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$ 15.71 per thousand dollars of value.
Address Change Request Form (PDF)
Submit changes or corrections in writing to the Assessors' Office via mail, facsimile, email, or in person during normal business hours. To ensure accuracy, please include the Parcel ID (map and lot) from your tax bill, property location, current owner of record, and new mailing address. All requests must be signed and dated.
Please note: All address changes and principal place of garaging changes for motor vehicle excise tax must be made through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The Town of Grafton cannot make any changes to motor vehicle excise information.
Search the assessor's real estate database. You may also call or visit our office for information.
When searching for a property by address or owner name, we recommend just typing in the first few letters of the street or owner name. If you type any characters that do not match our records exactly, the system will not return the desired results.
Assessors have jurisdiction to abate any motor vehicle excise for which a timely filed application is received and for a variety of reasons. To be timely filed, an application must be received by the assessors within three years after the excise was due, or one year after the excise was paid, whichever is later. See the form to use for all excise abatements (PDF).
Following is a list of reasons that would entitle you to an abatement. In order for an abatement to be granted, you must file an application for abatement and provide the Assessors' Office with a copy of your Plate Return Receipt (if plate was cancelled) or new Registration from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (plate was transferred to another vehicle) and:
Provide a copy of the dealer's sales contract, or a copy of the bill of sale.
Provide a copy of the junkyard receipt or letter from the finance company stating when the vehicle was taken.
Provide a letter from your insurance company showing the accident date, and that they deemed the vehicle a total loss.
Provide a letter from your insurance company showing the date of settlement.
Provide a copy of the Out of State Registration.
Your excise tax is due to the city or town in which your vehicle is primarily garaged on January 1st. If you moved prior to January 1st, provide a copy of your current registration showing your new address.
It is necessary to provide the Assessors with a copy of the Plate Return Receipt from the Registry of Motor Vehicles; or if the plate was transferred to another vehicle, a copy of the new registration.
The minimum motor vehicle excise tax shall be $5.
No abatement shall reduce the motor vehicle excise tax to less than $5.
No abatement shall be issued on a motor vehicle excise tax bill for less than $5.
No abatement shall be granted on a registration that is canceled in the month of December.
The cancellation of a license plate alone does not warrant an abatement of motor vehicle excise tax. If you are still in possession of the vehicle, you owe the tax through the end of the calendar year.
All vehicles registered as of January 1st will receive a tax bill from the community in which your vehicle is garaged. You determine this at the time you register your vehicle.
If you move during the year to another city or town, it is the taxpayer's responsibility to change his/her mailing address and vehicle's place of garaging with the Registry of Motor Vehicles prior to January 1st, so that your future tax bills reach you at your new address.
To cancel the registration on any motor vehicle, the plates must be canceled with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, either by mailing them in or online. The mailing address is:ATTN: ExpressRegistry of Motor VehiclesP.O. Box 55889Boston, MA 02205-5889
If lost or stolen, you must fill out a lost plate affidavit at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. You can reach them at 617-351-9380.
See additional Registry of Motor Vehicle information.
Filing for an abatement does not remove the taxpayer's obligation to pay the taxes. To avoid charges and penalties, you should pay your tax and then file for your abatement. A refund will follow, if granted.
Massachusetts allows you to defer your taxes if you are 65 years old and meet certain ownership, residency, and income and asset qualifications. This does create a lien on your property and is recovered upon the sale of the property or the death of the owner through his or her estate.
There is a financial hardship exemption for persons who are aged and infirmed, and also meet certain ownership, residency, and income and asset requirements.
The Town of Grafton offers a Senior Work Off Abatement Program administered by the Council on Aging. Under this program, you can work for the Town doing a variety of jobs and the payment for this service is a tax abatement or reduction on your real estate tax bill. You must be at least 60 years of age and meet certain eligibility requirements. Please contact the Council on Aging for more information at 508-839-5335, ext. 147.
