The first step in starting a new business or moving your business to Westbrook is to contact the Planning, Assessing & Code Enforcement Office to confirm that your location is properly zoned for the business operations that you intend to conduct there.
Obtaining a Business License
State Licenses. You may be required to obtain certain licenses or permits from the State of Maine to operate your business. Click here for information on State business licenses.
City Licenses. In addition to any State license requirements, you may need to obtain a license or permit from the City of Westbrook to operate in our community. Included below are business license applications for those activities requiring a local license. There is a $25 application fee per business, along with a $35 background investigation fee for each new applicant. Certain licenses may require the approval of City Council before business can commence.
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional information and/or assistance.
- Auto Salvage/Junkyard License
- Commercial Hauler (Trash/Recycling) License
- Food Service Establishment License
- Massage Therapy License (Establishment & Therapist)
- Movie Theater License (Drive-In & Indoor)
- Outdoor Dining License (seasonal add-on for Food Service Establishments)
- Pawnshop/Secondhand Dealer License
- Pushcart License
- Tattoo Establishment License
- Temporary Food Service License
- Transient Seller License
- Vehicle Towing - for Police Department
Registering Your Business
In accordance with State law, all businesses in Westbrook operating as sole proprietor or partnership using a name other than the owner's personal name must register their business with the City Clerk's Office. This form is commonly known as a DBA ("doing business as"). There is a one-time fee of $10 to file this form. Many banks will require you to provide a copy of this form before allowing you to open a bank account for your business. Before you may file a DBA, our Planning & Code Enforcement Office must conduct a review to ensure that the business is an allowable use in accordance with local zoning ordinances. Follow the link below for more information
- Obtaining a Certificate of Sole Proprietorship or Certificate of Corporate Ownership (i.e. Filing a DBA)
Starting a New Business
Some resources for starting a new business are: