Town Officials

Except for Justices of the Peace, Town Officers are elected by ballot vote in March of each year; term lengths depend on the office and are from one to three years. Justices of the Peace are elected in November of even-numbered years for two-year terms starting February 1 of the following year.

Elected Officials




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These positions are appointed by the Board of Selectmen at a public meeting on or before April 15th of each year.


Appointed Officials


Frequently Asked Questions

When does my dog need to be licensed?

You need to obtain a license for your dog each year on or before April 1st. To obtain a license you must provide proof of a current rabies certificate. Current license fees are altered animal - $9.00 and an unaltered animal - $13.00.

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Is there a date and time when grievances are held?

While anyone can "grieve" at any time, there has to be an official "cut-off" date or the Grand List would never be printed. The listers set the date and it is warned in the newspaper, town office, and post office. The reason for the grievance should be submitted to the listers in writing. Any owner not satisfied with the listers' decision can then meet with the Board of Civil Authority (BCA). This is accomplished by submitting a letter to the town clerk asking for a BCA hearing. She will set the date and time for the BCA hearing.

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Do I need a permit for a pond?

Yes, however, a pond must be approved by the Development Review Board at a warned meeting. You will also be asked to have the District Conservationist inspect the area and make recommendations relative to the pond inlets and outlets, and ponds greater than 3000 square feet require State approval.

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Important Announcements

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Elm Street / Speed Ordinance

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Organics Collection - Now at the Transfer Station

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Public Notice - Property Known as Shaftsbury Hollow Cemetery - Private Cemetery: Located on Shaftsbury Holllow Rd

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VTel Wireless 4G LTE Now Available in the Shaftsbury Area

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Towns Meetings Calendar

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