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Backyard chicken keeping has increased in popularity and while as a Right-to-Farm town we encourage that, it has given rise to some conflict especially in densely developed neighborhoods.
However, it can be done successfully if some simple guidelines are followed:
If you have any questions please feel free to contact either the Board of Health or the Building Department.
In late spring and early summer, adult female turtles cross roads in search of nest sites. Each species has a different habitat requirement, but when searching for a nest site they usually choose sandy or loose soil in lawns, tilled or mowed fields, roadsides, and occasionally backyard compost piles.
It is often assumed that something is wrong when a turtle is crossing the road. People, with best intentions, mistakenly attempt to return it to water, take it home, or, take it somewhere that seems safer and release it. But the best thing to do is leave it alone. The turtle knows where it wants to go and may have been nesting in the same spot for many years—or even decades.
If a small turtle is in danger of being hit by cars, it can be moved in the direction it was headed, to the other side of the road. Snapping turtles can be dangerous and should not be handled. They are surprisingly fast for their size and can extend their necks the length of their carapace. Never pick up a snapping turtle by the tail because you could seriously injure it.
The owner of any dog or cat shall immediately notify the Animal Control Officer (ACO) within 24 hours of any dog or cat owned or kept by them has bitten or scratched a person, including, if known, the name, address and phone number of the injured party. The owner shall provide evidence of current rabies certificates and, in the case of a dog, current dog license.
A dog or cat that bites or scratches a person shall be quarantined for ten (10) days if ordered by the Animal Inspector and/or Animal Control Officer. During the quarantine, the animal shall be securely confined and kept from contact with any other animal. At the discretion of the ACO, the quarantine may be on the premises of the owner. If the ACO requires confinement, the owner shall surrender the animal for the quarantine period to an animal shelter or shall at his/her own expense, place the animal in a facility approved by the ACO.
If you find an injured dog or cat, please call us. We can assist in locating the owner and/or transporting the animal to Wignall Animal Hospital.
If you find injured wildlife, please do not try to touch or move the animal. Contact Animal Control or the Dracut Police if after hours.
Please note that the operator of a motor vehicle that strikes and injures or kills a dog or cat is required to report the accident to the owner of the animal or to the police department. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. (Reference M.G.L. Chapter 272, Section 80H).
Dog licenses are available through the town clerks office. They may also be registered online through city hall systems.
Dracut has a leash law, which is in effect 24/7. Dogs are not permitted to run at large at any time. They may not be left unattended on their owner’s property. When off the owner’s property, the person attending the dog must have control of the dog on a leash no greater than six (6) feet in length. Dogs that are found running at large may be taken by Animal Control and impounded at Wignall Animal Hospital. If the dog can be identified, the owner will be notified. Impounded dogs will be kept for ten (10) days, unless they are claimed by their owners. After ten (10) days the dogs will be eligible for adoption.
Please refer to Chapter 12, Section 8 of the town by-laws for more information on the leash law.
Dog waste is a threat to our public water supply, degrades our town and transmits disease. Leash, curb and clean up after your dog – it is required by law. Failure to clean up after your dog falls under the public nuisance section of the town by-laws pertaining to dogs. Fines for violations are as follows:
There are several types of bark that dogs use to communicate with people. Most dogs learn at a young age to bark when they need to go outside, want to come indoors, or to remind us that it is dinner time. Dogs have a specific bark to let us know that something is suspicious and needs attention.
Dogs do not bark without reason. Like humans, dogs are extremely social creatures and most dogs hate being left alone outside while their family is indoors. Dogs that are left outdoors for extended periods of time become bored, or they become anxious about being alone. These dogs tend to bark at every sound or movement in the neighborhood because they feel vulnerable when by themselves, especially if they are tethered.
Barking frequently or for continued duration (in excess of 20 minutes) is considered a noise disturbance and your dog can be considered a public nuisance (Chapter 12, Section 9 of the town by-laws). Penalties are as follows:
Do not get angry with the neighbors for complaining, and please do not get angry at the dog! Your dog is trying to tell you something. Figure out what is causing your dog to bark excessively and make some changes to alleviate the conditions that are causing the dog to bark. Please try to understand your neighbors’ frustration and be considerate of their desire for peace and quiet.
You do not have to allow the Assessors into your home. We only request the inspection to be as fair and accurate as possible when assessing your home.
However, if an Assessor is denied entrance, property owners give up their ability to challenge the assessed value.
The short answer is yes, you do have to apply for an abatement and provide the Assessor’s Office with the return plate receipt and disposition of the vehicle.
The assessed value represents the estimation of market value of the property. The real estate market changes frequently.
Example, your assessment for Fiscal Year 2023 represents the market sales in the calendar year of 2021.
