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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to common questions
We hope you find these helpful. If you don't find your answer here please
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let us know.
Abatements: How do I virtual for an abatement?
Obtain an abatement request form by calling (781) 581-0212, writing, or
stopping by the Assessor's Office. The office must receive the forms no
later than thirty days from the date of making the third quarter bill.
The Board of Assessors will review and respond to your abatement request
within 90 days of your filing.
My neighbor says to virtual an abatement application even if my property
valuation appears correct. Is he right?
No. The fact is that only about one in four taxpayers filing an abatement
request receives an abatement. The Board of Assessors grants only taxpayers
who have demonstrated that a property data error exists or a significant
unusual condition was not recognized when appraising the property an abatement.
If I virtual an abatement request, do I have to attend a hearing with
the Board of Assessors?
No. If you wish to have a hearing, you may request one. A hearing is neither
necessary nor desirable in most cases; if the facts warrant a change in
value, we will change it, whether you meet with us or not.
Absentee Ballots: How do I get an absentee ballot?
To request an absentee ballot, registered voters must complete an absentee
ballot application or submit a written request, including the address
at which the voter is registered to vote and the address the ballot should
be mailed to. This application must be given to the Town Clerk's Office.
If you have questions call the Town Clerk's Office at (781) 581-0018
there any town regulations regarding home security alarms?
Security alarms (burglar/holdup) may not be connected with the lines of
the Police Department to transmit alarm activations. Any alarm which produces
an audible signal shall emit a signal not to exceed ten minutes and shall
not cycle more than twice during any activation. The third and subsequent
false alarms responded to by police in a single calendar year are subject
to a $50 service fee. If an alarm is accidentally activated, there is
a procedure to cancel police response to avoid being credited with a false
alarm response. Contact the Alarm Officer at the Police Station for further
All-night Services: Where can I find a 24-hour
gas/diesel service station?
Not available in Nahant. Try the Lynnway in Lynn.
Are there any 24-hour pharmacies in Nahant?
No. The closest is the CVS in Swampscott, Vivinn Square
Animals: Do dogs and cats have to be licensed?
Dogs must be licensed annually. The license year is from January 1 to
December 31 (a late fee is charged after March 31). Current rabies certificate
and proof of neutering/spaying are required. For further information and
fees, call the Town Clerk's Office at (781) 608-0882. There are currently
no license requirements for cats, but they must be vaccinated against
What can I do about a stray dog that is annoying people in my neighborhood?
Dogs must be leashed or under effective control by their owners. You may
call the Animal Control Officer at 781-581-0026 to report complaints or
problems with dogs or other animals. On weekends call the Police Station
What should I do to protect my family from rabies?
Have dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies. Do not feed pets or put
garbage outside. Instruct your children to stay away from all wild animals
and to report to you immediately if they see any animal behaving strangely.
Assessments: My property assessment seems high,
but I'm not sure if I'm over assessed. What should I do?
The Assessor's Office makes valuation and sales reports available for
public inspection. Feel free to conduct a review of your assessment. If
you find that your valuation is significantly out of line with sales of
similar homes, or valuations of neighboring properties, you may have just
cause for filing an abatement request.
My valuation appears to be a little less than what I believe it is
worth. How come?
The Assessor's Office attempts to be conservative in estimating the value
of your property.
Does someone actually inspect my home before appraising it?
Cursory exterior inspections of all properties are conducted to track
major property changes. In 1994 the Assessor's Office began a program
of periodic inspections, with the goal being to perform a complete interior
and exterior inspection of each property once every ten years. Of necessity,
annual reevaluation's of Nahant's approximately 1,500 properties are conducted
using computers and mass appraisal processes. Property values are based
to a significant degree on sales dates.
I verified the assessor's property data for my property and found no
errors, yet my valuation seems to be higher than what I believe it could
be sold for. Is there anything I can do?
Probably not, unless there are grounds for filing an abatement request.
Realize that the market for real estate can be highly erratic, and nearly
identical houses in similar neighborhoods may sell for widely differing
prices. Independent appraisals on a given property may vary significantly
from each other and from actual sales prices. Our system of valuation
attempts to average all types of sales including sales below, at, or above
the theoretical 'fair' market value. Taxpayers' concerns should focus
on whether the Assessor's Office has a reasonable and consistent approach
to valuing properties.
Automobile Registration: How long can
I drive in Massachusetts with out-of-state plates?
A legal resident of Massachusetts must be licensed, and have owned vehicles
registered, in Massachusetts. There is no grace period.
Where do I register my car?
Car registration is handled at any Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Office. Some insurance companies will handle this for you (you need insurance
in order to register your vehicle). The nearest Registry office is located
in Beverly Mass.
