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 Division of Economic Development at (603) 692-9516 to get your questions answered on everything including finding a property, securing talent, sourcing funds, tax incentives and more.

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 click here.

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 by clicking here.

City Of Somersworth

Business Presentation Packet

This publication is geared toward individuals who are new to the area. This packet of information overviews the attributes of Somersworth with particular emphasis on points of interest for new businesses and those unfamiliar with the area. The Business Presentation Packet can be found by clicking here

Business Resource Guide

This publication is geared toward individuals who are new to business ownership and the process of opening a new business in Somersworth. It covers the steps needed to take at the City, State and Federal level and includes information about available business resources. The Business Resource Guide can be found by clicking here.

Available Commercial Real Estate

Call or email Robin Comstock, Economic Development Manager, with your real estate needs and she will help you find the right place for your business. Robin can be reached at (603) 692-9516 or via email.

Certificate of Occupancy

All 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.

City Ordinances

A list of Somersworth City Ordinances can be found by clicking here.


Somersworth has a variety of business, commercial and industrial districts. You can view the Zoning Map and see all of the City's zoning districts by clicking here. You can see the Table of Uses and what type of businesses are allowed in the various districts by clicking 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.