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One of the most misunderstood concepts of municipal taxation is the meaning of Proposition 2 1/2. This legislative initiative was enacted in 1980 to limit the increases of property taxes in Massachusetts. Proposition 2 1/2 has performed its tax limiting function since then in the following manner.
1) A community cannot raise more than 2 1/2 % of last years levy limit plus new growth or override or debt exclusion amounts. A community therefore must live within the increases prescribed by 2 1/2 or a community can opt to attempt to pass an override or debt exclusion by successful voting at the polls. This gives voters control over how much property tax they are willing to pay.
2) A community cannot raise more in taxes than an amount greater than 2 1/2% of the total community value. This is known as the levy ceiling. Even a tax override cannot exceed this amount. A community is therefore bound by two "2 1/2's" minus 2 1/2% of last years levy limit or if a community is nearing its levy ceiling, an amount no greater than 2 1/2 % of the total community value.
An abatement is a reduction is the tax assessed on your property for the fiscal year. You may apply for an abatement if you believe your property is: Overvalued, Disproportionately Assessed, Classified Incorrectly or Partially or Fully Exempt.
If a taxpayer does not agree with the assessed valuation of their property, the first step would be to talk to an Assessor and review their property record card. After speaking with an Assessor, if the taxpayer still disagrees with the assessment, an abatement application must be completed in full and timely filed.
Instruction are provided on the back of the Abatement Application (PDF). It is important to note that the assessed value shown on the tax bill is based upon an assessment date of the previous January 1; not the date when the tax bill is received.
The Assessors are prevented by law from granting abatements unless timely filed. The application must be post marked no earlier than January 1st or received in the Assessors Office no later than February 1st.
The Assessors have three months, from the date the abatement application is filed, to take action. You will receive written notification of the decision.
You can pay taxes in person by visiting the Treasurer's office on the first floor of Town Hall; by mailing payment to the Treasurer's Office, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or online with UniPay.
Assessed values in Massachusetts are based on “full and fair cash value,” or 100 percent of the fair market value as of January 1 of each year. To arrive at “full and fair cash value,” the Assessors interpret the real estate market by analyzing property sales. This involves an analysis of market activity by each class of property. Assessors are required to submit these values to the Commonwealth's Department of Revenue for certification every five years. In the interim years, Assessors must also analyze the real estate market and perform adjustments to values as needed. This requirement ensures each property owner pays his or her fair share of the cost of local government, in proportion to the amount of money the property is worth, on a yearly basis rather than every five years. Notably, our Assessments differ from an independent appraiser's due to the appraisal methods required under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 59 and the time period captured in our assessments.
A housing trust can advance the Town's local housing goals and help to ensure that we continue to have a minimum of 10% of our housing stock certified as affordable. By establishing designated funds and creating a board to oversee their use, Danvers provides a local way to advocate for, and facilitate the development of, affordable housing. Using such a tool represents an alternative to the creation of affordable units under the State's Comprehensive Permit statute, Chapter 40B. As we are aware, many of our children, Town employees and current Danvers' residents cannot afford to purchase a home in town because of the high cost of housing; the trust assists Danvers establish a locally-directed process to help meet this need.
The books and records of the trust are required to be audited annually by an independent auditor in accordance with accepted accounting practices and are available to the public.
Yes, all meetings are posted and open to the public.
Although the concept of local housing trusts is not new, the state legislature concluded that - due to increased availability of local funding through inclusionary zoning, negotiated development fees, and state and federal funding - there was a need to provide specific legislation to allow communities to form their own municipal affordable housing trust funds. In 2005, the Massachusetts legislature passed the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund Law (MGL c.44 s.55C), which effectively simplified the process of establishing a local housing trust and allowed it to be created through the town meeting process.
The new law also set guidelines on what local housing trusts can do, specifies who can serve on a local housing trust board and establishes the powers a community can grant the board. Since the new law passed approximately 100 communities in Massachusetts have established municipal affordable housing trust funds
Trustees serve for a term of two years except that three of the initial trustee appointments were appointed for one year in order to stagger terms. They may be re-appointed at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen would be the appointing body and at least one Selectman would be a member of the trust.
The trust consists of seven voting trustees. The Board's membership would always include one member of the Board of Selectmen and one representative from the Danvers Housing Authority. The Town Manager, or his designee, would serve as a non-voting member. Remaining trustees must be Danvers' residents with expertise and experience relative to housing management and development, to include attorneys, contractors, realtors, and financial professionals.
Yes, however many of the activities listed above require a lengthy process which currently requires further Town Meeting action. By establishing a housing trust the trust is able to buy and sell property without waiting for a Town Meeting to be scheduled - often, real estate opportunities that would preserve and create affordable housing are highly time-sensitive. It would operate in a similar fashion to the procedure used to acquire open space in the community. Town meeting voted more than 30 years ago to allow the Town Manager to negotiate and acquire open space without further Town Meeting action as long as the parcels were listed in the Town's Open Space and Recreation Plan. Through the years this has allowed for the acquisition of many parcels in a timely fashion without further approval from Town Meeting.
The sources vary among housing trusts. Under MGL c.44 s.55C sources of funding for trusts include: Community Preservation Act funds, inclusionary zoning payments, negotiated developer fees, the town’s general fund, grants, gifts, and private donations. However, any funding from the Town’s general fund would require a Town Meeting action. In addition the Town of Danvers receives approximately $36,000 a year through the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) which could also be managed by the Housing Trust. It is important to note that these HOME funds are reallocated if not committed within a one-year period.
This question was forwarded to Town Counsel and his written opinion in part stated "On general, 'trust principles', the trust is a separate legal entity from the person or persons creating it. Therefore, in a legal sense, an Affordable Housing Trust created by a Municipality under C. 44, section 55C of the Mass. General Laws is a separate legal entity from the town or city, which chooses to create it." Thus it was his opinion that the financial actions of the Trust would not impact the Town's financial options.
The Danvers Housing Authority (DHA) is a state controlled entity. It is funded and managed by the State and while it works in partnership with the Town, the DHA does not derive funding from any Town source, nor does it act at the direction of the Town management. The use of the title "Danvers" is the States method of delineating the community the Housing Authority serves, not unlike the former identification of the "Danvers State Hospital".
As identified by the DHA Director Cindy Dunn, the mission and agenda of the DHA's is different than the Town's. The DHA operates under State statute, and is regulated through the Department of Housing and Community Development. It is not part of DHA's mandate to buy and sell real estate, although they are able to acquire and hold property on a self-supporting basis. DHA can purchase real property but cannot sell property unless a legislative act is proposed and approved. DHA has very limited financial home ownership opportunities through its voucher program - DHA supports its tenants on a rental basis.
DHA is regulated by DHCD and HUD and rental opportunities under most circumstances will mirror those regulations. The Trust could be more flexible in its rental structures.
A local housing trust can, for example, acquire property, partner with Habitat for Humanity, and eventually sell the completed units to income-qualified individuals to expand home ownership opportunities in Danvers. This type of project could not be conducted by the Housing Authority.
Contributions from the new Multi-Family Affordability Provision (made as payment-in-lieu of units) directed to the trust can be used in a variety of ways - for example, funds could be used to "buy down" market-rate housing and, with a deed restriction, keep the unit permanently affordable to all subsequent owners. Again, such a process would be outside the scope of the Housing Authority.
The housing trust does work cooperatively with the DHA, however, and there might well be opportunities to collaborate on a range of rental projects through tenant selection, project management and exploration of joint funding options. Each entity could serve complementary functions in working to expand the supply of affordable housing in Danvers. DHA may well be an applicant for trust funds but could not adequately distribute funds without also creating another trust entity.
A final note: the DHA Director, Cindy Dunn, sat on the subcommittee that drafted the Trust warrant article, the DHA looks forward to working with the trustees on increasing housing opportunities for Danvers residents and enthusiastically supports the effort to create a Trust.
A local housing trust allows municipalities to designate certain funds for affordable housing, segregate them out of the general municipal budget into a trust fund, and use the funds for local initiatives to create and preserve affordable housing. Examples of what a local affordable housing trust fund can do include:
On April 12, 2021 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began accepting applications for its Funeral Assistance Program. The funding for this program was included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations act of 2021, and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program allows for funeral assistance for any COVID-19 related death after January 20, 2020. The program will assist with expenses up to $9,000 per funeral, up to a maximum of $35,000 if applicants are applying for assistance related to more than one death.
Here are some key points about the program:
Resource: We've created a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance webpage with more information about the program, links to FEMA guidance, fact sheets in multiple languages, and information about obtaining or amending a death certificate in Massachusetts. We are sharing this information and asking our partners to do the same to help get the information to residents across the Commonwealth who may benefit from it.
As with other disaster assistance programs for individuals, FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources. This is a program will be completely managed at the Federal level by FEMA, however the required documentation of a death certificate may involve government and other key stakeholders as the state and local level.
