Starting Your Business
Thank you for choosing to start a business in Hartford. We appreciate your decision to help make our City an economically strong and vibrant city. Starting and growing a business can be both rewarding and challenging. Knowing about business resources can help you build a “team” to support your success. This page provides guidance to get you started. You can download a printable version of this information here.
Here are general steps to starting a business:
Step One: Business Planning
Develop a business plan. A solid business plan is the first step toward success in your business venture. From obtaining funding to hiring employees to planning for expansion, a business plan can be your guide to keeping your business on track. Your business plan can keep you focused on your goals and keep you moving forward when faced with obstacles.
For more information on how to structure your business entity and develop a business plan, please contact the following agencies:
Step Two: Location Planning
Finding a location that best suits your business needs is instrumental to your success. The best way to find a location is to contact a local commercial real estate agency. Before signing any lease agreements, puchasing property or purchasing a sign, we encourage you to understand our zoning requirements.Start by finding which zoning district your property is within by reviewing the zoning map located here. Then, review the zoning regulations to determine if your use is allowed and other requirements that may apply, such as parking, loading and access. The zoning regualtions are located here.
We also encourgae you to contact planning & zoning to discuss your unique situation.
Step Three: Permits
Businesses require permits and licenses at the federal, state and local levels. The following is a summary of possible general permits and licenses required in the City of Hartford.
Zoning & Sign Permits
As mentioned above, zoning plays an important part in business planning, including size, location, and use. We encourgae you to contact planning & zoning to discuss your unique situation.
For renovations and repairs to your business location, you may need to apply for a building permit at the Licenses & Inspections Division. Review the information on the building permit page.
In addition to licenses required by the State of Connecticut, some businesses require to be licensed with the City. This includes, peddlers and vendors, food and ice cream vendors and news stands, to name a few. Please visit the business licenses page for more information.
Weights and Measures
If your business involves scales or dispencing products by volume, review the weights & measures page for additional information.
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