As a resident of the Town of Grafton, you may qualify for a tax exemption. An exemption releases an individual from the requirement to pay all or a fraction of his/her property tax obligations.
Exemptions are available to those who meet various requirements in the following categories:
If you are over 65, are married, have assets below $55,000 (excluding the value of your residence), and your total income is less than $30,000; or you are over 65, single, and have assets below $40,000 (excluding the value of your residence) and income less than $20,000 you may qualify for an elderly exemption. A social security income allowance may apply to help you qualify. You may wish to contact the Assessors' Office for more information.
If you are declared legally blind with the MA Commission for the Blind as of July 1st, you may qualify for a blind exemption.
If you are a disabled veteran with at least a 10% service-related disability or a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, you may qualify for a veteran's exemption.
If you have not remarried, are the legal owner and occupant of real estate in Grafton and your total assets do not exceed $52,911 you may be entitled to this exemption.
In all cases, you must establish residency and property ownership to be considered for a tax exemption. If you think you may be eligible for any of these exemptions, please call the Board of Assessors and we will be happy to explain all of the qualifying factors and assist you with an application. The application period begins the date the third quarter tax bills are mailed, usually in late December, and ends three months later, usually late March.
In order to change a name or trustee's name on a real estate tax bill, the Assessors' Office must receive a copy of a recorded deed or newly recorded trustee document filed at the Worcester County Registry of Deeds or Land Court. The Registry automatically sends the Board of Assessors all recorded deeds, but does not send trust documents or probate documents. These need to be provided to the Board of Assessors by the owner.
In order to remove a decedent's name from a real estate tax bill, the Assessors' Office requires a recorded copy of a Death Certificate or Inheritance Tax Release of Lien. If the ownership is held as Tenancy by the Entirety or Joint Tenancy, the decedent's name will be removed. If the ownership is Tenancy in Common, the Assessors' Office will make the change once probate has been finalized.
In the event your name has changed, please provide the Assessors' Office with the appropriately recorded document(s) from the Registry of Deeds or Land Court.
Chapter 59, Section 11, of the Massachusetts General Law reads, "Taxes on real estate shall be assessed, in the town where it lies, to the person who is the owner on January first."
The tax bill will carry the January 1st owner's name throughout the entire subsequent fiscal year. The former owner's name will be replaced by the new owner's name once the fiscal year has run its cycle.
It is a State Department of Public Health Regulation that prohibits disposal of any residential (home-generated) sharps (needles) in household trash. All sharps must be placed in a regulated container (usually red with a slot to drop in the needle) and brought to a sharps center. The Town of Grafton accepts sharps placed in a regulated container at the Municipal Center located inside of the Board of Health Office at 30 Providence Road. If you have any questions, please call the Board of Health at 508-839-5335, ext. 1119.
A complaint can be filed in person or by calling the Board of Health at 508-839-5335, ext. 1119.
The best way to dispose of unused or unwanted medication is to take it to an official collection site. For your convenience, a permanent drug collection unit is available at the Grafton Police Department, 28 Providence Road, Grafton MA.
In addition, the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance participates in semi-annual Drug Take Back Days in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Check our calendar for upcoming events.
Helpful Hints: Do not put medication of any kind down the drain or flush in the wastewater system (toilet). The preferred method is to crush medication and add to a garbage item such as kitty litter or coffee grounds (so that animals do not find it palatable) and dispose of it in your regular household trash. Do not put it in the recycling bin. You do not want to alert anyone that there might be those substances in the home. If you have any questions, you can call the Board of Health at 508-839-5335.
Inspections are based on risk-assessment and the type of establishment. However, a general rule of thumb is that inspections are conducted at a minimum twice per calendar year.
No, the Health Department does not retain childhood immunization records. We recommend contacting the child's Pediatrician for that information.
