In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, City Hall is open by appointment only from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during these challenging times as we look to minimize the risks of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 has heavily impacted our businesses and we understand the difficulty it places on them. Please see the following resources below and contact the Pawtucket Planning Department at 401-728-0500 ext. 430 with any questions you may have. 

How to reopen:

Guidance on Re-Opening for Small Businesses:

Licensing on Outdoor Seating for Restaurants:



Important update: The Small Business Association has announced another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. Click HERE for more information.


Applications for aid:

Small Businesses:

Pawtucket Business Development Corporation (PBDC) COVID-19 Emergency Loans: Form here.

LISC Small Business Relief Grants:

Save Small Business Fund Grant Program:

Commerce RI/Small Business Administration(SBA): 

Commerce RI provides resources for Rhode Island Businesses Restore RI:

SBA Contact Information: Email: ; SBA Phone Number: (800) 659-2955

RI Commerce Small Business Hotline: (401) 521 - HELP or

SBA Rhode Island Office:  

Mainvest (Potential for $2,000, 0% interest loan partnered with community investment):

LISC/Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund (Up to $10,000 in grant funds):  

The Champlin Foundation:


Non-profits and the arts:

Creative Capital Grants and Workshops:

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) (Information and Financial Resources):

National Endowment for the Arts:

Craft Emergency Relief Fund:

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund:



 Video Resources:








For questions regarding how the City may assist your business during the COVID 19 Emergency please contact us at or please call us at 728-0500 ext. 451.


 Other Resources:

Rhode Island Division of Taxation:; Phone Number 401-574-8484
Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training: ; Phone Number: 401-462-2020
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Resources:
Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce: ; Phone Number: 401-334-1000
RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
Rhode Island Center for Women and Enterprise: ; Phone Number: 401-277-0800
Rhode Island Black Business Association: ; Phone Number: 401- 383-1179
Progreso Latino (free consulting for minority owned businesses): ; Phone number: 401-256-7925
Support Rhode Island Restaurants Facebook PageSupport RI Restaurants 
Internal Revenue Service (IRS):The Treasury Department and IRS have announced a three-month delay for any tax payments owed up to $1 million. You’ll still need to file your returns by April 15, 2020 but will have until July 15 to pay. This will apply to individual tax returns but should also cover many pass-through entities and small businesses. ; Phone Number: 1-800-829-1040
Rhode Island superior court Business Protection Program: Court
Kabbage (Gift Certificates to support Small Business):

Free Online Software Tools
Microsoft Office 365: (Microsoft Office tools for 6 months)
Google Hangouts Free Video Conferencing:
Cisco Free WebEx Video Conferencing:



Dear Business Professional:

Thank you for considering the City of Pawtucket, birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Whether you are the owner of an existing Pawtucket business looking to expand, someone who is looking to locate or relocate your business in our city, or thinking of holding an event here, we want to be a partner in your success. It is our goal to provide you with customized service of the highest quality. The City of Pawtucket is committed to promoting smart, responsible growth within our city that respects our rich history of economic innovation, cultural diversity, and the unique character of our community. 

We are truly here to help you however we can. Our team is always just a phone call, email, or text message away. Pawtucket is home to a vibrant business community which also takes an active role throughout our community, whether by individual initiatives or through public-private partnerships we enjoy such as with the Pawtucket Foundation. These leaders, from hundreds of diversified industries, possess a wealth of knowledge and a keen willingness to help other private sector ventures succeed. 

We have created this page to provide quick, convenient access to the numerous City resources you may need. From the permitting process to bidding on City projects, from licensing to tax incentives and a host of other ways we can help, this webpage is your one-stop shop for doing business in Pawtucket. We are continually looking for ways to improve our services, so if you have any suggestions please reach out and share them with us.

Thank you again for considering Pawtucket. We look forward to working with you.

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