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The Clerk works closely with the Board of Registrars to oversee polling places and the general conduct of all elections. The Clerk also maintains records of adopted municipal code, by-laws, oaths of office, resignations and appointments.
Town of Nahant Public Records Request
Our Online Public Records Request Form
Electronic Records | Under the new version of the law, RAOs must provide public records to a requestor in an electronic format unless the record is not available in an electronic format or the requestor does not have the ability to receive or access the records in a useable electronic format.
Additionally, as of January 1, 2017, agency RAOs will be required to provide on a searchable website electronic copies of commonly requested records, including: final opinions, annual reports, minutes of open meetings and agency budgets. Municipal RAOs will also be required to post commonly requested records on their municipal websites, to the extent feasible.
Response Time | Under the current law, a records custodian must respond to a request for records in writing within 10 calendar days.
Beginning January 1, 2017, a RAO must permit inspection or furnish a copy of a requested public record within 10 business days following receipt of the request. RAOs may petition the Supervisor of Records for an extension if they are unable to grant access to the requested public records in this time period.
Fees | The Supervisor of Records' Public Access Regulations allowing records custodians to charge 5 cents for black and white paper copies or computer printouts of public records for both single and double-sided sheets was codified and will remain effective with the new law.
Beginning January 1, 2017, if a response to a public records request requires more than 4 hours of employee time, an agency RAO may assess a fee of the hourly rate of the lowest paid employee with the skills necessary to search for, compile, segregate, redact or reproduce a requested record. However, the fee shall not exceed $25 an hour.
Beginning January 1, 2017, if a response to a public records request requires more than 2 hours of employee time, a municipal RAO may assess a fee of the hourly rate of the lowest paid employee with the skills necessary to search for, compile, segregate, redact or reproduce a requested record. However, the fee shall not exceed $25 an hour, unless approved by the Supervisor of Records. Municipalities with populations of 20,000 people or fewer will be permitted to charge for the first 2 hours of employee time.
Administrative Appeals | As of January 1, 2017, if an agency or municipality fails to comply with a requirement of the new law, the requestor may file an appeal with the Supervisor of Records who will then issue a determination on the public status of the records within 10 business days of receipt of the request for an appeal.
Attorney Fees | Under the new Public Records Law, if a requestor prevails in a court action against an agency or municipal RAO, the court may award the requestor attorney fees or costs.
Attorney General and State Ethics Web Resources
Any questions please call Peggy Barile Town Clerk at (781) 581-0018 or email me by clicking here.
Town Meeting Citizen Petition Article Form
Town of Nahant Charter and By-Laws (PDF)
2013 Town Meeting Warrant #30 ApprovalRE: Nahant Annual Town Meeting of April 27, 2013 - Case # 6731 | Warrant Article # 30 (General)
Dear Ms. Barile:
Article 30 - We approve the amendments to the Town's by-laws adopted under Article 30 at the April 27, 2013 Nahant Annual Town Meeting, except as noted below (See Disapproval # 1 of 1 on pages 3-4).
The amendments adopted under Article 30 add a new Article XIII, Non-Criminal Disposition of Violations, to the Town’s Police Regulations By-law. The new Article XIII is comprised of three sub-Articles, as follows: Article I, General Provisions; Article II, Noncriminal Disposition of Violations and Article III, Offenses Generally. (Download the letter below for full detail)
Vital Records | Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records may be obtained in person during regular business hours or by mail. The fee is $5 per certified copy. Payment may be made in cash or by check/money order, payable to the Town of Nahant.
Please note: If the marriage occurred in Nahant, but the intention (license) was filed in another town, the certificate would be on file in that town or city and not in the Town of Nahant.
Please Note: There is a state imposed mandatory 3 day waiting period from the application date and the date the license is issued and can only be waived with a court order. Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days and can be used to marry in any Massachusetts city or town.
Fee is $15 Cash or Check not credit cards.
Business Certificate (D.B.A.)
There is a $20 filing fee in Nahant for a D.B.A. certificate. The certificate may be renewed in person or by mail. The certificate must be renewed every four years. In addition, a letter of clearance must be obtained from the Building Inspector prior to filing a D.B.A. with the Town Clerk. Both the D.B.A. Request and D.B.A. Change Forms are provided below.
For more dog and animal information please visit the Animal Control Officer's page under Departments on this website.
Town of Nahant Census Forms | 2017
Please understand that this information provided is important to the Town and to you. The information you provide allows the Clerk’s Office the ability to keep the Voter List current and accurate, and is needed for school population projections and full funding from the state and federal government. For you it can mean the proof of residency for school enrollment, beach stickers.
If a Family Member is currently serving in the Military or away at college, unless that individual has established residency elsewhere, DO NOT REMOVE THEM FROM YOUR RESIDENCE CONTINUE TO LIST THEM AS RESIDENTS IN THE HOME.
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
Happy New Year
Margaret R. Barile (Peggy)
Town Clerks are required by Massachusetts General Law to mail an Annual Street List (Census) form to all households in the town.
This information is important to the Town. As the Town uses this population information for many reasons. It allows the Clerk’s office to keep:
- For registered voter list accurate active vs. inactive.
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