Are you looking to open a business in a thriving community located on the Connecticut shoreline midway between New York City and Boston? Then, Madison is the place for you!
With many of Madison’s residents actively involved in government boards, civic organizations and volunteer committees, our residents and businesses are invested in preserving the foundation of the town, both historically and environmentally, while also embracing innovation in technology and education to build a vibrant tomorrow.
Boasting a Moody confirmed AAA rating, a growth in the grand list each year since 2008, an unemployment rate below the state’s average*, the financial health of our town sets a solid foundation for the success of your new business.
We have provided some guidelines to help you lay the groundwork for your new business. Please keep in mind these are only steps to get you started and are not the full list of legal forms and requirements for opening a business in Madison.
- For complete guidelines, visit the Madison Town Campus.
- Please feel free to contact the Chamber Office to discuss opening or conducting business in Madison and along the Shoreline.
- Driving Directions to the Chamber Office and Madison Town Campus
1. Confirm with the Planning and Zoning office at Madison Town Hall to make sure that the business you want to conduct is permitted in the zone that you are interested in. There are strict regulations for medical offices, food prep, and other types of businesses.
2. Determine the physical location of your business. Is it an at-home office or will you need commercial space? A list of potentially available sites for lease or purchase is available at the Madison Economic Development Commission.
3. Check with listing realtors for specific properties and up to date listings. You may search our Member Directory for available realtors in our community.
4. Visit the Town Clerk’s office to fill out and file a Trade Name Certificate. This is for a business such as a sole proprietorship or LLC only doing business in Madison, not the branch of a store or corporate business registered elsewhere.
5. Your Trade Name Certificate will be shared internally with the town assessor’s office, and you will receive a personal property declaration for your business through the mail in August each year. You will be assessed taxes on personal property.
6. Check with the Building Official in the Planning and Zoning office if you need to remodel your space. (move walls, change plumbing or electrical components or mechanical renovations). You may need a permit.
7. While at Planning and Zoning, ask for sign regulations.
8. Consult with an attorney throughout the process. You may search our Member Directory for available attorneys in our community.
These are not all of the required forms, permits or regulations for opening a business in Madison but instead are intended to be a guideline to get you started. Please visit the Town Hall for full details and legal requirements.