Business Certificates

Filing for a Business Certificate:
 (Commonly known as a "d/b/a" or "doing business as" form)

A Business Certificate is a local registration of  a business that is located within the Town and is required by MGL Chapter 110, s.5.

A Business Certificate is not a license to do business in the town. Its purpose is primarily for consumer protection and public information purposes. Additional licenses/permits issued by other Town Departments or State Agencies may be required in order to do business.

Business Certificate Forms

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.

The fee for a Business Certificate is $35.00 and the Certificate has a 4 year expiration date.  

Business Certificate Amendment Form (PDF) is used to process one of the following changes:

  • Discontinue or retired a business
  • Deceased or withdrawal of one of the owners
  • Change of owner residence
  • Change of business location
  • MINOR change in name of business

The fee for each amendment is $10.00