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A variance is required if you want to do something with your property which is generally prohibited by the Zoning Bylaw. The applicant must show a hardship imposed by the Bylaw which is caused by a unique condition of the lot, or structure, and the hardship is owing to circumstances relating to the soil conditions, shape or topography of the land or structure and especially affecting the land or structures, but not affecting generally the zoning district in which it is located. Relief may be granted without substantial detriment to the public good, and without nullifying or substantially derogating from the intent or purpose of such ordinance or bylaw. The criteria for a Variance is very strict, you might want to look at all of your options before applying.
All sheds require zoning permits. You can download a express permit
Any in-ground pool more than two feet deep requires a fence. Any doors from the house that access the pool directly require alarms.
Town of Yarmouth Zone II Areas of Wellhead Contrib
A Building Permit is required whenever a project includes construction,reconstruction, alterations, repair, removal or demolition of a structure. Also a permit is required for any change of use of a building or structure and /or the installation or alteration of any equipment that is regulated by the State Building Code.
Yes, A Plot Plan is required if the proposed construction involves a new structure, an addition to an existing structure, or reconstruction.
On line eBILL (epay.cityhallsystems.com) is available with MC, Visa and Debit cards for Real Estate, Personal Property and Excise taxes.
We have a Bank Lock Box Center in Reading, therefore, tax bill payments will be sent to the Reading Post Office Box. Town of Yarmouth utilizes a lockbox service through Century Bank with its highly automated capabilities is less costly for the tax payers than hiring staff to manually type in payment receipts and make bank deposits. Mail sent on Cape with rare exceptions are sent off Cape for processing and distribution. The mail time is essentially the same going to either location.
Community Preservation Act (CPA) legislation was designed to help Massachusetts towns and cities plan ahead for sustainable growth and provide funds to achieve their community preservation goals. The CPA (MGL. c. 44B) was enacted by state legislators in 2000 allowing any Town in the Commonwealth to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which and any matching state funds could be directed to community housing, historic resources, open space, and recreational projects.
The CPC consists of nine voting members. Seven members represent existing committees from the Affordable Housing Committee, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Open Space Committee, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and the Yarmouth Housing Authority. The two remaining seats are citizen-at-large positions appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
The Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to Town Meeting for funding for community housing, historic, open space, and recreation projects.
The Committee is required to study the community preservation needs of the city or town, hold a public hearing, consult with relevant boards and committees and make recommendations to the legislative body for the expenditure of CPA funds. The legislative body may approve, reduce or reject the recommended appropriations, or it may reserve CPA funds for future projects.
Twelve (12) copies and all accompanying documents must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Town Hall at the address below. Town of YarmouthDepartment of Community Development1146 Route 28South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Applications not received by the deadline, may be eligible for consideration at a Special Town Meeting. Please note that Special Town Meetings are not a regular occurrence.
Types of restrictions may include affordable housing deed riders, historic preservation restrictions, and conservation restrictions. Restrictions run with the land in perpetuity and are enforced by a governing agency.
Moderate income is less than 100%, and low income is less than 80%, of U.S. HUD Area Wide Median Income.
Does not include horse or dog racing or the use of land for a stadium, gymnasium or similar structure.
A variety of items can be recycled at the Disposal Area. To view a list of items, please
Yes, we can produce an 8½ x 11 plan of your parcel with 2' contours and spot elevations.
Children kindergarten age or older may apply for a Children's card with the signature of a parent or guardian in good standing. Teens 14 years or older may apply for a card with a school picture ID.
Library cards may also be issued to other categories of borrowers such as the homebound, teachers, local institutions, or out of state residents.
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Please note, make sure your septic system is designed for a garbage disposal.
Application for Reimbursement HUD Low Income Limits Chart
Community Septic Loan Program: This program, administered by the Health Department and the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, provides financial help with a five percent interest rate betterment loan, repayable over 20 years, to cover the costs associated with a septic system upgrade. Please contact Kendall Ayers, Program Coordinator at (598) 375-6610 for availability of funds.
