Town of Sudbury

Frequently-Asked Questions

The following is a listing of all of the frequently asked questions that we have. If there is a question for which you can't find the answer, either contact the department or write to the webmaster.

Accounting - Payments to Vendors
If I am looking for payment for goods or services that I have provided to the Town, who should I call?
When will the next Park & Recreation/Atkinson Pool brochure be available?
When will the next Park & Recreation/Atkinson Pool brochure be available?
Building Department
New Trench Regulation - What are the requirements for the excavation and trench safety regulation?
Cable - Local Access
How do I submit a notice to be posted on the Sudbury Channel 8 Community Bulletin Board?
How do I find out when a program I'm interested in is playing?
Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
Where do the funds to maintain the Town’s cemeteries come from?
What happens to the $412.50 once it is received by the Town?
How is the $412.50 spent for the maintenance of the cemetery?
Does relying on the interest earnings provide enough funding for proper maintenance of the Town’s cemeteries?
What happened in 2009 and 2010? It appears that the cemeteries are only being minimally maintained?
Who oversees the investment of the Perpetual Care Trust?
What is the Town doing given this lack of funding for cemetery maintenance?
Can the funding model for Cemetery maintenance be changed?
Is there anything families can do to improve the upkeep of the Cemeteries?
Collector / Treasurer
Where should I mail my tax payments?
Where can I make my tax payments online?
Commission on Disability
I don't drive. How can I get around Town?
Committees - Meetings
When does the Design Review Board meet?
How often does the Planning Board meet? Is it easy to get on an agenda?
Where can I get the permit forms for a wetlands filing?
Are there any poisonous snakes in Sudbury?
Is camping permitted on town conservation lands?
How often does the Conservation Commission meet?
How do I know if I need a wetlands permit?
Is there an area for Community Gardening in Sudbury?
Conservation Office
What are my options if a Beaver dam is causing a serious health hazard on or around my property?
Cultural Council
Who qualifies for funding?
When are applications due? How should they be completed?
What is the process for approval?
How is payment for approved grants received?
What criteria are used to make grant decisions?
How is a dog license obtained?
Where do I vote?
What is the process for becoming an Election Worker at the Polls?
When are elections held?
I want to organize a committee for a candidate, ballot question or political action. How do I get started?
Where do I register to vote?
Employee - Retiree Benefits
I am a retired town employee and have questions about my benefits; who should I call?
Excise Tax
If I move out of state, do I still owe the bill?
I sold my car; do I still owe this bill?
If I move from Sudbury to another municipality in Massachusetts, to which community do I pay my bill?
If I paid less for my car than the value on the bill, is there an error?
Once the M.S.R.P. has been established for a vehicle, I am interested in purchasing; how can I determine how much I will have to pay in excise tax?
Where can I find more information and answers to other questions about Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise taxes?
What if I don’t own the vehicle for the entire year?
How is excise tax computed?
What determines Massachusetts residency?
What is an excise tax?
I have turned my vehicle back in to the leasing company, may I apply for the abatement?
What is the fee for a sign application?
Fire Department
Hurricane Preparation Tips from MEMA
Can I bring my children to visit the fire station?
Why does the fire engine come when I call for the ambulance?
How do I apply for a special permit or a variance from the Board of Appeals?
How do I obtain a copy of a Death Certificate?
What is the process for obtaining a Marriage License?
Where do I apply for a DBA Certificate/Business Certificate?
How do I obtain a copy of my Marriage Certificate?
How do I obtain a copy of a Birth Certificate?
How do I apply for an appointment to a Town Committee?
Hazardous Waste
Where do I bring my hazardous waste?
If I have household hazardous waste and missed Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Sudbury, what do I do?
Health - Flu Shot
Who do I contact regarding flu shot/ flu clinic information?
Health - Lyme Disease
How do I get more information on Lyme Disease and tick related topics?
Health - Road Kill
Should I contact the Board of Health about road-kill?
Health Department
What are my options if a Beaver dam is cauing a serious health hazard on or near my property?
Health- Mosquito Spraying
What do I do if I have Mosquito complaints/questions/concerns regarding mosquito spraying/ non-spraying?
Health- Septic System Setbacks
How close can a proposed house addition be from a septic system?
Health- Title 5 Inspection
I am selling my house. How do I get a Title 5 septic inspection?
Health- Wild Animals on Property
Whom should I contact concerning wild animals- i.e: foxes, skunks, raccoons, etc…. that may be occupying my property?
Inclusive and Adaptive
Who runs your programs?
I don't live in Sudbury, can I still participate?
Can I participate with my child?
Income Tax
I have a question about my income taxes. Should I call the Town Accountant's office?