Ron O'Connor, MPHDirector, Office of Local and Regional HealthMassachusetts Department of Public HealthEmail Ron O'Connor
Lisa McCarthy-Licorish, MPHSenior Coordinator, Local Health CommunicationsOffice of Local and Regional HealthMassachusetts Department of Public HealthEmail Lisa McCarthy-Licorish
If you are not already authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies, you may apply for a one-day solemnization license. The Town of Danvers does not process these requests, please contact the State of Massachusetts.
Both parties need to come to the Town Clerk's office during normal business hours.
You first need to confirm your record is on file in Danvers. A death certificate is held in both the city/town of death and the city/town of last residence. If you have any question, please contact the Clerk's Office via email of the Town Clerk or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3053 or ext. 3051 to verify.
Any refund for incorrect orders can take up to 30 days.
You may obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate by ordering online through UniPay, by visiting the Office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours or by mailing your request along with the $10 fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Town Clerk, Danvers Town Hall, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
You first need to confirm your record is on file in Danvers. Birth records are held in the city / town of birth and the city / town the parents lived at the time of birth. If you have any question, please contact the Clerk's Office via email of the Town Clerk or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3053, or ext. 3051 to verify.
You first need to confirm your record is on file in Danvers. Marriage records are only held in the city/town you applied for your license when you got married not the city/town you got married in. If you have any question, please contact the Clerk's Office via email of the Town Clerk or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3053 or ext. 3051 to verify.
View the Town of Danvers By-laws (PDF)
View the Zoning By-laws.
Contact the Health Inspector to file a complaint and request an inspection.
If the application is complete and all prerequisite approvals have been obtained, no more than 30 days. The nature of the work proposed will impact the length of time to process the application. This will vary based upon the level of permit activity, which fluctuates seasonally. Please call the office to check status 978-777-0001, ext. 3061 or 3062. Thank you for your patience.
A property owner, or the owner's duly authorize agent may apply for a building permit. To nominate an agent an owner must sign a writing that identifies the property, the owner and the agent.
Contractors remain responsibilities pursuant to G.L. c 142 A even when the property owner or agent apply for the building permit.
A building permit is required to:
Certain accessory structures, fences 6 feet in height or less, greenhouses and ordinary repairs may not require a permit. Please consult with the Code Administration department with any questions.
Prior to applying for a building permit you should contact the Code Administration Department to determine if you will need any additional permits or approvals and to verify the application fee.
You can complete the building permit application online or in person at the Code Administration office in Town Hall.
View the Current Civil Constables (PDF).
Danvers does not have its own Chamber of Commerce. The following organizations offer support, service and networking opportunities to businesses in Danvers:
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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a monthly food distribution program provided by the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) for individuals 60 years old or older whose monthly income is less than 130% of the Federal Poverty line. (Gross monthly income of less than $1383 an individual or $1868 a couple in 2020).
Each participant receives two grocery bags containing shelf-stable products such as: cereal, juice, milk, beef stew, peanut butter, pasta, apple sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, etc., along with two fresh produce items and cheese. This averages to 30-35 pounds of food.
All products have been reviewed by the nutrition team at Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
The Greater Boston Food Bank delivers the CSFP groceries to your local distribution site to be picked up by approved participants at a regular day and time once a month. (See below for details on your local site.)
Please note if you miss two months of distribution in a row you will lose your spot in the program and be replaced by an individual on the waiting list.
You may participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) while receiving benefits/food from other nutrition programs.
If you're at least 60 and your household meets the income guidelines, complete the CSFP Application Form (PDF) and Proxy Form (PDF) and return to your local distribution site (see below). You may be required to show proof of identity, age, residence, and income prior to participation in the program.
The Greater Boston Food Bank will notify by mail whether you've been approved or put on the waitlist. If approved, the longest you'll have to wait is probably not more than one month. Sometimes you will be able to begin participating immediately, in which case you will receive a phone call from your local distribution site.
Participants may authorize someone else to pick up their bag on their behalf by signing a proxy form. Delivery is also available for homebound individuals.
Visit the MCC Website to learn about all things Massachusetts Cultural Council ("MCC") related, including the grant application process.
Please download the Danvers Cultural Council Logo to incorporate into your project and reimbursement requests as needed. Save the image below by right clicking on the image and selecting "save image as."
If additional assistance needed regarding the DCC Logo please contact the Danvers Cultural CouncilI
To find out your trash and recycling pickup day, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-762-0231. Trash and recycling information is available on the Town of Danvers Curbside Collection Section.
Danvers residents with curbside trash and recycling pickup can recycle unwanted textiles. Details below. (Service Update June 2021)
The Danvers Department of Public Works (DPW) is providing this service, free to the residents of Danvers, in partnership with Simple Recycling. Please see the below link for details.
Textile Recycling - Town of Danvers (danversma.gov)
Danvers offers two zero waste weekend recycling events annually in the spring and fall. One of the services offered is textile recycling. We accept clothing, shoes, purses, linens, bedding, etc. Please see our Events for details. Many charities will also recycle textiles - you can contact them directly for pickup or you can drop your textiles in any labeled bin.
Our recycling goes to a material recovery facility (MRF):
GreenWorks Inc.109-111 Newbury StreetPeabody, MA 01960Phone: 978-854-6852GreenWorks Site
To view an example of how an MRF sorts recyclables, watch the How does a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Works video.
Residents can purchase 22 gallon recycling bins ($5) and 32 gallon wheeled recycling carts with covers ($40) at the Department of Public Works (DPW) Garage at 95 Hobart Street from 7 am to 2:45 pm (pay by Check Only made out to the Town of Danvers). Please call 978-762-0231 with any questions and to check availability.
Any durable, reusable container can act as your recycling bin, as long as it is properly marked for recycling, is no bigger than 45 gallons, and does not weigh more than 50 pounds. Free "Recycle" stickers are available to Danvers' residents at the following Town offices:
Our trash goes to an energy-from-waste facility:
Covanta Haverhill100 Recovery WayHaverhill, MA 01835Phone: 978-372-6288
The Haverhill Resource Recovery Facility is located on a 147-acre area in the Ward Hill Neck section of Haverhill, MA. The facility processes 1,650 tons per day of solid waste, generating up to 49 megawatts of renewable energy. The facility is equipped with a ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling system and an air-cooled condenser that condenses turbine exhaust.
Our trash and recycling vendor is:
JRM Hauling & Recycling265 Newbury StreetPeabody, MA 01960Phone: 800-323-4285
You can purchase stickers to dispose of your large trash items curbside. Please refer to the section on Bulky Item Pickup.
Yard Waste Pickup occurs approximately 12 times a year. Yard waste must be placed in open barrels separated from your trash or in paper yard waste bags (no larger than 45 gallons or 50 pounds). For pickup dates and more information, refer to the section on Yard Waste Pickup.
This is a shared-use trail project. Walking, hiking and mountain biking are still occurring and encouraged at this location.
Installation of the targets and tee boxes is underway, along with the maintenance of the landscape. This Town owned property is open to the public and can be accessed by parking at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, and walking across the street and up on to the course. Signage will be coming on site soon to better help participants navigate the area. If you are interested in volunteering on this project please email Nick Campion.
Disc Golf is free to play in Danvers.
Disc golf is played much like golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, though, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).
A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the "hole." The holes on Whipple Hill are elevated metal baskets. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.
Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway.
Disc golf is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, gender identity, and economic status, making it a great lifetime fitness activity. Because disc golf is so easy to learn, no one is excluded; players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.
Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and mental stimulation. Concentration skills increase by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles, and players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play.
A casual round takes one to two hours and may be played alone. Participants can play on their own accord, no tee times necessary. Perhaps the greatest attribute of the sport is the low barrier to entry. A professional quality disc costs roughly $10 to 20, and it only takes one for basic play.
By visiting the Danvers Schools website or calling 978-777-4359.
By submitting a New Student Registration packet to the Danvers Public Schools along with any additional required information. You may contact the schools with any questions at 979-777-4539.
It is the job of the Construction Manager to supervise and direct various operations within a building project. A Construction Manager must ensure a project is being constructed to the highest levels of safety and quality while making sure the project runs on time and within the allocated budget allowance.
The Construction Manager selected for the Smith Elementary Project is W.T. Rich Company, Inc. W.T. Rich has been providing construction services to various public and private organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 50 years. W.T. Rich has a robust portfolio of K through 12 projects. Some of their most recent accomplishments are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School, Clark Avenue Middle School, King Open School, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Angier Elementary School, West Parish School and Zervas Elementary School.
This reflects total project costs, not the Town of Danvers share.
Please refer to the existing conditions reports on the Smith Elementary School Project page for more details. Overall, the District's goal is to have an equitable school facility at Smith Elementary School compared to our other four elementary schools.
The MSBA requires the design team to analyze the following options for each project: Renovation, Addition/Renovation, or New Construction.
As part of the MSBA funding assistance approval process, a projected student enrollment analysis was performed for all K through 5 students in the District. Please note the following from the MSBA's October 13, 2016 Enrollment Certification Letter:
The enrollment growth will be gradual over the course of 10 years at approximately 30 students per year. When the new Smith School opens, the building will not be filled to capacity and the population will continue to expand through the first 6 years the school is open.
