Business Certificates (DBA)

Conducting Business in Watertown

Anyone conducting business in Watertown under a name other than their own or corporate name must file a Business Certificate with the Town Clerk. This form is commonly known as a "doing business as" or "DBA" certificate. 

Owners must come to Town Hall in person with valid photo ID and complete an application. Applications are only available in the office.

What is the cost of a Business Certificate?

The certified copy of the Business Certificate costs $50.00 for four years. After the four years the certificate dissolves and it can be renewed at that time. Please be sure to make your payment with cash or check payable to the "Town of Watertown". 

Why should you file a Business Certificate?

The DBA files allow consumers to identify and locate the proprietor of a business, which goes by a name other than that of the proprietor. The filing of a DBA Certificate also serves as notice that the filer claims the exclusive use of the name contained in the certificate. Once filed, a certificate is valid for four years.

The General Laws of Massachusetts

Read the full text of Massachusetts Law Chapter 110 Section 5 which requires the filing of Business Certificates.

Discontinuance of Business

Please contact the Clerks office for a Discontinuance form when you are no longer performing business in Watertown and your certificate is still active. There is a filing fee of $30.00. Please be sure to make your payment with cash or check payable to the "Town of Watertown".