Massachusetts Business Licenses

We help you obtain and maintain licenses for your business or nonprofit nationwide

General Massachusetts Guides & Resources

These guides provide detailed, step-by-step instructions for starting a business or nonprofit, registering with state authorities, and establishing a compliant organization.

Business Resources:

Construction License

Get your Massachusetts construction licenses. Harbor Compliance assists with initial and renewal registrations in every state.

How to Form an LLC

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions to form a limited liability company in Massachusetts. Do it yourself or purchase our formation service.

How to Incorporate

Total cost, time, and step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate in Massachusetts. Do it yourself or purchase our incorporation service.

Licensing Resources

Massachusetts Business Licensing Guides and Information.

Start a Business

Total time, cost, and paperwork to start your business in Massachusetts today! Our affordable formation services are state-specific.

Nonprofit Resources:

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

Total cost, time, and how to start a nonprofit in Massachusetts. Instruction and services to assist with your non-profit formation.

Nonprofit Compliance

Comprehensive solutions (and free resources) to help manage your fundraising, tax exemption, license renewals, and other nonprofit compliance activities in Massachusetts, and across the US.


Massachusetts Business Licenses for Regulated Industries

Our licensing guides provide a wealth of information including requirements, filing instructions, fees, timelines to licensure, and more for a range of industries and activities.


Massachusetts Corporate Filings

These web pages provide detailed information on state filings required to form an entity, register a name, gain authority to operate, maintain good standing, and more.


Massachusetts Tax Filings

Find the information you need to register for state taxes or seek tax exemptions.


Massachusetts State Licensing Agencies

Below is a listing of the state-level licensing agencies within Massachusetts that a business should check for business license requirements.

  • Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
  • Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division
  • Board of Building Regulation and Standards
  • Board of Public Accountancy
  • Board of Registration for Landscape Architects
  • Board of Registration in Pharmacy
  • Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and of Land Surveyors
  • Board of State Examiners of Electricians
  • Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters
  • Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters
  • Bureau of Health Professions Licensure - Controlled Substances Registration Section
  • Department of Industrial Accidents - Office of Health Policy
  • Department of Labor Standards - Deleading and Lead Safety Program
  • Department of Public Utilities (DPU)
  • Department of Revenue
  • Division of Banks
  • Division of Professional Licensing: Board of Registration of Architects
  • Drug Control Program
  • Engineering Division - Refrigeration Program
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - Asbestos Safety Program
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
  • Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
  • Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation - Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons
  • Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation - Home Improvement Contractor Program
  • Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • State Lottery Commission
  • State Police - Certification Unit

Massachusetts Local Business Licences

Below is a listing of the local jurisdictions within Massachusetts that a business should check for local business license requirements.

County / Parish

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  • Barnstable County
  • Berkshire County
  • Bristol County
  • Dukes County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Hampden County
  • Hampshire County
  • Middlesex County
  • Nantucket County
  • Norfolk County
  • Plymouth County
  • Suffolk County
  • Worcester County