Over the past 20 years, the Town of Danvers has seen stable enrollment at all five elementary schools. Recently, development has occurred on the north side of town, within the Ivan G. Smith School area. Therefore, we have seen a natural increase in enrollment for the Ivan G. Smith School, including the need for an additional kindergarten classroom in 2018 to 2019.
In October of 2016, when the Town of Danvers and the MSBA came to an agreement on the certified enrollment for the Ivan G. Smith project, this projected enrollment number was significantly higher than the current enrollment at the Ivan G. Smith School. Since October 2016, the District has been working collaboratively with local boards as well as our architect and owner's project manager to look at enrollments and districting across our five elementary schools.
Prior to the beginning of the Ivan G. Smith project, the District had two flex zones. Students residing in these designated flex zones attend one of three elementary schools in town, based on enrollment numbers. Over the course of the 2017 to 2018 school year, the District gathered data from multiple sources. This data included information on all current students in the district and records of all births since September 2013 (based on street).
In conjunction with the District, Tappe Architects imported this data into a dynamic GIS system that allows the District to see where students will be residing as they enter kindergarten over the next 5 years. The District is currently using this mapping tool to further analyze and identify additional flex zones for the District and, if needed, possible redistricting.
Prior to the 2019-2020 kindergarten parent orientation (in April 2019), we plan to have the process complete.
The existing Smith School property was selected as the site for the new Smith School.
The Town of Danvers' Engineering Division utilized GIS to research similarly sized parcels for consideration and determined that there are 12 similarly sized parcels within the Smith School District. Five of the 12 parcels are owned and actively operated by the Town of Danvers. Of the remaining seven parcels, three are owned by St. John's Preparatory School, one is unbuildable, one is owned by the Salem and Beverly Water Supply Board, and two are privately owned. Of the two privately owned parcels, one is an active farm and retail farm stand, and the other is occupied by a three family home situated on a lot with significant area of wetlands and a pond.
The selection of the current site was approved by the design team, local officials, School Department, School Building Committee, and the MSBA. The orientation and placement of the new school design improves site utilization and vehicle circulation on the existing site, and provides more parking than any other school in Town. Parents will no longer have to queue in abutting neighborhoods to pick their students up at the end of the day.
Pending approval by Town Meeting on February 4, 2019, the estimated construction start date is September 2019, and the new school will be opened for the September 2021 school year. Please refer to the Project Timeline page for more detailed information related to MSBA submittals. Other important dates include:
The estimated total project cost is currently approximately $52 million dollars. The Town has been building its School Stabilization Fund over the past four years (currently at about $5.5 million dollars) and will seek to continue funding up until the long-term debt is issued. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has committed to funding 55.455% of all eligible project costs. The schematic design construction budget and cost estimates are available here and a summary is shown below:
Each School District in Massachusetts that is selected by the MSBA for funding assistance is assigned a different MSBA reimbursement rate based on socio-economic factors. Please refer to the MSBA website for more information.
The base reimbursement rate for Danvers is 50.58%. The following incentive points are then added to the base rate: CM at Risk project delivery method (+1 point), Maintenance (+1.875 points), and Energy Efficiency (+2 points).
There are numerous financing models the Town could consider, but the two presented at the Financial Summit frame the alternatives in the clearest terms. The total cost of the 20-year EP financing plan was $46.5 million ($32 million principal plus $14.2 million interest), with higher annual payments for a shorter period. The total cost of the 30-year LD plan was $60.5 million ($32 million principal plus $28.5 million interest), with lower annual payments for a longer period.
The summary table below displays a 25-year LD option, i.e. a "middle" option, alongside the two options presented at the Financial Summit, for discussion purposes. These three options represent the spectrum very well. More detail on each option is provided in the attachments.
You can view the 2018 Financial Summit (PDF).
Tappe Architects of Boston, MA has been selected as the designer for the Smith Elementary School Project. For the past 40 years, Tappe has focused much of their practice on public schools with a vast majority of their projects being completed in Massachusetts. Similar projects include the Lunenburg Middle/High School, Melrose Elementary School Additions, Clyde Brown Elementary School (Millis, MA), Melrose High School, Galvin Middle School (Wakefield, MA), Stoneham Middle School, and Vinson-Owen Elementary School (Winchester, MA) amongst numerous libraries and municipal studies.
It is the job of the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) to represent the Town during the entire duration of the construction project. Among many other responsibilities, the OPM oversees the hiring of the Architect and General Contractor/Construction Manager, manages the project schedule and budget, and coordinates communication between the Town and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Because they serve such an important function, the OPM must submit a formal proposal of qualifications and interview with the Town before being hired. The MSBA must also approve the Town's selected OPM before they are hired by the Town.
The OPM selected for the Smith Elementary School Project is PMA Consultants, LLC (PMA) of Braintree, MA. PMA's project managers bring significant experience to the Town of Danvers with their resume of over 30 K through 12 school projects managed alongside the MSBA. Some of their school projects within the North Shore area include Essex Tech High in Danvers, Saugus Middle High School, North Reading Middle High School, Swampscott High School, Somerville High School, Wellington Elementary in Belmont, and Thompson Elementary in Arlington.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority ("MSBA") is a quasi-independent government authority created to reform the process of funding capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth's public schools. The MSBA strives to work with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient schools across Massachusetts.
The Legislature created the MSBA in 2004 to replace the former school building assistance program administered by the Department of Education (now the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).
The MSBA, which has a dedicated revenue stream of one penny of the state's 6.25-% sales tax, is collaborating with municipalities to equitably invest in finding the right-sized, most fiscally responsible and educationally appropriate solutions to create safe, sound, and sustainable learning environments.
In its ten-year history, the MSBA has made more than $13 billion in reimbursements to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction projects. Instead of waiting years for reimbursement, districts now receive payments from the MSBA as costs are incurred, usually within 15 days of submitting a request through the MSBA's online Pro-Pay System. Please visit the MSBA website for more information.
You can get involved by attending a meeting or you can subscribe to our email notification list to stay up to date on important meetings and presentations about the Smith School project.
By visiting the Collective Bargaining Agreements page.
The Town of Danvers offers paid vacation, sick leave, personal days, 11 paid holidays, direct deposit and the opportunity for credit union membership. The Town also offers the following optional benefits to those employees who work at least 20 hours a week:
You may contact the Human Resource Department with questions.
While we oftentimes receive requests for "reservation" of this Town amenity, we must tell interested parties that there are no reservations accepted for this structure nor for the grounds surrounding it. The picturesque pavilion was donated by the Rotary Club of Danvers for the enjoyment of the general public. There can be no assurance that an event will not conflict with a family outing or other recreational pursuit at the pavilion on the grounds on any given day. Please keep this in mind when planning an important event.
The Town of Danvers offers a memorial bench program for those interested in donating a bench for installation on Town property to memorialize or honor someone special. All donations must be approved by the Board of Selectmen. Additional information and policies are listed below.
All memorial benches are purchased from the New England Recreation Group, Inc. The 6 foot Paris Terraza bench is made with classically styled cast aluminum end frames/legs and recycled plastic planking. The steel frame that supports the planking attaches to the castings with security hardware. Thermally bonded powder coating assures long-lasting beauty for a price of $1,800. This price includes the cost of delivery and assembly. In addition to the price of the bench, each applicant will be assessed a $200 installation fee. The installation fee includes the cost of the cement necessary for the base of each bench and the costs associated with installation of the bench by the Department of Public Works. Benches will be delivered 5 to 7 weeks. Benches can be viewed on the Paris Site Furnishings website.
Questions and concerns regarding Memorial Benches should be addressed to the Danvers Recreation Division.
Memorial Bench Request Form (PDF)
Photo courtesy of Robert Clough Jr.
Smaller/fixed charcoal grills are available in the Pond picnic area without reservation for small family use. Larger/portable charcoal grills are available upon request for larger permitted groups. You must supply your own charcoal grilling tools.
No. Endicott Park is not a campground and does not permit camping or overnight use.
Endicott Park no longer accepts (memorial) tree donations but exceptions may be made in certain instances. Instead, we recommend individuals consider our Memorial Bench Program.
All our farm animals are cared for daily by our trained Park Staff. They are vaccinated and visited regularly by a Veterinarian. Our Children's Barn offers visitors the opportunity to view domestic farm animals housed in an historic farm building. Both structured and informal talks are conducted by the Park Staff for elementary level education in animal husbandry and the functions of a barn in the 19th century. One of the challenges of maintaining an active barnyard in a public park is developing an understanding that domestic animals are cared for differently than a household pet. If you have questions about these differences please ask a member of our staff.
Your picnic area reservation comes with at least ten picnic tables. You may bring additional chairs, tables, shade tents, nets and sports equipment as long as they don't negatively impact the experience of other park visitors. Activities of a higher impact may be allowed with prior approval. Check with our staff before your event.
