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Tax bills are issued by the Tax Collector's Office. Please contact that Office at 207-725-6657.
Though tax bills are issued by the Tax Collector, the property information, including mailing address, is maintained by the Assessor's Office. Please email the Assessor or call 207-725-6650.
Please provide the Assessor's Office with a bill of sale for all mobile home transfers. If you do not have a bill of sale, please provide other official documentation showing transfer of ownership. You may send the bill of sale (or other documentation) by mail, as an email attachment to the Assessor, or visit us in person.
Under Maine Law the payment of property taxes is the responsibility of the owner on record as of April 1st. The tax bill for the first half of annual taxes due will always have the owner on record for April 1st on the bill. If we are notified that the owner has changed since April 1st, we can put "c/o (new owner's name)" and new mailing address on that bill. For more information regarding the obligations of buyers and sellers please see the Important Notice about Property Taxes for Buyers and Sellers (PDF).
Under Maine Law all property is taxed as it sits on April 1st. If you purchased a property that was split or divided from another parcel after April 1 you will not receive a separate tax bill until the following tax year. For your tax obligation please see the Important Notice about Property Taxes for Buyers and Sellers (PDF).
Once a building permit has been issued, the Assessor's Office can assign a valid mailing address based on the State of Maine E911 guidelines. The Assessor acts as the E-911 Addressing Officer and will coordinate the establishment of a new house number with the United States Post Office, the Fire Department, the Police Department, and 911.
Yes, please notify the Assessor's Office if your business has moved within Brunswick, moved out of Brunswick, changed owners, or simply closed its doors.
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Opening a business in Brunswick may require licenses, permits, and approvals from the Town of Brunswick. Contact Brunswick Economic and Community Development staff to help you navigate through the first points of contact for necessary approvals. You can also contact the:
Brunswick Economic and Community Development staff can help you with a variety of business incentives and help you identify sources of capital, customize financing, leverage resources and seek grant opportunities.
Brunswick Economic and Community Development staff are ready to help you identify suitable sites for your business operations. Please call 207-721-0292 or email Linda Smith.
To learn more about redevelopment opportunities at Brunswick Landing, please contact Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority at 207-798-6512.
A Street Opening Permit is required if you will be excavating with the town street right-of-way. This includes lawn areas, the public sidewalk or within the actual street bed. If you need to excavate within the town right-of-way you must first apply for a permit and provide information on what you are doing, name of the contractor doing the work, submit information on how traffic will be maintained during the work and provide proof of general liability and vehicle insurance. You may fill out the online form or download the application from the Permitting page of our website or, call to have us fax it to you, or stop by Public Works to get a permit application. Once the form is filled out, please return it to us for processing along with the appropriate application fee. Please allow at least two weeks for our review and approval of the permit once all required information has been submitted.
An Entrance Permit is required if you will be constructing a new driveway or expanding an existing driveway where it connects to the public street. An Entrance Permit is not required to repave an existing driveway. If you plan to install a new driveway or make your existing driveway larger you must first apply for a permit and provide information on what you are doing, submit a scaled plan of the driveway location with dimensions and materials to be used, information on a culvert if one is required, name of the contractor doing the work and provide proof of general liability and vehicle insurance. You may fill out the online form or download the Entrance Permit application from the Permitting page of our website or, call to have us fax it to you, or stop by Public Works to get a permit application. Once the form is filled out, please return it to us for processing with your application fee and allow two weeks for us to review and issue a permit before you intend to start the work.
Please contact the Tax department at 207-725-6657 for information about your taxes.
Real Estate tax bills are mailed out in September and March, and payments are due in two installments on October 15 and April 15. Personal property tax bills are mailed out in September and are due in a single installment on October 15. For current year tax bills please visit the Property Taxes page.
There are several property tax exemptions available. For more information visit the Exemptions page, or contact the Assessing Department at 207-725-6650.
All bill payments are processed in the Tax Office at:85 Union StreetBrunswick, ME 04011
Payments may be made in person or by mail.
Financial statements can be obtained on the Financial Reports page, or in person from the Finance Department.
