Prior to opening a business within the Town of Richmond, please contact the Zoning Department.
If you are conducting a business in Richmond under an assumed business name, or under any designation or name other than the real name or names of the person or persons conducting the business, Title 6, Chapter 1 of the R.I. General Laws requires that you file a certificate with the Town Clerk stating under oath the name under which the business is conducted and the full names and mailing addresses of the persons conducting the business. This law does not apply to corporations or limited partnerships. This law applies to partnerships and joint ventures when the name of the business does not contain the real name of at least one partner or joint venturer. The filing fee is $10.00.
You may also be required to obtain business licenses in accordance with Title 5 of the Town Code of Ordinances. Applications for business licenses may be obtained below. All licenses are subject to approval of the Town Council.