Canton - Massachusetts
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014. Offices will be open for business on Monday, December 1, 2014...The Yard Waste Recycling Center will be closing on Saturday November 29,2014.  It will reopen for the collection of undecorated Christmas trees and wreaths for the first two weeks in January...Pleasant St Roundabout construction is expected to be completed by November 21, 2014.  Thank you for your patience...Work on the Shepard Pond Dam is ongoing...

                                  TOWN CLERKS DEPARTMENT

Memorial Hall
First Floor 
801 Washington Street
Canton MA 02021



Tracy Kenney, Town Clerk

Gale McHugo, Asst. Town Clerk

Kathy Dever,  Senior Clerk

Phone (781) 821-5013
Fax (781) 821-5016

Office Hours: Monday, Wed - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Annual Town Reports 1930 - Current

State Election results - 11-4-14

 Local Town Election results 4-8-2014


Local Election - 4-2-13



Attorney General's letter on Town Meeting Articles



 Some of the duties of the Town Clerk’s Office are as follows: 

Public Records Officer  

  • Administers and records all oaths of office  

  • Posts meetings of all governmental bodies 

  • Provides access to public records  

  • Maintains General By-Laws

  • Responsible for submittal of new by-laws to the Office of the Attorney General for approval

 Recording Officer

  •  Records and certifies all official action of the town, including Town Meeting legislation and appropriations, Planning and Zoning Board decisions

  • Certifies notes for borrowing

  • Records state tax liens and child support enforcement liens

  • Records all pole locations approved by the Board of Selectmen

 Vital Records

  •  Registers all vital events (birth, death and marriages) occurring within the community and those events occurring elsewhere to Canton residents

  •  Provides certified copies of vital records and assists with genealogical research

Voter registration and Chief Election Official

  • Conducts all town, state and federal elections and certifies nomination papers and initiative petitions 

  •  Assists voters interested in running for public office 

  • Supervises voter registration and absentee balloting

  • Conducts annual census, annual street lists and assists the Jury Commissioner with the preparation with the Jury List


Frequently asked questions 

How may I obtain a birth, death or marriage record? 

You may write or appear in person in the Town Clerk’s office for a birth, marriage or death certificate.  There is a $8 fee for each certified copy. You may be asked to produce identification.  Please have your driver’s license or some other form of identification available.


When are dog licenses due and how much do they cost? 

All dogs six months or older are required to be licensed. All dogs must be licensed by May 30th of each year. Licenses are available for renewal on January 1st each year.  Proof of a valid rabies inoculation must be provided by the owner or keeper of the dog at the time the license is purchased. 

 Remember that after May 30th the Town imposes a $25 late fee for any unlicensed dog.   

Spayed/Neutered    $15              

Not Spayed/Neutered     $20


How do I register to vote in the Town of Canton? 

You may register in person at the Town Clerk’s Office or by mail. You may request a voter registration form be mailed to you or you can pick one up at any Massachusetts Clerk’s Office.  You must register to vote at least 20 days prior to an election.  Special voter registration sessions are held on the last day to register in the Town Clerk’s office from 9am to 8pm.

Where do I vote and what time do the polls open?

The polls are open for all elections from 7am to 8pm.  The polling locations are as follows:

Precinct Voting Locations

Precincts 1 and 6  - Canton High School
                              900 Washington St

Precinct 2            - Dean S. Luce Elem. School
                             45 Independence St

Precinct 3            - Blue Hill Regional School
                             800 Randolph St

Precinct 4 and 5   - J.F Kennedy Elem. School
                             100 Dedham St

    Click here to find your precinct
          Canton Precinct Map

NOTE:  If you are unable to get to the polls on election day you may cast an absentee ballot.  Please call our office for details.



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            General By-Laws (pdf)


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