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Reminder: April 2019

Our 2019 Annual Street List Census Form
has been mailed to residents. Please make any necessary changes and return them signed and dated. Please note, even if there are no changes at your residence the census form must be signed and returned by the date indicated on the form.

Attention Dog Owners
Any resident seasonal or full time who owns a dog must license that dog or dogs on a yearly basis, please contact the Town Clerk or fill out the application that is attached to the 2019 Street List/Census.

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Duties of the Town Clerk:
The Town Clerk is the Chief Election Official. The Clerk supervises voter registration, oversees polling places, election officers, and the general conduct of all elections. The Clerk directs the preparation of ballots, polling places, voting equipment, voting lists, administers campaign finance laws, certifies nomination papers and initiative petitions, and serves on the Board of Registrars. The Clerk's office conducts the annual town census and prepares the street list of residents.
The Town Clerk is the keeper of the town seal. The Town Clerk attests by signature and seal to bonds, contracts, bylaws, resolutions and any other documents requiring town certification. The Clerk provides certified copies of vital records and conducts genealogical research for members of the public, and is responsible for maintenance, disposition, and preservation of municipal archival records and materials. The Town Clerk administers the oath of office to all town officials, elected and appointed.
The Town Clerk certifies the residency of veterans’ who qualify for state bonuses, receives board and committee meeting postings, administers and records oaths of office to town officials; submits zoning by-law and town by-law changes to the Attorney General, and sends the Jury List to the Secretary of State. The Town Clerk is also responsible for overseeing the State mandated compliance of all employees, and board and committee members, to be sure they follow through annually with any required Conflict of Interest / State Ethics Laws documentation.
In addition, the Town Clerk issues marriage licenses, dog tag licenses, storage of flammables, business certificates, and raffle permits, and serves as the Chief Public Records Access Officer.
The Town Clerk is a Notary Public.
The Town Clerk is a Justice of the Peace and can be reached for by email for information and fees and availability or

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A Reminder... Please license your dog or dogs if you have not already done so.  If you need more information, please check with Peggy Barile at (781) 581-0018 or email

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Margaret R. Barile
Notary Public | Justice of the Peace
(781) 581-0018
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8 AM to 12:30 PM

Town of Nahant Public Records Request

Records Access Officer | Email Business Address Business Phone
Margaret Barile
Town Clerk
Nahant General Government
334 Nahant Road Nahant MA 01908 (781) 581-0018
Paul Manley
Police Lieutenant
Nahant Police
198 Nahant Road Nahant MA 01908 (781) 581-1213
Michael Feinberg
Fire Chief
Nahant Fire
67 Flash Road Nahant MA 01908 (781) 581-0079
Chris Katsos
School Admin. Assistant
Nahant Education
290 Castle Road
Nahant MA 01908
(781) 581-1600

Our Online Public Records Request Form
Make A Public Records Request Here

Further Resources
A Complete Guide To Public Records Request

An overview of the new provisions of Chapter 121

Records Access Officers
Agencies and municipalities are required to designate 1 or more Records Access Officer (RAO).

The contact information for the RAO must be posted conspicuously, including on the agency's or municipality's website, if available. 
The RAO has a duty to:

  • Coordinate the agency's or municipality's response to requests for access to public records;
  • Assist individuals seeking public records in identifying the records requested;
  • Assist the custodian of records in preserving public records; and
  • Prepare guidelines that enable requestors to make informed requests.

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. 

Complete Mass General Law | Chapter 121
An Act To Improve Public Records

Town Meeting Citizen Petition Article Form

The form available for download below is only intended to help a citizen insert an Article on the Warrant for Town Meeting.

Petitioners should consult with someone knowledgeable in municipal government, such as a lawyer, the Town Administrator or the Town Moderator, before drafting a proposed Article and gathering the signatures to insert an Article on the Warrant.

Petitioner will be listed as the sponsor of the Article on the Warrant and should be the first-named voter to sign this petition.