Yes. One of the ways we keep our park so clean is by having a Carry In/Carry Out Policy. There are no trash barrels in our park. We ask that our visitors take their trash with them. We understand that our larger permitted groups will accumulate a lot of trash and therefore if you would like trash bag removal at the end of your event, we ask that you leave your bags along the roadside adjacent to your picnic area for Park Staff to collect. Permit holders are responsible for picking up any trash generated from their event. Trash bags will be provided at your request. Failure to clean up your permitted area will result in a minimum fee of $100. The permit holder will be responsible for any damage done to the property during the term of the rental agreement.
9 am to Dusk
No trespassing after hours.
All dogs must be legally licensed and have proof of current rabies vaccination.
Violators are subject to removal and/or exclusion from the dog park.
This park is made available in accordance with laws governing recreational use (M.G.L. Chapter 21 Section 17c)
The Town of Danvers does not assume responsibility for injuries or damage to personal property.
In case of emergency, dial 911.
For all other questions/concerns call 978-774-1213, ext. 8 and leave a message.
In Massachusetts, fishing licenses are required for all persons 15 years of age and over on inland waters. Anglers under 15 may fish, but do not need a license. To obtain a freshwater fishing license, visit the Freshwater Fishing Licenses website.
The Crane River Marina is the Town's only public marina and provides dockage for 68 vessels up to 25 feet in length. Dockage space is assigned from a waiting list with Danvers residents given priority. There is a one-time $6 fee to apply to the waiting list. Apply online using the Waiting List Application.
The Endicott Community Gardens are located in Endicott Park, just past the entrance off Ingersoll Street.
There are 196 25-foot by 25-foot garden plots (with some variation) available for rent from April through November for $40. About 5% of our garden plots open up each year and become available. Danvers residents are given priority.
Community Garden space rentals are managed by the Friends of Endicott Park, Inc. Please contact Randy Boudreault at 978-430-9777 or email Randy for more information.
In Massachusetts, if you're 16 years or older, you need a recreational saltwater fishing permit to fish in Massachusetts. This permit may be issued from Massachusetts or from a nearby state that has a reciprocity agreement with Massachusetts.
For ages 16 to 59, the cost of the permit is $10. Ages 60 and up must still have a permit to fish in Massachusetts but the permit is free. For more information or to apply for a permit, visit the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permits website.
The Harbormaster's office oversees the placement and permitting of 125 moorings. Moorings are privately owned by boaters and homeowners.
The Town of Danvers is not currently permitting new moorings, however, moorings being sold are offered to waiting list applicants. To apply to the mooring waiting list, visit the Online Waiting List Applications website.
Danvers has a public boat launch ramp at Pope's Landing on Liberty Street. For a minimum charge of $5 ($75 for the season) you can launch your boat using the ramp. The Landing also offers public restrooms, a lighted parking lot, scenic park, and picnic area.
There is a thirty-minute tie-up area at the public dock for boaters who want to enjoy the view and use the picnic area and facilities.
Danvers open space information is available from the Open Space and Recreation Advisory Committee.
Yes, the Danvers Dog Park is located at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street. The best access is to use the Dean Street entrance off Forest Street across from Saint Richard’s Church.
Yes. Due to the overwhelming number of requests we receive annually for Picnic Areas (PDF), the Town requires any organized group or family outing to make a reservation and obtain a permit. The permit reservation ensures we have the space available for your group. Make online picnic area reservations
Due to the overwhelming number of requests we receive annually for picnic areas, the Town requires any organized group or family outing to make a reservation and obtain a permit. The permit reservation ensures we have the space available for your group. Obtain an online permit reservation.
Smaller / fixed charcoal grills are available in the Pond picnic area without reservation for small family use. Larger/portable charcoal grills are available upon request for larger permitted groups. You must supply your own charcoal grilling tools.
All organized groups of any size, or event at Endicott Park requires a reservation and permit. Any reservation requesting use of: Tents, Staging, Canopies, Catering and/or Entertainment must submit a Certificate of Liability from the equipment vendor with your application. The Certificate of Liability must list "Town of Danvers" as additionally insured.
Amusement Rides, Bouncy Houses, and Pony Rides are not longer permitted.
Yes. There is a parking fee on Weekends and Holidays of $2 for Danvers resident vehicles and $4 for non-Danvers resident vehicles. Weekday donations are appreciated and go to support the Friends of Endicott Park Inc. in there mission to support the preservation, conservation and enhancement of our natural, educational and historic resource.
The Endicott Community Gardens are located in Endicott Park, just past the entrance off Ingersoll St.
There are 196 25 feet by 25 feet garden plots (with some variation) available for rent from April through November for $40. About 5% of our garden plots open up each year and become available. Danvers residents are given priority.
Community Garden space rentals are managed by the Friends of Endicott Park, Inc. Please fill out an application (under the Community Gardens tab) to get on the waitlist.
Endicott Park makes a beautiful background for your personal photos though for-hire photography in Endicott Park requires approval through our permit process. Make photography permit reservations.
Yes. Pets are always welcome, but must be on leash unless in the designated Dog Park. Dog waste transmits disease and contaminates water supplies, so please pick up after your pet. There is a $25- $100 fine for failing to comply with these Town By-Laws.
Yes, the Danvers Dog Park is located at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street. Best access is to use the Dean Street entrance off Forest St across from St. Richard's Church.
9 am to DuskNo trespassing after hours
In case of emergency, dial 911. For all other questions/concerns call 978-774-1213, ext. 8, and leave a message.
Alcohol is only allowed in Endicott Park when served by a TIPS certified caterer or bartender with an approved One-Day Liquor License. Without a One-Day Liquor license, possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
All our farm animals are cared for daily by our trained Park Staff. They are vaccinated and visited regularly by a Veterinarian. Our Children's Barn offers visitors the opportunity to view domestic farm animals housed in an historic farm building. Both structured and informal talks are conducted by the Park Staff for elementary-level education in animal husbandry and the functions of a barn in the 19th century. One of the challenges of maintaining an active barnyard in a public park is developing an understanding that domestic animals are cared for differently than a household pet. If you have questions about these differences please ask a member of our staff.
Fires are not allowed without prior authorization.
Due to supply chain issues, the Town of Danvers is not current accepting donations for memorial benches.
The Town of Danvers offers a memorial bench program for those interested in donating a bench for installation on Town property to memorialize or honor someone special. All donations must be approved by the Board of Selectmen. Additional information and policies are listed in the following:
All memorial benches are purchased from the New England Recreation Group, Inc. The 6 feet Paris Terraza bench is made with classically styled cast aluminum end frames/legs and recycled plastic planking. The steel frame that supports the planking attaches to the castings with security hardware. Thermally bonded powder coating assures long-lasting beauty for a price of $1,800. This price includes the cost of delivery and assembly. In addition to the price of the bench, each applicant will be assessed a $200 installation fee. The installation fee includes the cost of the cement necessary for the base of each bench and the costs associated with installation of the bench by the Department of Public Works. Benches will be delivered 5 to 7 weeks. Benches can be viewed on the Paris Playground site.
View the Memorial Bench Request Form (PDF).
An excise at the rate of $25 per one thousand dollars of valuation (effective January 1, 1981) is levied on each motor vehicle. Information on the value of a motor vehicle is accessed electronically by the Registry of Motor Vehicles though a data bank complete with valuation figures.
Valuation figures are the manufacturers' list prices for vehicles in their year of manufacture. Present market value, price paid, or condition are not considered for excise tax purposes. The excise tax law establishes its own formula for valuation for state tax purposes whereby only the manufacturer's list price and the age of the motor vehicle are considered. The formula is as follows:
Every motor vehicle owner must pay an excise tax based on a valuation of at least ten % of the manufacture's list price; thus, owners of vehicles older than five years should have a fixed excise tax bill for succeeding years of ownership. No excise shall be less than $5.
State Law requires you to pay your excise tax bill then file an abatement at a later time to avoid late fees, penalties and interest. If you no longer own the vehicle and the registration was cancelled or transferred to another vehicle, you may file for an abatement. If the vehicle was sold, traded-in, donated, junked, gifted or repossessed, a copy of the bill of sale, donation/junkyard receipt, or lien holder notice is required to file an application for abatement. If the vehicle was stolen or involved in an automobile accident and your insurance company considered it a total loss, a copy of the settlement letter is required to file an application for abatement.
You must pay motor vehicle excise to the city or town you resided in on January 1st. Residency is based on the Registry of Motor Vehicles registration records as of January 1st. You are not entitled to an abatement if your move to another Massachusetts city or town during the calendar year.
If you move out of Massachusetts and register your vehicle in another state and cancel your Massachusetts registration, you can file an application for abatement. A copy of the new out-of-state registration and Plate Return Receipt from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is required to file for an abatement.
You can pay taxes in person by visiting the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of Town Hall; by mailing payment to the Treasurer’s Office, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923, or online using UniPay.
Open burning season starts January 15 and continues until May 1.
The Danvers Fire Department strongly recommends installing a Knox Box at the front entrance to all businesses. Having this in place assures that the fire department will be able to gain access to the building/business during an emergency, without doing additional damage to the building. These knox boxes may be purchased at the Knox Box Site.
