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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.
The Massachusetts State Building Code states that “it shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove, or demolish a structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated be the code” without first obtaining a building permit. 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, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Building Department at (978) 929-6633
Most projects will require three sets of construction plans, a certified plot plan, along with the permit fee. You can create an account on OpenGov to apply online. For more information, please email email@example.com or contact the Building Department at (978) 929-6633.
Please refer to the zoning bylaw and zoning map to determine your set-backs. You may also find out by contacting the Planning Department at (978) 929-6631.
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 .
You can access the conservation land trail maps at the following website, or you can purchase a trail guide book for $10 at:
Property lines can be located by a Land Surveyor that you hire. The Engineering Department provides land surveying services for public property. More information on how to find a surveyor can be found at the MA Association of Land Surveyors & Civil Engineers website
The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services has provided a useful guide for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Requirements.
Contact the Parking Clerk, Yashira Gonzalez: 978-929-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Acton’s 2022 tax rate is $19.45 per $1000, for both residential and commercial. The assessors set the tax rate and it changes annually in late fall/early winter. The Finance Department has the tax rate on the Assessor’s page on the Town website: https://www.acton-ma.gov/134/Assessor.
Acton residents seeking property tax relief or asking about tax exemption programs should speak directly with the Assessor’s Office: 978-929-6621 (email@example.com). The Assessor’s Office reviews tax relief programs with citizens and identifies if there is a program that might be able to help them.
There is no fee to enter the park.
Yes, however dogs are not allowed on the beach and all dogs must be leashed at all times.
The following are the Town of Acton Bylaws Relating to Animal Control:
E22. No person shall own or keep a dog, six months or older, within the Town unless a license for such dog is obtained from the Town Clerk. The license period is the time frame between January 1st and the following December 31st, inclusive. The fee for such a license will be determined by the Board of Selectmen in a public meeting.
E23. Any person who is the owner or keeper of a dog in the Town of Acton and who fails to license said dog within the time required by Chapter 140, Section 137 and 137A of the General Laws shall be subject to a penalty of twenty - five dollars ($25.00) to be collected as provided by law.
E24. No person owning or keeping any animal in the Town of Acton shall permit the animal to go at large to the injury or nuisance of others. In addition, a dog should not go outside the boundaries of the property of its owner or keeper unless under the complete and effective control of said owner or keeper by means of a leash or otherwise.
E25. Owners or keepers of animals in violation of the foregoing section shall be subject to fines which shall be determined by the Board of Selectmen.
NARA Park Picnic Pavilion, Bathhouse Pavilion, and Tented areas are generally rented out during the peak season. Enforcement of permits is handled by the Recreation Department. We encourage you to have a permit to secure the picnic/field location for your outing. A group of people is considered more than 6 people. Users who do not have a permit can be asked to leave and must vacate picnic areas if the area has been permitted. Fees vary by type of rental use and are quoted once an application has been submitted for review. For a Field and Facility Permit (picnic area included) Application and Fee Schedule, please visit www.acton-ma.gov/recreation and click on the Fields and Facilities link.
The Recreation Department oversees the following fields and playgrounds:
Concord Road FieldElm StreetGardner FieldGoward PlaygroundGreat Hill/Little Great HillJones FieldJoseph Lalli Miracle FieldMacPherson/HartNARA ParkRobbins Mill Recreation AreaSchool Street FieldsTJ O’Grady Memorial Skate ParkVeteran’s Field
Field permits are required for organized use. Applications can be found at www.acton-ma.gov/recreation on the Field and Facilities link.
State regulations require that public swimming areas be tested periodically for acceptable levels of E.coli bacteria, to protect the health of the bathing public. NARA pond is a freshwater ecosystem that supports fish, turtles, frogs and other forms of life. Testing is performed by the Acton Board of Health on a weekly basis and a water sample is sent to a lab with results made available in 24 hours. Bacteria testing requires this incubation period. A result that exceeds 235 ppm will trigger the closing of the beach to swimmers, until follow up testing, which will be performed daily, shows a reduction to acceptable bacteria levels. It should be noted that beach closings at NARA are not a frequent event. Please contact the Board of Health if you would like additional information at 978-929-6632.
The pathway around the entire Park is approximately 1 mile. The pathway around just the pond is approximately 1/2 mile.
During the winter, the path may or may not be maintained due to other Town snow removal priorities.
Sledding: Sledding is at your own risk. It is recommended that any sledding be done on the hill towards the fields. We ask that you please refrain from sledding towards the amphitheater or the pond and to not build sled ramps.
Skating: Skating is at your own risk. The pond at NARA Park is a natural pond and therefore we do not recommend skating on it or any open outdoor pond or lake. We advise skaters to use indoor or outdoor man-made rinks.
Town of Acton Recreation Department events are listed online at www.acton-ma.gov/events. Flyers for each of these events can also be found on the website. A listing of the events and/or program booklet is available at the Recreation Department office.
Home occupations are accessory uses which are allowed in all zoning districts on the same lot as the principal use (the residence). A home occupation, other than retail sales, which is conducted entirely within the dwelling or an accessory building by a resident, and employing no persons other than the residents, is allowed. 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) 929-6631.
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.
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.
Forms are available in the Town Clerk’s Office or by calling 978-929-6620. Each person named on the certificate must either sign the form in person at the Town Clerk’s Office, or have their signatures on the form notarized by a Notary Public. Proper identification will be required.
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.
Yes. The business certificates are on file with the Town Clerk’s Office until five years after expiration, and may be viewed by anyone making a request.
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.
Yes, there is a 3 day waiting period. The license can be picked up on the 3rd day during regular office hours. (Weekends and holidays do count towards the waiting period.)
Please visit our Forms & Fees page for more details.
If an out-of-state member of the clergy is to perform the marriage, the clergy person must obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth prior to the ceremony. This certificate, which is issued by the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, is to be attached to the original license and returned to the clerk of the city or town where the license was issued. For further information, contact: Division of Public Records Secretary of the Commonwealth
The phone number for Town Hall is (978) 929-6600. You may also visit us at 472 Main St.
Acton Town Hall Hours are:
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMTuesday 8:00 AM - 7:30 PMWednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMThursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMFriday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM