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Yes. The law state "whoever" furnishes alcohol to person under 21, and that "whoever" applies to everyone.
Any work that is done within 100 feet of a wetland, 200 feet of a river, or that disturbs more than 20,000 square feet of soil requires a permit from the Canton Conservation Commission. This includes landscaping projects such as removing trees. Please note that a wetland boundary is sometimes determined by the type of soil and plants found, and not always by the presence of standing water - so if you are not sure, please ask us if you need a permit. Violations of the wetland or stormwater laws can be fined with as much as $300 per day of violation. Please download the Permit Inquiry Form and submit it to the Canton Conservation Department to inquiry about your project.
Canton Conservation Commission Permit Inquiry Form
Many people come to Commission properties such as Pequitside Farm or Windsor Woods to walk their dogs. It is Town Law that dogs must be leashed in Canton at all times on all town-owned properties. For the safety of all residents who wish to use this property, including those dogs who do not get along with other dogs, seniors, and families with small children, we are enforcing this town bylaw with fines starting at $25 per offense. If you see someone violating the Town of Canton Leash Law please contact Animal Control via Canton Police immediately at 781-821-5090.
We also require owners to pick up all dog waste and properly dispose of it in a trash receptacle. While you may think that dog waste is ‘natural’, we have over 1,600 registered dogs in Canton and the volume of waste created by them is significant. Dog waste contributes to pollution of waterways and can risk public health. Many children use these properties for play, including our Summer Camp.
We thank you for pitching in to ensure Conservation properties are safe and clean for all who wish to use them! It really makes a difference.
Open fires are prohibited on all Conservation Commission properties with the one exception of the designated fire pit at Pequitside Farm.
In order to have a fire in the Pequitside fire pit you must first do the following:
1. Contact the Conservation Department at 781-821-5035 to reserve the time slot for which you wish to use the fire pit. You must provide us with the name and contact information of the responsible party, and number of people who will be in the group.
2. Complete a fire permit application (FP-6). You must submit the permit application to fire prevention office by email to Jhutchinson@town.canton.ma.us or by mail to the Fire Prevention Division, 99 Revere St., Canton MA 02021.
The fire pit must be attended a responsible adult at all times, and the fire must be fully extinguished with water before leaving the fire pit unattended.
Any person who knowingly violates any rule or regulation made by the MA Board of Fire Prevention Regulations shall be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars.
Residents do not need to get a permit for use of a grill at Pequitside. These are first-come, first serve. All grill fires must be fully extinguished after use.
We have received requests over the years to honor loved ones with a memorial bench at Pequitside Farm and have developed a program to make this possible. Please download and complete the form and send to the Conservation office at 79 Pleasant Street with a check made out to "Town of Canton".
Pequitside Farm is no longer available for new private event rentals. The Conservation Commission suspended new private rentals in 2019.
Community groups may use the inside of the Lynch House for free as meeting space (garden club, girl and boy scouts, AA, etc.) during the week with an advance reservation. Please contact the Conservation office to schedule a community group meeting.
There are seven members of the Canton Historical Commission and they are appointed by the Select Board for a period of three year terms. Anyone can apply for a seat on the Commission, and there are two alternate positions that help ensure a quorum and additional participation. Anyone with a passion for local history should consider applying to be on the Commission.
Select this link: http://town.canton.ma.us/Jobs.aspx
EAP stands for Employee Assistance Program. Your EAP is a free confidential counseling, assessment, coaching and referral program designed to help you deal with issues you face in your personal and work life. EAP services are available to both you and members of your immediate family. Click here for more information!
Print off the W4 and/or M-4 forms and drop off to HR or the payroll personnel in your department.
The Canton Master Plan is a community-driven plan that articulates our shared, long-range vision for the town’s future and lays out the steps to reach that vision. It is comprehensive, addressing all aspects of life in Canton – our neighborhoods, where we shop, parks and playgrounds, public services, historic sites and buildings, local employers, and even how we get around town. It talks about where we are as a community, where we want to go, and how we’re going to get there. Through the Master Plan, we recognize and anticipate changes in the future and respond through a clear and direct action agenda.
The Canton Master Plan is important because it is used by local officials to guide their decisions, which impact our quality of life. Through the Master Plan, we clearly state what we love about living in Canton, what needs more support to strengthen its vitality and longevity, and what should be transformed to meet our needs as a community. A master plan is important because it affects your everyday life now and for years to come.
In 2004, the Town of Canton adopted its current Master Plan. Once used by decision-makers to develop local policies and make local investments, several goals and objectives are outdated and no longer express current needs around capital and infrastructure improvements. Over the past 13 years, the Town has been successfully implementing many of the recommendations within the 2004 Master Plan, however, baseline data within the plan need to be updated to reflect current conditions and circumstances in and around Canton. Further, a lot of development has occurred since 2004, including new large-scale development in Westwood (University Station) and the approval of the Paul Revere Heritage Site (Plymouth Rubber site). These developments need to be factored into Canton’s future. The Town has also completed and is currently undertaking several studies and initiatives that are impacting local policies not reflected in the 2004 plan. These include the Housing Action Plan (2015), Open Space and Recreation Plan (completed in 2019), and Complete Streets Prioritization Plan (2018). The 2004 Master Plan also lacks direction for emerging issues such as climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the link between community planning and public health, which have town-wide implications.
Yes, a report card was prepared of the Implementation Schedule in the 2004 Master Plan. More than half of the actions the Town outlined to do over the 10-year period were completed, are still ongoing, or are not longer applicable today. The remaining actions will be revisited as part of the update process.
The overall update process will involve:
The Canton Master Plan is a community-driven plan and public participation is critical to its success. Everyone is invited to participate and have their voices heard through an open and transparent process. The Town and the Master Plan Steering Committee (See “Who is on the Canton Master Plan Steering Committee (MPSC) and what are their responsibilities?”) will use different ways to reach out to the public to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to talk about the issues that are important to them (See “How do I get involved?”). We want to hear from you what should be preserved and enhanced in our town, and what can and should change over time to meet evolving needs and improve the quality of life for residents.
The planning process will last approximately 18 months with a final plan scheduled for completion in early 2020.
The Planning Board is charged under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 41, Section 81D to lead the master plan effort. The Select Board and the Planning Board appointed a Master Plan Steering Committee (MPSC) to oversee the development of the Master Plan update. The MPSC works directly with a consultant to conduct, guide, and document the master plan effort. The MPSC is composed of various elected and appointed members of town boards and select citizen stakeholders. This committee meets under the direct oversight of the Planning Board.
All MPSC members are residents of Canton and appointed to a two (2) year term. The MPSC meets monthly at a regularly scheduled time. It consists of nine members: representatives from the Select Board, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Committee, Housing Authority, and Planning Board, as well as four at-large citizen stakeholders:
David McCarthy: Planning Board Member
Thomas Theodore: Select Board Member
Gerald Carmichael: Conservation Commission Member
Emilio Mauro, Jr.: Economic Development Committee Member
John McSweeney: Housing Authority Member
Sonja Grauds: Citizen-at-Large
Meredith McLoughlin: Citizen-at-Large
Michael McMahon: Citizen-at-Large
Tonja Mettlach: Citizen-at-Large
Staff: Taylor (TJ) Torres, Town Planner
We want to hear from as many residents, business owners, workers, and visitors of Canton as possible. Public events will be scheduled throughout the update process, either as formal public workshops or informal drop-in “open houses.” We’ll also be asking the public to respond to surveys, asking questions about what in Canton should be protected, what should be strengthened, and what should be transformed to meet the needs of current residents and those of future generations.
Here’s how to stay informed:
You can bring your old TV and or your old computer monitor to 99 Pine St between the hours of 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday.