Selectmen will print the proposed Article in the Warrant verbatim; petitioner and citizens signing are advised to review the language carefully.

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Citizen Petition Form

Town of Nahant Charter and By-Laws (PDF)

Charter/By-Laws Articles New Item
Town Charter Articles 1-6
Town of Nahant By-Laws
General Government | April 16, 2019 Articles 1-17
Police | Oct. 2013 Articles 8-12
Personnel Board Article 13
Wastewater/Drainage | Oct. 2013 Article 14
Zoning | Posted: June 21, 2016 Article 15
Definition Drawings | Feb. 2009 Article 15
Section 9
Table of Dimensional Requirements Article 15
Section 5.03
Subdivision Rules and Regulations Download Here
Storm Water By-Law | August 31, 2015 Article 16
Nahant Wetlands Protection Bylaw Article 17
Nahant Wetlands Bylaw Rules Regulations Article 17
Wetlands By-Law Maps (3)  

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.

Birth Certificates
Certified copies of birth certificates may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. Birth certificates are on file for those whose parents were residents of Nahant at the time of the child’s birth or for those who were actually born in the Town of Nahant. When requesting a birth certificate, please include the name at birth and the date of birth and telephone number.

Vital Records | Birth Certificate Request Form

Death Certificates
Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. Death certificates are on file for those were residents of Nahant at the time of the death or for those who actually passed away in the Town of Nahant. When requesting a death certificate, please include the name and the date of death and a telephone number.

Vital Records | Death Certificate Request Form

Marriage Certificates
Certified copies of marriage certificates may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. The marriage will be recorded in the Town of Nahant only if the parties filed for the marriage intention (license) in 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.

Vital Records | Marriage Certificate Request Form

Marriage Intentions
Both parties must appear before the Town Clerk; they must be at least 18 years of age or obtain a court waiver from the Probate Court and they must present a valid state issued ID.

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.

Please note the Clerk's Office hours are:

Monday - Thursday

8 AM to 4 PM
8 AM to 12:30 PM

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Birth Certificate Request Form
  Death Certificate Request Form
  Marriage Certificate Request Form

REAL ID Information and Resources

REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

REAL ID has been available since March 26, 2018; however, you will not need a REAL ID until October of 2020. If you have an active passport and don’t mind carrying it, you will never need a REAL ID.

After October of 2020, you will need either a passport or REAL ID when you fly in the U.S. or enter certain federal buildings.

Many Massachusetts residents may not need a REAL ID. To find out if REAL ID is right for you, answer a few questions here.

Watch this video for more detailed information on REAL ID and Standard credentials and what you need to get one.

Remember, you don’t need a REAL ID until October of 2020!


New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Acceptable Forms Of Identification
  REAL ID and Standard ID Guide

Business Certificate (D.B.A.)

If you are conducting business in Town under a name other than your own or the corporation's, you must obtain a "doing business as" D.B.A. certificate from the Town Clerk. The D.B.A. certificate is maintained in a public virtual and allows consumers to identify and locate the owner of the business.

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.

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Business Documents
  D.B.A. Request*
  D.B.A. Change
  Other Licenses
* Please note, these forms are provided for informational purposes and must be filled out at the Clerk's office.

Welcome To Our Dog and Saltwater Fish License Page

Dog License

Dog licenses are issued annually January through December 31st and must be renewed. Every year, all dog owners must obtain a license for their dog by January 31st. You may get a license at the Town Clerk's Office at the Town Hall.

To obtain a license, you must present a current rabies certificate. The fees for a dog license are outlined in the form below. To obtain a license by mail, send a copy of your dogs rabies certificate and a check for the appropriate amount made out to the Town of Nahant to the Town Clerk's Office. A Dog License Application is provided below.

Current Dog License Fees
Male $25
Neutered Male $20
Female $25
Spayed Female $20
(3) Dogs or More $30

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Dog License/Renewal (Updated 2013)

For more dog and animal information please visit the Animal Control Officer's page under Departments on this website.

