What is a Business Certificate?

A BusinessCertificate is a registration of a business that is being conducted within the Town of Tewksbury.  Its purpose is primarily for consumer protection and allows the public to identify and locate the owner(s) of a business.  Most financial institutions require a copy of the Business Certificate prior to opening a business banking account.

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1. What is a Business Certificate?
2. Who must file a Business Certificate?
3. Does a Business Certificate expire?
4. What if I go out of business, change my residence, change the location of the business or want to change the name of the business?
5. Must I display a copy of my Business Certificate?
6. Does the Business Certificate give me the right to operate my business?
7. What is the penalty for not filing for a Business Certificate?