumers to identify and locate the proprietor of a business, which goes by a name other than that of the proprietor. Once filed, a certificate is valid for four years.
Business Certificate - 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 Name or Location - There is a $10.00 cost to change the name 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 the person(s) on file's signature(s) to be notarized.
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.
For a complete packet of information, please view the Closing Out Sale Instructions.