Resources for Businesses


Business Certificates

All businesses in the town are required to have a business certificate, obtain one here.

Building Permits

The town’s building permit page is here

Body Art Establishments

Body art establishment permits can be found here.

Obtain a Food Establishment License

If you plan on opening a food establishment, look at the town’s food establishment resources.

Permit to Conduct Raffles

The town requires you to get a permit to host raffles here.

Liquor Permit

Are you planning on selling alcohol as part of your business? You must contact the city clerk to obtain a liquor permit.

Call 617-972-6486 or email

Tanning Establishment Resources 

If you plan on opening a tanning establishment, look at the town’s tanning establishment requirements.

Temporary Food Events Application

If your business is hosting a temporary food event you must fill out the application here.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals’ primary function is to act on all discretionary permits which include Special Permits, Here is the official page.

City Events

Apply for Arts Market

Apply to have a table at the Watertown Arts Market here.

Apply for a Farmers Market Table

The Watertown Farmers Market is accepting applications to have a table, you can find the application here.

Get a Table at The Faire On The Square

Become an exhibitor at the Faire in the Square by filling out their application here.

Government Resources

Small Business Administration Resources (SBA) 

The SBA has a number of very useful resources for small businesses on its website here.

Energy & Utilities Resources

Click here for National Grid’s energy services for businesses.

Life Sciences 

Adopted – rDNA – Biosafety Regulations 

Biotechnology Regulations

Biotechnology Permit Annual Application

Biotechnology Registration Annual Application

Biotechnology FAQ

Other City Resources

Business Parking Permit

Did you know that the town sells parking passes for businesses in Watertown Square allowing them to park in the Watertown Square parking lots each quarter? Click here to apply.

Business Relocation

If you are relocating your business make sure to check the town’s business relocation page.

Filing for Going Out of Business

The town has a page for any business doing a going-out-of-business sale here.

Get Town Alert Notifications

Sign up for alerts from the town here.

Signs and Design Guidelines 

Check certain design guidelines and signage guidelines here.

For more information visit the city of Watertown’s official website.