Due to COVID-19, the Town Hall is closed to the public.
However, the office is staffed and we are able to process vital records, voter registrations, nomination papers, dba's, future agenda postings, etc.
or call 508-240-3700 x 2405. All messages will be returned by the following business day.
There is a drop box outside town hall for any correspondence.
The Annual Town Meeting has been postponed to Saturday, June 20th 10am at the Nauset Regional Middle School Track - outside.
The Annual Town Election has been postponed to Tues, June 23rd at the Senior Center, polling hours will be 12pm to 7p. Early Voting/Absentee voting by mail is encouraged. Submit a written request to the Town Clerks office with name, address, mailing address, date of birth and signature to request. An application for mail-in ballot has been sent to all households. Deadline to register to vote for Annual Town Election is Fri, June 12th. (No need to re-register if you are a current Orleans voter).
Description of Services
Often considered the doorway to local government, the Town Clerk's office responds to inquiries and serves as the central information point for residents and visitors alike. The Town Clerk serves you as:
Chief Election Official: supervises voter registration, oversees polling places, election officers, and the general conduct of all elections as well as directs the preparation of ballots, polling places, voting equipment, voting lists, administers campaign finance laws, certifies nomination papers and initiative petitions, and serves on the Board of Registrars. The Clerk conducts the annual town census and prepares the street list of residents.
Recording Officer: records and certifies all official actions of the Town, including Town Meeting legislation and appropriations, election results, Planning and Zoning Board decisions, signs all notes for borrowing and the keeps of the town seal. The Town Clerk attests by signature and seal to bonds, contracts, bylaws, resolutions and any other documents requiring town certification.
Licensing Officer: issues marriage licenses, business certificates, dog licenses, shellfish permits, underground fuel storage registrations and raffle permits.
Registrar of Vital Statistics: keeps all official records of births, deaths, and marriages, providing the basis for the Commonwealth's central vital registration system.
Public Records Officer: provides certified copies of vital records and is responsible for maintenance, disposition, and preservation of municipal archival records and materials. The Town Clerk maintains the official town bulletin board and the calendar for the scheduling of meetings of any town board, commission or committee (including subcommittees). Pursuant to MGL Chapter 39, Section 23B, such meetings are open to the public and must be held in a building accessible to the public. Board, Committee and Commission meeting minutes are filed with the Town Clerk.
The Town Clerk administers the oath of office to all town officials, whether they are elected or appointed. The Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk are Notaries Public and Commissioners to Qualify Public Officers.