So, though no improvements or physical changes have been made to the property, the buyers are willing to pay more for your type of property. Which then causes a seller's market and increases the sale prices of homes. The assessment follows what the real estate market is doing.
When pulling a permit with the building inspector the Assessor Office is then notified. The Assessor then schedules a visit for 30 days after the permit is pulled. Assessor does not check the plans attached to the permit as they are off occasionally. Everything will be measured by Assessor.
A supplemental tax assessment is made on a real estate parcel for the fiscal year whenever; a temporary or permanent occupancy permit is issued for that parcel during that fiscal year, and the new construction or improvements increases the assessed value of the parcel by over 50%.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles prepares the excise bills on behalf of the town. They are sent to the Town who commits them to the Tax Collector for collection.
Even though all of your address has been changed, you may still need to change your vehicles address. You will need to change your GARAGING CODE with the Registry of Motor Vehicles or your local insurance company. This code is used to identify where the vehicle is stored with the state of MA.
Normally, when you are creating more gross or living space in your home it would then increase the assessment of your home. Depending on size, material, rooms and many other factors that the assessor would see when doing a site visit. After doing the site visit the Assessor may have an estimate of increase in assessment. Any improvements may increase your home assessment.
In most cases, yes.
If you dispose of a vehicle, you are entitled to an abatement (refund) provided that you can show the Assessor's Office the following documentation:
If you have moved out of Massachusetts and cancelled your MA registration, you are entitled to a refund if you show proof of MA registration cancellation and proof of registration of that vehicle in your new state.
Unfortunately, you are not entitled to an abatement if you cancel or transfer the plates but retain ownership of the vehicle, move to another city or town in Massachusetts or if the cancellation is done in the month of December.
No excise may be reduced to less than $5 and no abatement or refund of less than $5 may be granted.
Please be aware, that because the performance of more than one activity is required to establish eligibility for an abatement, the proper date for use in calculating the amount of the abatement is that date when the final activity is performed.
The flood plain is included as a layer in the Dracut GIS map.
For a more detailed answer email the Building Department or go directly to the FEMA Flood Map website.
Backyard chickens are allowed, within limits which you can read online. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Animal Control or the Building Dept.
Backyard chickens & roosters keeping has increased in popularity and while as a Right-to-Farm town we encourage that, it has given rise to some conflict especially in densely developed neighborhoods.
However it can be done successfully if some simple guidelines are followed:
Good luck with your Backyard Chickens!
The Building Department has “as-built” plot plans of most new construction and additions going back to approximately the 1980’s, which we would be happy to provide copies of. Please email the request to the Building Department. If no work has been done on your property in that time period, we may not have one and you will likely need to employ a MA Registered Land Surveyor.
No, as long as the fence is less than six feet high and you are confident (with help from a plot plan or a Registered Land Surveyor) that it is located entirely on your property. However, fences within 35 feet of a street intersection may not be higher than 42 inches above grade, so as not to obstruct the line of sight of drivers at the intersection. This rule is enforced by the Police Department.
Yes. To apply for a permit to alter your driveway, please visit us on our online permitting system (Viewpoint). For more details, please contact Tina Rivard, Assistant Public Works Director/Stormwater Manager.
Complaints are best done online using our online permitting system (Viewpoint). Your one stop shop for all Building Department needs (i.e. permits, inspections, etc.).
In general, a permit is required to:
Ordinary, non-structural repairs (generally six sq. ft. or less), fences less than six feet in height, walls less than four feet high, one story detached shed, playhouses, etc. which are less than 120sq.ft. in area. (Zoning requires that they meet front setbacks of 30’, side and rear setbacks of at least 10’.)
Commonly referred to by the name “D.B.A” (doing business as) a business certificate creates a public record of the name and address of the owner(s) of a business.
Any person conducting business in the Town of Dracut, under any title other than the real name of the owner, whether individually or as a partnership. If a partnership, everyone must sign the application in the presence of the Town Clerk or a Notary Public.
A Business Certificate is in force and effect for four (4) years from the date of issue. It must be renewed every four (4) years for as long as the business is operating.
The Business Certificate does not allow or permit any business rights with respect to the provisions of the Town of Dracut Zoning Bylaws and is not a permit to conduct business in a residential district unless is meets the most recent requirements which can be determined by reaching out to the Building Commissioner.
CodeRED is a new emergency notification service by which the Town of Dracut Emergency Services can notify Dracut residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time-sensitive emergency situations or important Community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire Town.
Any message regarding the safety or welfare of our community would be disseminated using the CodeRED system. Examples would include severe weather warnings and updates, hazardous traffic or road conditions inside the town or affecting local routes, and any other situation that could impact the safety, property, or welfare of the Community.