Please contact the Fire Prevention Office to review the location and installation of the key box before installation.
Home fire extinguishers may be disposed of in your regular trash once the pressure in the canister has been released. Consider this an opportunity to train and familiarize yourself in the use of a portable fire extinguisher. In an outside, open area, release the contents of the extinguisher using the acronym PASS:
Once you have expelled all of the contents of the extinguisher and the cylinder is not charged it may be thrown away into the regular trash. If you are not comfortable with expelling the agent, the extinguishers may be brought to the fire department for disposal.
Select this link to review Kidde Fire Extinguisher recalled November 2, 2017. Fire Extinguisher Recall
The two types of smoke detectors are ionization and photoelectric detectors. Ionization smoke detectors contain a very minute amount of radioactive material known as Americium 241. Photoelectric-type smoke detectors do not contain any radioactive material. The amount of radioactive material contained in ionization smoke detectors is so small it does not pose a risk to human health. If the detector contains radioactive material, it is required by law to have a warning label on the body of the detector. Look for the label on the back of the detector facing the mounting base. For this reason, smoke detectors containing radioactive material should be returned to the manufacturer for disposal.
When returning a detector to the manufacturer, include a note indicating the detector is to be disposed of, and mail it to the address listed on the back of the detector. The following smoke detector manufacturers/distributors will take back their smoke detectors:
American Sensors/Dicon Global
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The preferred method to renew your dogs' license is online. Please read the following for details.
The Town of Danvers has created online dog license renewals. Beginning with March 2018 renewals, if you have provided an email address when licensing your dog, you will be sent a link to review, update, renew and pay for your dog license on line. If you would like to provide us your email for your dog license please send an email to the Dog License Team including your name, home address, dogs name(s) and desired email, we will then update your dogs record and send you a link to renew on line.
If you have any questions, you can email Dog License Team or call 978-777-0001.
The Town Clerk is the Local Licensing Authority. An applicant for a Hawker, Peddler, Transient Vendor, Food Truck License must file an application with the Town Clerk.
The fee for an annual license is $50 and will expire on December of the current year. The fee may be waived for those who have and can produce a current state vendor license. Applicants must also appear with a valid picture ID and proof of insurance. All Food Trucks require sign offs by the Board of Health and Fire Department.
A completed form with appropriate departmental sign-off is required for the request. You may email Catherine Ellsworth, Town Clerk, or call her at 978-777-0001, ext. 3046, or the Office of the Town Clerk with any questions or to obtain an application.
The Select Board is the approval authority for One-Day Liquor Licenses. The fee for a Wine and Malt One-Day License is $30, the fee for an All Alcoholic One-Day License is $50. A completed application will be submitted to the Town Clerk along with appropriate departmental approvals, TIPS certification for event Manager along with a $1,000,000 liquor liability insurance binder. Once a completed application is accepted the event Manager will appear before the Select Board.
Please allow sufficient time between submitting your application and your event date. A completed form is required for the request. All requests are subject to the Select Board approval.
You may email Catherine Ellsworth, Town Clerk, or call her at 978-777-0001, ext. 3046, or the Office of the Town Clerk with any questions or to obtain an application.
If you are not already authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies, you may apply for a one day solemnization license. The Town of Danvers does not process these requests, please contact the State of Massachusetts.
The Select Board is the Local Licensing Authority. An applicant for a Common Victualler license must filed a complete an application with the Town Clerk along with the following fees: $100 payable to the Town of Danvers.
You may email Catherine Ellsworth, Town Clerk or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3046, or contact the Office of the Town Clerk with any questions.
The Select Board is the Local Licensing Authority. An applicant for a Class I or Class 2 dealer license must filed a complete an application with the Town Clerk along with the following fees: $200 payable to the Town of Danvers.
You will each need:
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles handles vehicle registrations in Massachusetts.
The receptionist in the front lobby of Town Hall generally handles dog licensing. If the reception desk is unmanned, the Clerk's Office can assist you.
The annual fee for licensing a spayed/neutered dog is $20. The fee is $25 for dogs that are not spayed/neutered. You will need to bring a current rabies certificate and proof of spaying or neutering if that is not reflected on the rabies certificate.
You may license your new dog in person or fill out a Dog License Application and send in the appropriate paperwork.
Existing dog license renewals have been sent electronically via email (February 26, 2018) if you have provided your email address. You can email Dog License Team if you would like an electronic copy of your existing dog renewal. Paper renewals will be sent out the beginning of March if you have not provided an email address.
Please email Dog License Team, contact the Reception Desk or Clerk's Office with any questions.
The Board of Selectmen is the Local Liquor Licensing Authority. An applicant for a liquor license must filed a complete ABCC application with the Town Clerk along with the following fees: $200 payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, $75 payable to the Town of Danvers for a filing fee and $50 payable to the Town of Danvers for advertising costs, where applicable and the following documentation: detailed floor plans, a written policy describing the intended practice of patron age verifying and monitoring of alcohol consumption on the premises and an ABCC approved Certificate of Insurance.
You may contact the Office of the Town Clerk with any questions.
Information about a obtaining a driver’s license is available from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.
While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.
You may pay your parking ticket on line at UniPay.
Payments will be processed weekly, if you need immediate response on a ticket payment to be cleared at the Registry please visit Town Hall - Treasurer/ Collectors Office during business hours, Monday through Wednesday 8 am to 4 pm, Thursday 8 am to 7 pm, Friday 8 am to 12 pm.
*Please note that late fees are charged for parking tickets not paid within 20 days of issuance. If you are unsure of the amount owed, please contact the Treasurer/Collectors Office at 978-777-0001x 3052, or 3050.
If you have an issue with your electric bill please feel free to email Business Department. Please call 978-774-0005 and select option 3.
You can pay taxes in person by visiting the Treasurer's office on the first floor of Town Hall; by mailing payment to the Treasurer's Office, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or use UniPay.
Pursuant to the authority granted by c.102/90B/111 of the General Laws and c.28 s.3(1)/8(3) of the Town By-Laws:
The Town of Danvers authorizes the Harbormaster and Assistant Harbormaster's to enforce all state and local laws in Danvers Harbor. Any violation of equipment, safety and operational standards may be enforced by means of non-criminal citation pursuant to c.40 s.21D of the General Laws or by means of criminal complaint.
If you were issued a "Massachusetts Uniform Environmental Violation Notice", the fine must be paid no later than 21 days after the date of violation to the Clerk Magistrate of Salem District Court 65 Washington Sq. Salem, MA 01970. If you are requesting a hearing, you must mail the citation along with a written request for a hearing to: Salem District Court 65 Washington Sq. Salem, MA 01970. Note: If violation is not paid within 21 days a criminal complaint is issued.
If you were issued a "Danvers Harbor Violation", you have 21 days from the date of issue to pay the fine or request a hearing. If you are paying a fine or requesting a hearing, you must mail the violation along with payment or written request for a hearing to: Danvers Harbormaster's Office 1 Sylvan Street Danvers, MA 01923. Note: If violation is not paid within 21 days a criminal complaint is issued.
If a Town Ticket was issued for "failure to obtain a permit sticker" you must obtain the permit prior to mailing in the fine payment. Do not mail cash. Only Postal Note, Money Order or Check.
Mooring, dockage, slip and waiting list fees can be paid in person at the Harbormaster's Office, 8 Harbor Street or online using the link below. This link will bring you to our secure application site where you will be able to apply for or renew permits, apply to a waiting list, review your mooring and inspection information, view your mooring location, as well as make online payments.
View the Waterfront Online Permitting Site.
You can pay taxes in person by visiting the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of Town Hall; by mailing payment to the Treasurer’s Office, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923, or use UniPay.
You can pay taxes in person by visiting the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of Town Hall; by mailing payment to the Treasurer’s Office, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923, or use UniPay.
You may obtain a municipal lien certificate (MLC) by visiting the Office of the Treasurer/ Tax Collector during normal business hours or by mailing your request (see attached request form) along with the $50 fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to "Treasurer/Tax Collector", Danvers Town Hall, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
View the Municipal Lien Certificate Request Form (PDF).
By contacting the office of the Treasurer/Collector.
You can pay a water/sewer bill in person during normal business hours or after-hours in the drop box at the Department of Public Works Business Office located at 2 Burroughs Street, Danvers, MA 01923, by mail or at the Danvers Utility Site. Customers may now also pay their utility bills by phone or via text message with an electronic check, credit card or debit card.
For Water and Sewer Payments call 844-750-7097.
You may appeal a parking ticket in emailing Catherine Ellsworth or writing, Town Clerk at 1 Sylvan Street, Town Hall within 21 calendar days from the date the ticket is issued.
Note: Please include a letter stating the ticket number, date, any supporting documentation etc. and the reason you feel the ticket should be waived. If you have any questions, you may reach Catherine at 978-777-0001, ext. 3046.
You can pay an electric bill in person during normal business hours or after-hours in the drop box at the DPW Business Office located at 2 Burroughs Street, Danvers, MA 01923, by mail or online. Customers may now also pay their utility bills by phone or via text message with an electronic check, credit card or debit card.