City / Borough / Municipality / Neighborhood

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  • Abington
  • Acton
  • Acushnet
  • Adams
  • Adams
  • Agawam
  • Allston
  • Amesbury
  • Amherst
  • Andover
  • Andover
  • Arlington
  • Arlington Heights
  • Ashburnham
  • Ashby
  • Ashfield
  • Ashland
  • Ashley Falls
  • Athol
  • Attleboro
  • Attleboro Falls
  • Auburn
  • Auburndale
  • Avon
  • Ayer
  • Ayer
  • Babson Park
  • Baldwinville
  • Barnstable
  • Barre
  • Barre
  • Becket
  • Bedford
  • Belchertown
  • Belchertown
  • Bellingham
  • Bellingham
  • Belmont
  • Berkley
  • Berkshire
  • Berlin
  • Bernardston
  • Beverly
  • Billerica
  • Blackstone
  • Blandford
  • Bolton
  • Boston
  • Bourne
  • Boxborough
  • Boxford
  • Boxford
  • Boylston
  • Braintree
  • Brewster
  • Brewster
  • Bridgewater
  • Bridgewater
  • Brighton
  • Brimfield
  • Brockton
  • Brookfield
  • Brookline
  • Brookline Village
  • Bryantville
  • Buckland
  • Burlington
  • Buzzards Bay
  • Byfield
  • Cambridge
  • Canton
  • Carlisle
  • Carver
  • Cataumet
  • Centerville
  • Charlemont
  • Charlestown
  • Charlton
  • Charlton City
  • Chatham
  • Chatham
  • Chelmsford
  • Chelsea
  • Cherry Valley
  • Cheshire
  • Chester
  • Chesterfield
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Chicopee
  • Chilmark
  • Clinton
  • Clinton
  • Cohasset
  • Colrain
  • Concord
  • Conway
  • Cotuit
  • Cummaquid
  • Cummington
  • Dalton
  • Danvers
  • Dartmouth
  • Dedham
  • Deerfield
  • Dennis
  • Dennis
  • Depot Village
  • Devens
  • Dighton
  • Douglas
  • Dover
  • Dover
  • Dracut
  • Dudley
  • Dunstable
  • Duxbury
  • Duxbury
  • East Boston
  • East Bridgewater
  • East Dennis
  • East Falmouth
  • East Freetown
  • East Longmeadow
  • East Orleans
  • East Templeton
  • East Walpole
  • Eastham
  • Easthampton
  • Easton
  • Edgartown
  • Erving
  • Essex
  • Everett
  • Fairhaven
  • Fall River
  • Falmouth
  • Fayville
  • Feeding Hills
  • Fitchburg
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  • Foxborough
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  • Framingham
  • Franklin
  • Freetown
  • Gardner
  • Georgetown
  • Gilbertville
  • Gloucester
  • Goshen
  • Grafton
  • Granby
  • Granville
  • Great Barrington
  • Green Harbor-Cedar Crest
  • Greenbush
  • Greenfield
  • Groton
  • Groton
  • Groveland
  • Hadley
  • Halifax
  • Hamilton
  • Hampden
  • Hancock
  • Hanover
  • Hanscom Air Force Base
  • Hanson
  • Hanson
  • Hardwick
  • Harvard
  • Harwich
  • Harwich Port
  • Hatfield
  • Haverhill
  • Heath
  • Hingham
  • Hingham
  • Hinsdale
  • Holbrook
  • Holden
  • Holland
  • Holliston
  • Holyoke
  • Hopedale
  • Hopedale
  • Hopkinton
  • Hopkinton
  • Housatonic
  • Hubbardston
  • Hudson
  • Hudson
  • Hull
  • Huntington
  • Hyannis
  • Hyde Park
  • Indian Orchard
  • Ipswich
  • Ipswich
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Jefferson
  • Kingston
  • Kingston
  • Lakeville
  • Lancaster
  • Lanesborough
  • Lawrence
  • Lee
  • Lee
  • Leicester
  • Lenox
  • Lenox
  • Leominster
  • Leverett
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln
  • Linwood
  • Littleton
  • Longmeadow
  • Lowell
  • Ludlow
  • Lunenburg
  • Lunenburg
  • Lynn
  • Lynnfield
  • Malden
  • Manchaug
  • Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Manomet
  • Mansfield
  • Marblehead
  • Marion
  • Marlborough
  • Marshfield
  • Marshfield
  • Marstons Mills
  • Mashpee
  • Mattapan
  • Mattapoisett
  • Maynard
  • Medfield
  • Medfield
  • Medford
  • Medway
  • Melrose
  • Mendon
  • Merrimac
  • Methuen
  • Middleborough
  • Middlefield
  • Middleton
  • Milford
  • Millbury
  • Millis
  • Millville
  • Milton
  • Monson
  • Montague
  • Monterey
  • Nahant
  • Nantucket
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • Needham Heights
  • New Bedford
  • Newbury
  • Newburyport
  • Newton
  • Newton Centre
  • Newton Highlands
  • Newton Lower Falls
  • Newton Upper Falls
  • Newtonville
  • Norfolk
  • North Adams
  • North Amherst
  • North Andover
  • North Attleborough
  • North Billerica
  • North Brookfield
  • North Brookfield
  • North Chelmsford
  • North Dartmouth
  • North Dighton
  • North Easton
  • North Grafton
  • North Oxford
  • North Reading
  • North Scituate
  • North Truro
  • Northampton
  • Northborough
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  • Northbridge
  • Northfield
  • Norton
  • Norwell
  • Norwood
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Oakham
  • Orange
  • Orange
  • Orleans
  • Orleans
  • Osterville
  • Otis
  • Oxford
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  • Palmer
  • Paxton
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  • Pepperell
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  • Petersham
  • Pinehurst
  • Pittsfield
  • Plainfield
  • Plainville
  • Plymouth
  • Pocasset
  • Prides Crossing
  • Princeton
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  • Randolph
  • Raynham
  • Reading
  • Rehoboth
  • Revere
  • Richmond
  • Rochester
  • Rockland
  • Rockport
  • Roslindale
  • Rowe
  • Rowley
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  • Russell
  • Rutland
  • Rutland
  • Sagamore
  • Sagamore Beach
  • Salem
  • Salisbury
  • Sandisfield
  • Sandwich
  • Sandwich
  • Saugus
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  • Scituate
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  • Sharon
  • Sharon
  • Sheffield
  • Shelburne Falls
  • Sherborn
  • Shirley
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  • South Dartmouth
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  • Tyngsboro
  • Tyngsborough
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  • Upton
  • Uxbridge
  • Village of Nagog Woods
  • Vineyard Haven
  • Waban
  • Wakefield
  • Wales
  • Walpole
  • Walpole
  • Waltham
  • Ware
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  • Wareham
  • Warren
  • Watertown
  • Wayland
  • Webster
  • Wellesley
  • Wellfleet
  • Wenham
  • West Barnstable
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  • West Bridgewater
  • West Dennis
  • West Falmouth
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  • West Newbury
  • West Newton
  • West Roxbury
  • West Springfield
  • West Stockbridge
  • West Tisbury
  • West Townsend
  • West Wareham
  • West Warren
  • West Yarmouth
  • Westborough
  • Westborough
  • Westfield
  • Westford
  • Westminster
  • Weston
  • Westport
  • Westwood
  • Weymouth
  • Whately
  • Whitinsville
  • Whitman
  • Wilbraham
  • Wilbraham
  • Williamsburg
  • Williamstown
  • Williamstown
  • Wilmington
  • Winchendon
  • Winchendon
  • Winchester
  • Windsor
  • Winthrop
  • Woburn
  • Woods Hole
  • Worcester
  • Worthington
  • Wrentham
  • Yarmouth
  • Yarmouth Port
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