The CodeRED Database does use information received from public databases including regional phone books. Cellphones and Unlisted numbers may not be available. You can signup online to get notifications, this is the quickest way to sign up because the information you supply will immediately update Dracut's CodeRED telephone number database.
If you do not have access to the internet at home, please consider using a computer at the Dracut Library or ask a friend or family member for assistance. Online registration is the most efficient, accurate and private way to supply your information.
To register online you might first have to adjust your internet browser to enable cookies, otherwise you may receive an error message. If you can not register online, you can call the Dracut Fire Department at 978-454-1526. It is our intention and hope that every residence and commercial facility in our community will be included in the notification database.
Fill out the CodeRED online registration form but be sure to select the "This address is business" option. Please note that emergency calls can only be delivered to a direct dial number. Automated attendants will disrupt the process and the calls will not be delivered. Businesses should register their main number and establish a procedure for distributing the CodeRED message to their workforce.
After you submit the initial registration form, you may start the registration process again and submit more numbers for the same address.
CodeRED is a service of Network Emergency Communications (ECN) which takes security and privacy concerns very seriously and does not sell trade, lease or loan any data about clients to any third party.
A CodeRED Emergency message will have a caller ID of 866-419-5000. A CodeRED General message will have a caller ID 855-969-4636. We suggest you program both numbers in your cell phone as a "new contact" and use "CodeRED Emergency" and "CodeRED General" as the contact name. If you need to replay the emergency notification message again, simply dial the number and you will be able to hear the message again.
A CodeRED message will begin with the same standard announcement: "Hello, this is an emergency message from the Dracut Fire/Police Department". The message content will follow this standard introduction.
Listen carefully to the entire message.
It will be brief and at the end of the message, you will have the option to repeat the message by pressing any key. Follow the instructions given. Do not hang up until you have heard the entire message, or you might miss vital information. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so or if you need immediate aid from the Police or Fire Department.
Make sure you have at least one working corded telephone - and be sure to turn the ringer on.
The CodeRED sign-up form gives you the option of filling in both a Primary Phone number and an alternate phone number. You can fill in the Alternate Phone number with another contact number such as your cell phone number or work number. Entering an alternate phone number will cause both your primary and alternate phone numbers to be called.
Yes, CodeRED will leave a message on a machine or on voice mail. Part of the CodeRED solution is the patented ability to recognize answering devices and leave the message completely in one pass.
If the line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect.
For the purposes of Massachusetts law and the Dracut Wetlands Protection Bylaw, an inland wetland is any marsh, lake, pond, river, stream, floodplain, vernal pool, wet meadow, bog, or swamp. Wetlands that border ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams are called bordering vegetated wetlands.
Wetlands may not always be obvious to the untrained eye and only the examination of soils, vegetation, and hydrology can determine if an area is a wetland.
A buffer zone is the protected area surrounding a wetland that is under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission. In the case of ponds, lakes, marshes, swamps, intermittent streams, vernal pools, and bogs the buffer zone is 100 feet measured horizontally from the top of the bank of the wetland.
Rivers and perennial streams have a buffer zone of 200 feet called riverfront area that is measured horizontally from the top of the bank of the stream or river.
An intermittent stream does not have flowing water year-round while a perennial stream typically has water flowing through it year-round. Massachusetts has criteria for determining if a stream is perennial in the Appendix of the 310 CMR 10, the regulations of the Wetlands Protection Act (PDF). A wetlands scientist can be consulted to determine if a stream is perennial or intermittent.
Vernal pools are water-holding depressions free of fish that usually appear in the spring after snowmelt, however, some fill with water in the fall during rain events and persist through the winter into the spring. While many vernal pools dry up during the summer, some are semi-permanent and do not dry every year. Vernal pools are important habitats for many species of wildlife, including salamanders, frogs, turtles, and toads, some of which are totally dependent on vernal pools for their survival. Because of their sensitive nature and important ecological functions, vernal pools come under special consideration in both state and local bylaw wetlands regulations.
Certified and non-certified vernal pools and their 100-foot buffer zone are regulated in Dracut and any work will need to come before the Conservation Commission for permitting before it can begin.
Wetlands perform important functions including pollution abatement, protection of groundwater (which is the source of many Dracut residents' drinking water), flood control, storm damage prevention as well as providing habitat for plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife.
Under the he Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131, § 40), no one may "remove, fill, dredge, or alter" any wetland, floodplain, bank, land under a water body, land within 100 feet of a wetland, or land within 200 feet of a perennial stream or river, without a permit from the local Conservation Commission".
Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 131, § 40 and the Dracut Wetlands Protection Bylaw, Chapter 18 of the Town Code, most activities, such as construction, landscaping, and grading require a permit. Some activities, such as normal maintenance, are allowed without a permit. The Conservation Department can help you determine if your proposed activity will require a permit.