For Electric Payments call 844-647-6523.
If the application is complete and all prerequisite approvals have been obtained, no more than 30 days. The nature of the work proposed will impact the length of time to process the application. This will vary based upon the level of permit activity, which fluctuates seasonally. Please call the office to check the status at 978-777-0001, ext. 3061 or 3062. Thank you for your patience.
An ordinary repair is any maintenance that does not affect the structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical or other utilities.
A funeral home may obtain a burial permit by ordering online.
You can deliver, mail or fax a completed field permit application to Danvers Recreation at 1 Sylvan StreetDanvers, MA 01923
Yes, all Town-owned baseball and softball diamonds as well as most "flat green space" require a permit.
You have received a Legal Notice because you are an abutter, as defined by State Law, to a proposed development that will be reviewed by the Planning Board. This notice is required to inform an abutter that a public hearing will be held on a project.
Interested parties can obtain additional information about a proposed project in the following manners:
Public hearings serve as a forum for the Planning Board and public to review and comment on the proposed project. The scope of the Planning Board's review is restricted to the applicable sections of the zoning bylaw or subdivision regulations as referenced in the legal notice.
The complexity and size of the proposed project determines how long the public hearing will be, typically ranging from one night to several nights. When a proposed project requires more than one night, the public hearing will be continued to a specified date. However, as an abutter, it is important to note that you will not be notified by mail of a continued hearing. Interested parties may either contact the Planning Office or view upcoming Planning Board agendas on the Town's website.
During the public hearing, the Chair will ask if anyone from the public wishes to speak on the proposed project. Prior to speaking, you are requested to stand and state your name and address for the record. The following suggestions are provided to assist you in presenting testimony at a public hearing:
The general business line for the Police Department is 978-774-1213.
If it is an emergency, always call 911.
Otherwise, a police report may be filed in person at the Danvers Police Department. Additionally, an officer can be dispatched to your home/business for assistance in some cases. If you need non-emergency assistance or have a question, please call the Danvers Police Department business line at 978-774-121
The Danvers Police Department offers drug and needle drop boxes in the lobby of the Police Station for residents to freely discard unwanted or unneeded items.
For information on current bids you may contact the Purchasing Department.
Login to your account with your username and password (via the registration link). Once logged in access your "Shopping Cart". If you have an account balance, you will be shown the balance in your cart and asked if you would like to pay now. Please follow the prompts to process payment.
We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. (Please note we do not accept cash.)
There are numerous ways to receive Recreation program information:.
Register and Pay for Programs (including Fun Club). To register for Programs, you will need to set up an account for your household if you have not already done so. If you already have an account simply enter your username and password, select an activity type from the pick list or search using the “browse activities” option or the “Search” option using the “Keyword Search”. Once you find the program you would like, click the + icon on the left and then click the “add to cart” button at the bottom left of the screen. Next, select the family member(s) you wish to enroll and then add to cart. Answer any applicable registration questions. Repeat for each program you want to enroll in, then "proceed to check out" to pay.
If you cancel your registration for a program for which Danvers Recreation has paid deposits, purchased equipment, or incurred other expenses on your behalf, your refund, if any, will be reduced by the amount of the expense incurred, plus a $15 administration fee. All refunds must be generated through the Danvers Recreation Office.
For contact information for various Danvers Youth Sports Leagues and other town organizations, view the 2023 Leagues and Town Organizations (PDF)
Pickleball is a fun, social sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. The sport is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Games can be played as doubles or singles and enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. Danvers Recreation has 6 pickleball courts located adjacent to the Highlands Elementary School at 190 Hobart Street. Learn more about pickleball.
For more information, see Curbside Collection.
To find out your trash and recycling pickup day, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-762-0231. Trash and recycling information is available on the Town of Danvers Curbside Collection Section.
Do you have worn clothing, outdated electronics or other items that don't belong in your household recycling bin? Don't throw them away. Find out where to recycle, reuse, or repurpose them in Massachusetts by entering the material(s) you want to recycle in the Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory | RecycleSearch.
You can Google the item name along with the word "reuse" or "recycle" and see what comes up. There are a number of charities that would pick up your unwanted items from your home. In addition, there are several online communities you can post your unwanted items for sale at low or no cost.
You can! There are too many sites out there for us to list just one. You can Google "Vehicle Donation" and pick a charity where you'd like to donate your vehicle. Do your research - some organizations donate more proceeds than others directly to charity.
Plastic bags and plastic film packaging can be brought to your local grocery or retail store. Locations that recycle these items can be found here on the PlasticFilm Recycling site.
Danvers only picks up trash and recycling from households with 4 units or less. For larger residential complexes and businesses, recycling pickup is the responsibility of the property owner. If you are a tenant and don't have recycling where you live or work, you should contact your landlord directly and encourage them to add recycling services to their refuse pickup. State bans prohibit recyclable materials from being disposed of with trash.
The State offers a recycling assistance program for businesses and institutions at the Recycling Works Site.
Danvers offers two zero waste weekend recycling events annually in the spring and fall. One of the services offered is paper shredding. The first two boxes of shredding are accepted at no charge. After two boxes, we request a $5 donation per box with proceeds being donated to the Danvers Food Pantry. Please see our Events for details. You can also hire a professional shredding service for home or off-site shredding.
Any item containing mercury can be brought to the Transfer Station on East Coast Road in Danvers. Mercury containing items are placed in a shed and collected by Covanta for proper disposal. Other locations that recycle CFLs can be found on the Lamp Recycle Site.
Danvers offers two zero waste weekend recycling events annually in the spring and fall. One of the services offered is rigid plastic recycling at no charge. We have a number of roll-offs you can deposit your items in. In addition, the Transfer Station offers rigid plastic recycling year round at no cost.
For more details and to see examples of rigid plastics, please visit the section on the Transfer Station.
Danvers offers two zero waste weekend recycling events annually in the spring and fall. One of the services offered is metal recycling at no charge. We have a number of roll-offs you can deposit your items in. In addition, the Transfer Station offers metal recycling year round for $0.10 per pound.
You can also recycle scrap metal by contacting a local vendor. Please refer to the Earth911 site for locations.
Danvers residents with curbside trash and recycling pickup can recycle unwanted textiles. Details are in the following: (Service Update June 2021)
Textile Recycling - Town of Danvers
Danvers offers two zero waste weekend recycling events annually in the spring and fall. One of the services offered is textile recycling. We accept clothing, shoes, purses, linens, bedding, etc. Please see our Events for details. Many charities will also recycle textiles, you can contact them directly for pickup or you can drop your textiles in any labeled bin.
Danvers offers two zero waste weekend recycling events annually in the spring and fall. One of the services offered is media recycling. We accept books, DVDs, Blu Rays, CDs, records and video games. Please see our Events for details.
You can also recycle media at the Used Book Superstore. Please refer to their website for details.
Danvers offers two zero waste weekend recycling events annually in the spring and fall. One of the services offered is electronics or e-waste recycling. Small electronics are accepted at no charge, but there is a nominal charge for some items - especially if they contain cathode ray tubes or Freon. Please see our Events for details.
Some electronics can be picked up curbside for recycling if you purchase a Bulky Item sticker.
You can also recycle some electronics at Best Buy. Please refer to Electronics and Appliances Recycling at Best Buy for details.
Rechargeable or button batteries can be brought to the Transfer Station on East Coast Road in Danvers. These items are placed in a shed and collected by Covanta for proper disposal.
Other locations that recycle these types of batteries can be found on the Call2Recycle Site.
Please note that ALKALINE batteries (dry-cell single-use AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) can be disposed of in your regular trash.
Amusement Rides, Bouncy Houses and Pony Rides are not longer permitted.
Yes. There is a parking fee on Weekends and Holidays of $2.00 for Danvers resident vehicles and $4.00 for non-Danvers resident vehicles. Weekday donations are appreciated and go to support the Friends of Endicott Park Inc. in there mission to support the preservation, conservation and enhancement of our natural, educational and historic resource.
Alcohol is only allowed in Endicott Park with an approved One-Day Liquor License. Without a One-Day Liquor license, possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
Yes. Pets are always welcome but must be on leashed unless in the designated Dog Park. Dog waste transmits disease and contaminates water supplies so please pick up after your pet. There is $25-$100 fine for failing to comply with these Town By-Laws.
Yes. Due to the overwhelming number of requests we receive annually for 2021 Endicott Park Picnic Areas (PDF), the Town requires any organized group or family outing to make a reservation and obtain a permit. The permit reservation ensures we have the space available for your group. Make online picnic area reservations.
The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program provides free health insurance information and counseling to all Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers.
People who have Medicare or who are about to become eligible for Medicare can meet with a certified SHINE counselor to learn about benefits and options available and get guidance with choosing a plan that best fits your needs. One size does not fit all when it comes to Medicare. Factors such as health conditions, lifestyle preferences, and financial resources have varying effects on what plan is the best for each individual.
