Last updated May 30, 2020
Business Licenses and Permits
How to form an LLC in Massachusetts
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $500 by mail or $520 online (one-time fee)
Annual report: $500 by mail or $520 online (every year)
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After you form your Massachusetts LLC, you need to comply with any city license and permit requirements.
Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.
Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being able to conduct business in Massachusetts.
Types of licenses & permits you may need in Massachusetts
Below are some license and permit examples:
- City business licenses/tax permits
- Building permit
- Health permit
- Occupational permit
- Signage permit
- Alarm permit
- Zoning permit
- Alcohol & tobacco permit
- Liquor license
- Sales and use tax permit
- Seller/reseller permit
Do it yourself in Massachusetts
Contact your City
In Massachusetts, the licensing requirements are set by the city(ies) in which you operate. You can access the Massachusetts Municipal Association and contact the city where your LLC is located for your license and permit requirements: https://www.mma.org/city-and-town-web-sites
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has a resources page with links you can access to know what other licenses and permits your LLC may need: https://www.mass.gov/topics/business-licenses-permits
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED)
The EOHED also has a resources page with guides on how and where to get your LLC’s licenses and permits: http://www.mass.gov/hed/business/regulations-licenses-permits/
There are nearly 20,000 licensing and permit jurisdictions in the United States and each has its own rules and regulations.
If you want to save time, we recommend hiring a professional service company (like IncFile) to do the research and prepare your applications.
They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits and tax registrations required for your Massachusetts LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.
After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits for your Massachusetts LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Massachusetts LLC Taxes.