The Business Licensing and Enforcement Division is located in the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall in Manchester. We service all requests for licensing in the City of Manchester, including all food-service establishments from coffee shops to supermarkets; high-impact retail stores - businesses which are accessible to the public where food, goods, merchandise or equipment is sold at retail and where tobacco, tobacco paraphernalia, smoking paraphernalia, including products that contain nicotine, liquid nicotine, vapors or inhalants and/or involve the on-site inhaling or smoking of such products, and/or lottery tickets are sold; peddlers; hawkers, dealers of junk, old metals or second-hand articles; pawnbrokers; hotels, motels, or bed and breakfasts; tattoo and body piercing establishments; farmer's markets; taxicab companies; taxicab drivers; companies engaged in towing motor vehicles without the consent or authorization of the owner or operator; employment offices; circuses; carnivals; performers and exhibitors; arcades; dances, dance halls; entertainment places of assembly; fairs; festivals and most other special events.
The Business Licensing and Enforcement Division no longer issues commercial/residential alarm permits. An alarm permit is required for all security alarm users in the City of Manchester and may be obtained from the Ordinance Violations Bureau, located at City Hall at One City Hall Plaza in the west wing - a division of the Manchester Police Department.
While we strive to ensure that activities remain in compliance with municipal ordinances, our first and foremost goal is to provide business owners in Manchester with a courteous and efficient licensing process.