Early Voting Silver Award
The Town Clerk's office was awarded a Silver Medal in the Election Modernization Coalition’s Early Voting Challenge!
The Coalition kicked off the Early Voting Challenge last fall with a set of recommended standards for early voting, drawn from a Common Cause report on best practices across the country. These standards recommend at least one early voting site for every 35,000 people, and evening and weekend hours for voting. Communities that offer one night per week and four hours of weekend early voting and the appropriate number of sites received the Silver Medal.
The Town Clerk's office mails the Census to all households typically the first week in January of each calendar year.. Residents are encouraged to sign and return their Census at their earliest convenience. Failure to do so within 2 years changes your voter status to INACTIVE.
Dog Licenses, Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates, Zoning Documents, and Voter Lists may be ordered on-line at any time. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's office at (508) 384-5415.
Alphabetical Streets and Precincts
Wrentham has three (3) precincts which were reconfigured in 2010. Click here to view a complete Alphabetical Listing of Streets and Precincts. Hard copies of the latest version of Persons Listed are available in the Town Clerk's Office ($10.00-resident, $15.00-non-resident).
Birth, Death, Marriages (Vital Records)
Birth certificates are on file for children whose parent(s) were residing in Wrentham at the time of birth ($10.00 each). Cash or check only.
Marriage certificates are on file for those brides and grooms who filed for the marriage intention (application) in the Town of Wrentham. For those who filed in another city/town and married in Wrentham, the certificate will not be on file here ($10.00 each).
Death certificates are on file for decedents who were pronounced in the Town of Wrentham, or who resided in the Town of Wrentham at the time of death. Persons who died out of state will not have a record on file in the Town of Wrentham ($10.00 each).
Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 110, Section 5, any person conducting business in the Commonwealth (under any title other than the real name of the person conducting the business, whether individually or as a partnership), shall apply for a Business Certificate/dba in the Town Clerk's Office. The fee is $35.00 and the certificate is good for four (4) years. If you wish to apply for a Business Certificate, please contact the Town Clerk's Office to inquire about the necessary information and process. Any business incorporated in the Commonwealth does not need a Business Certificate. However, the individuals bank may request your business have one.
Conflict of Interest
The Massachusetts General Laws, Conflict of Interest Law, ensures that public employees' financial interests and personal relationships do not conflict with their public obligations. Click here for more information on the Conflict of Interest Law.
Census forms are mailed to each household during the month of January. The return of the yearly census is required by Federal law. By not returning your census, you become inactive on voter registration. The census is helpful to emergency responders for residents who may need service and the data collected is used as a tool for future growth of our community.
Dog licenses in the Town of Wrentham are good for the calendar year. The licensing period begins on January 1st and ends on the last day in February. Pay close attention to late fees as they are strictly enforced. It is the responsibility of the animal's owner, not the Town's, to adhere to the Mass. General Law and Town Bylaws regarding the licensing process. No bills/invoices are sent to residents. A Dog License application is enclosed (as a courtesy reminder) to all residents along with their yearly census.
Wrentham has one polling place for all three (3) precincts. The polling location is at the Wrentham Elementary School, 120 Taunton Street. You may click on the link above to see the results of preceding year's elections.
Click on the link above to see the Town Clerk's Fee Schedule.
Fuel Storage Permits
Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 148, Section 13, requires that a Certificate of Registrtion be filed annually with the Town Clerk on or before April 30th in order that the license to use the land and building for the keeping storage, manufacture or sale of any of the articles named in Section 9, Chapter 149 may contine in force and effect. New applications for Certificates of Registration - $500.00; Annual renewals - $250.00.
Click on the link above to see the latest version of Town Meeting approved General (Town) Bylaws.
Open Meeting Law
The Office of the Attorney General's Open Meeting Law is to ensure transparency in the deliberations on which public policy is based. Click here for more information on the Open Meeting Law.
Pesticide Exclusion Request
Designation for exclusion from public area-wide pesticide applications must be made directly to the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR). Visit www.norfolkcountymosquito.org for more information.
Except in an emergency, a public body shall post notice of every meeting at least 48 hours prior to such meeting, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. In an emergency, a public body shall post notice as soon as reasonably possible prior to such meeting. Click on the link above for a listing of currently posted meetings.
Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 271, some nonprofit organizations are permitted to hold certain gaming activities in order to fundraise. The law allows nonprofits to hold raffles, defined as "an arrangement for raising money by the sale of tickets, certain among which, as determined by chance after the sale, entitle the holders to prizes."
The law requires that the promotion and operation of the raffle be limited only to the qualified members of the sponsoring organization and no such member shall receive remuneration in any form for their time or effort devoted to the promotion and operation of such raffle. In addition, all raffle proceeds must be used for educational, charitable, religious, fraternal or civic purposes or for veterans' benefits. Call the Town Clerk's for more information and required documents to obtain a Raffle Permit.