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Town Clerk
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-7111
(978) 768-2505

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.**

Please call ahead to request vital records.

Additional Hours by Appointment. Please contact the Clerk in advance to discuss.
Aerial of Historic Town Hall
Aerial of Historic Town Hall
The Fall Town Meeting is Monday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the Essex Elementary School.

The Board of Selectmen are currently finalizing the warrant.

The Planning Board has proposed a zoning by-law change concerning signs and billboards. They will be having a public hearing on Wednesday, October 7th at 8 p.m. at the TOHP Burnham Library to hear feedback and suggestions. Click here to review the current by-law as well as the proposed change.

Double check your voter registration status! The Presidential Primary is in March of 2016!

To see if you are registered, visit this website:

Are you not registered or need to change information regarding your registration?!
You can now do so online!

Please note - there is a new political party in Massachusetts called the "United Independent Party." You can visit their website: If you are registered in this party you may only participate in that party's primary in March. We just wanted to clarify that "United Independent" is a party and has a defined platform. If you wish to not be enrolled in any party, formally known as 'independent,' please ensure you are registered as "unenrolled."

Thank you!!!

Mission Statement:

The Town of Essex Clerk’s office, being a gateway into the community, has a goal to provide exceptional service to the public. The Town Clerk serves as guardian to vital records (births, marriages and deaths) occurring in the Town as well as valuable municipal records.

The Town Clerk is responsible for overseeing and maintaining accurate systems for the duties set forth in the Town Bylaws, Massachusetts General Laws and any other tasks assigned to this office that assist in continuing the smooth operation and furthering the beautification, safety and vitality of this community.

Other duties of this office include:

- Planning and posting Town Meetings, management, recording minutes and sending Bylaw changes to the Attorney Generals office for review and approval.
- All public meeting notices, postings and agendas of local boards and committees.
- Essex Shellfish Licenses (Clams, Sea Worms and Eels).
-Issuance and maintenance of records for Business Certificates (necessary for businesses operating in town under a d/b/a).
- Dog license registration.
-Maintenance of Voter Lists and Registrations.
-Planning and managing elections and certifying poll results.
-Maintenance of Census files.
-Administration and records of oaths of office to town officials.
- The Town Clerk also serves as that Parking Clerk and handles the processing and appeals of all violations.
- Processing and appeal of non-criminal dispositions (bylaw and other civil violations).

 We welcome you to contact our office or stop in for further information.

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