New Business FAQ
Do I need a business license? Where do I go to get one?
The City of Danbury Office of Economic Advocacy can be reached at (203) 796-1649 to discuss business licensure procedures in Danbury, Connecticut.
What land use and building permits do I need?
If you are constructing a new building or renovating an existing structure, you will need to submit a plan of development to the City’s Planning & Zoning Office (203) 797-4525 as well as the Building Department (203) 797-4583.
How can I make sure my signage is compliant with local code?
Commercial signage in the downtown district requires a permit from the City of Danbury, and is subject to review by the CityCenter Architectural Advisory Committee (AAC).
What are the steps to have my signage reviewed by the AAC?
- Please complete the AAC Sign Permit Application, including a color image (rendering) of your signage and awning (if awning is changing) exactly how it will appear on the building. Size limit: Maximum of 1 SQ FT of sign for each linear foot of storefront.
- After you submit the AAC application and have shared a detailed image of how the sign will appear on the building facade, the AAC will schedule a review. AAC will provide feedback or approval to you in writing. Once the sign is approved, CityCenter will send an approval email to the City of Danbury Zoning department.
- Then you can apply for your sign permit online using the City of Danbury Zoning Permit Portal.
How do I apply for a food service license or schedule a health inspection for my restaurant?
Food service establishments should be proactive in ensuring they are compliant with local health code by contacting the City of Danbury Health and Human Services.
Do I need a license to operate my food truck at festivals and events?
A Temporary Event License is required to vend from any food truck regardless of the event or location around Danbury. Select between 1-14 or 15-28 days, or a 3-month seasonal license. Fees vary by license. Visit the City of Danbury Health and Human Services site for details.
Is my current ventilation system compliant with the state’s COVID-19 protocols?
Contact the City of Danbury Health and Human Services to schedule an inspection.
How do I find out if my fire suppression system is compliant?
Businesses should be proactive in ensuring they are compliant with fire code by contacting the City of Danbury Fire Marshal.