Information Systems
What does the town do with its old computer equipment?
Lincoln-Sudbury Credit Union
What is the Credit Union's routing number?
Master Plan
What will the Planning Board do with the Master Plan? Will it be another study that collects dust on the office shelves?
Park and Rec - Class Instruction
How can I teach a class or program for the Park & Rec.?
Park and Rec - Staff
Who should I call at Park and Recreation and the Atkinson Pool?
Permits - Building
What are the residential setbacks?
What are the minimum area and frontage requirements in residential zones?
How do I apply for a Building Permit?
When does the Building Department Issue Permits?
How do I schedule an inspection?
Permits - Fire
How can I obtain a burning permit?
Police - 911
If I have an emergency, what information do you need?
What happens when I call 911?
Police - Information
When am I required to file an accident report?
Can I have my fingerprints done at the police station?
Is there a charge for false alarms?
How do I calculate my speeding ticket?
How do I get a copy of a police report?
What options do residents have in regards to Coyotes on their property?
Ponds and Waterways Committee
What are some ways to have an eco-friendly lawn?
I am having flooding problems on my property due to beaver activity in the area. What can I do?
I have a pond (or stream) on my property and would like to remove some trees and shrubs along the edge. Are there any restrictions I should be aware of?
A pond near me is covered by green scum in the summer. What causes this and should I be worried about it?
What is the strange-looking orange machine I saw on the Sudbury River?
How can I get my soil tested and why is this a good idea?
What are the names of the 9 watersheds in Sudbury?
How do I obtain a membership to the pool?
How do I cancel my monthly membership?
What type of pool is the Atkinson Pool?
Property Value
How is new construction assessed?
Does the Assessor need to inspect my house?
What should I do if I think my assessment is too high?
Why does my assessment change if I don't make any changes to my house?
Rail Trail - (1) General
01 - What is a rail trail?
02 - Which old railroad in Sudbury is the focus of current attention?
03 - Why is the Town of Sudbury considering construction of a rail trail?
07 - What is the RTCAC?
08 - Who are the members of the RTCAC?
09 - What are Sudbury’s concerns about a rail trail?
12 - How will residents have input to the approval and design of the trail?
13 - How can I be kept informed about the rail trail?
04 - What is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail?
05 - Who was Bruce Freeman?
10 - What Town of Sudbury organizations are involved in investigating a rail trail?
11 - What other organizations, not connected with Town government, are involved in planning for a rail trail?
Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
01 - Who currently owns the rail bed?
02 - How long is the rail bed in Sudbury?
04 - What is the width of the railroad right of way?
07 - Has construction started on the rail trail south of Route 20?
8 - What is the status of the informal walking path that currently exists along some section of the rail bed?
03 - Is it feasible to construct a rail trail on the old rail bed?
05 - What kind of surface will be on the trail?
06 - Will the trail be plowed in the winter?
Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
01 - What are the usual steps in the process of building a rail trail?
02 - How much would designing and constructing a rail trail in Sudbury cost?
03 - If the rail trail were partially funded from the federal transportation act, what fraction of the costs would be borne by Sudbury?
04 - Where would dollars for the Town’s portion of the rail trail come from?
05 - How much money has the Town of Sudbury spent in studying the rail trail?
06 - How can we justify spending money on a rail trail with the continuing pressure on the Town’s finances?
07 - What are Sudbury’s options for funding the design and construction of a rail trail?
08 - How much control would the Town of Sudbury have over the design and construction process?
09 - Who makes the decisions on how the rail trail is designed, financed and constructed?
10 - What must be done if trail conversion is done with state and federal funds?
11 - What if the trail conversion is done entirely with Sudbury funds?
12 - What are the land acquisition costs for the railroad right of way?
13 - What agreements with the Executive Office of Transportation EOT would be required to convert the state-owned section to a rail trail?
14 - Do the rails have any value?
15 - Who would pay for the costs of a future major trail improvement, especially resurfacing?
16 - What would it cost to maintain a rail trail?
17 - Who would pay for the maintenance of the trail?
18 - Who would pay for policing of the rail trail?
19 - With the backlog of needed road and bridge repairs, how can the state consider spending state and federal funds on a rail trail?
20 - What is the Massachusetts Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan?
21 - Is the Bruce Freeman Rail trail mentioned in the Plan?
22 - Is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury section described as a Primary Route in the Plan?
23 - Is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury section described as a Secondary Route in the Plan?
Rail Trail - (4) Environment
05 - Will the Town of Sudbury’s wetlands bylaw apply to the rail trail?
06 - How much clearing would be required to construct the trail?
07 - How will disruption to wildlife along the trail be minimized?
02 - What happens if contamination is found on the old rail bed?
