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You can pay your tax bill multiple different ways in Town.
1. In person between the hours of 8:30AM - 4PM
2. By mail.
3. You can drop it in the green mailbox outside of Town Hall.
4. You can have your mortgage company pay it.
The Town has a total budget of almost $154,000,000. Currently the Town is $16,000,000 under proposition 2 1/2. For more information on how every dollar is spent you can refer to the full budget document here!
Check out the Recreation website for their guides and ways to sign up!
A library card is available to all Billerica residents and property owners, as well as those employed in town. Print and fill out our patron Registration Form below and bring it to the Billerica Public Library with a photo ID and proof of residence (preferably a Driver’s license. New residents can bring a lease, utility bill, etc.)
Stop by or call the Senior Center at 978-671-0916 and make an appointment for a tour of the facility. If you register you will be issued a card. Tours of the senior center are available during the hours of 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
You must be 60 years old to participate at the senior center. We offer a few programs for those 50 or older such as Chronic Disease Health Classes, Caregiver Support Groups, and Wisdom Works, a job search services training class.
For Individuals, Sole Proprietors, Partnerships, Associations, Trusts, Limited Liability Companies filing as Partnerships, and Out-of-State Insurance Companies not having a reciprocal exemption agreement with Massachusetts:Individuals are entitled to an exemption for (1) household furniture and effects at the place of their domicile, (2) farm utensils and (3) tools of a mechanic's trade.Tangible personal property that is taxable includes: Poles, underground conduits, wires, pipes, machinery, tools & equipment, business furniture and fixtures, merchandise, unregistered motor vehicles and trailers, animals, and forest products.
For Massachusetts Business and Out-of-State Business Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (filing federally as corporations) and Mutual Insurance Holding Companies:Tangible personal property that is taxable includes poles, underground conduits, wires, and pipes. All ‘machinery used in the conduct of business" is taxable except machines that are: (1) stock in trade, (2) used directly in dry cleaning or laundering processes, to refrigerate goods or to air condition premises, or (3) used directly in purchasing, selling, accounting or administrative functions.
For Massachusetts and Out-of-State Manufacturing Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (filing federally as corporations which have been classified as "manufacturing" by the Department of Revenue):Tangible personal property that is taxable includes poles, underground conduits, wires, and pipes. All tangible personal property used in the manufacture or generation of electricity except property that (1) is a cogeneration facility of 30 megawatts or less in capacity, or (2) was exempt because of a manufacturing classification effective on or before January 1, 1996.
For All Other Massachusetts Corporations subject to taxation under M.G.L. Chapter 63 including: Financial Institutions, Insurance Companies, Savings and Cooperative Banks, Utility Corporations, Out-of-State Public Service Corporations subject to taxation under M.G.L. Chapter 63, Section 58 and Out-of-State Insurance Companies if the state of incorporation exempts similar tangible personal property of Massachusetts insurance companies:Tangible personal property that is taxable includes poles, underground conduits, wires, pipes and machinery used in the manufacture, or in supplying, or distributing water.
If you have a service-connected disability of 10% of more, you are entitled to a property tax exemption. Please contact the Assessor’s office for more information regarding the qualifications. CLAUSE 22-$800 / 22A-$1,500 / 22C-$3,000 / 22D-Full / 22E-$2,000CLAUSE 22 - To qualify, the taxpayer must be a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran AND have a service connected disability of 10% or more OR have been awarded the Purple Heart OR be a veteran of the Spanish, Philippine or Chinese Expedition OR be a parent of a veteran who lost their life during wartime service OR be a surviving spouse of a WW1 Veteran CLAUSE 22A - To qualify, the taxpayer must be a veteran who has: lost one foot OR one hand OR one eye during wartime service OR have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross. CLAUSE 22C - To qualify, the taxpayer must be a veteran who has: Total disability in line of duty OR Received assistance in acquiring "specially adapted housing." CLAUSE 22D – To qualify, the taxpayer must be a veteran who is a: Surviving spouse of veteran who lost their lives as a result of being in a combat zone, so long as they have not remarried. CLAUSE 22E - To qualify, the taxpayer must be a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran who has: been certified by the Veterans Administration to have a 100% disability and is incapable of working. A certificate of 100% disability must be filed annually. To download an application please click on the following link:
If you are 65 years old or older, you may qualify for a property tax exemption if you meet the income, asset and ownership requirement. Every year the Massachusetts Department of Revenue provides the Assessors with the maximum amount of income and the maximum amount of assets an applicant can have to qualify for a property tax exemption. Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications. CLAUSE 41C - $1,000 To qualify, a property owner must be over 65 years of age as of July 1 AND must have primary residence in Massachusetts for ten years AND owned property in the state for five years AND must have occupied their current property as of July 1 AND all co-owners must have a whole estate (the value of personal property excluding domicile) of less than $40,000 if single; $55,000 if married AND all co-owners; must have an income less than $26,937 if single, $40,404 if married. To download an application please click on the following link:
If you were widowed prior to July 1st of the current year, you may qualify for a property tax exemption if you meet the asset requirement provided by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue each year. Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications. ELDERLY, SURVIVING SPOUSE, MINOR CHILDCLAUSE 17D - $350 To qualify, a property owner must be over 65 years of age as of July 1 OR a surviving spouse OR surviving minor child AND must have owned and occupied the property for five years AND must have a whole estate (the value of personal property less domicile) of less than $40,000. To download an application please click on the following link:
If the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission for the Blind has declared you legally blind prior to July 1st of the current year; you are entitled to a property tax exemption. Please contact the Assessors office for more information regarding the qualifications. BLIND PERSONSCLAUSE 37A - $1,000 To qualify, a property owner must be a legal resident of the Commonwealth, own and occupy the property as his/her domicile, AND file Proof of Blindness each year with the application. To download an application please click on the following link: Clause 37AFOR OLDER CITIZENS – TAX DEFERRALCLAUSE 41A – DELAY PAYMENT OF YOUR TAX To qualify, a property owner must be over 65 years of age as of July 1 AND have primary residence AND have owned property in the state in Massachusetts for five years AND have occupied property as of July 1, AND have a total income no greater than $20,000 and assets no greater than $40,000 per year. Qualifying property owners must enter into a Tax Deferral and Recovery Agreement, which is a lien that is recorded on their property at the Registry of Deeds in Lowell. The interest rate for repayment is 4% per annum. Repayment must occur upon the transfer of the property or the owner's demise. To download an application please click on the following link: Clause 41A
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Typically, meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month, except when a holiday falls on a Monday. The calendar on the Town's website details our meetings as well as Agendas for them. Meetings are also posted with the Town Clerk's office.
Meetings are held in the Thomas H. Conway, Jr. Hearing Room on the second floor of Town Hall. There is also an option with Zoom. Each agenda has the Zoom link for access. You can also click the media link that is attached to the posted agenda on the Select Board's webpage.
You must provide a letter to the Select Board at the following address: Town Hall Select Board Office 365 Boston Road Billerica, MA 01821
You may also email the Selectmen's Office below with your inquiries.
As of 5/13/22
A One Day Special License for the sale of wines and/or malt beverages may be issued to a responsible Manager of any indoor or outdoor activity or enterprise (for profit or non-profit). One Day Special licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages may be issued to non-profit organizations only. No person may be granted licenses for more than a total of thirty (30) days per calendar year and no special license will be granted to any person while his/her application for an annual license is pending before the licensing authorities. No more than one license can be issued for a premise at one time. Therefore, a Special License cannot be issued for use in a licensed premise. A Certificate of Insurance must accompany any and all requests for a one-day liquor license whether the liquor is going to be sold or given away free. The license fee is $5.00. Any request for a Special License must be received by the Select Board no less than ten (10) days prior to the next regularly scheduled Select Board meeting.
Permits are required to construct a shed on a property. Any shed with a gross square footage of 100 or less may be placed in the side or rear yard of a lot with a 7’6” side set-back and 10’ rear set back. Shed with a gross square footage over 100 square feet require a 15’ side set-back and 20’ rear set back.
Most wetland resource areas are surrounded by “Buffer Zones” – a 100-foot wide protective zone that protects wetlands from human impacts.
Wetland resource areas on both public and private property are protected and regulated.
In addition to abiding by the laws, there are many other ways citizens can help maintain the health of wetland resource areas:
Regulated activities include:
Do not assume your contractor will pull all the necessary permits. Landowners are responsible for any work and activity that occurs on his/her property. Before you hire a tree company, landscaper, or a contractor call the Conservation Department to determine if you need a permit.
Copies of state and town wetland regulations (e.g., 25- or 50-foot No Alteration Zone), filing guidelines and the Commission’s schedule of meetings are available on the Town’s main Conservation Commission webpage.
The last page of the Order of Conditions typically provides an outline of the requirements and process. The applicant must submit a WPA Form 8A Request for Certificate of Compliance accompanied by a current As-Built Plan(s) that are stamped and signed by a Professional Civil Engineer (P.E) or a Registered Land Surveyor (R.L.S). A written statement from a P.E. or R.L.S certifying that the work was completed as shown on the plan(s) must also be submitted as part of the packet.
Upon receipt of a complete packet, Conservation staff will perform a final site inspection to determine compliance. After the inspection, the Request will be placed on the next scheduled meeting. Once approved by the Conservation Commission, the COC must be recorded at the Northern Middlesex Registry of Deeds to remove the encumbrance or “cloud” on the property title.
You can also view The Outlook on the Town of Billerica’s website on the Council on Aging’s page. Or find us using social media by going to the Billerica Council on Aging’s Facebook Page, Twitter account @Billericacoa or, find us on Nextdoor.com for the Town of Billerica. Nextdoor.com is a free, private social network for your neighborhood community and go to Billerica Council on Aging.
In addition, the Town's infrastructure (servers, storage devices, and networking devices) is controlled by the MIS/IT department, as is the imaging infrastructure (printing/scanning/copying), Town website and social media.