There are 3 wetlands permitting forms and the Conservation Department can assist in helping you to determine which form is the correct form for your project:
It is very likely that the area you are describing is a wetland, but only a soil test and examination of the vegetation can make an accurate determination. Contact a wetland scientist or the Conservation Commission before you plan or carry out any work.
Yes, an NOI will be required to be filed if the retaining wall is located on the shoreline of the lake. Work further away from the lake may qualify for an RDA filing. Please consult with the Conservation Department to determine which filing will be most appropriate for your particular project and proposed project location.
Yes, an RDA will likely be the required filing but a larger dock or one that is permanently anchored may require a NOI filing. Please consult with the Conservation Department to determine the correct filing type. In addition, you will need to file with the MA DEP to obtain a Chapter 91 license under the Massachusetts General Laws Public Waterfront Act. If you plan a dock that exceeds 600 square feet you will also need an engineered plan prepared by a licensed professional engineer.
Maybe. If the location of the new deck is over 100 feet away from the bank of the stream if it is intermittent or over 200 feet away if the brook is perennial, no permit is needed.
If the proposed deck is within 200 feet from an intermittent stream, an RDA can likely be filed for the project and if the proposed deck is within 100 feet of a perennial stream, a NOI must be filed. Please consult with the Conservation Agent to determine if your project can be filed as an RDA or a NOI.
This depends on the number of trees being removed, whether you plan to remove stumps and the reason for the tree removal. Please consult the Conservation Department before proceeding with tree removal to determine how to proceed. Trees are important to wetlands as they moderate the temperature of wetlands creating specific habitat conditions integral to the survival of certain plants, wildlife, and invertebrates and providing habitat to wildlife and invertebrates even when they are dead. Additionally, tree roots stabilize the land in and around wetlands preventing erosion.
You should contact the Commission before proceeding with any project in or near this depression as it is possible what you are observing is a vernal pool.
Yes, as the property owner you are legally responsible for any and all work that occurs on your property. The marshy area may be a wetland, however, only a soil test and identification of vegetation can confirm this. You are required to obtain a permit before doing any work within a floodplain, within 100 feet of a wetland, and within 200 feet of a river or perennial stream. Please don't assume that your contractor knows this or that they will contact the Conservation Commission.
Contact the Conservation Commission immediately and do not attempt to intervene on your own. Provide the Conservation Commission with accurate information as to the location and the nature of the work being done. The Conservation Commission can confirm whether the work is being conducted under a permit and will investigate the work being done if necessary.
The Conservation Commission may be reached by calling the Conservation Agent at 978-770-2587.
The Conservation Department is located in Town Hall on the 2nd Floor at 62 Arlington Street, Dracut, MA 01826. The office is staffed Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday from 8:30 am to 7 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 1 pm.
It is recommended that an appointment is made if you would like the Conservation Director to review plans or a proposed filing.
An observation on iNaturalist documents an interaction with an individual organism at a specific time and place. This encompasses encounters with signs of organisms, such as tracks or nests. When creating an observation, you'll provide:
While not mandatory, including all these elements ensures your observation meets research standards for science. Remember, create separate observations for each distinct organism. If the observed item is not wild, like a garden plant or a zoo lion, mark it as captive/cultivated to avoid it being classified as research quality.
We're so excited that you want to contribute to the fascinating world of local biodiversity by adding your observations of organisms to iNaturalist! Your input helps scientists and nature enthusiasts better understand and appreciate the unique ecosystems in our community.
To get started, the first place you need to head is the App Store and download the iNaturalist app, and you'll be on your way to documenting the wonders of nature around Dracut. Your observations contribute to a collective effort to map and protect the diverse species that call our region home.
Join us in making Dracut's natural beauty known to the world. Let's celebrate the incredible richness of our environment together!
To post your observation, you want to follow the steps listed below!
If you want to add an observation but have an Android, worry not! We have a quick guide on how you too can contribute findings of local organisms you came across in Dracut!
Learn how to How to make an Observation with your Android.
To get started, the first place you need to head is the Google Play Store and download the iNaturalist app, and you'll be on your way to documenting the wonders of nature around Dracut. Your observations contribute to a collective effort to map and protect the diverse species that call our region home.
If you want to add an observation but have an iPhone, worry not! We have a quick guide on how you too can contribute findings of local organisms you came across in Dracut!
Learn how to How to make an Observation with your iPhone.
Don't throw out your iHealth home test kits yet!
On July 8, 2022 iHealth at home test shelf life expiration date has been extended
Follow the following links to check yours
(If you are blind or low vision, you can get help finding more accessible tests and using at-home tests at the Administration for Community Living's (ACL) page, Tests for people who are blind or have low vision.)
If you are unable to open any of the provided links please go to the Massachusetts state website or USPS website.