Another source for immunization records is the Massachusetts Immunization Information System MIIS. In 2011 the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) Immunization Program launched the MIIS, a web-based immunization registry. The MIIS is in the process of being rolled out statewide and once fully implemented will be the official source of immunization information for Massachusetts. The MIIS will establish a complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization record for residents of Massachusetts of all ages.
For more information, email the MIIS Help Desk or call 617-983-4335.
Sewage odor near the septic tank or leaching area, slow-running drains and toilets. If any of these symptoms develop, have the septic tank pumped and inspected by a Title V system inspector. A listing of Title V System Inspectors can be found on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.
The following is an excerpt taken from 310 CMR 15.000:
Inspection at Time of Transfer. Except as provided in 310 CMR 15.301(2), 15.301(3), and 15.301(4), a system shall be inspected at or within two years prior to the time of transfer of title to the facility served by the system. An inspection conducted up to three years before the time of transfer may be used if the inspection report is accompanied by system pumping records demonstrating that the system has been pumped at least once a year during that time. If weather conditions preclude inspection at the time of transfer, the inspection may be completed as soon as weather permits, but in no event later than six months after the transfer, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the requirements of 310 CMR 15.300 through 15.305. A copy of the complete inspection report shall be submitted to the buyer or other person acquiring title to the facility served by the system.
In 2014, the Town of Grafton had entered into an inter-municipal agreement with the City of Worcester to provide a wide range of public health services to the town. In doing so the Town of Grafton joined a number of central Massachusetts towns that had already been receiving public health services from the City of Worcester. As a result, the Town of Grafton receives services that include but are not limited to: epidemiological and public health nursing, environmental health, community health, and emergency preparedness services. The deliveries of services are provided through a sustainable, labor-efficient, and cost-effective model. To find out more information on public health regionalization, please visit our website.
Please see our 2022 Submission Schedule (PDF) to see the deadlines to file all requests, when the item will go in front of the Conservation Commission, and the legal ad publication date.
There are several types of applications that are filed with the Conservation Commission. Any application should be filed well before starting any work because the permitting process takes time.
Any proposed work within a wetland (swamp, marsh, bank, water body, land subject to flooding, river, stream, brook, etc.), within 100 feet of a wetland, or within 200 feet of a river or perennial stream needs to be filed through a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Application for Grafton Wetlands Protection Bylaw Permit.
If you are unsure if the property or the proposed work are subject to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act or Grafton Wetlands Protection Bylaw, you may file a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA). An RDA may also be filed when work is proposed within 100 feet of a wetland but you are unsure whether the work will affect the wetland. Additionally, an RDA may be filed to verify the location of wetlands before proceeding with further planning or work.
Any land-disturbing activity (whether new, development, or redevelopment) which disturbs greater than either 40,000 square feet or 1,000 cubic yards needs to be filed through an Application for Grafton Stormwater Management Bylaw Permit.
Any project that requires both the NOI/Application for Grafton Wetlands Protection Bylaw Permit as well as the Application for Grafton Stormwater Management Bylaw Permit may file the combined application.
These signs indicate the presence of a resource area protected under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Grafton Wetlands Protection Bylaw. Under the Bylaw, the Conservation Commission prohibits alteration and disturbance within twenty-five feet of resource areas. This area is called the no-disturb zone. As a condition of a Wetlands Permit, the Commission may require signage to ensure notification, recognition of, and respect for, resource area boundaries. These signs shall not be removed or relocated without written authorization from the Grafton Conservation Commission.
It's easy! If you are 60-plus or disabled of any age (proof of disability is required), and a Grafton resident, the Grafton Senior Center has transportation for you. Please call the Senior Center at 508-839-9242 to schedule a ride at least 48 hours in advance. In-town service is available every day for $1.25 each way. Service to Worcester, Shrewsbury, Westborough, and Northbridge is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Service to Millbury is available on Tuesdays. Service to Auburn is available on Mondays. Cost to Auburn and Worcester is $1.75 each way; Shrewsbury, Westborough, Millbury and Northbridge is $1.50 each way.