01 - How will environmental damage be avoided?
04 - What will happen to the old ties?
03 - What will be the impact of the rail trail on the Town of Sudbury’s wells?
Rail Trail - (5) Other Towns
01 - What are the proposed phases of trail construction along the entire Lowell-Framingham right of way?
03 - What will Phase I look like?
02 - What is the status of the rail trail studies in the towns along the proposed trail?
04 - When will Phase II be completed?
Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
01 - How can the effects of a rail trail in Sudbury be estimated?
02 - What kinds of rail-trail studies exist?
03 - What rail trails are near Sudbury?
04 - How would the security of abutters and of trail users be maintained?
05 - Would motorized vehicles, especially motorcycles and snowmobiles, be allowed on the trail?
06 - Would there be a curfew for the trail?
07 - What is the Town’s liability for accidents occurring on the trail?
08 - How will the safety of trail users and motorists be maintained where the trail intersects a roadway?
Rail Trail - (7) Uses
02 - Would the trail be used for “transportation” in addition to “recreation”?
04 - Will equestrians be allowed to use the trail?
06 - Will there be restroom facilities on the trail?
01 - Who will use the rail trail?
07 - Will Sudbury’s rail trail become heavily used like the Minuteman Bikeway in Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington and Bedford?
03 - Will many users come from out of town?
05 - Where will users park?
Real Estate Tax
When making a tax payment, who do I make the check out to?
Why isn't my name shown as the record owner on my tax bill?
How can my mortgage company get my bill?
When are tax bills due?
When are tax bills issued?
How can I find out if my mortgage company has paid my tax bill?
Should all four quarterly tax payments be in equal amounts?
When is the deadline for filing for an abatement?
What are the Bus transportation policies?
What are the emergency closing and delay policies?
Senior Center
I'm not 60 yet. Can I use the Senior Center?
What types of programs and classes are at the Senior Center?
I need help understanding my health insurance and Medicare regulations. Is there someone at the Senior Center to assist me?
Can people get lunch at the Senior Center?
How do I contact the Senior Center?
Is there a van service that can help me get around in Sudbury?
The Senior Center mails the newsletter out free. How does that work?
I'd like to join the Senior Center's e-mail distribution list. What do I do?
Sports - Swimming
Is there a youth swim team in town?
I am interested in a youth swim team for my child; how do I go about finding information?
Sports - Youth
How do I register my child for participation in sports league? I registered my child for soccer (baseball, basketball) but haven't heard anything.
Teen Center
How do I get a Teen Center ID Card?
Who is Teen Center for?
How much money do I need to bring to Teen Center?
Can I bring a bag or purse to Teen Center?
Town Clerk
Who are the Sudbury's elected Town Officials?
I am new to Massachusetts. Where can I learn about residency requirements, vehicle registration and other general information regarding this state?
Who are the Federal, State and County Officials representing Sudbury?
What is a Business Certificate and Who Must File?
Traffic Safety
What is the procedure for requesting a change to the speed limit on a particular road?
What is the procedure for requesting the installation of traffic lights, street signs and/or crosswalks in town?
Who do I contact if I have concerns about traffic issues related to development projects, i.e. trucks blocking streets or parking in inappropriate areas; noisy vehicles causing congestion on smaller roads; or trucks traveling at high speeds?
What is the procedure for requesting traffic enforcement in a particular area?
What department should I contact if there are any obstructed views at intersections due to overgrown vegetation?
What department should I contact if a tree has fallen or if there are broken tree limbs on a street blocking passage?
Transfer Station
What are the Recycling Materials accepted at the Transfer Station?
What are the hours of operation of the Transfer Station?
Transfer Station / Recycling Center
When does the Put & Take Open?
Underground Storage Tank
How do I go about removing an Underground Storage Tank?
What is the Federal and State definition of a "Veteran"?
Which veterans are eligible for services under Massachusetts General Laws?
What Local/State Services and Benefits are available to eligible veterans?
What are the Federal Benefits coordinated by the Veterans' Services Office?
What are the contact numbers and websites for the Veterans' Administration and the Massachusetts State Department of Veterans' Services?
What are the veteran benefits available to women veterans?
Where would Veterans obtain Service records?
What is the procedure for having a new walkway constructed in my neighborhood?
My neighborhood wants a walkway installed on our street, but an easement will be necessary to accommodate a walkway on my property. What is an easement and what are my rights as a property owner?
Who should I contact if I notice a safety issue with an existing walkway in town (ex: overgrown vegetation, pot holes, cracks, low-hanging tree branches)?
How does the town ensure that walkways are fully accessible for persons with disabilities?
Where is the Youth Coordinator's Office?
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