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Absentee Ballots:
A voter may vote by absentee ballot at the town clerk's office or request that the absentee ballot be mailed to her/him.  Either way the voter needs to provide the town clerk with specific information in order to receive an absentee ballot.  The absentee ballot may not be picked up at the town clerk's office and carried home. It must be mailed or voted in the office.
An absentee ballot application lists all the required information and it is suggested the voter download the form from the website. If unable to download it, please contact the clerk's office 978-897-4514 x 1 and request that the application be mailed.

Click here for information about who qualifies for an absentee ballot.  Voter may vote an absentee ballot for three reasons: 1. absentee from Stow between 7 a.m - 8 p.m on election day; a physical disability prevents the voter from going to the polls; or religious beliefs.

Download an absentee ballot application for yourself  

Download an abesentee ballot application for a family member.

Stow voters contact the Stow town clerk's office to make arrangements to vote the absentee ballot in person in the office, 978-897-5034.

Beach Pass Town Beach:
Every person or family must obtain a beach pass before using the town beach: Pine Bluff Beach, 303 Sudbury Road. Passes maybe purchased at the Recreation  Department office, 375 Great Road, Town Hall, lower level, or at the town beach during regular hours.  Call the Recreation Dept. for more info, 978-461-1411.

                Pine Bluff Beach, 303 Sudbury Road.

Family Season Pass
Resident
$50.00
Seniors (65+)
$30.00
Non-Resident
$95.00
Individual Season Pass
Resident
$30.00
Senior (65+)
$20.00
Non- Resident
$55.00
Family Day Pass
Resident
$ 5.00
Seniors (65+)
$ 2.00
Individual Day Pass
Resident
$ 3.00
Senior (65+)
$ 1.00

  • Non-Resident day passes will no longer be sold.
  • Non -residents will have to purchase a season pass in order to use the Pine Bluff Recreational Area.
  • Groups of 6 or more people require a special permit, throught the Stow Recreation Department
or obtain a permit from the Recreation Department in order to use the Facility. 

Town Beach at Pine Bluff, off Sudbury Road.
Open weekends starting Saturday June 14, 2014. (Tentative, dependent on the weather. There will be a message on Recreation Office voice messageing system)
Official opening for weekdays is tentatively June 16, 2014  (Tentative, dependent on the weather. There will be a message on Recreation Office voice messageing system)
Lifeguard Supervision Hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Beach Clean up is Saturday June 7, 2014,  9 a.m - 1 p.m.


Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates:  
Vital records are handled through the Town Clerk’s office.  

A birth record will be on file in Stow if the person's parents were living in Stow at the time of the birth or the birth occurred in Stow.  A birth record is also on file in the comunity where the birth occurred and at the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and copies may be obtained from there as well.

A death record will be on file in Stow if the person resided in Stow at the time of the death or if the death occurred in Stow. Copies of death certificates may also be obtained from the community where the death occurred if it occurred in a nursing home or hospital.  Copies may also be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records.

A copy of a marriage certificate may be obtained from Stow if the marriage intention was filed in Stow.   Copies may also be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records.


Contact the Stow Town Clerk by calling  978-897-4514 x1, to confirm that the records are filed in Stow.
Download the Request for Information form.
Fill out the information for each document requested.
Return the completed form to the town clerk with the appropriate fee.  

Certified copies are $10 for the first copy and $5/per copy for each additional copy ordered at time of initial request.   Currently, requests for vital records are completed within 5 business days.   

For any of our vital records prior to the 1900's, please call the office to be sure we have the documents and to make an appointment if you wish to view the documents. This is important especially if you are searching for mulitple people or families.


Building Permits:
Building permits are issued through the building department. However, there are several other departments whose requirements have to be satisfied before a permit can be issued. Contact the Building Department for forms. Fill out and return forms to the Building Department. Upon approval and payment of the appropriate fee, the permit will be issued.

Burials: Brookside Cemetery
To arrange a grave opening for a burial, please call  978-461-1403 and leave a message on the Cemetery Committee's office voice mail. Please leave your name, telephone number, date and time needed, and the family name and/or plot number and someone will return your call.

Brookside Cemetery is located on Gleasondale Road. Approximately 1/4 mile south of the town center.  
Most of the burials in Stow occur at this cemetery.