If you would like to purchase a birth certificate, you can purchase them online at City Hall Systems. To access City Hall Systems navigate the internet to the Town Hall’s webpage at http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/
Once on the Town’s website, click the “online services pay a bill” tab and then select “other payment options and videos”.
Select the birth certificate link and you will automatically be directed to City Hall Systems. Complete the information requested. Your certificate will arrive in the mail a few days later.
The other option is come to Town Hall and the Town Clerks will print a certificate for you.
The cost of the birth certificate is $10.00.
If you would like to purchase a death certificate, you can purchase them online at City Hall Systems. To access City Hall Systems navigate the internet to the Town Hall’s webpage at http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/
Select the death certificate link and you will automatically be directed to City Hall Systems. Complete the information requested. Your certificate will arrive in the mail a few days later.
The other option to obtain a death certificate is to come to Town Hall and the Town Clerks will print a certificate for you.
The cost of the death certificate is $10.00.
The practice of providing employees free death certificates was reviewed and it was decided this practices was not in accordance with the Town’s policies. Please be advised the Town does not want to put its employees nor the Town (itself) in jeopardy of not following the Town’s policies.
The practice of providing employees free birth certificates was reviewed and it was decided this practices was not in accordance with the Town’s policies. Please be advised the Town does not want to put its employees nor the Town (itself) in jeopardy of not following the Town’s policies.
Currently, there is no Selectman Policy that allows the Town of Yarmouth to provide birth certificates to employees free of charge.
The practice of providing employees free marriage intention paperwork and marriage certificates was reviewed and it was decided this practices was not in accordance with the Town’s policies. Please be advised the Town does not want to put its employees nor the Town (itself) in jeopardy of not following the Town’s policies.
Yes, town employees can purchase the Town of Yarmouth’s resident beach stickers.
Town employees are not offered discounted rates on disposal stickers.
If you are an employee and don’t live in the Town of Yarmouth and want to purchase a disposal sticker, you will need to buy the non-resident sticker at the full price.
The best way to purchase a discounted disposal sticker is to purchase the sticker on line at City Hall Systems.
February 12, 2020 is the last day you can register to vote in the Presidential Primary Election to be held on March 3, 2020.
In order to determine where you vote, you can visit the following website and complete the “find my election information”. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx
You can also call the Town Clerks at Town Hall. They can be reached at 508-398-2231.
Right now early voting will be open for the Presidential Primary February 24th to February 28th, 2020 at the Town of Yarmouth.
You must vote during regular Town Hall business hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
There will be extended hours to vote on Wednesday February 26, 2020 till 7:00 pm EST.
Polling hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm – March 3, 2020
If you would like to change name, you will need to complete a Massachusetts Official Voter Registration Form. You can obtain the form by coming to Town Hall and completing the form accordingly.
You can also go online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ and change your name accordingly. Once complete, print and mail the form to Town Hall.
If you would like to change and/or update your address, you will need to complete a Massachusetts Official Voter Registration Form. You can obtain the form by coming to Town Hall and completing the form accordingly.
You can also go online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ and change your address accordingly. Once complete, print and mail the form to Town Hall.
If you would like to change your party affiliation, you will need to complete a Massachusetts Official Voter Registration Form. You can obtain the form by coming to Town Hall and completing the form accordingly.
You can also go online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ and change your party affiliation accordingly. Once complete, print and mail the form to Town Hall.
If you would like an absentee ballot, you must request, in writing, by either the voter or the voter’s family member. For convenience, absentee ballot applications may be downloaded at Mass.gov. Please note that any written communication evidencing a desire for an absentee ballot is acceptable. If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you may submit an application or a signed letter to Town Hall. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for a family member, be sure to submit the request to the voter’s local election official.
When completing the application, you may indicate whether you are requesting a ballot for a specific election, or if you will be needing a ballot for all elections this year. Please note absentee ballot applications expire at the end of each calendar year.