SHINE counselors are trained and certified each year through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in the various options available to Medicare beneficiaries - including:
If you would like to volunteer for the SHINE program, or are interested in recruiting a SHINE Counselor for your site, call your local SHINE Program Director at 800-243-4636; press 3, if calling from a landline or press 5, if calling from cell phone. Or visit the Massachusetts State SHINE Program site.
Local Senior Centers/Councils on Aging, Hospitals, Elder Service Organizations, are the most common agencies that provide health insurance counseling to Medicare recipients through the Massachusetts SHINE program.
To book an appointment with a SHINE counselor at the Danvers Senior Center, call 978-762-0208, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm or find a SHINE counselor near you.
Note: The Danvers Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
During a "normal" snow event, the Town may implement a winter parking ban to complete snow operations. When implemented, on street parking is prohibited throughout the town between 1 am and 6 am. During a "major" winter storm, the parking ban may be enacted around the clock until winter storm operations are completed. The fine for violating the parking ban is $25, and the vehicle may be towed at the owner's expense.
When a parking ban is instituted, the Town of Danvers notifies residents and businesses by phone, email and/or cell phone text message based on your preferences specified in our community notification system, Blackboard Connect. During "normal" operations, a Town-wide call will be made the evening prior by 7 pm, with notification of the implemented overnight parking ban. For "major" winter storms, a Town-wide call will be made no later than six hours ahead of the effective time, when possible.
Land lines of all residents and businesses are automatically included in our community notification system. If you would like to change your preferences please visit the Town of Danvers MyConnect Portal. You have the option to receive information from us via phone call, email and/or cell phone text message.
Message boards displaying the parking ban notification will be placed on main roads in town. In addition, local news websites and DCAT are notified. Information is also posted to the Town of Danvers home page and social media outlets. Like our Danvers Department of Public Works Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter for updates.
The parking ban remains in effect until snow operations are completed. The Town will make a second call to residents and businesses to notify you when the parking ban is lifted. A parking ban may last several days depending on the extent of the storm and cleanup operations. Please be mindful to keep vehicles off streets during snowstorms, when possible, even when the parking ban is not in place. Clear streets make snow removal by the Department of Public Works more efficient.
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Information about bus services is available from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).
The file of life is a holder for conveniently storing important information such as prescriptions, medical conditions, and emergency contacts in one place.
The large version comes with a magnetic strip to place securely on your refrigerator for easy visibility, for Emergency Responders who are trained to look for the prominent red and white file of life logo. This minimizes response time in an emergency.
A smaller version is available to store the same information in your wallet. Replacement file of life medical information cards are available through the Danvers Triad.
The Yellow Dot Program: Refers to a sticker that when fixed the window of a vehicle, alerts emergency responders that your medical information can be found in your glove compartment.
Yellow Dot ID photos and Medical Information Cards for Danvers residents can be acquired by contacting the Danvers Triad at 978-762-0208, ext. 106.
Lock Boxes are small key safes installed on the exterior of the home, usually at the top of the front door, of Danvers residents by the Danvers Fire Department. The program allows the Fire Department, the only ones with access to the key for the box, to enter a home if necessary, without resorting to breaking down doors or smashing windows.
The Lock Box Program is designed for the safety of isolated, frail, disabled, or otherwise vulnerable individuals, who live alone in Danvers. However, any Danvers resident who would like to purchase a LockBox may do so (see note 1). Knowing that emergency personnel can respond quickly can help to ease concerns of long-distance family members.
The LockBox is free for any Danvers resident who is either a Senior Citizen (60+) or Disabled. (see note 1)
Note 1: For Danvers Residents, who do not meet the age or Disability criteria, A lockbox can be purchased at the reduced rate of $85. Payment, in the form of a check, should be made out to the Town of Danvers.
To request more information, contact:
Note 2: The Danvers LockBox Program was initiated by Danvers Fire Chief Kevin Farrell in 2011 with funds donated to the Town of Danvers by St. Mary's School. Children from the School raised the money by participating in a Walkathon, an annual event to raise funds for a worthy cause.
Construction and demolition debris (C&D) cannot be brought to the Transfer Station for disposal. The closest facility for C&D disposal is:
G. Mello Transfer Station203 East Main Street, Route 133Georgetown, MA
Danvers is now a participant in a Reciprocal Household Hazardous Waste Day Program. These events are compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP). Participating communities hold "Open" events throughout the year. Reciprocal communities can send their residents to any event. There is a cost for non-residents to participate in these "Open" events and pre-registration may be required. Please refer to the Household Hazardous Waste Day Reciprocity Schedule for specifics and contact the community whose event you are interested in attending.
View the 2022 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Reciprocity Schedule (PDF)
Household Hazardous Waste is collected once a year in the fall. Items can be brought to the Transfer Station for proper disposal at no cost to residents.
We will accept: fertilizers, pesticides, pool chemicals, art supplies, photography chemicals, antifreeze, waste oil (up to 5 gallons), gasoline, household cleaners, drain cleaner, oil-based paints and stains. (For a complete list of household hazardous wastes accepted, please refer to the Events page.)
Latex paint is not hazardous. No latex paint will be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day. Only oil-based paint will be collected on this day. Latex paint can be dried out (add kitty litter, sawdust or paint hardener) and discarded at the Transfer Station during regular business hours. Because the cans are metal and there is a possibility that the paint may not be completely dry, latex paint is not collected curbside with regular trash.
The Danvers Electric Department works hard to ensure they provide their customers with the highest quality of service. If you would like to apply for new electric service please contact us at 978-774-0005 or visit the business division at 2 Burroughs Street and we would be happy to assist you.
The Danvers Electric Department works hard to ensure they provide their customers with the highest quality of service. If you would like to report an outage in your area please contact us at 978-774-0005.
Opt out on the National Yellow Pages and Consumer Choice Opt-Out website.
Opt out on the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website.
Contact the Direct Marketing Association to manage your mail.
Visit the Water and Sewer Divisions page to get information about the Town’s water restriction level.
The Water Treatment Plant publishes an Annual Water Quality Report in May.
You may be eligible for VA health care benefits if you served in the active military, naval, or air service and didn't receive a dishonorable discharge.
At least one of these must be true. You:
If none of the previous applies to you, you may still qualify for care based on your income. Learn more about how the amount of money your family makes can affect whether you qualify for VA benefits. Learn more about income limits.
Learn more about eligibility, priority groups, and how to apply.
There are a variety of ways to apply for VA Health Care.
You may use any of the following to request assistance:
Using the VA Disability Calculator.
M.G.L. ch.4, s.7, clause 43 (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43)
To be a "veteran" under Massachusetts law a person is required to have either:
For Guard Members to qualify they must have either:
For Reservists to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the following chart.
It is not necessary that an applicant has completed the minimum service for wartime or peacetime campaign if s/he served some time in the campaign and was awarded the Purple Heart, or suffered a service-connected disability per the discharge certificate, or died in the service under honorable conditions.
Active service in the armed forces, as used in this clause, shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the armed forces of the United States.
Any Merchant Marine who served for a period of 90 days in armed conflict between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, and who received an honorable discharge from the Army, Navy, or Coast Guard of the United States.
The following categories of persons may qualify as dependents eligible to receive veterans' benefits:
None of the following shall be deemed to be a veteran:
Note: Naval and Marine DD Form 214 must indicate Expeditionary Medal. All DD Form 214’s must specify the campaign: Lebanon, Granada, or Panama.
For guard members to qualify they must have 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code -OR- Members who were activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code or Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41 must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the previous chart.
For reservists to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the previous chart.
It is not necessary that an applicant have completed the minimum service for wartime or peacetime campaign if s/he served some time in the campaign and was awarded the Purple Heart, or suffered a service-connected disability per the Discharge Certificate, or died in the service under honorable conditions.
Active duty service in the armed forces shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the Armed Forces of the United States.
From the Office of William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
(This information was obtained and modified from the Veterans Affairs (VA) DIC page.)
To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the following requirements. The surviving spouse was one of the following:
And the surviving spouse also must meet both of the following:
To qualify for DIC, a surviving child must meet all of the following criteria:
Listed in the following are the evidence requirements for this benefit:
For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit the How to Apply page on the Veteran Affairs site.
The Veterans Administration operates over 100 National Cemeteries around the country, and provides no cost burial for eligible persons. Burial benefits available include a grave site in any cemetery with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate at no cost to the family. Some veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances.
Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains. Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the veteran, perpetual care, with the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death inscribed on the veteran's headstone. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the veteran.
The Town lowers the Town Hall flag upon a state or federal order to honor the life, service, and contributions of a deceased person or persons.
For more information, use the following links:
When November 11 falls on a weekday, Government Offices and Public Schools are closed on the true Veterans Day. If the 11th falls on a Saturday, Government Offices and Public Schools may be closed the preceding Friday. The years that November 11th falls on a Sunday, Government Offices and Public Schools are almost always closed the following Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Private schools and businesses may choose whether to follow the local municipal calendar for observed holidays.
Regardless of the local practice for school and workplace closures for Veterans Day, the Danvers Veterans Office almost always conducts its Ceremony to Honor Veterans on November 11, each year, as do the majority of Veterans' Services Offices, and other Veterans organizations in the surrounding cities and towns.
