**Updated redistricting addresses can be found here**
The Annual Town Census:
We are working on the 2024 Annual Town Census. The Annual Town Census is conducted every January to update residents, purge the voter list, provide the listing of school-age children for the School Committee, and bring needed funding for our community. The 2024 Annual Town Census and Dog License Application will be mailed out by mid-January. Once you receive your town census. please take a minute to look it over, sign and return.
Committee and Boards:
If you are a newly appointed member of a committee or board and need to be sworn in, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office to arrange for a time to be sworn in and receive the Open Meeting Law, Standard of Conflict, and the mandatory online training materials.
Licenses, Business Certificates, Notary Public, Oath of Office:
Marriage Licenses – The law requires a couple to appear together in the Clerk’s Office to file marriage intentions. Please call the number listed above to set up an appointment to file your marriage intentions.
Dog Licenses /Renewals – All dog must be licensed by April 30th each year or be subject to a $50 fine for an unlicensed dog. Please either send in your license fee to the Town Clerk’s Office or go online – www.needhamma.gov – Online Bill Payment – Dog Licenses.
Storage of Flammable License Renewals - The renewal notices will be mailed on April 11, 2021 to those holding a Storage of Flammable License in the Town of Needham.
Renewal notices are sent out monthly.
Notary Public and Justice of the Peace:
If you need the services of a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace, please call the number above for an appointment and this will be done keeping the required six-foot social distance.
If you need a birth, marriage, or death certificate, please either go online to order it - www.needhamma.gov – Online Bill Payment – Vital Records - or send us a check made payable to the Town of Needham for $15. If you are not sure that we have your record on file, please contact us at the number listed at the top of this page..
2024 Annual Town Election:
REVISED NOMINATION PAPERS AVAILABLE BEGINNING JANUARY 2, 2024
FOR TOWN OFFICES/**TOWN MEETING MEMBERS
Nomination papers for candidates running for Town Offices and Town Meeting Members will be available in the Town Clerk's Office beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024, for the Annual Town Election to be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.
Candidates for Town Office must obtain at least 50 valid signatures of registered voters town wide and new Town Meeting Member candidates must obtain at least 10 valid signatures of registered voters in their precinct. The last day to file nomination papers with the Board of Registrars is Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Incumbent Town Meeting Members must return the written acceptance form (which they will receive in the mail) to the Town Clerk's Office by Tuesday, February 13th.
The following slate of offices will be on the April ballot: Two Members of the Select Board for Three Years; One Assessor for Three Years; One Town Clerk for One Year; Two Members of School Committee for Three Years; One Trustee of Memorial Park (trustee of soldiers’ memorials – veteran) for Three Years; One Trustee of Memorial Park (trustee of soldiers’ memorials – non-veteran) for Three Years; Two Trustees of Needham Public Library for Three Years; Two Members of Board of Health for Three Years; One Member of Planning Board for Five Years; One Member of Needham Housing Authority for Five Years; One Commissioner of Trust Funds for Three Years; Two Members of Park and Recreation Commission for Three Years.
In addition, the following Town Meeting Member positions will be on the ballot:
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct A for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct B for Three Years;
One Town Meeting Member from Precinct B for One Year;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct C for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct D for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct E for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct F for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct G for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct H for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct I for Three Years;
Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct J for Three Years.
Candidates for re‑election will be listed on the ballot first, in alphabetical order, followed by new candidates in alphabetical order. For information call the Town Clerk's Office at 455‑7500 x 216.
ARTICLE 1: BALLOT QUESTION
To submit the following question upon the official ballot to the voters of the Town:
Question 1: Shall the Town of Needham Remove the Fire Department from Civil Service?
Fair and Concise Summary
The members of the Fire Department were placed within the Massachusetts civil service system when the Town voted at the March 5, 1956 Annual Town Election to accept the provisions of Chapter 31 of the General Laws with reference to permanent members of the fire force of the Town of Needham so that said members shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 31 of the General Laws (Civil Service) and the rules established thereunder.
The Town and the Needham Fire Union recently reached agreement to remove the Fire Department from civil service, to allow for the use of a locally created recruitment system, to select candidates based on criteria in addition to exam scores, and to expand the pool of qualified candidates available for hiring. Upon removal from civil service, a human resources policy will govern hiring of entry level firefighters, and the collective bargaining agreement established a replacement promotional process.
The May 8, 2023 Special Town Meeting voted to support the removal of the Fire Department from the civil service system. Massachusetts General Laws c. 4, §4B states that a town may revoke its acceptance of a law in the same manner that the law was originally accepted. Accordingly, withdrawing the Fire Department from civil service requires approval of the voters at the ballot. The Town voted to remove the Police Department from civil service at the April 11, 2023 election.
A yes vote on Question 1 would remove the members of the Fire Department from civil service and provide local control over the recruitment and promotion of personnel.
A no vote on Question 1 would result in no change to the civil service status of the Fire Department and the recruitment and promotion of personnel would remain under state regulation and control.
Theodora K. Eaton MMC
Needham Town Hall
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Phone: 781-455-7500, ext. 216, 218, 219, 252
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evening hours by appointment on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Note: Please call for possible changes in evening hours. Also December may be changed to the first and third Tuesday evening.