Recreational Saltwater Fish Permits

Who needs the MA Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit?
In order to fish recreationally for finfish in Massachusetts marine waters, including up to the first upstream bridge in rivers and streams that flow to the ocean ( click here for exceptions to the rule pdf format of bounds_exceptions.pdf   ), saltwater fishermen must have:

- A MA Recreational Saltwater Fishing permit, or
- A recreational saltwater fishing permit from a state that has a reciprocity agreement with Massachusetts.  As of February 17, 2011, Massachusetts has reciprocity agreements with:
        - New Hampshire: MA to NH pdf format of reciprocity_individual_ma_nh.pdf   NH to MA pdf format of reciprocity_individual_nh_ma.pdf    
        - Rhode Island: MA to RI pdf format of reciprocity_individual_ma_ri.pdf   RI to MA pdf format of reciprocity_individual_ri_ma.pdf    
        - Connecticut: MA to CT pdf format of reciprocity_rec_permit_ma_to_ct.pdf   CT to MA pdf format of reciprocity_rec_permit_ct_to_ma.pdf    

Who does not need a permit?
No permit is required for:

   Fishermen who are under 16 years of age
   Fishermen fishing on permitted for-hire vessels
   Fishermen who regardless of their age, otherwise meet the definition of a disabled person.

Recreational Salwater Fishing Permits
Find Out More Information Here
Apply For A Permit Online

Town of Nahant Census Form | Update: March 2019

The Annual Street List (Census) Form should be arriving in the mail to all Nahant residences in the next few days. It is important to fill these forms out and return them within 10 days of receiving them.

Please list all members of your household, include your pets in the spaces provided, dogs must be licensed if you did not receive a dog license application in with your Street Listing please download one on the Nahant Web  under the clerks page. Or you can pick one up in the Clerk’s office.

The Street List forms can be dropped off in the box provided in the Clerk’s office or mailed to: Office of the Clerk, 334 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908.

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 a member of your family no longer reside at your address and/or they are a registered voter they must put in writing a request to be removed with their signature.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Happy New Year

Margaret R. Barile (Peggy)
Town Clerk

Additional Details

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.
- For School population projections
- To qualify for federal and state funding.

Nahant List of Residents

The List of Residents book is now available at Town Hall in the Clerk's office. Cost is $5. This edition contains both Residents by Street Address and a complete list of Residents in alphabetical order.

Notary Service Guidelines

  • Notary Services are available during the normal business hours and are not available in the fifteen (15) minutes prior to the time of closing.

  • Notary Service is provided on a first-come, first service basis

  • A valid, government-issued photo identification is required of any customer seeking Notary Service

  • The document(s) CANNOT already have been signed nor dated

  • All signers must be present at the time of notarizing

  • The Notary is stating they have witnessed the document being signed

  • The document must contain the appropriate Notarial Statement or Clause, or one will be stamped on the document by the Notary

  • Documents in any language other than English will not be notarized at this facility

  • Notary Service is not available for deeds, mortgages, wills, living wills, living trusts, codicils or depositions.

  • Certain public documents cannot be copied and notarized. Examples of these are birth, marriage and death certificates

  • Massachusetts law requires that a Notary and the person seeking notarization be able to communicate directly with each other

  • In accordance with Massachusetts Notarial Law, Notaries will not provide service if the customer, document or circumstances of the request for Notary Service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty. In this event, the Notary may, at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary Service

List Current State Elected Officials | Updated January 2015
  Statewide Office Holders for the Commonwealth:
  Lieutenant Governor: KARYN POLITO
  Secretary: WILLIAM F. GALVIN
  Auditor: SUZANNE M. BUMP
  Attorney General: MAURA HEALY
  Current Elected Officials For Our District
  Congressional: SETH MOULTON SIXTH
  Governor's Council:   FIFTH
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