ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan DRAFT Click here to read the entire ADA SETP Hamilton Final Draft Packet  Guide to the sections within the Packet: Report: page 1 Building Audits: page 49 Outdoor Facilities Audits: page 104 Department Questionnaire: page 127 Website Audit: page 170 Public Input Survey Results: page 179 … Continued

Affordable Housing Trust

Mission Statement The Mission of the Hamilton Affordable Housing Trust is to increase the availability of Affordable Housing in the Town of Hamilton. For additional details regarding the Mission and the Objectives of the Hamilton Affordable Housing Trust please review the Hamilton Housing Production Plan which was prepared by JM Goldson LLC in 2019 and … Continued

Annual Town Reports

2022 Annual Town Report 2022 Signed Financial Statements 2021 Annual Town Report 2020 Annual Town Report 2019 Annual Town Report 2018 Annual Town Report 2017 Annual Town Report 2016 Annual Town Report   1840s-2006

Assessing Information

Introduction This information is intended to help residential taxpayers understand how assessed values are determined. It explains the steps that you, as a single-family residential or condominium owner, may take if you are not sure that your assessment if fair or accurate. The information can help you begin to correct any problems you believe may … Continued

Assessors Department

FY2023 Tax Rate $16.34 Mission Statement The mission of the Assessing Department is to value real and personal property efficiently, fairly and equitably, in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; to administer motor vehicle excise, exemption, and abatement programs; and to address concerns of members of the community quickly and courteously. Assessors … Continued

Board of Assessors

About The Board of Assessors is charged with accurately determining the value of all real and personal property located within the town of Hamilton for the purpose of taxation. The board determines and rules on abatements and exemptions to be granted. The Assessors Department is responsible for the administration of all property tax record cards. … Continued

Board of Health

We have recently seen an uptick in Covid-19 cases with the new strain circulating in Hamilton and all communities in MA. Symptoms remain the same with a little more severity for most than recent strains. Symptoms include allergy like or cold like symptoms: nasal congestion, post nasal drip, scratchy throat, headache, cough, increase tiredness as … Continued

Building Department

NEW: CLICK THE ARROW TO START YOUR ONLINE PERMIT APPLICATION You will be contacted with the fee amount once you complete submitting your on-line permit application and the application has had either an initial review and/or been approval by the Building Department. The Building Department does have an available computer to use for submitting a … Continued

Capital Committee

Mission The Hamilton Capital Committee (CapCom) will help the Town to understand, and consider the relative need, timing and cost of capital expenditures and the effect capital expenditures may have on the financial condition of the Town. It shall act as an effective advisory board to review anticipated capital projects, and to help make annual recommendations … Continued

Cemetery Department

About The Hamilton Cemetery is located at 623 Bay Road across from the First Congregational Church of Hamilton. The sale of lots are for Hamilton Residents Only. Hamilton Cemetery Record Search Hours The Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk   Office Location Town of Hamilton – DPW/Cemetery Department P.O. Box 429 577 Bay Road … Continued

Chebacco Woods Land Management Committee

About Chebacco Woods was purchased in 1997 from Gordon College by the Towns of Hamilton and Manchester by-the-Sea. After a long and dedicated effort to preserve this parcel from development, lasting several years, the Towns became joint owners using a combination of state self-help fund grants, local municipal conservation fund monies and privately raised donations. … Continued

Community Electricity

About Hamilton Community Choice Aggregation Program Hamilton Community Choice Aggregation is an electricity supply program offered by the Town of Hamilton to provide residents and businesses with new, Town-vetted options for electricity supply. National Grid continues to deliver your electricity, repair power outages, and maintain the electricity grid; they also send you one bill for … Continued

Community Preservation Committee

2023 – 2024 CPC Meeting Schedule Click here for the 2023-2024 CPC Meeting Schedule, meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM Click here for Guidelines for Project Submission Click here for 2023 Application Packet for HWRHS Athletic Facilities Improvement Project 2023 Community Preservation Report  Click here for the 2023 … Continued

Conservation Commission

About The Hamilton Conservation Commission is responsible for protecting the town of Hamilton’s wetlands resources. It does this by working with residents to comply with the state Conservation Commission Act, state Wetlands Protection Act, and the Town of Hamilton non-zoning Conservation Bylaw, which contains additional requirements deemed necessary by town residents to protect our local wetland values. The Commission reviews activities … Continued