Burning Permits:
A permit for burning  brush can be obtained online https://stowma.geotmsweb.com   It is necessary to have a written permit prior to any open burning. The burning season is January 15th to April 30th. Stow Fire Department webpage

Business Certificates:
All forms may be obtained from the Office of the Town Clerk   and are filed with the Town Clerk’s office. Please call ahead to make an appointment as the application needs to be witnessed by the Town Clerk.  Office hours are Monday - Thurs 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The office is closed for lunch between 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. For a description of the requirements for a Business certificate, download Business Certificate Advisory 8 01  

Cemetery- burials for Brookside Cemetery
To arrange a grave opening for a burial, please call  978-461-1403 and leave a message on the Cemetery Committee's office voice mail. Please leave your name, telephone number, date and time needed, and the family name and/or plot number and someone will return your call.

Cemetery - locations in Stow
Brookside Cemetery: 136 Gleasondale Road.
Hillside Cemetery:  Crescent Street
Lower Village Cemetery:  Intersection of Great Rd and Pompositticut Street

Census
Mailed to Every Household the beginning of January 2014
Review, Edit, Sign, and Return the Census to the Town Clerk: 380 Great Rd



Death,Marriage, Birth Certificates:
Vital records are handled through the Town Clerk’s office.

A death record will be on file in Stow if the person resided in Stow at the time of the death or if the death occurred in Stow. Copies of death certificates may also be obtained from the community where the death occurred if it occurred in a nursing home or hospital.  Copies may also be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records.

Contact the Town Clerk  by calling  978-897-4514 x1, to confirm that the records are filed in Stow. Download the Request for Information form. Fill out the information for each document requested. Return the completed form to the town clerk with the appropriate fee.  Certified copies are $10 for the first copy and $5/per copy for each additional copy ordered at time of initial request. Currently, requests for vital records are completed within 5 business days.

For any of our vital records prior to the 1900's, please call the office to be sure we have the documents and to make an appointment if you wish to view the documents. This is important especially if you are searching for mulitple people or families.

Deeds:
Property deeds are recorded with the Registrar of Deeds. The records from 1974 to the present may be found on-line at the Registrar's website. Click here to search the Registry's database.   Stow is part of South Middlesex County.

Dig Safe:
Whether you are digging a fence post or planting a tree, the greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during excavation.  Underground pipelines often run along a public street, but may also be under private property.  Call Before You Dig 1-888-DIG-SAFE.  National Grid Information Sheet.

Dog Licenses:
1. Fill out the information for each dog on the Dog License Request Form.
2. Fee is $10 per dog for dogs 1-3. Kennel licenses are required for households with 4 or more dogs. *
   Contact the town clerk to clarify kennel requirements 978-897-4514 x 1 or check the Animal Control Bylaw.
    Click here for the Animal Control Bylaw

3. Up-to-date rabies certificate must be on file at the time of licensing.

*Additional Late Fine of $25 per dog for a dog 6 months old and older , residing in Stow more than 30 days and not licensed by April 15th.


Electrical Permits:
Click here for links to Electrical Work Permit and Electrical Fees. Fill it out and return the completed form to the Building Department in the Town Building.  

Farming Community Disclosure:
Stow is a Right-to-Farm Community.  Copies of the Right-to-Farm bylaw notice are mailed to every household annually with the Street Listing/Census.  Click here to view the full text of the bylaw.  Click here to view the Buyer Notification form that every new buyer in Stow should receive from their realtor before closing on the sale of a Stow Property.


Fire Alarm Permit:
Obtain the Fire Alarm Permit Application by from the Fire Department.. Submit two copies of the form along with design drawings of the alarm system to the Stow Fire Department.

Firearms Licenses:
The forms for applying for a License to Carry or a Firearms Identification card are not currently online. These forms can be obtained from the Stow Police Department on Great Road. You will receive instructions for filling out these forms as well as excerpts from applicable laws.  
        
Fishing Licenses:
A license may be purchased at various sporting goods stores or directly from theDivision of Fisheries and Wildlife

Fuel Assistance Program 2011-2012
         The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Fuel Assistance Brochure.

Gas Permits:
A permit for the installation of gas operated devices may be obtained from the Gas Inspector. Click here for links to Gasfitting Permit form and fee information. Complete and return the form with the appropriate fee to the Building Department
        
Hiking Trails:
Trail guides to hiking trails on Town conservation properties may be purchased at the Conservation Commission office in the Stow Town builing during regular business hours. Any questions regarding usage of the conservation lands should be directed to the Conservation Commission, 978-897-8615. Check the Commission's webpage for additional information.