For further questions please see the Board of Health on the 2nd floor or call 978-453-8162.
Complaints about mosquitoes may be registered by calling the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project office at 508-393-3055 between 7 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
The results of an investigation may warrant the use of a mosquito insecticide to defined, site-specific areas of the town. Such an application may be accomplished by using hand or truck mounted equipment, depending on the extent of the application.
Per 333CMR13.04: “No intentional application of pesticides shall be made to private property which has been designed for the exclusion from such application by a person living on or legally in control of said property. CMMCP will continue to accept spray exemptions during the spray season.
For more information on the exclusion process, or may contact the CMMCP office during business hours or apply for an exclusion through our website.
Find additional information on CMMC.
For anything trash & recycling, please fill out our online form an someone will get back to you ASAP.
To apply for a job with the Town check out our Employment Opportunities.
If you find a job you are interested in applying for, click on the "Job Application" button, left of the Job Title, or the "Download Application" option, on the right-hand side of the page. Also on the right-hand side of the page is where you can find the job posting for download, under "Attached Files", and an option to email your resume to the Town.
You can see all upcoming Board and Committee Meetings on our main page, under the Community Calendar "Meetings" tab.
There are can see upcoming meetings for Boards like:
You can get updated when an of the Boards or Committees plans a meetings by using our NotifyMe System, under the Calendar section. Using the same system, under the Agenda Center section, you can get updates when the Agenda and Minutes are posted!
Every Boards and Committee page will have links to the Agenda Center and the Calendar, along with on the right-hand side of the Board or Committee page, the next posted meeting will be - if any currently scheduled - will be present on the page as well!
There are certain times of the year the Department of Public Works, located at 833 Hildreth Street, allows residents to bring in grass, brush, and leaves to the compost site.
The compost site will accept leaves, brush and grass clippings only with proof of residency.
If you engage in Ice Cream Truck vending or operation, this regulation requires that you obtain a permit from the Permitting Authority within the municipality where you live or plans to operate the Ice Cream Truck.
Every person who intends to engage in Ice Cream Truck vending must obtain a valid permit issued by the Permitting Authority. Ice Cream Truck vending is defined as the selling, displaying or offering to sell ice cream or any other prepackaged food product from an Ice Cream Truck.
No. The regulation provides that every person who intends to engage in ice cream truck vending must obtain a permit and defines an ice cream truck as any motor vehicle used for selling, displaying, or offering to sell ice cream. If your truck does not carry ice cream products, then you will not be required to obtain a permit.
There are two ways to obtain a permit: either by applying to the municipality where the applicant lives or by applying to the municipality where the applicant plans to operate the Ice Cream Truck. An applicant who obtains a permit in the municipality where he or she lives may operate without restriction in any other municipality. However, an applicant who obtains a permit in a particular municipality where he or she intends to operate is restricted to operating in that municipality.
Applicants may obtain a Department-approved permit application from their local Permitting Authority.
Permitting and enforcement will all be done by the local Permitting Authority and not the Department of Public Safety. Please direct all inquires to your local Permitting Authority.
The Permitting Authority is the chief of police or the board or officer having control of the police in a city or town. The Permitting Authority may also be a person authorized by the chief of police, the board or officer.
Yes, a validly issued permit must be conspicuously displayed and clearly visible on the windshield of the Ice Cream Truck.
Yes, every person who intends to engage in ice cream truck vending is required to obtain a permit.
No, the information contained in an applicant’s criminal record will be used solely for the purpose of determining the applicant’s eligibility for a permit.
Based on the results of the investigation into the applicant’s criminal history, the Permitting Authority will determine the applicant’s eligibility. However, in no case will a permit be issued to a person who is a sex offender as defined by M.G.L. c. 6 § 178C.
The Permitting Authority of the municipality where the applicant applies will determine whether to require a fee for conducting the requisite criminal background check.
The criminal background check is required by statute. M.G.L. c. 270 § 25 directs the Department to draft regulations which include a requirement that a Permitting Authority conduct an investigation into the criminal history of a permit applicant to determine his or her eligibility.
If you notice a water main break and it is after the main office hours, notify the Dracut Police non-emergency number at 978-957-2123 and they will notify the Kenwood Water Superintendent.
Kenwood Water bills are issued in April and October. The April bill covers the base rate from January 1 - June 30, and any excess used from the previous July 1 - December 31. The October bill covers the base rate from July 1 - December 31, and any excess used from the previous January 1 - June 30.
You have a few options for payment:
Questions about your actual bill can be directed to the Tax Collector Office at 978-452-1801 or the Kenwood Water Department at 978-957-0371.
You’ll need to fill out the abatement request form, available on our website and in our office at Town Hall. The request should be made within 30 days of the current bill to be considered for abatement.