Council on Aging

Click here for Flu Vaccination Clinic information COVID-19 VACCINES (including new booster) INFO:  COVID-19 vaccine clinic held weekly on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 at the Hamilton Senior Center.  Please go to https://capeannclinic.com/ for most up to date information and to register.  Or go to https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/capeann directly to register.  NEED HELP WITH PREREGISTRATION?  CALL THE BOARD OF HEALTH AT (978) 626-5245, … Continued

December 3, 2020 Election

On December 3, 2020, Hamilton voters are being asked to decide if the Town will be allowed to take on debt to pay for the design, construction, renovations and improvements to Town Hall. This page is meant to serve as a central location for facts about both the election and the project in general. Public … Continued

Department of Public Works

Mission Statement The staff of the Public Works Department fully supports the Town of Hamilton: “We work together to build a community of the highest quality for present and future generations”. We do our part by providing superior public services: by maintaining and improving the condition of our streets, by maintaining and operating all Town … Continued

Emergency Communications Center

About The Hamilton-Wenham Communications Center mission is to provide an integrated, comprehensive emergency management program and assistance to all in a timely and professional manner. The Communications Center is open 24 Hours, 365 Days a Year

Energy Commission

About Welcome to the Energy Page for the Town of Hamilton!  Hamilton received designation as one of the first Green Communities by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in 2010.  After a number of years using outside consultants to manage energy efficiency projects, the Town applied for and was ultimately awarded a grant also … Continued

Environmental Impact Committee

Environmental Impact Committee Charter August 1, 2022 The EIC usually meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 7 pm in the Memorial Room.

Finance and Advisory Committee

About The Finance and Advisory Committee (FinCom) is an essential part of Town government. Formed under the statutory requirements of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 39, Section 16, the committee is charged with considering and making reports and recommendations to the Town on any or all municipal questions. The committee is part of the legislative branch … Continued

Finance Department

About The Finance department is responsible for the maintenance of all financial records to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws.  This includes recording all Town revenues and expenditures, and oversight of all departmental appropriations. Other responsibilities of the Finance department include, but not limited to, processing accounts payable, preparing 1099 forms, administering employee … Continued

Fire Department

Mission Statement The mission of the Hamilton Fire Department is to prevent and minimize the loss of life and property of citizens and fire service personnel; to mitigate the consequences of natural and man-made disasters; to provide non-emergency support services, and to safeguard the environment and economic base of our community.

Hamilton Development Corporation

Mission Statement The Hamilton Development Corporation (HDC) is a publicly chartered organization formed by the citizens of Hamilton to support planned economic development through the use of public and private sector funds to promote sustainable, long-term growth and the economic health of the Town and its citizens. Meetings Meetings are held at Town Hall in … Continued

Hamilton Foundation

Neighbors Helping Neighbors The Hamilton Foundation (THF) was created to help meet unexpected, urgent, and short-term needs of Hamilton residents due to job loss, death, divorce, or catastrophic illness. THF does not replace traditional governmental programs or social service organizations but helps people in ways that those programs cannot. It also maintains a directory of … Continued

Hamilton-Wenham Cable TV

About The TV studio is open to the residents of Hamilton and Wenham for Public Access usage. The studio is open after 3 p.m. Monday – Friday by appointment only. Please call 24 hours in advance to 978-468-1320 in order to schedule your appointment. Hamilton-Wenham’s Government Access: COMCAST 8 & VERIZON 36

Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council

What is the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council? A group of interested residents, appointed by the Select Board, in order to inform the public, qualify applications, and dispense funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. The budget of the MCC is determined by the state legislature and the MCC’s source of funds is … Continued

Hamilton-Wenham Green

Hamilton Wenham GREEN is a local non profit, 501 (c) 3 organization working for sustainable communities. We do this by creating and supporting initiatives in waste, education, energy efficiency, transportation, clean air, water, food and policy.

Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees

Library Mission The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is a publicly funded institution dedicated to the common good by serving the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community and encouraging its patrons in the lifelong pursuit of learning and personal growth. The library will be responsive to the needs of its diverse users, advocate and … Continued

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

Vision Statement Our patrons are inspired about the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library because they know that it is a dynamic and welcoming destination, and a portal to a commonwealth of information, creative programs, leading-edge technology, and materials to satisfy every curiosity. We believe all questions and requests are important and we strive for excellence in the … Continued

Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Board

Mission Statement The Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department provides a wide variety of programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents by meeting physical and recreational needs. We promote life-long lessons through play, education and community events. The Joint Recreation Board is made up of seven members, three residents of Hamilton and three residents of … Continued

Hamilton-Wenham School Committee

Meetings Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held in the Buker Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room. School Committee Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month (September through December) and the first and third Thursday of the month (January through June).

