Why Bristol?

The Bristol Advantage

Discover what sets Bristol apart from other communities.

01

Licensing & Permitting Made Simple

One Account, 24/7 Access, Streamlined Application Process, Email Status Updates, Electronic Payments, Public Search Capability

02

6th Lowest Commercial Tax Rate in RI

Each year, we work tirelessly to make your tax dollars go further. 

03

Automated Commercial Trash Collection

Bristol is one of two municipalities in RI that offers trash collection services to businesses.

04

Home of the #1 Four Year College in RI

Approximately two miles from the town center, Roger Williams University is preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

05

Designated Opportunity Zone

Equity investments made in Bristol’s Downtown District could be eligible for federal tax incentives through Qualified O-Funds.

06

Bristol’s Tax Stabilization Ordinance Helps Spur New Development

Projects starting at $250,000 could be eligible for a phase-in of commercial property taxes.

07

Tourism Collaboration

Each year, Bristol is proud to collaborate and support local businesses through its tourism partnership.

08

Small Town, Big Name Recognition

With over 300,000 visitors each year, Bristol continues to be a destination for international travelers.

09

Centrally Located in the Heart of New England

Bristol is conveniently located 30 Minutes from Providence, 1 Hour 15 Minutes from Boston , 2 Hours from Hartford and 3 Hours 30 Minutes from New York City.

10

High Speed Ferry Connects Bristol to Greater Rhode Island

Starting in 2019, summer travelers can now travel between Bristol, Providence and Newport aboard the Seastreak Ferry.

11

Dedicated Business Liaison & Advocate

The Economic Development Coordinator works with community partners to help make Bristol a better place to do business.

12

Quality of Life

Bristol has been ranked among the Best Towns For Families, Safest College Towns in America, Best Places to Raise Kids,  Best State Parks, Best Bike Trails in America and Best Small Towns in America – just to name a few.


Business Stories

Read recent stories on companies who have opened, expanded or relocated here! 

Portside Tavern(Bristol Phoenix, December 14th, 2018)
Bristol Express Car Wash(Bristol Phoenix, March 20th, 2019)
Twelve Guns Brewing(Bristol Phoenix, October 18th, 2019)
BABS + Tish – (Bristol Phoenix, September 25th, 2020)
Six Pack Brewing(Bristol Phoenix, October 2nd, 2020)


Contact Us

Address: 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Chris Vitale

Economic Development Coordinator

Phone: 401-253-7000 ext. 129