Elections are a big part of the Town Clerk’s duties. The Clerk oversees all election duties from registering residents to vote to the final tallies on election night.
All Scarborough residents vote at the high school for all elections. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Local and State elections are usually held in June and November. The school validation referendum is held in May.
Absentee voting is available 30-45 days prior to each local and State election. Absentee voting for the school validation referendum is available 10 days prior.
More detailed information is available on our "Elections Page".
BOARD OF ASSESSMENT REVIEW INFORMATION
Application for Assessment Review
Board of Assessment Review Rules & Regulations
The Town Clerk’s Office is responsible for maintaining all vital records (birth, death and marriage) for the Town of Scarborough.
The primary objective of the vital records function of the Department is to obtain and preserve documentary evidence concerning births, marriages and deaths that is necessary to protect the legal rights of individuals.
Municipal clerks file vital records for events which occur in the state of Maine. If a child is born in Maine, a copy of the birth certificate is filed in the town/city where the birth occurred and the town/city where the mother resided at the time of the child's birth.
A death certificate is filed in the municipality where the death occurred, and the municipality where the deceased resided. A marriage license is filed where the bride and groom applied for the license and the town/city where the marriage took place. Note: All vital records are also filed with the State of Maine Office Vital Records.
Birth certificates are necessary to enroll in school, apply for driver or marriage licenses, to secure a passport or travel visa, to participate in many athletic programs and to apply for social security and other public program benefits.
Death certificates are necessary for many critical legal functions, including burial procedures and the processing of insurance benefits, estate settlement, transfer of stocks, bonds, personal property and real estate.
More detailed information is available on our "Vital Records Page".
How one can gain access to genealogical information is provided on our "Genealogy Information Page".
LICENSES AND PERMITS
The Town Clerk's Office oversees and administers approximately 18 licenses/permits for the Town, as required by either Maine State Statutes or the Town of Scarborough’s Ordinances. Prior to receiving a Town license/permit to conduct a business, most business types listed require an inspection from the Town from either the Fire Department, Code (Health) Department or Police Department.
All checks should be payable to the Town of Scarborough and mailed with the completed application to the Town Clerk’s Office – P.O. Box 360, Scarborough, ME 04070. Questions regarding applications and fees for the types of licenses/permits listed should be directed to the Town Clerk's Office at 207-730-4020.
For a list of fees please refer to Chapter 311- Schedule of Fees for the Town of Scarborough [pdf].
Please visit the "Licenses and Permits Page" for a complete list of all licenses/permits; the appropriate forms, and ordinances pertaining to each.
State law requires that all dogs be licensed in the municipality in which they reside. All dogs 6 months and older must have a license. If you become the owner of a dog 6 months or older, the dog must be licensed within 10 days. In order to obtain a license for your dog, you must present a current State of Maine Rabies Certificate obtained from a veterinarian. This certificate will verify that your dog has received its rabies shot within the past two years. All dog licenses expire December 31 of each year. Renewal of licenses for the following year can be done at the Town Clerk's Office beginning in November of each calendar year.
Also, bring with you written proof that the dog(s) has been spayed or neutered, if applicable. If you have already shown proof to the Town Clerk's Office, then additional proof is not necessary.
Detailed information is available on our "Dog License Page".
HORSE BEACH PERMITS
Horses are allowed to ride on the beach beginning October 15th through May 1st of every year. Horse Beach Permits are good for traveling in the tidal area from Pine Point Beach to Old Orchard Beach/Saco line. Horse Beach Permits are issued starting October 1st for the new year and will be made available at that time. The fee for the permit is $20.00. Permits can be obtained from either the Scarborough Town Clerk's Office (207-730-4020) or the Old Orchard Beach Town Clerk's office (207-934-4042).
TOWN CLERK DUTIES
The Town Clerk’s Office provides a wide range of services to the residents of the Town of Scarborough including issuing licenses and permits, election duties, maintenance of vital records, and maintenance of Town Council meeting records.
An overview of these duties is given on the "Town Clerk Duties Page".
BOSTON POST CANE
The Boston Post Cane is an honor awarded to the Town of Scarborough’s oldest resident. For nomination information, please visit the "Boston Post Cane Page".
OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST
TOWN CLERK STAFF
Deputy Town Clerk