Hunting Licenses:  
A license may be purchased at various sporting goods stores or directly from theDivision of Fisheries and Wildlife
       
Liquor Licenses for Special Events: Contact the Board of Selectmen's Office

Livestock Survey for Board of Health    Please complete this survey if you own any livestock; including but not limited to: cattle, sheep, swine, alpaca, horses, llamas, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, goats, oxen, donkeys, mules, exotics.
        
Marriage,Birth, Death Certificates:
Vital records are handled through the Town Clerk’s office.

A copy of a marriage certificate may be obtained from Stow if the marriage intention was filed in Stow.   Copies may also be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records.

Contact the Town Clerk  by calling  978-897-4514 x1, to confirm that the records are filed in Stow.
Download the Request for Information form.
Fill out the information for each document requested.
Return the completed form to the town clerk with the appropriate fee.   

Certified copies are $10 for the first copy and $5/per copy for each additional copy ordered at time of initial request. Currently, requests for vital records are completed within 5 business days.

For any of our vital records prior to the 1900's, please call the office to be sure we have the documents and to make an appointment if you wish to view the documents. This is important especially if you are searching for mulitple people or families.

Marriage License:
Filing a Marriage Intention in Stow is by appointment only due to limited staffing. Contact the Town Clerk  by calling  978-897-4514 x1 to make an appointment.
* * * * * *
·Both parties must be present to file the intention.
·Mandatory 3 day Wait Period to issue license - Unless a court waiver is obtained
·Filing Fee is $25 - Includes the filing fee ($15) and
1 certified copy of the completed certificate ($10).
·Bring Birth Certificates for both parties.

A copy of a marriage certificate may be obtained from Stow if the marriage intention was filed in Stow.   Copies may also be obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records.


Mosquito Control/Spraying:
The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP), located in Northborough, Mass. is responsible for investigating resident's complaints about mosquitoes and mosquito spraying in Stow. Complaints about mosquitoes may be registered by calling the CMMCP office at 508-393-3055 between 7 am - 3pm, Monday - Friday. Additional information on CMMCP may be found at www.cmmcp.org 
        
        Click here for Central Mass Mosquito Control Project website
                Click here for Pesticide Information
                Click here for Pesticide Exclusion Information
                Click Here for Pesticide Exclusion Request Form -

Exclusion Designations may be made prior to March 1 of each year and shall be effective
from April 1 of that year to March 31 of the following year.
(333 CMR 13.04, paragraphs 2 & 3 - pg. 88)


Motor Vehicle Excise Bills:
Bills are due 30 days after receipt.  The first mailing is for all vehicles registered for the entire prior year and is usually mailed during February.   Subsequent mailings are for vehicles registered during the prior year and the current calendar year.  These bills are mailed as received from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

If you don't receive a motor vehicle tax bill and have registered a vehicle, please contact the Treasurer-Collector's Office.
        
Occupancy Certificates: Contact the Building Department
 
Passports:
Click here for the U. S. Department of State website  for passport informaton.
Click here to find the nearest passport acceptance facility to process your application.
Stow does NOT have a passport office.

Pesticide Exclusion Information - Central Mass Mosquito Control Project:
        Click here for Central Mass Mosquito Control Project website
        Click here for Pesticide Information
        Click here for Pesticide Exclusion Information
        Click Here for Pesticide Exclusion Request Form
                                Exclusion Designations may be made prior to March 1 of each year and
                                shall be effective from April 1 of that year to March 31 of the following year.
                                (333 CMR 13.04, paragraphs 2 & 3 - pg. 88)

Plumbing Permits:
Click here for links to Plumbing Work Permit and Permit Fees Complete and return with appropriate fee to the Building Department in the Town Building.

        
Real-estate Tax Due Dates :
The fiscal year for property tax covers the period from July 1 to June 30.
The usual billing dates are:

Quarter
Issue Date
Due Date
First
July 1
August 1
Second
October 1
November 1
Third
January 1
February 1
Fourth
April 1
May 1
If the normal due date falls on a weekend or a holiday, the actual due date is the next business day.

Recycling - The Town of Stow does not have a recycling drop off center. Your trash hauler is responsible for taking household recyclables. Check with your trash hauler for more information.
        
