Working with City Government
The Mayor and city staff are committed to supporting the city's business community and ensuring its continued growth and vitality. Here are some critical links that can help you find what you need
If you are not sure where to start, or you cannot find the answers you need here, please feel free to contact us anytime with General Questions about doing business in the City of Framingham.
Planning and Community Development
150 Concord St.
Memorial Building Room B-2
Framingham, MA 01702
General Overview of the Development Process
Building / Renovating / Development Resources
- Permitting Guides (Plan Build Grow)
- Zoning Bylaws
- Zoning Map
- Building Permits - Learn what permits are required for construction, then view and print out the permit applications to bring in
- Brownfields Redevelopment - Learn about the City’s Brownfields Program which offers free environmental site assessments on qualified properties
- Conservation Commission
- Department of Public Works
- Digsafe: 888.DIG.SAFE (888.344.7233) or 8-1-1
Operating a Business
- Check Current Tax Rates
- Learn About Licensing
- Registering Your Business:
- Corporations must be registered with the State of Massachusetts
- Unincorporated Businesses must register with the City Clerk’s Offices
- Permits - Search for the past and current permits for a specific parcel or track your permits
- Interactive Map - Search for public information on specific parcels
- Assessors - search the Assessor’s database
Business ResourcesThe city does not have any small business grants or loans. However, below is a list of other places to look for information and help with business planning and potential sources of funding. Parts of Downtown Framingham are designated as a federal HUBzone and the entire City of Framingham is a state Economic Target Area (ETA), both of which may open additional resources for your business. Here is a summary of State Incentive Programs.
In 2018, the City had several census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones. Learn more about that federal program here: US Opportunity Zone Program.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) offers free business counseling office hours at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce every week. The Chamber office (on Route 9) can be reached at 508.879.5600.
State ContactsMass Office of Business Development (MOBD) - Framingham is in the MetroWest Region
Peter Milano, Regional Director Massachusetts Office of Business Development
Mass Development - In some cases they can offer low interest financing
Kelly Arvidon, Sr. VP of Business Development
MetroWest Regional Office
30 Lyman St., Suite 4
Westborough, MA 01581
MassEcon - Offers commercial and industrial site selection assistance in Massachusetts
U.S. Small Business Association
David Polatin, Asst. District Dir. Business Development
10 Causeway St., Room 265
Boston, MA 02222
Other Local / Regional Small Business Resources
Clark University Small Business Development Center
MSBDC Network at Clark University
Central Regional Office
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610
Massachusetts SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Ms. Georgianna Parkin, State Director
University of Massachusetts
227 Isenberg School of Management
121 President's Dr.
Amherst, MA 01003-9310
Key City Departments
Inspectional Servicesp: 508.532.5500
Planning and Community Developmentp: 508.532.5455
Department of Public Works
Zoning Board of Appealsp: 508.532.5456