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Any person conducting a business in Dartmouth, individually or as a partnership, under any title or name other than their own name, must file a business certificate with the Town Clerk. If a corporation is operating a business in a name, other than the incorporated name, they too need to file.
The following are exempt from filing a business certificate with the Town Clerk (unless a bank requires a business certificate):A Corporation doing business under its true corporate name which is required to file records and reports with the state secretary, corporations division. Partnerships doing business under a title which includes the true surname of any partner. Association which has complied with MGL ch.159 sec.5 and 6 related to common carriers whose agents must file information with the state treasurer. Partnership, joint stock company or association conducted under a written instrument or declaration of trust, provided that the names of the trustees, with a reference to the instrument or declaration of trust, have been filed on a business certificate.
The Business Certificate is applied for through the Town's online permitting system. View the Dartmouth View Point Cloud website choose the town clerk's office on the page and follow the instructions. Please call the Town Clerk's Office with any questions at 508-910-1800.
If a business is discontinued, or it the information related to the business or the individuals conducting the business changes after the original filing, a statement of discontinuance or the new information must be filed with the Town Clerk The fee for withdrawals, discontinuances, changes, etc. is $10.
A business certificate is in force and effect for four years from the date of issue. A new filing must be made every four years as long as the business is conducted.
No, however you must provide a copy on request during regular business hours, to any person who has purchased goods or services from such business.