The employee-used computer systems and "base" software are pretty standard. Most of the computers are Lenovo PCs, as are most of the few laptops we have deployed. The overwhelming majority of computers operate with Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010. Our server infrastructure employees physical Hewlett Packard servers in a virtualized Microsoft Hyper-V environment. This server system runs a Microsoft Active Directory domain, Exchange 2010 for email services, and all the typical system requirements, such as file and print sharing. We employ an EMC mass storage system connected to the server environment. Most of our networking is handled by Hewlett Packard switches, but we do have some Cisco devices engaged for certain purposes.
In general, and this is not an exhaustive list, we use systems or software from the following companies:
We also work with the library to an extent and assist Town committees, boards, and commissions with anything they may require.
We invite you to check out the latest news from the MIS/IT Dept below. The latest news!
While there is NO SUCH THING as an impenetrable network, we have engaged industry standard best practices to secure all of our systems.
The Parks and Trees Division can only cut down trees on town property. The ownership of a tree can be verified through this office. Call the office at 978-671-1313 Option 5 with your name, phone number, the location, and a description of the tree.
All required setbacks can be found in Section 7.6 of the Zoning By-Laws.
The Planning Board generally meets on the second Monday of the month in televised meetings conducted in Room 210 at Town Hall. We post the agenda our meetings in the Planning Department at Town Hall. The yearly calendar and the meeting agendas are posted in the Agenda Center on the Town website.
Other information about canoe or kayak access in the area can be found on the Sudbury- Assabet-Concord River Stewardship Council website. Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Stewardship Council
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Online, for Water we take Master Card, Discover, and Amex; for taxes we take Visa, Master Card, Discover, and AMEX.
Yes, there are two notaries in the clerk’s office. Notary services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 until 3:30 p.m. Please bring a picture I.D. and do not sign the document until in front of the Notary. There is a $2.00 fee for the 1st 3 pages and $1.00 for every additional page.
Yes, marriage intentions taken in the Town Clerk’s Office 8:30-3:30
There is a three day waiting period before picking up the “Certificate of Marriage”. Both parties do not need to be present to pick-up the license. If wedding is performed by an officiant other than a clergy or Justice of the Peace, the person performing the service needs to get a Certificate from the Secretary of State’s office to be a “One Day Solemnizer”. More information on this is available at the Secretary of State’s website below. We can supply a list of the local Justices of the Peace if needed. Wherever the couple applies for the Marriage License, that is where they will always get a certified copy, it doesn’t move around with you.
After a claim has been submitted, if you have a question you can call 781-933-1102 and ask for the Claims Department.
A hearing then will be scheduled for you after it has been referred to the Town Manager’s Office.
PARKING TICKET FEES: A $20.00 late fee will be assessed 21 days after the violation is issued. Notification will be mailed to the vehicle owner and if payment is not received after 21 days of written notification, an additional $20.00 Registry Fee will be assessed and could interfere with the ability to register and renew items at the Mass Department of Transportation.
Any ticket in dispute will have 21 days from the decision of the outcome of the hearing between the Traffic Safety Officer and the individual; the same fees apply. PARKING CLERK, TOWN OF BILLERICA.
Please be aware that Trash and Recycling will be collected on Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Patriots Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day, however Town Hall will be closed on these days.
To check if an item is accepted in Town program, please go to https://recyclesmartma.org/ All of the following items may go in the green cart:
Recyclables do not need to be sorted.Please no trash, plastic bags or Styrofoam in the Recycle carts.
Call the Billerica DPW Trash and Recycle Office at 978-671-1313 Ext 2, and we will schedule Waste Management to repair or replace the cart.
Please contact the Billerica DPW Trash and Recycling Office at 978-671-1313 x 2.
You can compost on your property, and use a mulching mower to eliminate grass clippings to be disposed of. Another option is to call one of the following private companies who may accept yard waste for a fee: Landscape Express in Woburn 781-933-3818 Community Tree (Brush only) in Chelmsford 978-256-0341. Also, Krochmal Farm's in Tewksbury (formerly managed by BMC Corp) offers residential access stickers for $50.00 and you are able to drop off your bagged leaves and grass clippings. The stickers are good thru the 31st of August. They can purchase the stickers at the yard, 1079 South Street Tewksbury MA and can call 978-658-0507 option 1 or 3 with any questions.
You can either apply at the Wastewater Plant (70 Letchworth Ave) or fill out our online application. At this time, you will still be required to bring payment to the plant.
If you experience a backup Mon-Friday from 7am to 3:30pm, call the treatment plant at 978-671-0956. Any other time after 3:30pm, and all weekend long, please either call the Billerica Police, Billerica Fire Dept., or the Billerica Water Treatment plant. They all have the “on call” number to reach someone for blockages.
Five (5) copies of a Certified Plot Plan are required for a Special Permit and/or Variance petition.
Five (5) floor plans are required for a restaurant.
For in-law apartments, three (3) copies of the in-law apartment plans showing the facade of the dwelling and the proposed addition, along with interior plans for the main dwelling and proposed in-law apartment are required.