Historic District Commission / Historical Commission

About The Historic District Commission/Historical Commission makes decisions with regard to approval of external changes made to properties within the Historic District, including but not limited to building additions, demolitions, all signs visible from a public way, and any other modifications. Meeting schedule The Commission is scheduled to meet on the 4th Tuesday of each … Continued

Historical Society

About The Hamilton Historical Society was founded in 1961 with the following goals: To arrange stimulating programs relating local history for its membership and friends To disseminate as widely as possible the history of Hamilton. To serve as a meeting place for those who enjoy local history. To preserve artifacts relating to Hamilton To support … Continued

Housing Authority

About The Hamilton Housing Authority provides safe and affordable housing opportunities for Hamilton seniors, disabled individuals  and families.  The Hamilton Housing Authority is committed to providing fair and non-discriminatory practices throughout our affordable housing programs. The Hamilton Housing Authority currently administers 40 senior/non-elderly disabled units, 12 independent living rooms, and 7 family units. Meetings Meetings … Continued

Human Resources

About The Human Resources Department is responsible to recruit and hire quality individuals to be employees of the Town of Hamilton and retention of valuable employees that work for the Town. The Town of Hamilton is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Human Rights Commission

The purpose of this Commission is to affirm that the Town of Hamilton is an inclusive community that has, as one of its core values, the freedom from discrimination, intolerance, disrespect, bigotry, other forms of micro- or macro-aggressions, hatred and oppression, and to reaffirm the Town’s commitment to upholding and defending the rights of all … Continued

Master Plan Steering Committee

Hamilton Master Plan – for more information (hamiltonmasterplan.com) click link⇒ Master Plan Steering Committee purpose and charge The Hamilton Select Board has elected to establish a Master Plan Steering Committee to assist the professional consultants in the development of a Master Plan Vision for the town of Hamilton, that will guide future boards, committees and … Continued

Open Space

About Open Space and Recreation Planner’s Workbook Hamilton Open Space and Recreation Plan 2020 Hamilton Open Space and Recreation Plan – Goals and Objectives 2019  

Operational Audit RFP

Operational Audit Operational Audit RFP Blue Ribbon Committee Report (Exhibit A) Blue Ribbon Committee Data Analysis Blue Ribbon Committee Summary Report and Recommendations Blue Ribbon Committee Cohort Summary Dataset Blue Ribbon Committee School Comparison Dataset Request for Design Services CFA (Exhibit B) Space Needs Study dated October 23, 2008 (Exhibit C) Town Meeting Warrant Article … Continued

Parking Clerk

Paying Parking Tickets Parking tickets may be paid in person or by mail using Cash, Check, Money Order, or Postal Note.  Checks should be made payable to the Town of Hamilton with “parking ticket” noted in the memo section. Marked tickets: Tickets which have been marked at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for non-renewal of license … Continued

Planning Board

Zoning Bylaw – First adopted in 1954 pursuant to the Massachusetts Zoning Act M.G.L. CHAPTER 40A as amended⇒ 2023 Town of Hamilton Planning Board Meeting Schedule – click here → CLICK HERE: Information about 2023 public meeting discussions regarding Gordon-Conwell/130 Essex Street⇒   There are two tabs at the bottom of this web page where … Continued

Police Department

Mission Statement of the Hamilton Police Department The Hamilton Police Department is committed to providing effective and efficient police service to our community. We will continuously promote a safe environment through a police-citizen partnership with an emphasis on mutual trust, integrity, fairness, honesty and professionalism. Vision Statement of the Hamilton Police Department As leaders in … Continued


It is the responsibility of prospective proposers and or bidders to check the Town of Hamilton’s website for new information any addenda or modifications to any solicitation. It is the responsibility of the prospective bidder to keep current the email address of the bidder’s contact person and to monitor that email inbox for communications from … Continued

Recreation Department

Patton Park Master Plan Report Click HERE for the Patton Park Master Plan Report, March 23, 2023   Employment Opportunities Click HERE view all current employee opportunities with the Recreation Department   Fall 2023 brochure Click HERE  to view the 2023 Fall Brochure                    


In August 2018, the Hamilton Recycling-Committee was given permission to change its name to the Hamilton Waste Reduction Committee. Although recycling is extremely important, we realized that our mission entails much more. We oversee everything related to waste, including: Trash Disposal (soon to come) Organic Waste Program Recycling and to a lesser degree, Yard Waste … Continued

