CITY OF SPRINGFIELD
36 COURT STREET
SPRINGFIELD, MA 01103
BUSINESS CERTIFICATE FILING
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 110, Section 5 requires the filing of business certificates. This
office brings to your attention the following information:
A certificate filed in accordance with the law after January 2, 1986 shall be in force and effective
for four (4) years from the date of issue and shall be renewed each four (4) years thereafter so long as
such business shall be conducted and shall lapse and be void unless renewed.
The filing fee in the City of Springfield is $50.00. Please complete the Business Application
Form prior to coming into the City Clerk’s Office. Any changes to a business certificate is $40.00
Copies of such certificates shall be available at the address at which such business is
conducted and shall be furnished on request during regular business hours, to any person who has
purchased goods or services from such business.
The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents requires each business to file a
Worker’s Compensation Insurance Affidavit, please bring poof of insurance with you or the City will not
be able to process your application.
Violations of this law shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred
($300.00) for each month during which such violation continues.
THIS OFFICE ADVISES YOU TO ADHERE TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS STATUTE IN AS MUCH
AS THESE CERTIFICATES ARE EXAMINED DAILY BY REPRESENTATIVES OF BANKS AND
OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, STATE AND FEDERAL TAX OFFICES, CONSUMER GROUPS
AND AGENCIES, ATTORNEYS, UTILITY COMPANIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.
THIS OFFICE RECOMMENDS THAT YOU OBTAIN A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR BUSINESS
CERTIFICATE AT THE TIME OF ORIGINAL FILING IN ORDER FOR YOU TO BE IN FULL
COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW.
IF THIS OFFICE HAS RECEIVED YOUR FILING THROUGH THE MAIL, A CERTIFIED COPY MAY
BE OBTAINED FOR $20.00 BY WRITTEN REQUEST WITH THE PROPER IDENTIFYING
INFORMATION AND A SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE.
THE FILING OF A BUSINESS CERTIFICATE DOES NOT IMPLY ZONING ORDINANCE
COMPLIANCE AND IT IS NOT A LICENSE OR PERMIT TO CONDUCT A BUSINESS IN THE CITY
ALL CERTIFICATES MUST BE FILLED OUT IN BLACK INK ONLY!!
PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION ON THE BUSINESS CERTIFICATE FORM EXCEPT FOR
REVISED – 8-14