Please call the Kenwood Water Department, 978-957-0371, if you have any questions.
Please fill out the form on our website and we will provide a final read within 72 hours.
If you’re in need of a final read in a shorter time frame, please contact us online with the following information:
Please call our office at 978-957-0371. Our Inspector will visit your home to determine if the meter is in need of replacement, or if there might be something else causing an issue.
If you suspect a leak in your service line, please call the Kenwood Water Department immediately at 978-957-0371 to report it. From there, our Inspector will come by to determine which side of the curb stop the leak is on.
If the leak is on your side of the curb stop, the repair will be your responsibility. The following steps can be taken to facilitate the repair:
If the leak is on the Town’s side of the curb stop, we will facilitate the repair and get things taken care of as soon as possible!
Due to the smaller size of the Kenwood Water District (approximately 2,000 customers) compared to Dracut Water Supply’s District (approximately 27,000 customers), we are currently unable to offer an affordable option for an insurance plan. However, you have the option to find a private insurance provider with policies that cover water service repairs and replacements. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
No! All work related to water service repairs and replacements (from outside the home) must be completed by a water installer licensed with the Town.
Please see our current list of installers. If you have any questions, please call our office at 978-957-0371.
If you are experiencing low water pressure, please call our office at 978-957-0371. We will schedule a time for our Inspector to come take a look at your system to determine if something might be in need of repair.
DigSafe only calls electric and gas utilities once a ticket has been called in. You’ll need to let us know if you’re in need of a mark out and we’ll get out there! You can fill out our online DigSafe Request form and we will get in touch with you.
Multi-family housing must be allowed as-of-right. This means that no variance or special permits are required. Site Plan Review is allowable. The regulations shall be without age restrictions and shall be suitable for families with children.
A compliant district must have a minimum gross density of 15 units per acre.
The district must be of “reasonable” size, which the Commonwealth has defined as a minimum of 50 acres in total area. The district does not have to be contiguous, however, and can contain parcels in different areas with a minimum area of 5 acres and at least one contiguous area including half of the required district size.
The district must create capacity for at least 10% of the existing housing stock in Dracut. This means an additional 1,233 residential units. Compliance at the minimum allowable density, 15 units per acre, will require 82.2 acres of land.
As shown on this map created by NMCOG, the following areas are excluded:
NMCOG created a series of maps that identify amenities and services of interest, culminating in single map showing the areas with multiple amenities:
Failure to comply with the law means the Town would become vulnerable to civil enforcement action by the State and potentially risk liability under Federal and State fair housing laws.
The community would also become ineligible or less likely to receive a wide range of state grants. These grants have provided over a million dollars to the Town of Dracut in recent years.
Typically the Planning Board is comprised of five members who are appointed by the Town Manager for a three-year term, as well as one alternate who may be called upon for votes on Special Permits only in the case of a Members absence or conflict of interest in a particular case.
Planning Board members come from a broad spectrum of life. To qualify one does not need any particular degree but must be open-minded, willing to learn, and capable of reading and understanding the Dracut Zoning Bylaws.
The Subdivision control Law serves to protect the safety, convenience and welfare of the town's inhabitants by regulating the laying out and construction of ways in subdivisions providing access to the lots therein, but which have not become public ways and ensuring sanitary conditions.
The Dracut Zoning Bylaws can be viewed or downloaded from this web page. Printed copies can be purchased for $10 at the Town Clerk's Office.
A subdivision is a division of land into two or more lots and typically involves the creation of a new road. An ANR is the division of land into lots with frontage on existing roads, whether public or private. The Planning Board endorses ANRs certifying that approval under the Subdivision Control Law is not required.
Floodplains are designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A map is available for viewing at the Building Department Office 978-454-0603. You may also call the Town Engineer 978-454-2594 for help determining your flood zone.
Generally we do not unless a planning or zoning permit has been filed within the last ten years. You will need an updated certified plot/site plan prepared by a Registered profession Land Surveyor.
You may come into the Building Department and discuss potential uses with the Building Inspector. Zoning District and Zoning Bylaw Use Codes will be considered, but the Building Commissioner is the definitive authority on zoning.
Chapter 40A Section 9 provides us with up to 65 days from the close of the hearing to record a Special permit with the Town Clerk. It can take up to 14 days from the date the Board approves the permit to write up the Final Decision and have it stamped in with the Clerk's Office. A 20-day appeal period follows after which time, if no appeals are filed, the Final Decision is sealed and forwarded to the applicant. The applicant must then have that document recorded at the Middlesex North County Registry of Deeds. They are then free to pursue their building permit (which may take up to an additional 30 days).
Once your building permit has been granted, you must begin your project within six months or the permit lapses.