Absentee ballot applications must be received by Town Hall by 12 p.m. on the day before the election.
Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail; however, the local election official must be able to view the signature of the person requesting the ballot. If the application is being submitted by e-mail, a scanned copy of the request must be submitted.
In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, a voter must be prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day, due to:
Absence from the voter’s city or town on Election Day;
Or Physical disability; or
There are several ways to obtain an absentee voting application. The easiest way to obtain an application is to go to Mass.gov and down load the application itself. Here is the website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee/English-Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf. Once you have completed the absentee ballot application, send the application to your Town Hall. You can send the application electronically by email as long as the requester’s signature is visible.
You can also come to Town Hall and pick up an absentee ballot application and complete it accordingly.
Finally, Town Hall can mail an absentee ballot application directly to you. For this service you will need to provide your address where you would like to receive the application. Please note, you must return the absentee ballot application promptly (to Town Hall) in order to receive an absentee ballot.
If you would like to register or pre-register to vote, you will need to complete a Massachusetts Official Voter Registration Form. You can obtain the form by coming to Town Hall and completing the form accordingly.
You can also go online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ and register accordingly. Once you complete the registration on line, print and mail the form to Town Hall.
Once you have determined a date and location of the marriage, you will need to pick up your marriage license. You will be given an envelope and an information document for the officiant. Please explain to the officiant the importance of the letter and that they will need to complete the bottom half of the marriage license once you are married.
A Special Note for a Solemnizers- If you are a Solemnizer, please ensure that you mail your solemnizer certificate along with the marriage license to Town Hall.
Once the marriage license is returned to the Town Hall, the Town Clerk will produce the marriage certificate and mail the certified marriage certificate to the couples address indicated on the applicable Address form.
Yes, the Town Clerks have identified several individuals that are available to serve as your officiant. The Clerks are also happy to call an officiant on your behalf and arrange the date and time of the Marriage if you would like to have the marriage at Town Hall.
Shellfish licenses can be purchased either on-line, via City Hall Systems, or at Town Hall, via the Town Clerk. The cost of the license is $30.00. If you are purchasing a shellfish license and are interested to purchase a beach and disposal sticker at the same time, the Town Clerk can process those transactions as well.
You must be a full time resident to purchase a shellfish license. You will need to provide one of the following to prove residence - a Yarmouth driver’s license, a utility bill, an excise tax bill, a mortgage statement etc. Finally, please be informed only one member of household can maintain a shellfish license at any given time.
If you prefer to mail in your shellfish application, you will need to complete the Disposal/Beach Permit and Shellfish Application. Once complete, please mail your Shellfish Application to City Hall Systems located at 3 Rosenfeld Drive, Hopedale, MA 01747.
Non-resident shellfish licenses are available for $80.00 for all non-residents.
If you are 75 and over, you can receive a discounted shellfish license. These can be purchased at Town Hall only. The cost is $15.00. You will need to provide your driver’s licenses to prove your age.
If you are veteran, have an honorable discharge card (DD214) and do not live in the Town of Yarmouth, you may purchase a resident shellfish license for $30.00.
Congratulations. Your first step will be to come to Town Hall and visit the Town Clerk’s Office.
Per Massachusetts law, you must be at least 18 years of age to marry and not be married to someone else at the time of subsequent marriage.
You will be provided with a statement from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Legal Impediments to Marriage Document. This document will need to be read by both individuals who plan to marry.
There are several forms that will need to be completed by both parties planning to marry. Please remember when completing the forms it is essential the forms be completed in black ink, in print lettering and legible. You will be requested to complete the following forms:
Notice of Intention of Marriage Form – On this form you must write out your entire name including your middle name. It is also important to write out your parent’s full names and your mother’s maiden name. Please do not complete the bottom portion of the form until told do so by the Town Clerk.
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics Form – This form is capturing your social security number. If you do not have a social security number leave the field blank.
Marriage Worksheet – This worksheet captures the officiant’s name, marriage location and the date of the marriage.
