Starting a Business In Bethel

Thank you for your interest in opening or expanding a business in the Town of Bethel. Whether you are starting, purchasing, expanding or relocating your business, please use this guide to help you through the process.

The amount of paper work, detail and review is based upon the legal structure, type of business, complexity of the project and the property the business is located. You may be required to sequence your steps differently and may be required to file other state licenses, registrations or permits in addition to those mentioned in the guide.

If you need assistance, contact the Office of Economic Development at (203) 794-8521 or



The following partners offer programs and services to businesses throughout Connecticut. They provide advice, expertise and information that can help you successfully launch or expand a business.

Connecticut Licensing Info Center provides access to licensing and registration information needed to start a business.

C-PACE is an innovative program that is helping commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings. 

CTNext equips startups and entrepreneurs with resources, guidance and networks to accelerate their growth and success.

DECD is in the business of growing your business. The department offers a wide range of programs and services to help companies prosper in Connecticut. They provide financial, tax incentive, technical assistance and more.

The Housatonic Industrial Development Corp. helps Connecticut’s small businesses grow, create or retain jobs and achieve economic development goals within the state. 

SCORE provides free, on-going mentoring and education to help you grow or start a business.

Small Business Development Center provides no-cost advising services and technical assistance to both prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand a business.

U.S. Small Business Administration provides financial assistance, counseling, training and contracting assistance to small businesses throughout the country.


Business Incentives

The Town of Bethel is committed to providing businesses with the most up to date information on the financial incentive programs that are available to them. Whether it is a program offered by local, state, or federal partners we can help you find the right program for your business.


Deferral of Assessment

The Town of Bethel offers a deferral of assessment for the construction of improvements to real property (or property subject to air rights) for at least one of the following principal uses: Office; retail; in connection with transient residential units in the form of a hotel and/or motel; manufacturing; warehouse, storage or distribution; structured multilevel parking use necessary in connection with a mass transit system; information technology; recreation facilities; transportation facilities; mixed-use development, as defined in § 8-13m of the Connecticut General Statutes; or by or on behalf of a health system, as defined in § 19a-508c of the Connecticut General Statutes.


Deferral of Assessment Ordinance

Deferral of Assessment Application


Small Business Assistance Program


The Small Business Assistance Program is for eligible Bethel based small businesses that employ 25 or fewer employees and that have been adversely impacted by the COVID pandemic. Grant applications of up to $5,000 will be accepted. 

First Round - September 20-October 22, 2021

Second Round - January 4-February 1, 2022

Third Round - May 23-June 30, 2022


Program Overview and Application


If you need assistance, contact the Office of Economic Development at (203)794-8521 or