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  • Abatements

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

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

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

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

    • What is the deadline to file an abatement?

  • Animals

    • Can I get a Dog License application online?

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

  • Assessments

    • What are assessments based on?

    • What is the assessment date?

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

  • 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?

  • 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Home Improvement

    • When are Wetlands Applications required?

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

    • What should I do before planning alterations to a building or property in Dedham?

    • 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?

    • I would like to inquire about having some home improvements done. Where should I start?

  • 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?

  • Permits & Licenses

    • Do I need a Permit to run a raffle?

    • How do I apply for a Raffle Permit?

    • When are Wetlands Applications required?

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

    • What should I do before planning alterations to a building or property in Dedham?

    • 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?

    • Can I get a Dog License application online?

  • 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 Works Services

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

  • Recycling & Trash

    • How can I learn what I can recycle or dispose of in Town?

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

    • How do I clean up a Mercury Spill?

    • Do I need to sort my recycling?

    • Who do I call if I have a missing toter?

    • Who do I contact if I have a broken toter?

    • What do I do if I have more trash than fits in the toter?

    • How do I request an extra trash toter?

    • How can I request an extra recycling toter?

    • My trash or recyclables were not picked up – what happened?

    • Will bags outside of my trash toter be picked up?

    • Does all of my trash need to fit in my one trash toter?

  • Town Census

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

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

  • Town Clerk Services

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

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

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

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

    • Do I need a Permit to run a raffle?

    • How do I apply for a Raffle Permit?

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

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

    • Can I get a Dog License application online?

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

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

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

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

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

    • Where can I find Justice of the Peace services?

  • Town Meeting

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

  • Veterans Services

    • What is Chapter 115?

    • Is there a residency requirement for Veterans Benefits?

    • Are Veterans Benefits taxable?

    • How do I find out if I am eligible?

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

    • Is my spouse eligible for VA Healthcare coverage?

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

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

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

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

    • How do I obtain my discharge record?

  • Vital Records

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

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

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

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

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