Address Form - Complete the form with the address you would like to receive your marriage certificate.
On the Notice of Intention of Marriage Form, you will need to choose whether or not you would like to be Party A or Party B. Complete the remaining forms as the same Party you selected.It is important to remember Massachusetts has a three day wait period before you can be married. The completed marriage intention form is only valid for 60 days. The Town Clerk will advise you of the 60 day marriage expiration date.
All forms must be completed at Town Hall and under no circumstance can the forms leave the premises of Town Hall.
Please be informed the cost of completing the marriage documents is $25.00 for the marriage intention forms and $10 for each certified marriage certificate.
Once the paperwork is complete, the Clerk will review the documents with both parties and ask clarifying questions if something is not clear.
If you are not sure of the date and location of the marriage and are unable to complete the marriage worksheet form, you will not be able to pick up the marriage license until you have determined a date and location of the marriage.
You will need to visit the Town Clerk to renew and/or discontinue your business license. There is no form required to renew and/or discontinue your business license.
The cost to renew your business license is $30.00 and the cost to discontinue your business license is $15.00.
If you ever need to change the address on your business certificate you need to come to Town Hall. The cost is $15.00
The New Business application is on the Town’s website located under the Clerks section. You can download the application, and complete the application accordingly. You can also come to Town Hall and pick up an application. The Town Clerks have the application.
Once complete, you must have the application approved by the Building Department at Town Hall.
Once the Building Department has approved the business license application, bring the application to the Town Clerk’s Office. The Town Clerk will create your business license and notarize the license. The cost of the business license is $30.00
Please be informed you may be required to either provide your social security number or a Tax Identification Number to complete the business license.
The Town is continuing to offer Dennis Pond parking passes at no cost.
Please be advised that under the authority of Chapter 45, Section 5 of Massachusetts General Laws, the following rules and regulations concerning the pond were adopted by the Yarmouth Park Commissioners.
A separate pass will be required for each vehicle using the Dennis Pond Park area (only one sticker per family is allowed)
A pass shall be issued only to residents of the Town of Yarmouth who have children residing with them who are under the age of 16 years old. A birth certificate will need to be provided as proof of age.
Stickered vehicles may park at the beach parking area. Non-stickered vehicles will not be allowed to park in this designated area.
Non-stickered vehicles may park in a designated area along Summer Street.
Dog licenses are sold by the Town of Yarmouth Clerk’s Office. In order to purchase the license, you must have a valid rabies certificate for your dog. The current cost of the license for a spayed or neutered dog is $10.00. If your dog is not spayed or neutered the cost of the license is $20.
As a dog owner, the Town will issue up to three dog licenses per household.
Please be advised if you have between four and six dogs, that need to be licensed, you will need to pay for each of the dog licenses as well as a multi-pet license. The price for the dog license remains the same as listed above. The multi-pet license is $60.00.
If you own a commercial dog kennel, you will be required to purchase a multi-pet license.
If you have more than six dogs, you are in violation of town by-laws and can be fined by the Town’s Dog Officer.
If you cannot find your vehicle motor registration you can bring in your excise tax bill. This document has your license plate number.
The disposal sticker price has not increased in the last five years allowing residents to continue using this service without increased fees. The Town of Yarmouth’s disposal sticker price is significantly lower than other municipalities on the Cape. The current cost is $162.00
The Town would like to provide one stop shopping for certain purchases handled by the Finance Department. Transferring Beach and Disposal Sticker processing to the Collector/Treasurers’ Office was changed in hopes of improving customer services as you, the customer, can now pay your tax and/or utility invoices as well as purchase your beach and/or disposal stickers at the same service window.
If you are having multiple issues with your disposal and/or beach stickers, you can call the Town Clerk’s office. The phone number is 508-398-2231. They will do their very best to resolve your issue over the phone
Town residents can call the Sanitation Superintendent, Roby Whitehouse, at 508-398-2231 x1215. To contact the Scale House call 508-398-2231 ext. 1632. They can resolve your issue accordingly.
