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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:

1265 Asylum Avenue, Hartford CT 06105
(f) 860.768.5622
15 Lewis Street, Hartford CT 06103
(f) 860-727-9224
95 Park Street, 3rd Floor
Hartford CT 06106
(f) 860-241-9000

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.

Building Permits

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.

Business Licenses

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.

Other Helpful Resources

City of Hartford; Health & Human Services Department

City of Hartford; Fire Marshall's Office

CT Department of Consumer Protection; Liquor Control Division


Housing, Economic Development, Planning & Zoning is located at 250 Constitution Plaza, 4th Floor
   Licenses & Inspections is located at 260 Constitution Plaza, Ground Floor

HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM