Some of the duties
of the Town Clerk’s Office are as follows:
Public Records Officer
records all oaths of office
of all governmental bodies
to public records
submittal of new by-laws to the Office of the Attorney General
and certifies all official action of the town, including Town
Meeting legislation and appropriations, Planning and Zoning
notes for borrowing
state tax liens and child support enforcement liens
pole locations approved by the Board of Selectmen
all vital events (birth, death and marriages) occurring within
the community and those events occurring elsewhere to Canton
certified copies of vital records and assists with genealogical
Voter registration and
Chief Election Official
town, state and federal elections and certifies nomination
papers and initiative petitions
voters interested in running for public office
voter registration and absentee balloting
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
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
that after May 30th the Town imposes a $25 late fee
for any unlicensed dog.
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
900 Washington St
- Dean S. Luce Elem. School
45 Independence St
- Blue Hill Regional School
800 Randolph St
Precinct 4 and 5 - J.F Kennedy Elem. School
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.
General By-Laws (pdf)