File a Business Certificate

Filing


You may file, in person or by mail, a business certificate at the City Clerk's Office at the following address:
City Hall
Clerk's Office
Room 31
375 Merrimack Street
Lowell MA, 01852

Filing Hours


The City Clerk's Office accepts business certificates Monday - Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
 
Please note: A Workers Compensation Insurance Affidavit must be filed with each new filing, renewal or with any changes to a previously filed Workers Compensation Insurance Affidavit.

Filing Fee


  • The fee for filing or renewing a business certificate is $50 and includes one certified copy
  • The fee for changing, partially withdrawing from, or discontinuing a business certificate is $30, and includes one certified copy
  • Additional certified copies are $20 each

Types of Payments


The City accepts checks or money orders only by mail, and checks, money orders or cash in person. Checks should be made payable to "City of Lowell."

Validity


Once filed, a business certificate is valid for four years.

Filing in Person


To file, change, or discontinue a business certificate in person at the City Clerk's Office, each owner listed on the business certificate must be present, and show some form of State issued identification. There are Notary Public's at the City Clerk's Office that can notarize the owners' signatures. You will receive one certified copy at the time of filing.

Filing by Mail


To file, change, or discontinue a business certificate by mail, fill out the form (PDF) in duplicate completely in black ink. Each owner listed on the business certificate must then sign in black ink in the presence of a Notary Public.

Mail the two completed and notarized business certificates, Workers Compensation Insurance Affidavit and copy of certificate of insurance if applicable along with a check or money order for the appropriate fee to:
City Hall
Clerk's Office
Room 31
375 Merrimack Street
Lowell MA, 01852

This office will mail back one certified copy.

Filing a Change in Business


If you want to file a change in the business, note the following:

  • A change in the business name requires the filing of a new business certificate, signed by all new owners, and the discontinuance of the old business certificate signed by all old owners.
  • A change in the business address is a change that requires the signature of all owners. The withdrawal of an owner requires the signature of all owners.
  • The addition of an owner requires the filing of a new business certificate, signed by all new owners, and the discontinuance of the old business certificate signed by all old owners.

Business Form


View or download the Business Certificate Form (PDF).