To receive the free Grafton Senior Gazette, please call or stop by the Senior Center office with your name and address. Gazettes will be mailed to you monthly or can be picked up at the Senior Center.
The Senior Center provides the following: Lunches, social activities and special events, exercise programs such as yoga, Tai Chi, ZUMBA, and gentle exercise, informational programs, help with transportation needs, blood pressure and health screenings, day trips, chair massage, manicures and pedicures, and lending out small medical equipment. The Senior Center provides help with obtaining home health care, fuel and food assistance, legal assistance, or figuring out monthly bills.
The Senior Center is for active, spirited individuals 60 years and older. Weekly activities are varied for everyone from their 60s to their 90s.
The Grafton Senior Center is for active, spirited individuals. You will find no one in a rocking chair knitting here. Our weekly activities are varied for everyone from their 60’s to their 90’s. Our Senior Exercise class is so much fun, it is hard to believe it is exercise. We even offer Zumba, Tai Chi, Mat and Chair Yoga, and Jog Your Noggin! We have special events, like a summer picnic, where we've been known to have a massive water gun fight. We often offer new programs so stay tuned. Our day trips are very popular also. In addition, tell us what you would like to see offered here, we very well might be able to do it!
Yes. One night a week, Thursdays, the Senior Center is open until 8:30 pm. You can join the pitch party, or come down for the TV, pool table, and friendship. With so many seniors working past age 60, the trend is for senior centers to be open during evenings and weekends. The Town of Grafton isn’t able to commit to that right now, but in the future it is certainly a consideration.
Simply call 508-839-9242 by 10 am two business days prior and let us know you would like to come to lunch. We have available to you the month's menu. We will also introduce you around and show you the facility if you are not yet familiar with it. We boast a warm, welcoming environment, and have as our goal your happiness here. The meals are catered and brought here through a contract with the Worcester Age Center. The suggested donation (not required) for a meal is $2.50 for those over 60 and $5 for those under 60.
It's easy! Call the Grafton Senior Center and let us know your needs. We will cheerfully accommodate you if at all possible. If you are over age 60 and a Grafton resident, or if you are a disabled Grafton resident of any age, you are eligible to use the WRTA senior bus. We will gladly send you out some information on the scheduling as well as bus rules and regulations. It will pick you up right in your driveway. Call 508-839-9242 at least 48 hours in advance or as much as several weeks in advance to secure your ride. If you are wheelchair-bound, a companion is required. The Senior Center may also require a companion in other circumstances if deemed necessary. Cost is $1.25 cents each way in Town and $1.50 to $1.75 each way out of Town.
The Outreach Worker, Lisa Kelley from the Grafton Senior Center is very willing to sit down with a family or a caregiver to help with any concerns. If she does not know an answer, she will certainly find it out for you. Depending on the situation, including finances, there may be services available at very little cost, such as home care, errands, housekeeping, etc. Elder Services of Worcester, along with two other agencies, have produced a valuable "Caregiver's Guide". This book is free of charge at the Grafton Senior Center. It is chocked with very helpful resources. Please stop by or ask to have one mailed to you. Meals on Wheels can also be delivered to a senior's door Monday through Friday.
The use of the Senior Center is free of charge. Lunch and certain classes require a small fee.
See the Guide to Massachusetts Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Requirements (PDF).
Are you are selling your home or refinancing? You will need a Certificate of Compliance from the Fire Department that shows that your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors/alarms meet the requirements for a sale or transfer.
After you have set a date for the closing, contact the Grafton Fire Department to schedule an inspection of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors right away. Don't wait until the last minute, the inspection schedule fills up quickly.
There will be a fee for the inspection. Payment can be made in the form of a banker's check or a realtor's check. The Fire Department accepts personal checks from the Realtors only.
Grafton Community Television started in 1984 when the cable television system was first licensed in Grafton.
