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As with most New England States, Essex County, Massachusetts exists only as a historical geographic region.
It’s had no official county government structure since July 1998.

Please refer to the individual towns and cities listed below for more information.

Essex County, MA

National Grid - Serving a total of 1.2 million customers in 168 Massachusetts communities.

Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs – A state maintained website offering links, tips & information concerning Electric, Natural Gas, water and other resources within the state.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) - A Massachusetts public authority established by an act of the Legislature in 1984 to provide wholesale water and sewer services to 2.5 million people and more than 5,500 large industrial users in 61 metropolitan Boston communities. MWRA Community List

Natural Gas Providers, By Town - A State Maintained .pdf map file.


State Website – The Official website of the state of Massachusetts.

MA Department of Revenue - The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is to achieve maximum compliance with the tax, child support and municipal finance laws of the Commonwealth. In meeting its mission, the Department is dedicated to enforcing these laws in a fair, impartial and consistent manner by providing professional and courteous service to all its customers.

Step by Step Guide to Starting a Business - When you start a business, you need to do more than decide whether to incorporate or not; you need to choose a name and register with various federal, state and local agencies. You may also need certain licenses and permits.

Licensing, Permitting & Certification - State agencies and local governments regulate specific occupations, types of businesses and business activities. Some laws and regulations require a license, permit or certification.

State Taxes & Incentives - Learn about what the Commonwealth has to offer in the way of business tax incentives, credits and programs.

Green Business Development - EEA believes it is critical to develop new innovative environmental technologies that will provide cost effective, technology-based solutions to environmental problems in the Commonwealth. By advancing the development of these technologies, the Commonwealth can improve environmental protection and grow the economy.

Business Laws & Regulations

Startup & Small Business Help - Many government, nonprofit and volunteer organizations help new businesses get going and help small businesses succeed.

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission - An agency under the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General. It is our overall objective to provide uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state. You will find our Web Site to be user friendly, easy to operate, and most importantly, organized to provide the information you are seeking.

MassDOT - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation website.

Traffic Volume Counts - The Massachusetts Highway Department conducts an annual traffic data collection program. This data is available online by auto route and city/town list or as an interactive map.

Massachusetts Department of Health & Human Services – Food Safety Division.

Regulations, Compliance and Enforcement - Research the different laws and regulations that govern our use of the environment.

Get a Tax ID - Prior to registering your business with the Department of Revenue, you will first need an IRS issued Employer Identification Number for your business.

Register Online - Register your business or Service Company and create an account to use Web File for Business to manage your Massachusetts state tax obligations.

Small Business Workshops - We invite you to attend one of our free Small Business Workshops designed for the tax novice.

Online Services - You can completely manage your tax profile and obligations online.  Log in with your Web File account to file returns, make payments and more. Click here to request a Certificate of Good Standing. Click here to verify sales tax resale certificates.

Financial Resources - State and nonprofit agencies provide a variety of financial assistance to help you get started, expand or stay in business.

Information for Small Businesses in Massachusetts

Mass DEP (the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection) - The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxic's and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) - Assists companies in navigating and obtaining the technical, human, financial and siting resources necessary to expand and/or re-locate in MA. MOBD is the point of contact for the Business Resource Team.

State Office of Minority & Women Business Assistance - The State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) is an agency within the Massachusetts Department of Business Development (DBD) which promotes the development of certified minority business enterprises (MBE), women owned (WBE) business enterprises, and minority non-profit (M/NPO) and women (W/NPO) non-profit organizations. It does this by facilitating their participation in Massachusetts business and economic development opportunities. Specifically, SOMWBA offers services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy.

Business Counseling and Assistance - Success in business takes a lot of hard work. But in Massachusetts, government, business and academia have come together to help you succeed. Check out these resources, available online or in offices throughout the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Export Center - The Massachusetts Export Center helps companies throughout the Commonwealth achieve success in global markets. The goal is to meet the complex needs of exporters by developing and providing targeted, high-impact services delivered through a state-wide network of international trade professionals.

Small Business Community in Massachusetts - Massachusetts has a strong network of organizations ready to help you create or refine a business plan, receive technical assistance or access financing. These resources are spread throughout the Commonwealth and offer small businesses solutions for the wide spectrum of their business needs.

Business Resource Team Partners - We are the single point of contact for all your business needs.

Site Finder Service  - Helping Companies Find the Land and Buildings to Meet Their Needs.

Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office
- The Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office was established in 2006 to work with new and existing businesses by assisting with permitting, licensing, and regulatory processes. It works to streamline state permitting processes to benefit all parties involved.

Why Massachusetts? - Compare Massachusetts to other states and make your decision.

Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) - Declare eligibility and participate in the SBPP to increase your business with the state, receive access to online notification of competitive procurement opportunities targeted to eligible small businesses, to access a host of training programs, and more.

Massachusetts State Bar Association – Lawyer Referral Service - Since its inception in 1974, the LRS has helped more than 450,000 people find the right lawyer. Unlike for-profit referral agencies, the LRS is a public service program dedicated to directing callers to the most appropriate resources, whether that is one of our attorney panel members, the state attorney general's office, a legal service agency or the MBA's Dial-A-Lawyer program.

US Census Bureau  - Why pay for demographics twice?

Essex County Bar Association – Established in 1806, The Nation’s oldest county Bar Association.

The Northeast Massachusetts SCORE Chapter - Provides assistance in a group counseling environment. This provides you with easy access to a wide range of business and financial expertise that can be directly applied to your existing business or new business idea.

Chambers of Commerce

Lynn Area Chamber Of Commerce - Serving the region with business-oriented programs and events.

Rockport Chamber of Commerce – Rockport

Beverly Chamber of Commerce – Beverly

Marblehead Chamber of Commerce – Marblehead

Peabody Chamber of Commerce
- Peabody

Salem Chamber of Commerce - Salem

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce - Gloucester
Serving the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Essex.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce - Merrimac

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Newburyport


* Essex County, MA

Is comprised of 25 Townships and 9 Cities all of which are responsible for creating and maintain their own municipal codes and ordinances.
Please contact the local municipality for any recent changes, additions or modifications

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