Canton has two dumpsters located at 99 Pine Street for trash overflow. If you have a valid drivers license you can bring your extra trash to 99 Pine Street Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
You can find out on the town's website if your recycling gets picked up on the red week or the blue week. Street Listing
Yard waste is defined as leaves, grass clippings, shrub trimmings, plant cuttings, as well as wood waste from bushes and trees (less than 1 inch in diameter). Non-acceptable items are dirt, bamboo, sand, rocks, stumps or trunks. . Residents can bring their yard waste to the Yard Waste Recycling Facility located at 99 Pine Street and must purchase a Yard Waste Recycling Sticker for $10.00 either at the Yard Waste Recycling Facility or at the Town Hall at the DPW office. Yard Waste Recycling Facility Information
For residents seeking an additional recycle or trash cart, complete the attached application and submit to the Select Board’s office , 801Washington Street, Canton, with the appropriate fee ($75 for a recycle cart and $65 for a trash cart). A recycle cart will be delivered to the resident by Republic Service. The application for an additional trash cart will be reviewed prior to approval.
Please fill out the form.
Green Lodge Street parking stickers are available for purchase at the Town of Canton Finance Department (C/O Treasurer's Division) located on the first level of Memorial Hall, 801 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021 on a first-come first-served basis. Stickers are available for the following duration periods and costs: (3) three months at $130.00, (6) six months at $230.00 and (12) twelve months at $400.00. Parking will remain free on weekends and holidays ONLY for those vehicles which display a valid windshield parking sticker. All other vehicles will be subject to ticketing and towing at owner's sole expense. Seasonal parking restrictions apply and are designed to assist with snow removal as posted in the parking area. The Town takes no responsibility for any personal injury or loss of any type related to the use of this area. Applications for purchasing stickers can be obtained at the Treasurer's Office. As part of the sticker application process, a current driver's license along with a copy of a valid motor vehicle registration must be provided and a release of claims waiver form must be completed and returned with the application. The Collector/Treasurer's office will check for any past due motor vehicle excise tax bills and outstanding parking tickets before issuing these parking stickers. No proration of any amount for sticker purchases will be allowed. Sticker payments will be accepted in cash, money order, or personal check. No online sticker purchase is available at this time. Any returned check(s) will incur a $25.00 processing fee. Stickers must be displayed on driver's side windshield to assist the Canton Police in ensuring sticker compliance. Replacement stickers are available should your vehicle sustain windshield damage, vehicle is replaced or some other reasonable situation warrants. In these cases, stickers should, to the extent reasonably possible, be scraped off and presented to Finance Department staff when making a request for a sticker replacement.
The Town purchased the property from the Archdiocese in April of 2022 at a cost of $3,225,000
The current property consists of 9.1 acres of land and has 2 structures on the property
The property is located at 1860 Washington Street and the map and lot is 064-037.
Additional assessment information can be found in the Assessing Online database : Property Search
The Select Board created a committee to gather public input and report back the top 3 to 5 potential uses for the property. this process is expected to last thru the fall of 2023
You may write or appear in person in the Town Clerk’s office to obtain a birth, marriage or death certificate. There is a $10 fee for each certified copy payable in cash or by check made payable to "Town of Canton". You may be asked to produce identification. Please have your driver’s license or some other form of identification available.
All dogs 6 months or older are required to be licensed.
All Dog licenses expire on APRIL 1st 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.
Dog licenses cost $15 for dogs that have been spayed / neutered and $20 for those not spayed / neutered. Proof of spay / neuter must be provided the first time the dog is licensed.
To purchase a dog license you may appear in person at the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall or drop your payment in the payment box in front of Town Hall or mail your payment to the Town Clerk's Office at 801 Washington Street.
In addition to the license fee as otherwise required by this section the owner of any dog which has not been licensed on or before May 30th in any year shall be subject to a late fee to be paid to the Town Clerk at the time such dog is licensed, said fee to be in addition to the license fee for all dogs licensed on or after May 30th of any year.
Yes, the water in the Town of Canton meets or exceeds all Department of Environmental Protection DEP and EPA standards.