Please be informed neither the Treasure/Collector nor the Town Clerks will issue disposal and/or beach stickers when a town resident has outstanding tax and/or utility invoices. Once these invoices are paid in full, a disposal/beach sticker can be issued accordingly.
If you owe less than $1.00 on your outstanding tax and/or utility bill a town supervisor can allow the purchase of a disposal and/or beach sticker.
Disposal coupon books are available at the Town Clerks Office. The book has 10 coupons and the cost is $100.00. These coupons are good for both the disposal and recycling area at the dump.
You can also purchase the coupon book at the kiosk located at the entrance of the dump.
Yes, individuals with disabilities can purchase a handicap sticker. The cost of the sticker is a $1.00. You must provide a handicap placard, your motor vehicle registration, and proof of residency e.g. utility bill.
A resident veteran with an honorable discharge card, (DD214), can purchase a beach sticker for $28.00. You will need to provide your motor vehicle registration.
A veteran with a veteran’s plate can purchase a beach sticker for a $1.00. You must provide your motor vehicle registration as proof. See the list of acceptable plates.
At this time, there is no discounted disposal stickers for senior citizens or for Veterans. Senior citizens and Veterans are required to purchase the full price disposal sticker. The cost is $162.00
In order to obtain a disposal and/or beach sticker for your business owned car, you will need a letter from the business owner granting permission to use the vehicle for your own personal use.
You will also need your vehicle motor registration
In order to purchase a disposal and/or beach stickers you will need to bring in the front cover of your lease indicating your name as well as the Motor Vehicle Registration.
The Town Clerk’s Office will provide you with beach and disposal sticker letters. You must provide a copy of the lease associated with the vehicle. The letter (with the stickers attached) must be placed in your car accordingly.
The Town Clerk’s Office will provide you a temporary beach sticker letter for a limited time (depending how long your car is in the repair shop). You must provide your driver’s license and you WILL be requested to provide proof that your car is in the repair shop. Once you are issued the temporary beach letter, you must place the letter in your car accordingly.
The Town Clerk’s Office will provide you a temporary disposal sticker letter for a limited time (depending how long your car is in the shop).
You must provide your driver’s license and you may be requested to provide proof your car is in the repair shop. Once you are issued the temporary disposal letter, you must place the letter in your car accordingly.
You must bring in your Trust and have it verified by the Town Clerk’s Office. Once confirmed, a disposal and beach sticker can be sold accordingly.
Please be informed if there are multiple people on the Trust, the Town can only provide up to 4 beach stickers per house hold.
The Town maintains an updated list of Trust and Trustees, if you are on the list, then no documentation is needed to obtain a disposal and beach sticker for your vehicle.
As a short term renter, you are not eligible for a residential beach sticker. The beach kiosk sells daily ($20.00), weekly ($75.00) or monthly passes for entrances onto the beach area.
As an alternative, you can purchase a non-resident beach sticker for the summer season at a cost of $250.00.
If you are an existing renter with a long history of leasing, a signed lease will not be required however you must present your vehicle registration to purchase the disposal and beach stickers.
If you are a new renter and would like to purchase the Town’s disposal and beach stickers, you must have a 12 month lease, and a copy of your vehicle registration. If your new leased address is not the same as what is listed on your vehicle registration, you will need to provide another form of documentation indicating the leased address e.g. an electric bill. If your lease is less than 12 months, you can purchase a non-resident dump sticker and a non-residential seasonal beach sticker. Non-residential seasonal beach stickers are only available at the beach gate house.
If you are an existing renter with a long history of leasing, a signed lease will not be required, however you must present your vehicle registration to purchase disposal and beach stickers.
Would you like to purchase a beach or disposal sticker? If so, please see this informational document. The document directs you to the Town’s website where you can follow the instructions to purchase beach and disposal stickers online. Using the online service will allow you to save $5.00 on each sticker.
