Town Clerk


 Contacts:       Theresa Camerlin                  Phone:  (413) 323-0281
                                Town Clerk   ext. 340          Fax:      (413) 323-0107
                                                                                            email:   clerk@belchertown.org
                                 Audrey Williams               Office hours: Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm
                                  Asst. Town Clerk    ext. 305                                                              
                                                  
Address:      Town Hall                        
                          2 Jabish St., Room 201  
                          P.O. Box 629                   
                         Belchertown, MA  01007

TOWN OFFICES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

AS OF MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021. 

PER BOARD OF HEALTH:

INDOOR MASKS ARE MANDATED

AS OF SEPT. 9, 2021


Marriage licenses will begin being issued in the office, Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm as of June 14, 2021.  No appointment is necessary.

Notary services are back beginning June 14, 2021. 

A drop box has been installed near the ramp entrance to Town Hall. This may be used for any payments or documents for any department in Town Hall.  


Request for Birth Certificate Form

Request for Death Certificate Form

Request for Marriage Certificate Form

Board of Registrars:
Appointment and Term of Office:
Massachusetts General Laws require that in every city and town there exist a Board of Registrars consisting of the city or town clerk and three other persons who, in a town, are appointed by the Select Board. 

Current Board of Registrars: 
Name                                               Party                                 Term Expiration Date
MaryCatherine Knight                  R                                              March 31, 2022
Carla Dell'Olio                                 D                                            March 31, 2023
Nancy Wright                                   D                                            March 31, 2024

Each member of the Board of Registrars, or a Registrar of Voters, is appointed for a three year term. As nearly as possible the members of the board shall represent the two leading political parties. The Town Clerk need not be enrolled in a political party.

Registrars assist the Town Clerk's office in promoting voter registration, maintaining voter registration, certifying signatures on nomination papers and petitions, certifying absentee voter applications, investigating challenges to local nomination papers, conducting recounts, assisting in the preparation of the street list, and being present at all elections as part of the reporting process.

 Voter Registration info:

 You may register to vote at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/. You may also use this website to check your voter registration status.    If you prefer to register by mail, you may use the following form: 2021 Mail in Voter Registration Form, or call our office and we will mail one to you.

For up-to date information, be sure to like us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Belchertown-Town-Clerk     
                                                     

Quick links to:

 Town By-Laws

Precinct Listing

Records Access Information

Absentee Ballot Application


           

LICENSE ON TIME - AVOID THE FINE

2021 DOG LICENSES WILL BE AVAILABLE
DEC. 1, 2020

REMINDER NOTICES WILL BE MAILED
DECEMBER 2020

ALL DOGS OVER 6 MONTHS OF AGE MUST BE LICENSED BEFORE JANUARY 31, 2021 
                  

License fees:
December 1 - January 31 - $8 Spayed/Neutered  $15 Intact
February 1 - February 29 - $18 Spayed/Neutered  $25 Intact
March 1 - March 31 - $38 Spayed/Neutered  $45 Intact
April 1 - April 30 - $58 Spayed/Neutered  $65 Intact
May 1 - Additional $100 per dog court fees

You can license online, in person in our office, mail in your renewal form along with the license fee to Town Clerk, PO Box 629  Belchertown, MA 01007, or you can use the drop box at Town Hall. If the rabies vaccination expiration date has expired (date is listed on renewal form) please provide a copy of a current rabies certificate.  We cannot license without a current rabies certificate.

Online Dog Licensing is available.  To renew your dog's license online click here: www.doglicenses.us/MA/Belchertown
You will need your userid and password to log in.  These can be found on the renewal notice that was mailed out to you.  If you have any questions, please contact our office.

If you no longer have your dog, please be sure to notify our office so the record can be updated.  If you have moved within or out of town, also please notify our office so the records may be adjusted with your current address.  


Volunteer to work the Elections

Working the Election is a long and rewarding day. Depending on the election, you can work 15 to 16 hours.  You would start as a checker. The Checker (check-in) is responsible to verify the name and address of the voter from the Voter Registration List - when verified a ballot is given to the voter. Once the ballot is voted, the Checker (check-out) is responsible to verify the registered voters name and address, once verified the voter can cast their ballot.  If you are interested in having your name added to the pool of people who work elections, please send an email with your name, address and telephone # to clerk@belchertown.org or mail to:
Town Clerk
P.O. Box 629
Belchertown, 01007-0629

The Town Clerk is responsible for:

Marriage licenses, raffle/bazaar permits, issues dog and kennel licenses, burial permits, business certificates, fuel storage permits.
Serves as the central information point for local residents and citizens at large.
Administers and records all oaths of office.
Posts meetings of all governmental bodies.
Receives, posts and files all official meeting minutes.
Responsible for informing all elected, appointed officials and Municipal/School employees of the State's Open Meeting Law and Conflict of Interest Laws and yearly updates.
Responsible for submittal of new by-laws to the State Attorney General for approval.
Records and certifies all official actions of the Town, including town meeting legislation and appropriations, Planning and Zoning Board decisions.
Certifies all notes for borrowing and is the keeper of the Town Seal.
Records all pole locations approved by the Selectmen.
Registers all vital events (births, deaths, marriages and adoptions) occurring within the community.
Records and preserves original vital records providing the basis for the Commonwealth's central vital registration system.
Provides certified copies of vital records and assists with general genealogical research.

As Chief Election Official:
The Town Clerk conducts all town, state and federal elections and certifies nomination papers and initiative petitions.
Assists voters interested in running for public office.
Supervises voter registration and absentee balloting.
Conducts annual town census, annual street lists and assists the Jury Commissioner with the preparation of the jury list.
Assists the Secretary of the Commonwealth with maintaining the Commonwealth's Central Voter Registry.
 

           
Raffles and Bazaars
A permit is required for any and all raffles and bazaars that are held.  You must be a non-profit organization in existence for a minimum of 2 years.  Raffle applications are available in the Town Clerk's office Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm.  The fee is $15.00 (see Helpful Links/Forms - Raffle and Bazaar Info for more information)


Annual Census
The Annual Census is conducted in January each year as required by Massachusetts State Law.  You should return it as soon as possible.  If you are a registered voter and you do not return the form, you will be sent a confirmation postcard that asks you to verify your residency status.  If you do not return the postcard, you may be removed from the voter rolls for inactivity, and will need to re-register to vote in future elections.  The census is important for many reasons.  The current population count is the basis for allocation of State and Federal Funds.  Compliance with this State requirement provides proof of residence to protect voting rights, veteran's bonus, housing for the elderly, and many other related benefits.  Also, if you do not return your census, it may affect your voting status.  The town census is the only way the Town Clerk can verify residency.  That is important for school enrollment, the voter's list, and maintenance of updated statistics.


Fishing & Hunting Licenses

NOTE: The Clerk’s Office no longer processes hunting and fishing licenses.  As of January 2012 hunting and fishing licenses will be issued online at www.mass.gov and search for fishing/hunting licenses.