GCTV is responsible for coordinating all types of access television in Grafton.
Grafton Community Television provides programming on three cable access television channels in Grafton, MA.
The Grafton Community Television Studio and offices are located at 26 Providence Road in South Grafton.
Programming for GCTV, is routinely provided by Grafton's volunteer Access Producers, who have taken the GCTV Production Course.
Any Grafton resident, town employee, or local business owner may submit programming for GCTV. For more information call 508-839-5335, ext. 1174.
Programming for Grafton's Government and Education Channels is provided subject to the discretion of the Town Government and School Departments.
Grafton Community Television is a forum for free expression by the residents of Grafton.
Grafton residents are free to say or do anything he or she wants on their own GCTV program, provided that they can assure us that their program does not contain any illegal content. Illegal content is defined as:
Government and Education programming are owned by Grafton Town Government and School Department and what plays on those channels is completely up to their discretion.
To request that a program be played on GCTV, call 508-839-5335, ext. 1174.
For more information call 508-839-5335, ext. 1174.
Any Grafton resident age 18 or older who has completed the GCTV Television Production Course may borrow equipment.
The equipment may only be used in conjunction with a program being created for Grafton Community Television.
See the Cable Television Oversight Committee's Under 18 Access Usage Policy.
Submitting notices to the Grafton Community Television Bulletin Board is easy. Email your bulletin board announcement to GCTV with the tag line, "For the GCTV Bulletin Board" or call 508-839-5335, ext. 1174.
The best way to view our programming is:
To obtain a copy of a program you have seen call 508-839-5335, ext. 1174.
Please visit https://graftonlibrary.org/home/get-a-library-card/ - you can apply online for a GPL card, apply for a digital card for ebooks only, or get a BPL card to access their database and electronic resource collection.
If you live, work, go to school, or own property in Grafton, you can get a free Grafton Public Library card! In fact, any MA resident is eligible for a card, but you may only have one account in the CW MARS network. It is traditional to hold a card in your hometown library, and in the event that you get a card at another local library (e.g., Millbury) your local card is good to use in Grafton for physical materials. Please note that each library has a unique set of databases and electronic resources accessed by your Library Card number. To get a card, staff need to see a picture ID as well as proof of current address (“residency” means you live, work, attend school or own property in Grafton or another MA town). A valid driver’s license, MA ID or student ID with your current address is fine, as is a photo ID plus something with your address such as a utility bill or report card. Your first card is free. Replacement cards cost $1 – this fee is WAIVED annually during the month of September.
The Grafton Public Library has:
The Library offers small tutoring and group study rooms, a conference room, and a large community meeting room for free to the public. The Community may be rented after Library hours of operation. Please visit https://graftonlibrary.org/reserve/meeting/ for more information.
Bulk items (large items such as furniture, carpet, mattresses and box springs, baby cribs, etc) can be scheduled directly with E.L. Harvey and Sons for pickup. Each residence gets three free scheduled bulk pickups per year. Any additional cost is at the discretion of E.L. Harvey. Any bulk item that fits into a PAYT bag can be placed at curbside in an official bag. Your PAYT bag must be able to close. For customer service or to schedule a bulk item, call E.L. Harvey directly at 800-321-3002.
Bulk items are combustible and non-hazardous.
Additional fees apply for items such as light iron, white goods, freon items, CRTs and monitors.
Yes. A resident may choose their own hauler at any time. However, there will not be a tax reduction by doing so since trash/recycling pickup is currently built into the tax base for residents.
That is a concern with any bag. Possible suggestions are to put your trash out on the day of your collection or to put your bags into a barrel.
Yes. The town encourages residents to use a trash barrel; you will just need to put your trash in an official Grafton bag before placing it in a barrel. You can also just place your trash in an official bag on the curb.
