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Welcome to Dedham! We know it can be difficult to get settled in to a new town, but we are excited that you chose Dedham as your new home.

The Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, is a vibrant and inclusive community of approximately 25,400 residents. Dedham has a strong economic base and involved citizenry as well as a tradition of highly responsive government service and strong financial management. Learn about Dedham's history and more here in the Discover Dedham section of our website. Stay in the know with Dedham happenings by signing up for email notifications for news and event postings.

Welcome Wagon

If you are a new resident, be sure to check out the Dedham Welcome Wagon and sign up for new resident emails. The Welcome Wagon is run by a dedicated group of volunteers with the support of the Dedham Community House and Dedham Civic Pride and offers a way for new homeowners to learn about all that Dedham has to offer and to connect with local businesses and organizations.

How to Find Information

If you have a question you are looking for an answer to, you may be able to find it within our Frequently Asked Questions. We have included this list below for your convenience. We welcome any feedback or suggestions to improve our FAQ listing for all residents. Reach out to us with your feedback

If you were not able to find the answer to one of your questions within our FAQ's, a lot of information is available to you across this website. From our main menu (above), informational topics are organized by Services, Departments and Government. Is there is something you would like to get done on our website? Check out our "I Want To..." section for a listing of available online transactions.

Lastly, if you still do not find what you are looking for, town staff are always available to help you during regular business hours.

 

  • Abatements

    • If I file an abatement, do I still need to pay my taxes?

    • What is the deadline to file an abatement?

    • What will happen if my application for an abatement is approved?

    • What will happen if my application for an abatement is denied?

    • When should I expect a response to my abatement request?

  • Animals

    • Am I required to license my dog(s)?

    • Can I get a Dog License application online?

    • Do I need to register to use the Dog Park?

  • Assessments

    • What are assessments based on?

    • What if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?

    • What is the assessment date?

  • Code Enforcement

    • A neighbor has unregistered vehicle(s) parked in their yard. What do I do to address this issue?

    • I have noticed several temporary signs posted on telephone poles and at various other locations throughout Town - what do I do?

  • Doing Business

    • Do I have to file a business certificate with the Town?

    • How can I obtain a Liquor License?

  • Elections & Voting

    • Why am I not listed as a registered voter? I filled out a census form.

  • Excise Tax

    • Can I pay my Town bills online?

    • My daughter is in the armed forces. Does she have to pay her excise tax?

    • My excise tax bill is the same as last year. Why didn’t it go down?

    • The excise valuation on my car/motorcycle went up. How is that possible?

    • The Registry of Motor Vehicles says I can’t renew my license/registration because of an unpaid excise. How do I clear that up?

    • Where can I find more information on motor vehicle excise taxes?

    • Why did I get two excise tax bills in the same year?

    • Why do you charge so much interest on late payments?

  • Home Improvement

    • How do I file for a Plumbing or Gas Permit or learn if one is needed?

    • How do I file for an Electrical Permit or learn if one is needed?

    • What is a Stormwater Management Permit and how do I learn if one is needed?

    • When are Wetlands Applications required?

  • Jobs

    • How do I apply for a job with the Town?

  • Neighbor Relations

    • A neighbor has unregistered vehicle(s) parked in their yard. What do I do to address this issue?

  • Online Bill Payment

    • Can I pay my Town bills online?

  • Parks and Recreation

    • Do I need to register to use the Dog Park?

  • Permits & Licenses

    • Can I get a Dog License application online?

    • Do I need a Permit to run a raffle?

    • How can I obtain a Liquor License?

    • How do I apply for a Raffle Permit?

    • How do I file for a Plumbing or Gas Permit or learn if one is needed?

    • How do I file for an Electrical Permit or learn if one is needed?

    • What is a Stormwater Management Permit and how do I learn if one is needed?

    • When are Wetlands Applications required?

  • Personal Property Tax

    • Can I pay my Town bills online?

    • What if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?

    • What is personal property tax?

    • Why do you charge so much interest on late payments?

  • Public Safety

    • How can I learn about any programs available to help me to heat my home during the winter?

    • How do I sign up for emergency notifications from the Town?

  • Public Works Services

    • How do I report a pot hole or other non-emergency issues in Town?

    • How do I report a street or a sidewalk that was missed when plowing?

  • Recycling & Trash

    • How can I request an extra recycling cart?

    • How do I clean up a Mercury Spill?

    • How do I request an extra trash cart?

    • How will I know if my trash pick-up with be delayed due to inclement weather?

    • What is the Waste Ban and How can I comply with it?

  • Seniors

    • How do I volunteer to help seniors in need to assistance with snow removal this winter?

    • Is there any winter-related assistance available to seniors?

  • Town Census

    • Am I required to fill out the census form I received?

    • Why am I not listed as a registered voter? I filled out a census form.

  • Town Clerk Services

    • Am I required to fill out the census form I received?

    • Am I required to license my dog(s)?

    • Can I get a Dog License application online?

    • Can I get my birth certificate here if I was born in another State but lived here for 20 years?

    • Do I have to file a business certificate with the Town?

    • Do I need a Permit to run a raffle?

    • How do I apply for a Raffle Permit?

    • How do I get a copy of past meeting minutes?

    • How do I get recognized to speak at Town Meeting?

    • How may I obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate?

    • How may I obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

    • How may I obtain a certified copy of a marriage license?

    • I just became a Notary Public. I need to be sworn in. Where do I go?

    • Where can I find Justice of the Peace services?

    • Will my birth certificate, marriage certificate or death certificate be on file in Dedham?

  • Town Meeting

    • How do I get recognized to speak at Town Meeting?

  • Veterans Services

    • Are Veterans Benefits taxable?

    • Can I just go to a Veterans Hospital and obtain prescriptions?

    • How do I find out if I am eligible for Veteran's Benefits??

    • How do I obtain my discharge record?

    • I’m a veteran and want to use the VA for healthcare, what do I do?

    • I’ve moved and need to change my address or I’ve changed banks, what do I need to do?

    • If I’m a veteran, will the VA pay for my prescriptions that I obtain at a local pharmacy?

    • If I’m already on another insurance plan, do I have to give it up if I enroll with the VA?

    • Is my spouse eligible for VA Healthcare coverage?

    • Is there a residency requirement for Veterans Benefits?

    • What is Chapter 115?

  • Vital Records

    • Can I get my birth certificate here if I was born in another State but lived here for 20 years?

    • How may I obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate?

    • How may I obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

    • How may I obtain a certified copy of a marriage license?

    • Will my birth certificate, marriage certificate or death certificate be on file in Dedham?

  • Winter Weather

    • Are there designated emergency shelters in Dedham?

    • How can I learn about any programs available to help me to heat my home during the winter?

    • How do I report a street or a sidewalk that was missed when plowing?

    • How do I sign up for emergency notifications from the Town?

    • How do I volunteer to help seniors in need to assistance with snow removal this winter?

    • How will I know if my trash pick-up with be delayed due to inclement weather?

    • How will I know if there are any parking bans in town?

    • Is there any winter-related assistance available to seniors?