Commercial Permits and Licenses
The Town of Lexington welcomes your business and strives to make the process of doing business within the Town as simple as possible.The particulars of your site, use and business needs will determine the specific permits you need. This page provides a list of pertinent permits and licenses that you may need. For answers to questions and assistance with the permitting and licensing process, please email Melisa Tintocalis or call (781) 862-0500 ext. 257.
Construction Permits: If you're planning on refurbishing an existing building or creating a new one, chances are you'll need to file the necessary permits with the Building Division.
Food Services: If you're planning on serving food in Lexington, whether in a restaurant or not (even if it's only a one time event), you'll need to visit the Health Department.
Commercial / Industrial Activities: Waste Disposal, DNA research and Well construction will need permits available in the Health Department.
Wetlands Permit: If your project requires construction near a wetland, stream or flood plain you will need to file a Request for determination with the Conservation Division.
Doing Business As certificate: If you are conducting business in Lexington under any title other than the legal name of the business, whether individually or in a partnership, you need to file a Business Certificate.
Sign Permit: It is likely your business will require a sign. All exterior signs require a Sign Permit. To maintain compatibility with the building and the character of the area the Town has outlined regulations for commercial signs in the Zoning Bylaw. It is possible your site is also subject to review by the Historic District Commission or Planning Board. Here are some common permits and licenses that you may need:
¹$3,500 for a restaurant or inn, $2,000 for a package store, or $400 for a club
3Must show proof of $25,000 bond
4 $6 per $100 of sign value
**$25 per $1,000 of valuation up to the first $10,000 valuation. $10 per $1,000 of valuation over $10,000. Minimum charge is $30.
*Each additional fixture, appliance, or device is $7. Each sprinkler head is $2 with a minimum of $30.