No. The town encourages residents to recycle as much as they can as it will help the environment. The more you recycle, the fewer bags you will need to purchase and the more money you will save. EL. Harvey provides one recycling toter per household, additional toters may be acquired by contacting EL. Harvey at 800-321-3002. Recycling must be in an EL. Harvey toter; drivers will not get out of the trucks to collect recycling placed in a separate bin/barrel.
No, since the goal of PAYT is to increase recycling, there will be no additional charge for recyclables put out for collection. Grafton collects recyclables curbside on a biweekly basis.
There is no limit on the amount of PAYT bags. Each residence controls how much they want to spend for their trash disposal. When you recycle more and discard less trash, you will pay less.
The Town will regularly monitor areas that historically have dumping issues. The Town encourages all residents to report offenders to contact either the police department or Town Hall at 508-839-5335. The Town also urges residents to engage the cooperation of their neighbors for the success of this program.
Any trash that is left on the curb that is not in an official Town of Grafton trash bag will not be picked up. However, the town reserves the right to pick up trash that is not removed from the curbside in a timely manner, and it will be picked up as a bulk item charged at the expense of the property owner. Repeat offenders will be subject to additional fines. See Chapter 270 - Crimes Against Public Health.
The Town is estimating a 20% overall reduction in trash disposal costs with the PAYT program.
The Town pays for the hauling cost of recycling, but does not pay for the disposal of recycled materials.
Last year Grafton paid over $500,000 in disposal fees to dispose of 6,100 tons of trash at the Wheelabrator incinerator in Millbury, MA. Grafton's collection of curbside trash and recycling is additionally about $500,000 a year.
To help offset the cost associated with providing trash collection. These revenues will help maintain the same level of municipal services. The additional benefit of PAYT is that it increases recycling rates.
Pay As You Throw (PAYT) is a system by which you pay for the trash you dispose. PAYT allows each household to control its volume of trash disposal. PAYT encourages recycling - when you recycle more and discard less trash, you will pay less. PAYT has been implemented by more than 125 communities in Massachusetts including Worcester, Sutton, Upton, Northborough, West Boylston, and Shrewsbury.
View available fields and facilities as well as use policies, a calendar to view availability and where/how to request use based on oversight of the property.
Beach stickers are available online through RecDesk, at the office with cash or check or at the beach (once in operation for the summer) with cash or check.
View the Beach Schedule and Pass Fees.
View our current program offerings.
View our current program offerings. Programs that are currently being offered are listed here and will show how many openings are available. You will see a 'Register' button if the program is available for registration.
Dogs that are six months of age or older that reside in the Town of Grafton must be licensed by June 1st. A $10 late fee (per dog) will be applied for licenses obtained on or after June 1st (other than for new dogs).
There are three ways to obtain your dog's license:
The license fees are as follows:
Please note: A copy of a current rabies vaccination certificate is required for all dog licenses.
All birth certificates prior to 1915 are public records. Most birth certificates after 1915 are public records, but there are a few exceptions (i.e., your parents were not married at the time of your birth). If you question whether your birth record is a public record or not, call the Town Clerk's office at 508-839-5335, ext. 1195 and we will be happy to check the status of your birth record. If your record is restricted, you will need to show ID when retrieving your birth certificate.
If you were born in Grafton or your parents were residents of Grafton at the time of your birth, you may obtain your birth certificate at the Town Clerk's Office. You can obtain your birth certificate three ways:
Your birth certificate is also available in the city or town where the hospital you were born in is located, or at the State Department of Vital Statistics:Registry of Vital RecordsDepartment of Public Health150 Mt. Vernon StreetDorchester, MA 02125-3105
We have two voting locations. Precincts 1, 2 and 3 are at the Grafton Middle School (22 Providence Road) and Precincts 4 and 5 are at Millbury Street Elementary School (105 Millbury Street).
Only a person who is:
(They must still meet registration deadlines.)
There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home.
Massachusetts citizens can apply online at Secretary Galvin's website. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment. Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.
