Starting a Business in Bath?
What Kind of Business?
This is important because it could determine the steps necessary to getting your business started. Are you starting a Home-Occupancy or conventional Commercial business? A Home-Occupancy is a property use where the owner works and lives at the same location. For example, in a two story building, the bottom floor may be a commercial business. On the second floor this is where the owner of the business lives (his or her apartment). This is considered a Home-Occupancy use and starting this kind of business requires different steps than a conventional commercial business.
Step ONE – You will need to file a Moving Permit with the Borough of Bath. The moving permit form may be found on this website, under the Government Menu, select the ‘Permits and Applications’ tab. The moving permit will assist the Borough office confirming that you actually reside at the potential location of your business.
Step TWO – You need to file a Zoning Application. We need to ensure that the business you propose will be in compliance with the designated Borough Zoning District. For example, one cannot open a car dealership in a Low Residential neighborhood! The Zoning Application will also assist to ensure you are meeting the requirements of the Home-Occupancy building use. Zoning Applications are found on this website, under the Government Menu, select the ‘Permits and Applications’ tab.
Step THREE – You may also need to confirm your property address because it could lie within the Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) District. You may need to follow other requirements if your business is located within the HARB District. Certain restrictions may apply.
Step FOUR – Finally, once the previous steps are complete, you need to file an annual Business Registration with the Borough of Bath. These registrations cost $25.00 a year, due by July 1.
Under the Community Menu, select the ‘Maps of the Borough’ tab. There is an up-to-date Zoning Map and HARB District of the Borough on that webpage.
Step ONE – You need to file a Zoning Application. The prospective business you are trying to open will need to be checked against current Zoning laws.
Step TWO – Once the Zoning Application has been given approval, you need to file a Business Registration with the Borough. These registrations cost $25.00 a year, due by July 1.
The above is some standard information to help answer basic questions. Other rules, Ordinances, laws, and regulations from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry may apply. You must also ensure your business meets the Uniform Construction Code and State Building Codes. Most of this is taken care of during the Zoning Application and Inspection phase. Once these steps are complete and approval is given, we welcome you to the community and wish you the very best!
If your business is in the food service industry, you will need to file for a Health Department license. These licenses cost $100 for start-up food service businesses and annual inspections by the Health Department are required. Health Department licenses must be renewed each year and cost $75.00.
One of the best reasons to start a business in the Borough of Bath is because there are NO BUSINESS TAXES!! Aside from a nominal Business Registration and fee, which is required to be renewed each year, the Borough does not levy any other business taxes. There are no Mercantile Taxes, no Business Privilege Taxes, and no Mechanical Device Taxes!
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(Last Updated 10/08/2015)