Select Board

About The Select Board functions as the Chief Executive body of the Town. Its five members are elected to three year terms with one or two seats up for election each year.  The Board acts as the chief policy making body of the Town and directly supervises the activities of the Town Manager.  The Town … Continued

Town By-Laws

Town of Hamilton By-Laws – August 7, 2023 Town of Hamilton By-Laws – August 12, 2022 Town of Hamilton By-Laws- May 1, 2021 Town of Hamilton By-Laws- October 13, 2018 Town of Hamilton By-Laws- April 4, 2018 Town of Hamilton By-Laws- April 2, 2016 Town of Hamilton By-Laws- April 5, 2014

Town Clerk

OFFICE CLOSURES: Beginning on Friday August 11th, all Town Hall offices will be closed to the public every Friday until further notice, as town staff prepare to move to their temporary quarters at Patton Homestead this fall. The staff will be working, cleaning out files and boxes as well as packing up, but the building … Continued

Town Manager

About Under the direction of the Select Board, the Town Manager serves as the chief administrative staff person and is responsible for on-going project management and implementation of Select Board policy decisions. The Town Manager fosters and promotes effective working relationships within all Town boards, departments, commissions and committees and is accountable for all Town … Continued

Town Manager Reports

Town Manager Report – September 5, 2023 Town Manager Report – August 7, 2023 Town Manager Report – July 17, 2023 Town Manager Report – June 20, 2023 Town Manager Report – May 15, 2023 Town Manager Report – May 1, 2023 Town Manager Report – April 18, 2023 Town Manager Report – April 3, … Continued

Town Moderator

About The Town Moderator is the presiding officer of the Annual Town Meeting, Special Town Meetings and other meetings that he or she is requested to officiate at to ensure that order is maintained. The Moderator regulates its proceedings, decides all questions of order, declares the outcome of all votes, and has other power and … Continued

Treasurer / Collector

About FY 2023 Tax Rate: $16.34 The function of the Treasurer/Collector’s Office is to receive and invest all money belonging to the Town and to pay and account for the same according to the order of the Town or of its authorized officers. The Treasurer/Collector’s Office also pays the bills of the Town’s departments. The Treasurer/Collector … Continued


This department is charged under Chapter 115 Massachusetts General Laws with providing all manner of services to veterans and their dependents including widow(er)s. Under state law this includes the administration of financial aid to veterans and dependents, assisting qualified veterans to obtain bonuses, and qualified veterans, widows and parents to obtain state annuities, property tax … Continued

Virtual Programs

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMING Wicked Cool For Kids https://www.wickedcoolforkids.com/parent-resources Mad Science https://www.madsciencepromo.com/athomeexperiments Museum of Science at Home https://www.mos.org/MOSatHome New England Aquarium Virtual Visit Franklin Park Zoo https://www.facebook.com/franklinparkzoo Little Scholars We are heading back to school too! Kid’s Test Kitchen https://www.americastestkitchen.com/kids/activities/kitchen-classroom https://www.hamiltonma.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/KTK-Video-1-Small.mov Sport and Exercise Mini Movers https://www.minimoversstudio.com/virtual-classes Skyhawks https://www.skyhawks.com/page/company/family-resources/ Adult Zumba with Christina Cain Click HERE for … Continued

Waste Reduction

Mission Statement Hamilton Waste Reduction goals Minimizing cost Maximizing recycling and repurposing organic waste Keeping old and new residents informed about the program, and promoting best practices Working with the town’s hauler: Casella Collaborating with nearby towns  

Water Department

About The Water Department and its personnel provide clean, safe drinking water to the residents and businesses of the Town of Hamilton that meet or exceed all State and Federal standards with the highest level of customer service. Please note: Administrative Offices are closed nights, weekends, and holidays. For emergencies outside normal business hours, please contact … Continued

Weights & Measures

Weights & Measures Fee List→ COVID 19 DOS Policy for Compliance Officers and Guidance Sealer/Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts⇒ The Sealer of Weights and Measures enforces laws regarding pricing and delivery which protects the citizens of Hamilton and those who visit the town. All commercially used measuring and weighing … Continued

Zoning Board of Appeals

Applications & Instructions⇒ Application Deadlines and Meeting Schedule 2023 → Meeting Packets→ Chapter 40B Information – what is affordable housing? what are the guidelines? Click here to go to the State website for more information→  What is 40B?→  On the Ground- 40B Developments Before and After→ 40B Fact Sheet→ Since its passage in 1969, Chapter … Continued