Mail-in registration forms are widely available. To obtain a mail-in registration form, please call the Town Clerk's office at 508-839-5335, ext. 1195, and a form will be sent to you. Or you can download a voter registration form. Mail the completed form to the Town Clerk's office, 30 Providence Road, Grafton, MA 01519. You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks. If you do not, please contact us to verify your voting status.
Go to any registration location and complete an affidavit of registration, which must be answered truthfully under the penalty of perjury. The questions on the affidavit will include your name, residence, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number or your driver's license number.
Keep your motor voter receipt until you receive confirmation from the Town Clerk's office. If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact us at 508-839-5535, ext. 1195 to verify your voting status.
If you have moved within Grafton, notify the Town Clerk’s office of your new address in writing. If you have moved to a new city or town, you must register in the new city or town.
Yes, as long as you will be 18 on or before the next election or town meeting. However, please note that you must still register by the deadline for that meeting or election.
Yes. In order to vote you must be registered:
Yes, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts. Because of a new federal law, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 passed by Congress, if you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote for the first time in a federal election since registering by mail in 2003, or you can send in a copy of your identification with your voter registration form.
Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote, for example: a current and valid driver's license, photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing your name and address. If you send in a copy of your identification with your mail-in voter registration form, it may not be returned to you.
If you do not provide such identification, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires that you may only cast a provisional ballot which will be counted later, but only after your eligibility to vote has been determined.
Voters can now check their registration status through the State's Voter Registration Status Website. This tool is designed to provide up-to-date information on voter registration status and information for voters so they can register to vote.
If you intend to marry within the state of Massachusetts, a certificate of marriage (the license) must be obtained prior to the marriage. You can apply (take out an Intention of Marriage) for a license in any Town or City Clerk's office in Massachusetts, regardless of where you live (residency of the state is not a requirement for marriage in Massachusetts; and you do not have to be a resident of the town in which you apply for the license).
Both parties to the marriage do have to apply for the license together, and both must sign the Intention paperwork under oath. Additionally, both parties to the marriage must be at least 18 years old to marry in Massachusetts. Although not a requirement, you may be asked to produce identification during the licensing process. (Note: There are exceptions to the parties applying together, as well as to the age requirement. These exceptions involve obtaining a court waiver.)
Marriage certificates (licenses) that are issued by a City or Town Clerk are valid for 60 days from the date the intentions are taken out by the couple. If your marriage does not take place within those 60 days, the certificate becomes invalid and you must file again. In Grafton, the fee for applying for a marriage license is $20 (license only).
Additionally, in Massachusetts there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period that must be met before the license can be issued to you. Therefore, 3 days must pass from the date you make out your intentions paperwork to the date you (or your designee) pick up your license (note: the certificate must be picked up in person; it cannot be mailed to you). Again, there are exceptions to this requirement and a court waiver may be necessary. If you fall into this category, you should contact the Clerk's office for further instructions.
Your completed marriage certificate will remain on file with the town or city in which you file your intentions.
Blood tests are no longer required for any couple applying for a Marriage License in Massachusetts due to a change in the state's General Laws, effective January, 2005.
If you live in Massachusetts but intend to marry in another state, you must file your marriage intentions in that state. The Massachusetts certificate is not valid outside of Massachusetts. We recommend you contact the local officials in the city/town of the state where your marriage will take place, as marriage laws vary from state to state.
Information that you should know before you apply for your license: your place of birth, your mother's maiden (birth) name, your social security number, your officiant's name and contact information.
Licenses can be picked up during our normal business hours. Grafton does not issue licenses on Saturdays or Sundays.
An appointment is not necessary to apply for your marriage license in Grafton, and you may do so any time during our regular office hours. We ask that you allow at least 20 minutes for completion of your application.
For your convenience, the Grafton Clerk's Office has a Justice of the Peace to serve couples who wish to marry. Please ask the Town Clerk for more information.