You may call 978-453-4557 and, if needed, set up an appointment to meet with the Town Planner. If you have any relevant plans to your project bring them with you. The Planner will be happy to answer any of your questions and discuss potential pitfalls or possibilities related to your project. If you would like to meet with several department head in one meeting, please call the Planning Office two to three weeks ahead and schedule a Departmental Staff Review. There is no charge for this service.
This information is contained in the Table of Standard Dimensional Requirements located on page 38 of the Dracut Zoning Bylaws (either online or at our office).
You can locate your Map and Parcel number from the Assessor home page of the Dracut Town Website. View the Assessors Department page. View the Online Database website. Enter your name and/or address. You can also call the Assessor's Office 978-453-2451 for assistance in looking up your information.
The Planning Board typically meets at 7 pm on the second and fourth Wednesday evening every month. Due to holidays, summer or other circumstances, these dates are subject to change. For a current schedule please see the Town Calendar page.
View the Zoning Index Map (PDF)
In general the Planning Board is responsible for reviewing ANRs and Subdivision Plans; issuing Special Permits, Open Space Residential Developments, multiple dwellings, etc.; and participates in creating and updating Dracut Zoning Bylaws.
The Agenda closes at the end of day on the Wednesday the week prior to the meeting.
The Town of Dracut is responsible for the maintenance and operations of 160 miles of public roadways, 77 miles of drainage infrastructure, over 4000 drainage structures (catch basins, outfalls, culverts, detention ponds).
NPS pollution arises from everyday human activities. Here are a few homeowner good housekeeping practices that can make a big difference
The primary responsibility of the DPW staff is to maintain all public roadways, public parks, public vehicles, public sewer lines, public drainage lines, and public waterbodies. It is also the Departments responsibility to conduct and oversee infrastructure improvement projects.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) consists of multiple divisions and departments. The divisions that fall under Public Works are:
Other Departments that fall under Public Works are:
You would want to use our platform AccessE11 System which offers a hassle-free way for you to communicate any issues in our community. By accessing the reporting portal, you can easily document and notify the Town regarding streetlight outages. Our AccessE11 System also makes it easy to report potholes/asphalt damage, trash/recycling issues, tree issues and more!
The Department of Public Works (DPW) has listed the requirements for when a Street Opening Permit is needed online for your convivence!
If you have any additional questions please Contact the DPW.
If you suspect a sewer issue in your neighborhood after our regular office hours, please contact the Dracut Police Department on their business line at 978-957-2123 and they will contact the Sewer Superintendent to investigate the issue.
Dracut Sewer bills for residential accounts are issued every three months, February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
Dracut Sewer bills for commercial and industrial accounts are issued in May and November. The May 1 bill reflects the base rate from July 1 - December 31, and any excess used from the previous July 1 - December 31. The November 1 bill reflects the base rate from January 1 - June 30, and any excess used from the previous January 1 - June 30.
You have a few options for payment
Questions about your actual bill can be directed to the Tax Collector Office at (978) 452-1801 or the Sewer Office at (978) 957-0371.
You’ll need to fill out the abatement request form, available on our website and in our office at Town Hall. The request should be made within 30 days of the current bill to be considered for abatement. Please call the Sewer Department if you have any questions.
You can fill out Sewer Final Read Request Form online and we will provide a final read within 72 hours.
Yes! Please follow these steps in the event you need your service repaired or replaced:
Your sewer service from the main line to your home is your responsibility. If a plumber has indicated there may be an issue (clog, roots, sag, etc.), the best course of action is to have your service line inspected with a camera to provide a clearer idea of what might be the cause.
No! All work related to sewer service repairs and replacements (from outside the home) MUST be completed by a drainlayer licensed with the Town. Please see our current list, available on our website. If you have any questions, please call our office.
That depends! Please call our office at (978) 957-0371 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look into it. If sewer is available, a fee of $7,500 will be necessary to tie in to the system. Be sure to check with the Board of Health for septic system closures.
Unfortunately, post-dated check is not accepted in our office.
No, at this point the town does not charge for a duplicate bill fee(s).
The Fiscal Year runs from July 1st to June 30th.
Tax bills are issued four times within a Fiscal Year
Due dates: August 1st, November 1st, February 1st and May 1st.
To avoid interest charges, payments must be received in the Collectors office by the due dates.
Payments can be made at Town Hall during normal business hours:
Payment may also be dropped in our afterhours drop box, located near the handicap parking spots. Payments dropped in the box after hours will be applied on the next business day.
If you elect to mail your payment, our mailing information:
Town of DracutTax Collector Office62 Arlington Street, Suite 119Dracut, MA 01826
Online payment can be made from our website at www.dracutma.gov. Once on the home page, select “ PAY BILL” , this will direct you to our online Vendor, City Hall Systems to make your payment.
