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As with most New England States, Suffolk 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 specific building information.

Suffolk County, Massachusetts
The City of Chelsea

The City of Chelsea - The Official website of the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Codes, Ordinances & Charter - The official codes & ordinances of the City of Chelsea, MA.

The Department of Licensing, Permitting and Consumer Affairs - Provides administrative support to the Licensing Commission, the Cultural Council and Cable Television Advisory Committee, and is responsible for the issuance of all licenses and permits granted by the Licensing Commission, as well as licenses and permits granted by the Director of the Department.

The City of Chelsea's GIS system - Provides access to a significant amount of GIS data, and provide users access to the City's on-line GIS database.

The Town of Winthrop

The Town of Winthrop - The Website of the Town of Winthrop, Massachusetts.

Town Code - The Official Town Code of Winthrop, Massachusetts.

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 autoroute and city/town list or as an interactive map.

Massachusetts Department of Health & Human Services – Food Safety

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 WebFile 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 WebFile 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 toxics 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.

Massachusetts Maps – A collection of 509 Massachusetts city maps.



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The City of Boston

The City of Boston - The official website of Boston, Massachusetts.

Zoning Code & Enabling Act – The version of the Boston Zoning Code that appears on this website may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Boston Zoning Commission. The print version of the Code as enacted by the Zoning Commission, together with any amendments adopted subsequent to the most recent update to the print version, remain the official version of the Code. or further information regarding the official version of the Boston Zoning Code, including both the text and maps, please consult the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Article 80 - The Boston Zoning Code requires that the Boston Redevelopment Authority review, through a public process, the design of real estate developments and their effect of the surrounding community and the City as a whole, and requires appropriate conditions for approval of such projects. The procedures and standards for this review appear in Article 80.

Starting a Business in Boston - The Office of Business Development has created the Boston Business Resource Guide to help individuals who wish to start, expand, or relocate a business in Boston.

Economic Development -

Licensing & Permitting - Downloadable forms, permits and licenses in .pdf format

Zoning – What can you build and where? The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s website with links to their municipal codes, zoning maps and city agencies.

Restaurant Roadmap - Thinking of opening a restaurant in Boston?  This City maintained web page provides information to give you an overview of the process, with links to potential funding sources and a searchable map of current food service establishments.

Small Business Resource Guide - Navigating the maze of regulations and requirements for licenses, permits, and taxes among the various city, state, and federal government agencies can be confusing and overwhelming for the new, and even the experienced business owner. This guide is designed to help you through that maze as you start, expand, or relocate your business in Boston.

Property Locator - View information about City-owned property and land, available commercial space, and private abandoned property.

The City of Revere

The City of Revere - The official Website of the City of Revere, Massachusetts.

City Code - The official municipal code of Revere, Massachusetts.

MassLandRecords – A great searchable database of property ownership covering all of Suffolk County, MA. 

Boston Bar Association – A local bar association, serving the Boston legal community.

S.C.O.R.E. Boston - Over 50 counselors participate in Boston’s SCORE chapter and their combined experience and knowledge could match most Business School faculties. The confidential counseling is FREE plus there are modestly priced seminars in the Greater Boston area.

Chambers of Commerce

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

Revere Chamber of Commerce

Winthrop Chamber of Commerce

Suffolk County, MA
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