Business & Commercial Areas Information

Opening & Running a Business


Depending on the type of business you are thinking of opening, it may be difficult to know where to start for required permits and licenses and assistance. Call Andy Martineau or Evan Lehrer at 617-730-2130 or email us for more information.

Business Resources


Business Certificates (DBA License)
Commercial Permit Parking
Guide to Opening a Food Establishment
Building & Zoning Services
     Food Vendors License (selling food, no seats)
         Building Applications & Forms
     Common Victualler License (restaurants with seats)   Environmental / Health Licensing & Permitting
All Board of Selectmen Licensing (initial permitting)
All Businesses: Required Commercial Recycling Plan
Online Board of Selectmen License Renewals
Annual Registration Renewal for Storage of Flammables
Tax Assessors Contacts & Database   
For Nonprofits: Raffles & Bazaars
Personal Property Tax Questions & Answers
Keep Updated with Evolving Local Business Regulations
Current bid and contract opportunities 
Small Business Administration - Boston Area Resources & Events
Facade Loan Program
 


Facade Loan Program


The Town of Brookline Facade Loan Program was established to encourage business owners and property owners to undertake improvements to their commercial storefronts. The program’s objective is to create lasting community benefits that go beyond the individual storefronts that enhances the overall streetscape and strengthens the identity of our commercial areas.

Eligible improvements are limited to those that will be made to the exterior front or sides (facades) of buildings that impact the visual aesthetics of the property, up to $10,000, with below market interest rates. Exterior painting, signage, awnings, lighting, windows / door replacement or modification, and building /storefront/ facade restoration are eligible as well as minor landscaping.

Commercial Areas & Community Information

Business Associations


The information below is a listing of the business associations in the Town of Brookline. We encourage you to follow the links to the corresponding websites for more information! You may also be interested to read about all Community Organizations.

Brookline Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce is to promote and advance the continued success of Brookline as a thriving community in which to live, work, and do business.  The chamber takes a leadership role in the business community for growth, advocacy, information, and networking. For more information, please visit the Brookline Chamber website, call 617-739-1330, or email Brookline Chamber.

Coolidge Corner Merchants Association
The Coolidge Corner Merchants Association's mission is to enhance the quality of life and business atmosphere of the neighborhood and to market Coolidge Corner as a vibrant, unique, and exciting place to shop. Issues of interest to all area business owners are discussed. Agenda items may range from planning sidewalk sales to discussing town policies that affect commercial areas. Visit the Coolidge Corner Merchants Association website for more information.

Washington Square Association
The Washington Square Association (WSA) has sponsored neighborhood improvements including the installation of an 18-foot, 4-sided Victorian Clock (at the MBTA station), benches, flowering planters on sidewalks, and additional garden areas in the center of the square. The WSA welcomes business and resident members. Please email Hsiu Lan Chang or visit the WSA's Facebook page for more information.

Wellness in the Village
Wellness in the Village is a local collaborative with the goal of connecting the wealth of health and wellness practitioners in Brookline Village to our community. Checkout the Wellness in the Village website for more information.