Doing Business in Colchester

Come be a part of a “Community” in its truest sense. Colchester takes great pride in the character of its downtown and the preservation of its rural heritage. As a geographic and economic “hub”, Colchester is a great place to locate a business, grow a family or keep busy during your retirement. The Town boasts a number of premium open space and recreational assets, several thriving agri-tourism destinations, and a variety of small, local businesses ready and willing to meet your household, health and entertainment needs. But where Colchester truly sets itself apart, is the commitment of its community members to make it a welcoming, supportive, and peaceful place to live.

If you’re thinking of starting or relocating your business in the area, look no further. Please consider reaching out to Matt Bordeaux, Planning Director, to discuss your ideas and chart a path to success in Colchester. He can be reached at or (860) 537-7282.


Temporary Certificate for Outdoor Dining: 

Restaurants interested in re-opening to the public for outdoor dining only, please read the following:

In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order No. 7MM, restaurants may provide outdoor food and beverage services  beginning on May 20, 2020.

All restaurants that wish to open an outdoor dining area must self-certify their business with the CT Business Reopening and Recovery Center. All those with an existing area permitted for the outdoor service of food or beverages only need to self-certify. 

Any restaurant or food service establishment that wishes to expand an existing outdoor dining area, or add a new outdoor dining area in accordance with the Executive Order, may do so subject to certification with the Town of Colchester. Please use the following link for an application and submittal requirements.

Temporary Certificate For Outdoor Dining (.doc)

For additional information from the Governor's Office and the Chatham Health District, please use the following links:

REOPEN Connecticut: Sector Rules for May 20th ReOpen

Chatham Health District Reopening Letter to Restaurants and Salons

Chatham Health District Outdoor Dining Reopening Checklist

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Matthew Bordeaux 860-537-7282
Sean Shoemaker (860) 207-6870
Daphne Schaub 860-537-7294
Reed Gustafson 860-537-7285