The Town utilizes the tax lien mortgage process authorized by state law to secure collection of real estate taxes. After providing a 30-day demand notice, the Town records a lien against the property in the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds. If the tax remains unpaid 18 months after the recording, the tax lien automatically forecloses and the Town acquires title to the property. Taxpayers are encouraged to contact the Tax Office early to learn about programs and options that may be available to assist them with their tax obligations or to work on payment arrangements.
Applications for passports are available in the Tax Office and online at Travel.State.Gov. Bring your completed application to the Tax Office with proper supporting documents (birth certificate, naturalization certificate, driver's license) for processing. Pictures can be taken at the Tax Office or you may supply your own. Do not sign your application before coming to our office.
Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery, or if you are in a hurry, you can expedite the process and receive your passport in 2 to 3 weeks for an additional fee. Please note restricted hours for passport processing. See the Passports page for more information.
Yes! Do not burn leaves, refuse, or any other materials without a burn permit! To obtain a permit, contact the Fire Department at 207-725-5541, or get it online at the Brunswick Fire Department's page.
Email Health Officer Jeff Emerson at the Fire Department or call 207-725-5541.
The Town offers a wide range of employee benefit options, including:
For full details, please visit the Employee Benefits page in this section of our website.
Please contact Jessica Factor, Human Resources Manager, at 207-725-6653.
Please see the Town Policies page for a listing of Town-wide employment policies and safety policies. Union contracts in PDF form can be found under Documents, Union Contracts and Forms.
Please view current position vacancies and requirements.
People wishing to apply for assistance should call the Department at 207-725-6661 to schedule an appointment. Each person needs to complete an application in order to determine eligibility.
Each applicant is responsible for providing the general assistance administrator with the information necessary to determine eligibility. This includes information verifying members of the household, and documentation of all sources of income received by the household (salary, child support, workers compensation benefits, unemployment, SSI, SSDI, social security, as well as any money received from family members, tax returns, etc.). Additionally, applicants need to provide documentation of their expenses for basic necessities (these include housing, heat, electricity, water, sewer, food, phone when medically necessary, prescriptions, etc.) and work-related expenses (child care expenses, transportation to work).
The administrator will make a determination of eligibility based on the overall maximums allowed by the State and the municipality. Clients will receive a decision sheet showing whether or not they are eligible for assistance and what they will need to do to be eligible for future assistance. If there is a household member who is available to work, the administrator will schedule a workfare assignment, which may need to be completed prior to the issuance of any assistance.
The town will grant assistance to eligible applicants for basic necessities according to the maximum levels for specific types of assistance. Basic necessities include:
Other basic necessities are provided when they are deemed essential to an applicant's or recipient's health and safety by the general administrator.
The Town does not own any housing of its own, but usually recommends that those looking for affordable housing contact the Brunswick Housing Authority at 207-725-8711 and Bath Housing Authority at 207-443-3116 as well as checking the local papers.
Each applicant and any member of the household who is capable of working may be required to perform work for the municipality, including work for a non-profit organization, as a condition of receiving assistance. As part of the municipal work program, the municipality may require recipients to participate in training, education, or rehabilitative programs that will assist the recipient in securing employment.
At the time an applicant receives a decision on his or her application, the administrator will inform the person of the requirements for being eligible in the future. Once applying for general assistance, all clients, regardless of whether or not they received any benefits, are responsible for showing that they have done all they can to prevent needing general assistance again. This includes providing documentation (receipts) of all their spending over the past thirty days (or longer if they are seeking assistance with back due bills). Again, the amount of income from all sources received by the household must be provided. Additionally, the applicant must show that he or she has utilized all potential resources referred to them by the administrator.
General Assistance is a program that encourages clients to do all they can to prevent needing future assistance. Applicants may be disqualified from receiving general assistance if:
Other grounds for ineligibility include failing to perform or complete a workfare assignment; willfully making a false representation about your eligibility; not providing or permitting the administrator to gather the necessary verification and documentation as required; and others.