The Annual Town Meeting is held the 2nd Monday in May of each year. The Semi-Annual Town Meeting is held the third Monday in October.
Any person, whether individually or as a partnership, conducting business in Grafton under any title other than the true name of the owner(s) must obtain a business certificate. And any corporation doing business in Grafton under a name other than its corporate name must file for a business certificate. The certificate must be completed and filed by a corporate officer.
Filing a Doing-Business-As (DBA, another name for a business certificate) does not protect your name. If you wish to register a trademark or service mark with the State of Massachusetts, contact the Corporations Division, One Ashburton Place, 17th floor, Boston, MA 02108, phone 617-727-9640. General information concerning trademarks may be obtained from The Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D.C. 20231, phone 703-308-4368. Federal Information is available at 800-347-1997.
Complete the business certificate application. Mail or deliver the application to the Town Clerk, 30 Providence Road, Grafton, MA 01519. If you do not appear in person at the Clerk's office to file, you must have your signature on the application notarized.
A Business Certificate is good for four years. The fee for filing a business certificate in Grafton is $50. To change or discontinue an active Business Certificate, the fee is $25. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Grafton. For more information, call the Clerk's office at 508-839-5335, ext. 1195.
If you are a non-profit organization in existence for two years or more, you are eligible to obtain a raffle permit. If you have never been issued a raffle permit from this office in the past, you must submit proof of organization for us to keep on file. You will need to complete the Raffle Permit Application (you can download the application from our webpage or pick one up at our office) showing the names and addresses of three officers in the organization and submit with the required fee of $10 (checks made payable to the Town of Grafton). If you have received raffle permits in the past, we will need you to complete and submit to us the Annual Report showing your earnings from the last event you held.
Assuming the death certificate was recorded by the Grafton Town Clerk's Office, you can physically enter the office, request a copy by mail, or request online. If requesting by mail, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request. The cost for a copy is $10.
Assuming the license was issued by the Grafton Town Clerk's Office, you can physically enter the office, request a copy by mail, or request it online. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request. The cost for a copy is $10.
Click here to find Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) information.
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For a shed 200 square feet or under -
Convential - 10' from the rear 15' from each side
Flexible - 15' feet from the rear 7' from each side
Zoning Permit required
Over 200 square feet - the shed becomes an accessory building
Convential - 15' from the rear and both sides
Flexible - 15' from the rear, 7' from each side
Building Permit Required
Map of Parks (PDF)
FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.
You best believe!
General Use Permit (PDF)
Find this on the Planning Board meeting page. meeting schedule
The baseball coach!
For after-hours payments, there is a new gray drop box outside the main entrance.
The town operates on a Fiscal Year (FY) calendar (July 1 to June 30).
1st and 2nd quarter bills (due August 1st and November 1st) are preliminary bills. These two billing amounts reflect 1/4 of the prior Fiscal Year's annual amount.
In December, the new tax rate is set and any revaluations to properties are assessed. Working with the new tax rate and new property values, the actual Fiscal Year annual amount is calculated.
Once the actual annual amount is obtained, the two preliminary amounts paid are subtracted from the actual FY total, and the remaining tax amount due for the fiscal year is divided between the 3rd and 4th quarter bills (due February 1st and May 1st).
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax is a State Tax calculated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
The amount of the motor vehicle excise due on any particular vehicle or trailer in any registration year is calculated by multiplying the value of the vehicle by the motor vehicle excise rate. That rate is fixed at $25 per thousand dollars of value. The value of the vehicle for the purpose of the excise is the applicable percentage for that year of the manufacturer's suggested retail price for the vehicle. The applicable percentages are set out in Ch. 60A S1 as follows:
The manufacturer's list price for any particular vehicle is the price recommended by the manufacturer as the selling price of that vehicle when new. It is the manufacturer's list price rather than the actual purchase price which will control for purposes of calculating the motor vehicle excise.