Getting Started

Welcome to Somersworth, New Hampshire where business is welcome and supported at every level.  If you are new to owning a business there are a few steps you need to take at the local and State level before you open your doors.  Below are some items to help you get started.  As always, we are here to help you with the process and welcome your inquiries.  Call the Economic Development office at 603-692-9516 to get your questions answered on everything including finding a property, securing talent, sourcing funds, tax incentives and more.somersworthlinkedin

State of New Hampshire

Registering your business-All businesses except for a Sole Proprietor that uses their exact name as the company name, must register with the Secretary of State.  To register a business visit:

Employees-If your business has employees you will need to provide unemployment insurance.  The Department of Labor,, provides detailed information on this subject along with other employer labor questions.  New hire reporting is done through the NH Employment Security office,  Other forms and publications can also be sourced through NHES.

License-A listing of licensed professions in the State of NH can be found at

NH Division of Economic Development-Companies looking for assistance with exporting, government contracting, relocating to and within NH, broadband, energy efficiency, sourcing loans and grants or finding local resources can get the answers they need by calling 603-271-2591 or visiting their website,

City of Somersworth

Developer’s Guide to Somersworth– This publication covers the basic steps of opening or building a business in the City.  Click here to find out how to get started and who can help you through the process.  You can always call the Development Services office at 603-692-9516 to set up a meeting with our team.

Guide to Starting a Business in Somersworth-This publication is geared toward individuals who are new to the business ownership process.  It covers the steps you need to take at the City, State and Federal level and includes information about available business resources.  Get your questions answered here.  Our economic development manager is also available to meet with and assist with all aspects of the business development process.

Certificate of Occupancy- Most new businesses owners will need to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.  Applications can be found at the Department of Development Services located in city hall or through our website under “Applications & Permits.”  When in doubt simply reach out to the City Building Inspector at 603-692-9522.

Available Commercial Real Estate-Call or email Christine Soutter, Economic Development Manager, with your real estate needs and she will help you find the right place for your business.  Christine can be reached at 603-692-9516 or  Prospective businesses can also see an overview of available buildings and land on our website under business districts.

City Ordinances-A list of Somersworth City Ordinances can be foundhere.

Zoning-Somersworth has a variety of business, commercial and industrial districts.  Click on the following link to view the various zoning districts:   zoning2013  To see what type of businesses are allowed in the various districts click here.

We are here to help you set up your business in Somersworth as smoothly and efficiently as possible.  Please call our office at 603-692-9516 and we will gladly work with you to answer your questions, connect you with the appropriate resources and get your business up and running.