Generally, general assistance is determined for a one- to thirty-day period only. If an applicant needs to apply for general assistance again, he or she is responsible for making sure to have met the requirements for eligibility.
If you disagree with the decision, you should discuss the matter with the administrator. All applicants have the right to request a Fair Hearing, which would be before a Board composed of individuals not involved in deciding whether you are eligible for assistance. If you would like a Fair Hearing, you must request it in writing within five working days of receiving your decision.
The following town parks feature playground equipment maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department:
Playground equipment maintained by the Brunswick School Department is also installed and available for public use at the following schools in Brunswick: Jordan Acres School, Coffin School, Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School and the former Hawthorne School.
The following town properties feature trails maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department:
The Parks and Recreation Department maintains groomed trails at the Kate Furbish Trails at Brunswick Landing (the site of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station) off route 123, and also at Crystal Spring Farm, which is located along Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick on land owned by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. To find out about ski conditions during the winter season please see the main Parks and Recreation page.
Employment and volunteer opportunities are periodically posted on our main page and can also be viewed in the Human Resources Department section.
Information about recreation programs and activities can be found on this website, at our 220 Neptune Drive offices, or by calling 207-725-6656.
Cancellations are posted on our main page and our Facebook page. Please sign up to be on our notification list to recieve email & text notices. Notification options for all town departments are located on the Town's home page.
To register you must come into the Recreation Center at 220 Neptune Drive or mail in your registration form along with appropriate payment to the:Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department220 Neptune DriveBrunswick, ME 04011
We offer online registration for "most" programs. The link for online registration is on the left menu or our page. If you have previously done programs with us, you can also call and we can take a credit card payment over the phone.
Facility request forms can be downloaded (PDF) or picked up at the Recreation Center, 220 Neptune Drive offices.
Please contact our offices for directions to specific parks or facilities of interest to you. Call 207-725-6656 during office hours or email Parks and Recreation.
If you choose to sign up for a program before residency has been verified by the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department, please note you will not be refunded the difference in the non-resident and resident fee.
The Town of Brunswick's online registration program is called WebTrac. It has been added to make registering for recreation programs more convenient for families. WebTrac allows you to:
WebTrac will not allow you to:
If you have registered for activities prior to the implementation of WebTrac, then you will not need to set-up a new household. We can provide you with your user identification and beginning password. However, if a family member is not listed in your current household, they will not appear in the WebTrac household and you will have to contact us to add them.
Email the Parks and Recreation Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m, or call 207-725-6656. Emails are answered within 24 hours during the week and on Monday if submitted during the weekend.
Your account will be active once complete, however you will be recognized as a Non-Resident by default. You will need to visit the Recreation Center during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m) to verify residency in order to be charged resident fees. We will accept a current utility statement, Town of Brunswick tax statement, or current driver's license as proof of residency. These documents can also be scanned and sent to Parks and Recreation via email.
You can use the forgot password link. You will be asked to enter the email associated with your account. If your email matches our records, the information will be emailed to you. You may also email Parks and Recreation, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, or call 207-725-6656.
You are not able to add a family member after you have already created an account. Please email the Parks and Recreation Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, or call 207-725-6656.
You may enroll for most activities if there is a space available. If there is not a space available, you may go on the wait list. If a space becomes available, we will contact you.
If you have a previous balance due to the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department, you will have to pay the entire balance in order to complete the transaction. If you have any questions about the charges, contact the office Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There could be a problem with your account, such as you owe the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department for previous activities or the class is full and you can discuss waitlist or other options for the program, for which you are trying to register.
Program fees will be processed with the highest level of security by ETS. If you have any pop-up blockers installed, you will need to disable them, or make the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Online Registration a trusted site.
If you do not allow this change to your pop-up blocker settings, you will not be able to receive receipts or view all the pages properly. The Town of Brunswick has taken all of the necessary precautions to ensure that this is a secure site, similar to any other e-commerce site on the Internet.
We use the Address Verification System (AVS). This system verifies information for credit card processing security reasons.
