We know many Connecticut businesses are struggling as they deal with the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate their perseverance and know they share our commitment to keeping our residents healthy. The state, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at COVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information.

Business Registration, Licensing and Permitting


The State of Connecticut is committed to making it easier for businesses to do business. Our state agencies, as well as our state's economic development partners, will work closely together to help you obtain the necessary licenses and permits for you to start, expand or relocate your business to Connecticut.

Assistance with Registration and Licensing

The Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) has developed a robust online hub of information to help you get your business appropriately registered and licensed for doing business within the state. The CERC staff can also provide you with personalized assistance. Visit this online center to tap into their helpful resources or call them directly at (860) 571-7136.

Assistance with Permit Applications

The DECD's Office of the Permit Ombudsmen may be able to expedite any necessary permit reviews/approvals from the state's departments of Energy & Environmental Protection, Transportation and Public Health.

Learn more about our expedited permit assistance here.