Ball Fields: How do I make a ball field
Any request for the use of Town owned Ball fields must be made in writing
to the Board of Selectmen, The individual reserving the field or picnic
area must be a resident of Nahant, or the company must be based in Nahant
with a majority of players residing in Nahant.
Bailey's Hill: Can I use the bandstand
for wedding photos or other private use?
Yes. Contact the Town Manager's Office at 781-581-9927 regarding cost
and to make reservations for use of the bandstand and adjacent area.
Block Parties: Can our neighbors close
off a block on our street to have a block party?
Yes, if written permission is granted by the Board of Selectmen.
Building Permits: Do I need a building
permit to build a deck? To add a patio?
A building permit is required to construct a deck; however, a permit is
not required for a patio or a walkway.
Burning: Can I burn brush in Nahant?
Open burning is strictly controlled according to state law. The open burning
dates are from January 15 to April 30 each year. Persons desiring permission
to burn must call the Fire Department on the day they desire a permit.
There is no permit fee. Open burning rules prohibit the burning of leaves,
grass, stumps, large limbs, and trash. Fires must be kept 75 feet away
from buildings and not cause a smoke nuisance to neighbors. In addition,
the fire must be attended and a hose made available. Burning must take
place between 10:00 a.m. and4:00 p.m. High winds or dry or poor atmospheric
conditions may require the Fire Department to prohibit burning at certain
Bus Service: Can I obtain information
about MBTA service in Nahant from the Transportation Services Office?
Yes. There is also information available on this website.
Cable TV: What control does the town have
over the cable TV company?
The Town grants a non-exclusive franchise for operating cable TV service
within the town. The franchise is renegotiated periodically. During the
term of each franchise agreement, the Town oversees cable operations under
the franchise via the Cable TV Advisory Committee appointed by the Town
Day Care: Where can I obtain a list of
day care providers?
A list of licensed day care providers may be obtained by contacting the
state Office for
Deed: How do I get a copy of my deed?
A copy of your deed may be obtained at the Assessor's Office (781-581-0212),
which has copies of deeds dating back to 1965.
Driveways: Is a permit needed to resurface
Only if you require a curb cut or other street opening purpose. Call the
DPW at 781-581-0026
Employment: Where are notices of town
job openings posted?
Notices of job openings are posted on bulletin boards in the Town Hall
Where do I go to get working papers for my teenager?
You should take your child to the High School office to obtain working
Emergency Numbers: What emergency phone
numbers should I post near my telephone? See our Emergencies and Disaster
Excise Taxes: Can I appeal the amount
of excise taxes I was billed for on my new car?
Yes, under unusual circumstances. When in doubt, pay your bill and contact
Collector's Office at 781-581-0212 for more specific information.
Fireworks: Is it legal to have
fireworks in Nahant?
Massachusetts's law strictly prohibits all firecrackers, cherry bombs,
M80's, poppers, and even sparklers. Penalties exist for those convicted
of failure to comply with the law.
Garage or Yard Sales: Do l need a permit
to have a garage sale?
Yes. Contact the Selectmen's Office.
Golf: Where do I find information pertaining
to the golf course in town?
Questions or concerns about the Nahant Golf Club should be directed
to the management at the course at (781) 581-9000
Hang-up Calls: How do I discourage harassing
or hang-up phone calls?
The telephone company publishes their procedures in the front of most
phone books in the "Consumer Rights and Responsibilities" section.
Please follow these guidelines before calling the Police Station.
Hazardous Materials: How do I dispose
of hazardous materials?
THere are many resources for disposal of hazardous materials. Click on this link for Mass DEP resources and links.
What can I do with hazardous waste if I am moving or cannot wait?
Paints with the covers removed, filled with speedy dry or cat litter will
dry out quickly and then can be placed at curbside with regular rubbish.
If you don't have time to do that or you have sprays, insecticides, or
other materials that are hazardous.
Pesticide Office at 1-800-858-7378
Safe Waste Management of Boston
- Mass State Recycling Info
Historic Sites: What historic sites in
Nahant are open to the public?
Many areas and buildings throughout the Town of Nahant are historic. For
a complete listing contact the Nahant Historical Commission or Historical
Holiday Closings: Which holidays are mandatory
for businesses to close? Can businesses open for part of the day on any
A listing of businesses that are open/closed on holidays is usually printed
in the daily newspaper. Laws pertaining to Sundays and holidays are found
in Chapter 136 of Massachusetts General Laws. They are complex and include
Housing: Where can 1 find out about
Call the Nahant Housing Authority at (781) 581-9623, or the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership at 859-0400 for openings.