Electronics recycling - Stow Troop 1 Boy Scouts typically hold an electronics collection day in the Spring. Look for more information in the local paper or on the website.
For Year-round Electronics Disposal Contact:
Advanced Electronics Recycling
43 Broad St.
Hudson, MA 01749
Phone: 978-568-3444
Fax: 978-568-0405
        
Household hazardous waste collection day - The Town of Stow will not be holding a Hazardous Waste Collection Day until Spring of 2014.  Last one was held in April 2012.
        
        If you need to dispose of your Hazardous Products, the Collection Center in Sutton is open to other Towns (Information as of June 2013)
NEDT Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is located at:
83 Gilmore Drive
Sutton, MA 01590
866-769-1621
website: www.NEDT.org 
                                Collection Center Open the following Saturdays: May 11, June 1,15, 29  from 9:00 AM -12:00 The Collection Center also open by appointment.
Call Marty Gaffney, Collection Center Manager at the toll free number (866-769-1621) and to arrange a convenient time.

        Check the Board of Health webpage for more infomation or call the office 978-897-4592 if you have a recycling question.

Reporting Possible Pollution:   
Have you witnessed someone dumping hazardous materials?  Do you have knowledge of an illegal connection to the towns storm drainage system?  Have you seen serious soil erosion from a construction site flowing to a surface water body or a town catch basin? If you answered yes to any of these questions download the How to report possible pollution form for all of the necessary contact information.

Right-to-Farm Bylaw Information:
Stow is a Right-to-Farm Community.  Copies of the Right-to-Farm bylaw notice are mailed to every household annually with the Street Listing/Census.  Click here to view the full text of the bylaw.  Click here to view the Buyer Notification form that every new buyer in Stow should receive from their realtor before closing on the sale of a Stow Property.

Roofing Permit:
A building permit is required for a new roof or a re-roof. It is a subset of the standard building permit application.
Contact the Building Department  for the form, fill it out and return it to the Building Department. Upon approval and payment of the appropriate fee, the permit will be issued.  
        
School Closings or Delays:
Stow schools are part of theNashoba Regional School District

Tax Abatements:
Fill out a motor vehicle abatement form which is available on-line by clicking here

Tent Permit:
Obtain a tent permit from the Building Department by completing the permit application (click here for form).  The minimum permit fee is $30.  Also submit a certificate of liability insurance and a flame spread rating certificiate from the tent company.  

Trail Guides/ Trail Maps for Stow Conservation Lands:  
Trail guides may be purchased at the Conservation Commission office in the Stow Town builing during regular business hours. Any questions regarding usage of the conservation lands should be directed to the Conservation Commission, 978-897-8615. Check the Commission's webpage for additional information.
Trash Pickup:
The Town of Stow does not provide trash pickup service. Residents must contract with one of the following trash disposal companies that are licensed to service Stow:  (listed in no particluar order)
        The trash haulers are responsible for handling customer recyclables.
Allied Waste Services of MA                     Waste Management of Mass                        M.Moreau & Sons Trucking, Inc.
1-800-442-9006                                  1-800-545-4560                                  978- 897-4981

Mark H. Sullivan & Son                          Mr. Trashman, LLC                                       Tully Disposal & Recycling
        978-343-7634                                            508-278-6910                                            978-422-3513

Utility Companies that Service Stow:
        Electricity:     Hudson Light &Power  Department    978-568-8736   website:  www.hudsonlight.com
        Gas:            NStar                                         800-572-9300

Voter Registration:
The complete voting regulations can be found at How to Register to Vote
 
Well Permits and Information:
        The Board of Health issues Private Well Permits.  Please click on the following links to find a Checklist for Obtaining a Well, a Well Permit Application, and a List of Approved Well Drillers.  If you have additional questions you can contact the Board of Health at 978-897-4592 or 978-897-7631.
        
Wood Stove - Contact the Stow Building Department for permit information.

Work Permits for Students:
Students who reside within the Nashoba Regional School District must obtain their work permits from the Nashoba Regional High School main office.  This inlcudes students who live within the district, but attend a school outside of the district.
Please click here to link to the District's website and information regarding Youth Employment Laws.
For additional information and summer hours call the high school main office at 978-779-2257.

last updated 10/1/2013
       

 
 
Stow Town Building 380 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775
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