Your information is only used to complete the transaction you requested and to analyze trends. The Town of Brunswick does not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete your order. The Town of Brunswick does not sell information about current or former participants to any third parties, and it does not disclose it to third parties, unless necessary to process a transaction you have requested.
Our program flyers are available for viewing and printing from the program listing pages. These flyers are also located at the Brunswick Recreation Center lobby and the lobby of the Harriet Beecher Stowe School.
It is available in WebTrac or by contacting the Town of Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department via email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 207-725-6656 during the Recreation Center's operating hours.
Monday through Wednesday8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please email the Town Planner, Jared Woolston, or call 207-725-6660, as cases may vary.
A Building Permit is needed for, but not limited to, the following activities:
You do not need a Building Permit to do the following (always check with the Codes Office for approval):
Properties in the Village Review Zone will require village review board approval.
Please contact Codes Enforcement if you need assistance at 207-725-6660, or visit the office at 85 Union Street during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.
At this time we do not accept applications electronically. Please complete the applications by hand or electronically then sign, and deliver with the application fee to the Department of Planning and Development in person or by mail. Applications may also be emailed to Julie Erdman and paid for over the phone by credit card. If you choose to go this route, please contact Julie at 725-6660, ext. 4025 so she is aware that your application is coming and it is not disregarded as spam. Please be aware that credit cards are charged an additional 2.5% user fee.
Please download and complete the appropriate application, as each Major Development Review, Minor Development Review and Special Permit have different requirements. Please email Jared Woolston, Town Planner, or call 207-725-6660, for further details or to be placed on the Planning Board agenda, during normal business hours.
The Building Permit Application form (PDF) lists and explains all of the documentation required, including:
Please see the corresponding pages in the Planning and Development section of this website to download the applications needed, and to view meeting schedules and deadlines. For further details or to be placed on the agenda, please contact the Planning Office at 207-725-6660 or visit us during normal business hours.
Visit the Permits and Applications page to download the appropriate applications and read additional information.
To obtain a copy of your plot plan, go to the Town of Brunswick Geographic Information System (GIS) and do the following:
Please note that property lines may not be 100% accurate. For assistance, please call the Codes Enforcement Office at 207-725-6660 during normal business hours.
To determine the zone that the selected property is in, go to the Town of Brunswick Geographic Information System (GIS) and do the following:
Once you have determined your zone and wish to find information on use and dimensional/density requirements, please reference the Brunswick Zoning Ordinance or call the Codes Enforcement Office for assistance at 207-725-6660 during normal business hours.
To report a Code or Zoning Violation, please call the Code Enforcement Officer during normal business hours at 207-725-6660 or visit the Codes Office. You can also download a Complaint Report (PDF) for Codes Enforcement and drop it off at the office or mail to:Codes EnforcementDepartment of Planning and Development85 Union StreetBrunswick, ME 04011
The Brunswick Finance Department, Tax Collection Division, is now a Passport Acceptance Agent. Please see the Passport Processing page for complete details.
Many types of businesses require annual licenses and some require inspections as well. Expiration dates vary. For more information, please see the Licenses page in this section.
Both applicants must appear in person within ninety days of the wedding, in the municipality of residence of either one, to apply for a marriage license. Out of state residents may apply in any municipality in the state. For more information, please see the Licenses page in this section.
Certified and non-certified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates can be purchased through the Town Clerk's Department. Access is restricted. For more information, please see the Vital Records page in this section.
Dog licenses are required for all dogs six months of age and older. Licenses are for the calendar year and can be purchased at the Town Clerk's office. Proof of current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter, if applicable, are required. For more information, please see the Licenses page in this section.
Voter registration can be done at the Town Clerk's office during regular business hours. View detailed information on the State of Maine Voter Registration requirements.
You may purchase a hunting/fishing license at the Town Clerk's office, other agents throughout the state, or online.
Resident and non-resident Recreational shellfish licenses are available at the Town Clerk's office beginning the first Monday in April each year. Restrictions apply. For more information on both recreational and commercial shellfish licenses, please see the Licenses page in this section.