Welcome to the Town Clerk web pages.
The Town Clerk Office is open Tuesday and Thursday 11 am to 2 pm, and Wednesday night 7 to 9 pm.
23 Linden Street, #8
Berlin, MA 01503
Phone: (978) 838-2931
Fax: (978) 838-0014
By-Laws of the Town of Berlin
By-Laws of the Town of Berlin, as amended through May 4, 2015, and approved by the Attorney General on August 25, 2015.
Hard copies of the By-Laws of the Town of Berlin may be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office or the Selectmen’s Office, both at 23 Linden Street, for $40.00 a copy. Certified copies of the By-Laws are available only at the Town Clerk’s Office.
To save the Town postage money, please include your email address so dog license reminders can be emailed. All licenses renew on April 1. The license fees are (male/female) $11.00 and (neutered/spayed) $7.00, and the penalty for late filing is $5.00 as of June 1 and $25.00 as of July 1. Licenses are renewable by mail (with a self-addressed stamped envelope included) or in person at the office with a current rabies certificate. With a current rabies certificate on file dog licenses can be purchased on line with a credit card for a small fee or withdrawn from your checking account with no fee. Nashoba contracts for a dog and cat rabies clinic each spring, dog licenses can be purchased at the same time.
Hunting, Sporting, and Fishing Licenses
Visit www.mass.gov/masswildlife for a small fee or at a field office with no fee.
Any person conducting a business under a name other than his/her own which is not incorporated in the state, or if incorporated and uses a name different from the incorporated name, is required by state law to file a business certificate with the Town Clerk. The certificate is valid for four years, the fee is $25.00 and a termination or amendment is $10.o0 (with a notice to the Assessors and Building Inspector).
State required registration sessions will be held prior to each town meeting and election. Mail-in voter registration are outside the Town Clerk’s office for your convenience. THINK AHEAD – PLAN AHEAD: If you need to have an absentee ballot, either you or a family member can apply for one. Unless you vote absentee in the office, all absentee ballots must be mailed. If you want to fax your request [978-838-0014], include the date, your legal name, voting address, a mail-to address, and your signature. Please allow as much notice as possible, to receive and/or mail back the ballot. If you are out of the country, a ballot can be emailed for faxed.
The “Help America Vote Act” has a personal identification requirement that a voter provide as proof of your name and Berlin address ID at the election, if you registered through the mail and it is the fist time you are voting.
If you check of absentee for all elections this year and change address after the initial ballot, unless you notify the Town Clerk the ballots are sent to the adders on record. If you are an enrolled voter (U), we send the party ballot you chose. If you change your mind, notify us in writing or write in your candidate.
Open Meeting Law postings can be posted or viewed through mytowngovernment.org/01503 Meetings posted at that site will automatically post to the Town website calendar.