Library: How can I get a Library
Residents of Nahant may obtain a library card at the Library. You must
show identification that has your name and Nahant address on it. Children
can obtain a library card when they are 5 years old. There is no charge
for a library card.
Licenses: Where can
I get a license to have a business in my house?
If you wish to operate a business from your home, first check with the
Building Inspector to see if the type of business is permitted in your
zoning district. Then you may obtain a d/b/a (doing business as) certificate from the Town Clerk's
Office. (Note: You may be liable for personal property taxes. Check with
the Assessor's Office, (781) 581-0212. Check the Clerk's webpage for more
information and forms.
can I get a map of the town?
A street map of Nahant is available in the Town Administrator's Office.
Mosquito Control: Does Nahant spray to kill mosquitoes?
Nahant is a member of the Essex County Mosquito Control Project, which
concentrates on drainage and larval control during winter and early spring.
Summer spraying is limited and notice is given via available media.
No School Announcements: When it snows, can I call the Police or Fire Department to find out if
school is closed?
NO! Calling the town's emergency services ties up telephone lines that may
be needed for vital emergencies. The Nahant Public Schools will issue a town-wide telephone notification. You may also refere to the Nahant Town website and local media for no school listings.
Noise Complaints: Where can I complain about noisy neighbors?
Contact the Police at (781) 581-1212.
Noise Complaints (Logan): Where can I complain about noisy aircraft? The Massport Noise Complaint
Line number is (617) 561-3333. Call this number every time a plane disturbs
you. Records are kept of each complaint, noting time, location, and type
of plane. You can call in more than one event at a time, as long as you
give exact date and time of each.
Notary Public: Is
there a Notary Public in the Town Hall?
The current Nahant Town Clerk is a Notary, please contact Margaret Barile at (781) 581-0018.
can put a Proposition 2-1/2 override question on the ballot?
Only the Board of Selectmen.
Parks and Playgrounds: Where
can I find information about parks and playgrounds near my house?
Contact the Town Hall at (781) 581-9927. Also, check the Recreation facilities
page lists of facilities.
do I get a parking permit?
The Parking Clerk at the Town Hall issue parking permits. In order to
be eligible for parking sticker you must be current on all money owed
Am I allowed to park on the street at night?
Check the parking section in our website.
Parking Violations: I want to protest a parking ticket. What do I do?
The Parking Clerk conducts hearings on request at the Nahant Town Hall.
Please call the Parking Clerk at 781-581-0018, to schedule a hearing or
for further information. Citizens requesting a hearing may elect to appear
in person or forward a signed statement in lieu of appearing to challenge
the validity of a parking ticket.
Polling Places: How do I find out where I vote?
Voting takes place at the Nahant Town Hall. See website on voting procedures
I report dangerous potholes to the town?
Yes. Call the Department of Public Works at 781-581-0026.
Is the town liable for damages to my car from hitting a pothole?
Power Outages: To whom do I report a power outage?
Call National Grid at 1-800-867-5222
do I have to recycle?
Town-wide mandatory curbside recycling is every week (see our Trash and Recycling webapge for the current schedule). The following items
go into the recycling bins: Glass food and beverage jars, bottles and
containers; tin food and beverage cans (aluminum foil and containers and plastic shopping bags are
not permitted); PET #1 plastic soda bottles; HDPE #2 plastic natural and
pigmented narrow neck beverage, detergent and food containers; juice and
Yard waste such as leaves, grass and hedge clippings, dead vegetable and
flower plants, wood chips, brush and branches up to 1" in diameter
is collected at curbside during specified weeks in the spring and fall.
At other times, yard waste should be taken to the Nahant Compost Area
on Spring Road on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You must bring proof of residence,
e.g. a driver's license.
Where do I get a recycling sticker?
Recycling Stickers can be picked up at the Nahant Town Hall. You must be a participant
in the Trash Program and be up to date on payment.
Registry of Motor Vehicles: How do I get to the Registry of Motor Vehicles?
Visit the DMV website for the latest DMV branch locations and wait times.
The nearest branch to Nahant is in Revere at 9C Everett Street.
Please contact them for current hours of operation. Revere DMV website.
Restraining Order: How
can I get a restraining order against someone who is harassing me?
Persons who are or were married to one another; are or were residing together
in the same household; are or were related by blood or marriage; having
a child in common regardless of whether they have ever lived together;
are or have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship may
request an Abuse Prevention Order (Restraining Order) against the other
when one or more of the following acts occurs: attempt to cause harm or
causing physical harm; placing another in fear of imminent physical harm;
causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force,
threat, or duress. Contact the Police Department at 781-581-1212, or the
Lynn District Court, for further information or assistance.
School Buses: How
do I find out about school bus routes?
Call the School Administration Building at 781-581-1600.