If you do not want to purchase the stickers online, you can complete a mail in application which is located on the informational document. Please mail your Disposal/Beach Permit and Shellfish Application to City Hall Systems located at 3 Rosenfeld Drive, Hopedale, MA 01747. This will also save you $5.00 per sticker.
You can also purchase full price stickers if you visit the Treasurer/Collector window at Yarmouth’s Town Hall located at 1146 Route 28, Yarmouth, MA 02664.
If you are unable to come in normal business hours during the week and would like to purchase your disposal and/or beach sticker Saturday and/or Sunday, you visit the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce. The address of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce is 416 Rte 28, Yarmouth Port, MA 02673. Their phone number is 508-778-1008.
If you have issues, questions and/or concerns with using the online City Hall System and/or the mail in application, you can call directly to City Hall Systems at 508-381-5456.
If you are a new renter with Davenport Properties and would like to purchase disposal and beach stickers, you will be requested to provide a new renter lease and your vehicle registration.
If your new leased address is not the same as what is listed on your vehicle registration, you will need to provide another form of documentation indicating the leased address e.g. an electric bill.
The Town will confirm your property/site on the caretaker’s property/site list and will add your property/site information into the CHS system accordingly. If you are not on the caretaker’s property/site list you will be required to demonstrate ownership of the property/site by providing a deed to the Town Clerk. Once ownership is verified, the Town Clerk will put your property/site into the CHS System. Once your property/site is on CHS’s website, you can order your stickers online accordingly.
The property/site list is current as of December 2019.
Town and non-town residents can order disposal and beach stickers online through CHS. You can pay by credit card and use your receipt to access the disposal and beaches immediately.
Town and non-town residents can also pay the daily fee to use these services at any time.
If you are in Yarmouth, MA on a Saturday, you can purchase your beach/disposal stickers at the Chamber of Commerce at: 424 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673, Phone: (508) 778-1008.
The Treasure/Collectors nor the Town Clerks can process a CHS mail-in order form. The form has to be mailed in to receive the $5.00 discount. If you would like to have a disposal/beach sticker immediately, you can always purchase the stickers at their full price at Town Hall.
For online orders using an electronic check, it can take up to three weeks to receive your sticker. This is due to CHS posting the electronic check to your bank, CHS confirming the check has cleared, CHS’s own processing time to process the sticker, and the amount of time for the postal delivery.
For online orders using a credit card, it can take up to two weeks to receive your sticker. This is due to a three day waiting period by CHS to process the credit card and the amount of time for the postal delivery.
For mail-in orders, it can take more than three weeks. This is due to the amount of time for the postal delivery, the check clearing process and CHS’ transaction processing time.
As always, you can come to Yarmouth Town Hall, located at 1146 Route 28, Yarmouth MA to pay (in full) and pick up your stickers in the same day.
The Town recommends you submit your online and/or mail-in sticker orders timely and pay special attention to processing times.
If you purchased your disposal/beach sticker online and have a printed receipt indicating that you paid for the stickers, the dump and the resident beaches will honor the receipt and allow you access until such time your stickers arrive in the mail.
While the staff is very happy to serve our walk in customers, online and mail in purchases are cheaper because the online and mail-in option reduces the cost of processing these transactions at the Town Hall. If you come to Town Hall you will be charged the full prices of the stickers.
The information can be found at the Town’s website under the Clerk’s Department. Follow the link to access the information http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/67/Town-Clerk
You can also call the City Hall Systems fulfillment center. Their phone number is 508-381-5456 to find out information related to online and mail-in purchases.
The Town Clerks can take your email information and send the information via email.
You can also come to Town Hall and pick up a one pager on how to use City Hall Systems online services.
If, your toilet is not leaking you will also need to check all the faucets inside and outside the house.
Don't forget to check your irrigation system by turning off the supply valve to the irrigation system and observing the low flow indicator on the water meter.
The toll free number is: 888-DIG-SAFE (344-7233)