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Every third year the Department of Revenue (DOR) requires each city or town to conduct a revaluation. This is a year-long process during which the DOR examines every phase of the assessing operation before certifying the values. During the two years in between revaluations, the Assessors may change the values if sales activity so indicates. These yearly updates are called Interim Year Adjustments. There was an adjustment to the values for FY09.
This includes, but is not limited to new structures, additions, dormers, chimneys, woodstoves, decks, roofing, siding, swimming pools, antennae, and sheds. The only exception is an ordinary repair. An ordinary repair does not require a building permit.
For more information, contact the Building Department at (978) 264-9632.
The third and fourth quarter bills (issuance dates of 12/31/YY and 3/31/YY respectively) are actual tax bills based on tax rates adopted by the Board of Selectmen.
Please note: You may be eligible for an additional exemption. The Town also accepted provisions that allow low-income individuals of any age and for seniors with up to moderate income a complete CPA exemption. The income criteria is based on the area-wide median household income as determined annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Please call for complete details or for an application for exemption.
For more information on the CPA, please call the Assessors Office at (978) 929- 6621.
For more information on the Betterment, please call the Assessors Office at (978) 929- 6621 .
Sharps (syringes) can be brought to the foyer of the Town Hall located at 472 Main Street, between the hours of 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday-Friday excluding holidays and dropped into the red kiosk labeled sharps.
For additional information, contact the Acton Health Department at 978-929-6632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Within the Village Residential District in West Acton, the portion of the dwelling unit or accessory building utilized for a home occupation is limited to 500 square feet of net floor area.
The Board of Appeals may authorize by special permit a home occupation which conducts retail sales, or employs non-residents, provided that no more than two such non-resident employees shall be present on the premises at any one time.
For more information or to learn in which zoning district a property is located, please contact the Planning Department at (978) 264-9636.
Other more or less grade level structures such as driveways, walkways, uncovered steps, ramps, underground storage tanks, septic tanks and systems are also allowed within the minimum required zoning setbacks.
Above grade structures such as the principal dwelling unit, any accessory building or structure (such as garages, studios, workshops, etc.), decks, storage sheds, mechanical equipment, swimming pools, etc. must comply with the minimum required zoning setbacks.
For more information or to learn what the minimum required setback dimensions are of a specific zoning district, please contact the Planning Department at (978) 929-6631.
For more information about applying for a building permit for a fence, please contact the Building Department at (978) 929-6633.
On a parcel of land with more than two acres, the boarding, keeping, and raising of not more than one horse, goat or sheep, plus its offspring up to one year of age is allowed.
The boarding and raising of other small livestock such as chickens and rabbits for personal domestic use is generally allowed regardless of the size of the property.
The form for records requests can be found here. Contact the Records Clerk at the Police Department at (978)929-7514.
Under Chapter 110, §6 a business certificate is not required if a corporation is doing business in its true corporate name, or if a partnership is doing business under any title which includes the true surname of any partner. Certain other associations and partnerships may also be exempt (refer to above citation for details.)
-Business owner must be listed as a resident and owner of the property. -If you rent your home, you must have a letter from your landlord -If property is a condo, whether you own or rent, a letter from the condo association must be obtained.
Business is discontinuedOne or more of the persons named on the certificate is withdrawn or retired from the business or partnershipOne or more of the persons named on the certificate diesChange of residence of one of the named persons on the certificateChange of location where the business is conducted
The form is available from the Town Clerk.
1. Social Security Number2. Mother’s Maiden Name3. Place of Birth
It is always good to bring your birth certificate, social security card, and/or a form of identification with you for proper spelling and proof of age and identification.
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