Selective Service: Where do I register for the draft?
Selective Service registration for 18-year-old males is at the Nahant
Senior Citizens Services: What are the different groups in the town, which serve older people?
The Council on Aging are located in the Tiffany Room at Town Hall. Their telephone
number is 781-581-7557. For Transportation alternatives for senior citizens
contact the Council on Aging.
Setback Requirements: Can I put a shed at the edge of my property?
No. A shed must comply with zoning setback requirements.
Sewer: Is there
a requirement for all residences to connect to Town sewer?
Yes, Any residence that is within 200 feet of a Town sewer must connect.
can I do if I think a sign is blocking visibility on a street?
Make a report to the Department of Public Works at 781-581-0026.
Smoke Detectors: Am I required to have smoke detectors in my house?
Smoke detectors and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are required in all dwellings. Please visit the State's website for more info.
Persons needing advice about the proper location of smoke detectors may
call the Fire Department's business number, (781) 581-1235, to get further
information. Requests for detector inspections should be made to the department
after 8:00 a.m. on the day the inspection is wanted. Appointments are
normally scheduled during the afternoon of that day. There is a $50
fee for the inspection.
Snow Plowing: What
can I do about damage to my mailbox or lawn from snowplows?
You may report it to the Public Works Department at (781) 581-0026 and they
will make repairs.
Solicitations: Can the town prohibit people from soliciting door-to-door?
The town may regulate, but in most cases may not prohibit soliciting.
You should call the Police Department if you have concerns about illegal or unsafe activities.
Street Lights: How do I report a burned out streetlight?
Call Call National Grid at (800) 322-3223. If present, please indicate the number
on the pole. The number is found on the part of the pole facing the street
at about 8 feet from the ground. If no number is present, please indicate
the closest address and/or street intersection to best describe the location
of the outage. Instructions are also on our website homepage.
Do I need a permit to connect my sump pump or house gutters to the
Yes. You will need to obtain a list of Licensed Drain layers from the DPW,
781-581-0026. Once you choose a contractor from that list, they will be
required to apply for a permit prior to beginning the word.
people who do not live in Nahant allowed to use beaches in Nahant?
Yes! All beaches in Nahant are open to the public; however, parking is
restricted to Nahant residents.
Taxes: I thought
Proposition 2-1/2 limited my tax increase to 2-1/2 percent, so why did
my tax bill increase by more than that amount?
The total tax levy should increase no more than 2-1/2 percent, plus amounts
for new growth and any overrides and debt exclusions. Higher increases
in individual tax bills may result from tax burden shifts (your assessed
valuation may have increased more than average), tax rate shifts (classification
among residential, commercial, and personal property is voted by the Board
of Selectmen), or additions or renovations, which increase the valuation
of your property.
My tax bill is up more than the average town-wide increase. Does this
mean I am
Not necessarily. Different residential properties experience different
rates of appreciation at
Town Hall: Can I reserve meeting rooms
or the auditorium in Vary Hall?
Nonprofit groups and organizations may reserve the meeting rooms in the
Town Hall. Visit our online information andrequest form webpage. You may also call the Town Administrator's Office at (781) 581-9927 for further information
or to reserve a room.
Can I prevent my date of birth from being made public?
No. Date of birth is public record under law except for those ages 17
Town Meeting: When
does Town Meeting happen?
The annual Town Meeting takes place on the last Saturday of April. For
more information about the Town Meeting see the Clerk's webpage on this
Trash Pickup: What
can I do if my trash isn't picked up?
Please visit our missed trash and recycling webpage form or call Waste Management at (800) 972-4545.
Is trash collected on holidays?
When a scheduled collection day falls on one of the following hoildays; New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Christmas Day, there shall be no collection on that day. Collection for those days and all remaining days of the week shall occur one day late.
do I register to vote?
You may register to vote at any Town Clerk's Office or Board of Registrars
in the Commonwealth. Your form will be forwarded to the city or town of
What is the deadline for registering to vote in an election?
For all elections, voters must register 20 days before the date of the
there a way to avoid paying sewer charges on water I use to water my lawn?
Yes, contact the Water and Sewer Division of the Department of Public
Works at 781-581-0026.
Whom should I call if my plumber tells me the outside water pipes need
to be upgraded or renewed?
Call the Town Hall a list of Licensed Drain layers in the Town.
Yard Sales: Do
I need a permit to have a yard sale?
Yes. You should obtain a permit from the Selectmen's Office. There is
a fee for the permit.
do I find out what zoning district I am in?
Call Town Hall for a zoning map.
How do I obtain a copy of the Zoning By-Laws?
Call the Town Clerk at 781-581-0018. The Zoning
By-laws are also available on this website.