Community and Economic Development

The Community and Economic Development Director strategically positions the Town of Wakefield to compete regionally for economic development; shapes its strategies and goals; maintains and analyzes data reflecting the effectiveness of Town activities and promotions, and aims to increase the Town’s commercial and industrial tax base.

Starting a Business

The Town of Wakefield welcomes those looking to launch a new product or service or expand their existing business operations. We encourage you to use the resources we’ve compiled to help you conduct your initial research and follow the steps individuals typically take when opening a business here in Wakefield. If you have additional questions along the way, connect with Erin Kokinda at 781-246-6397.

Step 1: Understand the Permit Process
Step 2: Obtain Zoning or Planning Board Approval
Step 3: Food Sales and Preparation Requirements
Step 4: Permits and Inspections
Step 5: Apply for a Business Certificate
Step 6: Licenses Issued by the Town Council
Step 7: Certificate of Occupancy
Step 8: Permit and License Renewals


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Erin Kokinda Community and Economic Development Director 781-246-6397