On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act. The new law requires that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe a two-minute national moment of silence on Veterans Day at 3:11 pm. Atlantic standard time, 2:11 pm eastern standard time, 1:11 pm central standard time, 12:11 pm mountain standard time, 11:11 am. Pacific standard time, 10:11 am. Alaska standard time, and 9:11 am. Hawaii-Aleutian standard time.
Read about how Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November 11.
Veterans Day is a U.S. federal holiday, observed annually on November 11, to honor the service of all U.S. Armed Forces, from all eras. Read More About the History of Veterans Day.
In Danvers, our VSO is Kelley Rayos-Teixeira, an Honorably Discharged Marine Veteran. To learn who is responsible for another community, call the Town Hall or visit the website of the respective community. If you don't live in Danvers, you can find your VSO from this List of Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers.
Veterans Service Officers can assist with a variety of thing such as filing VA disability claims, applying for Non-Service Connected Pensions, or Aid and Attendance. Your VSO can assist with applying for VA Health Benefits, requesting discharge records, and can provide information about educational benefits and burial entitlements. The local Veterans Office can also provide financial assistance and/or reimbursement for medical expenses through a MA State Veterans Benefit made available through Mass General Laws CH 115 for Veterans, as well as, their widows and dependents who meet eligibility criteria.
Read a detailed description of the role of a VSO from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services.
For general information, visit our Veteran Services Page and like us on Facebook. For questions about benefits and services, call Kelley Rayos-Teixeira at 978-777-0001, ext. 3025, or Lisa Westrate at 978-762-0208, ext. 105.
Yes, please see events page of the town calendar. View the In Person Early Voting Schedule (PDF).
View the Official Annual Town Election Results for May 3, 2022 (PDF).
Keep in mind that write-ins need a minimum of 10 votes, also, the 18th seat cannot end in a tie, both situations are considered "failure to elect". Please email Cathy Ellsworth or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3046 with any questions you may have.
As of June 22, 2022, an election reform law titled "The VOTES Act" was signed into law. Effective immediately, early voting by mail is available for all state elections, state primaries, and presidential primaries.
The State will be sending a vote by mail application card to each registered voter in July 2022. Application cards can be returned by U.S. Mail, placed in the secure drop box at the bottom of the front steps to Town Hall or directly to the Clerk's Office. Ballots will be sent as soon as they are available.
If for some reason, you need an application, you can use the 2022 Vote by Mail Paper Application (PDF).
Note: For the September 2022 Primary Election, if you are an "Unenrolled" voter, you need to designate which ballot you are requesting on the form.
There is still the Absentee voting option for those who meet the criteria for that option. Please see post for Absentee requirements.
We are always looking for Poll Workers, anyone interested should email Cathy Ellsworth the Town Clerk. Please include your name, address, phone and email contact information and she will reach out to you.
Poll Worker hours are generally from 6:45 am to 8:15 pm (Election polls are open from 7 am-8 pm), with several breaks throughout the day. The initial primary function for new Poll Workers is to check voters either in or out at the polls, once you are comfortable, there may be option to move to other functions throughout the day. Please reach out with any questions.
The State has set the 2022 State Primary date for Tuesday, September 6, 2022 and the State Election for Tuesday, November 8, 2022. All Danvers voters vote at Danvers High School. Polling hours are 7 am to 8 pm. The next local election is Tuesday, May 2, 2023 For questions, please reach out to the Town Clerk's Office at 978-777-0001, ext. 3051 or ext. 3049
Danvers is divided into eight Precincts consisting of 18 Town Meeting Members for a 3-year term. Each year, 6 Members are up for re-election in May at the Annual Town Election. There are a total of 149 Town Meeting Members including the 5 Select Board Members. Those who are interested in running for a Town Meeting seat may obtain nomination papers at the Town Clerks' Office and sign the nomination book on or after February 1st prior to the May Annual Town Election.
Your nomination sheet must contain a minimum of 10 registered voters who live within your precinct in order to have your name placed on the ballot. At times, due to various reasons (resignation, move out of town, etc.), an unexpired seat may come up between election cycles. Current Town Meeting Members or the Moderator may request a "caucus" be held prior to a Town or Special Town Meeting if there are vacant seats.
In the event of a caucus, notification of caucus details will be made by the Town Clerk to the current members of Precincts that have vacancies. A location and time will be arranged by the Town Clerk just prior to the Town or Special Town Meeting to allow the current Precinct Town Meeting Members that have the vacancy to caucus. Any interested registered voter that lives in the Precinct with the vacancy can appear at the caucus, give a short presentation about themselves and why they feel they would be the best candidate to fill the vacancy until the next Annual Town Election.
After all candidates have had the opportunity to present to the Precinct Members, the current Precinct Members will vote by secret ballot to select the new member. The newly elected member would complete the nomination acceptance document and could participate in any Town or Special Town Meeting held until the next election where they will (if they choose) run to maintain their seat.
Please email Town Clerk Catherine Ellsworth with any questions you may have or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3046.
Your Absentee ballot must be returned to the Town Clerks office located at Town Hall 1 Sylvan Street. You may drop your properly executed ballot in the drop box located at the bottom of the front stairs to Town Hall. If you choose to mail your ballot back, you must allow sufficient time for it to get to us prior to the close of the polls on election day.
Please note that you may not return your absentee ballot at the polls on election day, you will be directed to return it to Town Hall.
You may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts site to track your ballot status.
View the Absentee Ballot Voting Application (PDF).
A handwritten or scanned signature is required on an executed application to obtain an absentee voting ballot. Your absentee application must be received no later than noon the day before the election. You may return your signed, executed, scanned application by email of the Town Clerk, place it in the drop box at the bottom of the front steps to Town Hall or by U.S. Mail.
Please utilize the dropbox at the bottom of the front steps to town hall if possible to ensure your ballot gets back to U.S. As soon as possible.
When you receive your ballot please fill it out, you must sign the small ballot envelope, place your ballot in the return envelope, seal it with tape and place all in the white envelope and return by mail or drop it off in the drop box at Town Hall (be sure to allow enough time for it to get to us before the polls close on Election Day).
As always, you may not return absentee ballots directly to the polls on Election Day, they must be returned to the Town Clerk's Office on Sylvan Street.
View the Town Meeting Members 2022 (PDF).
Please email the Town Clerk, Cathy Ellsworth with any questions or interest in becoming a Town Meeting Member or call 978-777-0001 ext. 3046.
Please see the attached file for the breakdown of each political party by Precinct. View the Voter Count By Party July 14, 2022 (PDF).
You may visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts site to check your voter registration status
By contacting the Clerk's Office or by typing your address on the My Services Tab.
You can visit the Massachusetts Election Division, if you do not find the information you are looking for you may contact the Town of Danvers Clerk's Office.
All precincts vote at the Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road, Danvers. For information on early voting or other voting related questions please contact the Clerk’s Office.
You can register to vote online or at the Clerk's Office in Town Hall. You may contact the Town of Danvers Clerk's Office with any voting related questions.
Boat registrations can be renewed online.
Boat, Recreation Vehicle & Snowmobile Registration Bureau251 Causeway StreetSuite 101Boston, MA 02114
"The Town of Danvers authorizes the Harbormaster and Assistant Harbormaster's to enforce all state and local laws in Danvers Harbor. Any violation of equipment, safety and operational standards may be enforced by means of non-criminal citation pursuant to c.40 s.21D of the General Laws or by means of criminal complaint."
What should I do if I received a ticket/citation?
If you were issued a "Massachusetts Uniform Environmental Violation Notice", the fine must be paid no later than 21 days after the date of violation to theClerk Magistrate of Salem District Court65 Washington SquareSalem, MA 01970
If you are requesting a hearing, you must mail the citation along with a written request for a hearing to: Salem District Court65 Washington SquareSalem, MA 01970
Note: If violation is not paid within 21 days a criminal complaint is issued.
If you were issued a "Danvers Harbor Violation", you have 21 days from the date of issue to pay the fine or request a hearing. If you are paying a fine or requesting a hearing, you must mail the violation along with payment or written request for a hearing to:Danvers Harbormaster's Office1 Sylvan StreetDanvers, MA 01923
Waterfront Online Permitting
In Massachusetts, fishing licenses are required for all persons 15 years of age and over on inland waters. Anglers under 15 may fish, but do not need a license. To obtain a freshwater fishing license, visit the Freshwater Fishing Licenses page.
The Crane River Marina is the Town's only public marina and provides dockage for 68 vessels up to 25 feet in length. Dockage space is assigned from a waiting list with Danvers residents given priority. There is a one-time $6 fee to apply to the waiting list. Apply online at the Waiting List Application page.
For ages 16-59, the cost of the permit is $10. Ages 60 and over must still have a permit to fish in Massachusetts but the permit is free. For more information or to apply for a permit, visit the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permits page.
The Town of Danvers is not currently permitting new moorings, however, moorings being sold are offered to waiting list applicants. To apply to the mooring waiting list, visit the Online Waiting List Applications page.