The town also offer pay-by-phone payment option. For this option, call 508-268-1988.
Partial payment is accepted on current Personal Property, Real Estate, Sewer and Water bills.
All Boat and Motor Vehicle Excise Bills must be paid in full by the due date.
Excise bill on warrant will be collected by our Deputy Collector Kelley and Ryan. You can pay online on the Kelley & Ryan website.
The Town of Dracut has multiple textile recycling locations, you can drop off your items at:
You can also schedule a pick up with the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation or you can call them at 508-466-4590, please review their list of acceptable/non-acceptable items before scheduling.
Thank you for your assistance with meeting our mandated requirements!
Depending on what street you are on dictates when your trash and recycle are picked up. The Town of Dracut has created a map that color codes each section of town as to what day trash and recycling is picked up.
Trash and recycling is picked up on the same day. Trash is weekly, recycling is every other week.
For your convivence we have created a Recycling Calendar (PDF) for you to see when your recycling should be picked up.
An additional resource that may help you find ways to dispose of challenging items is the MassDEP’s Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory.
You may purchase the Official Overflow bags for Dracut. These are the only bags that the trash company will take outside the normal trash container. Five bags for $20 may be purchased at Hannaford at the Service Desk, or either Hardware Store. Kenwood Hardware on Broadway Road and Dracut Hardware on Lakeview Avenue (across from CVS).
To report your trash, recycling, and/or bulk item pick-up was missed please fill out our online form.
Filling out this form will provide us all the information we need to help resolve your missed pick-up.
We will forward your request to Republic Services. We do not send Republic Services back if you have forgotten to put your trash or recycle out due to going on Vacation.
To schedule a bulk item pick up, please first review what items are Acceptable for Bulk Item Pick-Up List (PDF)
One bulky item per week is allowed at no charge.This is a pre-registered service and residents must call at least 48 hours in advance of your trash collection day to Republic Services at 1-800-442-9006.
Special Items such as White Goods (e.g. fridge, washing machine, air conditioner) and CRT’s (e.g. television and computer monitors) are banned from disposal as trash by the Mass DEP. Residents can use the twice a month recycling service offered by our collection vendor. There is a fee for this service and residents must call Republic Services.
Republic Services no longer picks up mattresses and box springs as of November 1, 2022. You can schedule a mattress and/or box spring with UTEC at 978-856-3902 or on the UTEC website.
To schedule a mattress or box spring for pick-up, you can go go online to UTEC Mattress Recycling Scheduling or call UTEC at 978-856-3902.
Welcome to the Town of Dracut! We're delighted to have you as a new resident, and we want to help you settle in smoothly. One important thing to note is that in Dracut, our trash bins are **blue**, while our recycling bins are **green**.
Here's a quick guide on how to properly use them:
Please ensure that you place the correct materials in the designated bins, as this helps with our community's recycling efforts and waste management. If you have any specific questions or need more information about waste collection and recycling in Dracut, don't hesitate to reach out to us or check our town's website for additional resources.
Thank you for doing your part to keep Dracut clean and environmentally friendly. Enjoy your time in our wonderful town!
Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years old or will be 18 on the day of the election may register to vote.
The deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the Town Election & Dracut Water Supply District Election is Wednesday, April 26th @ 5:00 pm.
The Town Clerk's Office will be open on this date from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM for in person voter registration. You may also register to vote online using the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Online Voter Registration System.
To find your complete voter registration status, you can also go online to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website. It will give you details such as:
You can register online at the Secretary of State’s Voter Registration webpage or you can come to Town Hall.
Voters must return their signed street list census form annually to the Town Clerk’s office to maintain an active voter status. Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will be required to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls in order to vote.
To avoid having to complete additional paperwork at the polls, voters who appear as inactive can change their status to active by stopping by the Town Clerks Office to sign a census form in person up until Wednesday, April 26th @ 5:00 pm.
Yes! You can vote early either in person or by mail. In-person Early Voting will be held at the Dracut Town Hall on the dates & times listed in our news announcement.
You can also vote by mail by submitting a Vote by Mail Application (PDF) to the Office of the Dracut Town Clerk, 62 Arlington St., Room 113 no later than 5 pm on the 5th business day before the election, Monday, May 1st
The Town of Dracut has 2 polling locations and 10 precincts. Precincts 1 & 6A vote at the Senior Center, 951 Mammoth Rd. All remaining Precincts (2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9) vote at the Richardson Middle School, 1570 Lakeview Avenue.
If you do not know your precinct, please go online to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website or call the Town Clerks at 978-453-0951.
If you do not know your precinct, please go online to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website or call the Town Clerks at 978-453-0951.
To find your complete voter registration status, you can also go online to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts "Find my voter registration status" website. It will give you details such as: