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Yes. You may vote by absentee ballot if you:
Apply in writing to your city or town clerk or election commission and include your:
There is an application form available at your local election office or by downloading one of the applications online. You may also make application by letter or note. Whichever method you choose, the application must be made in writing and signed.
Yes, unless you are a "specially qualified voter". A specially qualified voter is a person:
The local election official will automatically mail you an application for an absentee ballot for all elections in a calendar year. You must sign the application and send it back to your local election official.
Call your local election official for information about how to register to vote at home or to request that a mail-in registration form be sent to you.
Any patient in a nursing home must be a registered voter in order to vote by absentee ballot and must fill out an absentee ballot application.
If the clerk designates a health care facility in writing 28 days before the election, the ballot must be hand-delivered to such facility by a Registrar. If the patient states that he/she has entered a hospital after noon of the fifth day before the election, the ballot may be hand-delivered to the voter; otherwise, the ballot should be mailed to the voter at the facility.
Consult the administration of the nursing home for further instructions.
The City Clerk supplies dog licenses. Simply take a copy of your dog’s current Rabies vaccination certificate and proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered, if that has been done, to the Clerk’s office. The fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $10, or $15 if intact. Dogs must be licensed every year. All licenses expire December 31 of the year that they were issued. All dogs six months and older must be licensed.
Your application must be filed with the Board of Assessors on or before the date the first installment payment of the actual tax bill mailed for the fiscal year is due. Actual tax bills are those issued after the tax rate is set. This deadline cannot be extended or waived by the Assessors for any reason. To be timely filed, your application must be (1) received by the Assessors on or before the filing deadline or (2) mailed by United States Mail, First Class Postage Prepaid, to the proper address of the Assessors, on or before the filing deadline, as shown by a postmark made by the United States Postal Service.
Although the majority of properties are not for sale, Massachusetts General Laws require an assessment, or an estimate of market value, on every property. Sales of similar or comparable properties within a neighborhood are the best indicator of market value.
The assessment is an estimate of market value. The selling price of a property is not related to the age of the owner. The assessment cannot be lowered or raised based on the age of the owner. The assessments are a reflection of the real estate market. Elderly owners do not sell their properties for any lower or higher prices than the market will allow. If property owners throughout the City sell their homes for less, the assessments will decrease. If property owners sell their homes for more, the assessments will increase.
Assessment changes are always based on the real estate market. For example, if a property sells for $500,000 in calendar year 2017, there is no limit or minimum price it would sell for in calendar year 2018 or beyond. It could sell for $600,000, $700,000, $1,000,000, or $400,000. The sale price would be based on the real estate market at that time. Assessments do not predict market value, they reflect (or report) market value.
Assessors examine many qualities and conditions and then look for comparable properties that have sold in the neighborhood. Since no two houses are identical, adjustments are made for differing characteristics to determine the assessment. Thus the assessment is an estimate of market value.
Yes, we will offer a number of clinics to the public during the flu season, following the guidelines we receive from the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to determine priorities of age and medical conditions. All flu clinics are promoted on our website, our hotline number (508-532-5470), newspapers of general circulation, radio, cable, twitter, libraries, and other City buildings.
No, Framingham residents, children and adults, may come to our Nursing Office at 113 Concord StFramingham, MA01702.
If the vaccinations are for a person under 18 years of age, they need a vaccine request form from the school, and must be accompanied by a parent or relative.
It depends on the age of the child and any prior vaccinations received. The School Health Services will give you a list of the vaccines required for school. Bring that list with you to the Nursing office 113 Concord StFramingham, MA 01702 during one of the public clinics. We will provide the paperwork for you to bring back to the school. the Health Department has each vaccine that is required for students in grades K-12. The Framingham Health Department participates in the Massachusetts Immunization Information System which logs all vaccines given by this office (and any historical vaccine information that is provided to us) to an online registry. This will make it easier for residents of the Commonwealth and their Health Care Providers to access their important vaccine records.
There is a sharps kiosk for residents of Framingham. It is located at 1 William Welch Way inside the lobby of the Framingham Police Station Headquarters (open 24/7). Needles must be in hard plastic containers. Needles may NOT be disposed of in household trash.
There is a prescription kiosk located at 1 William Welch Way inside the lobby of the Framingham Police Station which is open 24/7. The kiosk is for pills only. Do not put bottles, bubble packs or other pill containers inside the kiosk. If you are not able to get to the police station, please crush the pills, do not put medication of any kind down the drain or flush in the waste-water system (toilet). The preferred method is to crush medication and add to a garbage item such as kitty litter or coffee grounds (so that animals do not find it palatable) and dispose of in your regular household trash. Do not put it in the recycling bin. Do not put controlled medication bottles in the recycling bin. You do not want to alert anyone that there might be those substances in the home. If you have any questions, you can call the Board of Health Hotline 508-532-5478 or the main number 508-532-5470.
The grant is administered by the City of Framingham’s Community and Economic Development Division. For more information, please visit the Brownfields website or contact Erika Jerram, Assistant Director, at 508-532-5455 or by email.
Brownfields can pose a number of threats to a community's well being, including:
In addition to providing benefits to surrounding communities, property owners that clean up and reuse their brownfield properties may benefit directly by:
Please note that plot plans are not reliable for determining property lines. Always consult with a registered, licensed land surveyor for accurate information about a property.
A building permit is required for all fences over seven feet in height. Any fence over seven feet in height must also meet the applicable property setbacks. A fence seven feet or less in height can be placed on the owner’s property line.
Candidates can apply online. Please see below:
Alternately candidates may send a completed application, statement of interest and resume to:
ATTN: Keziah Franca, Citizen Participation Officer
150 Concord Street, Room 121
Framingham MA 01702
We strive to keep our boards and commissions up-to-date and fully filled. When a particular board or commission is filled or has pending appointments, we will try to let the applicant know as soon as possible that this is the case. If the online application system indicates that the desired board or commission does not have a current vacancy, we encourage applicants to still submit an application because terms are continuously in flux and unexpected resignations might need to be filled. We keep a file of all applicants even for fully staffed boards and commissions.
Depending on the position, the full application will be reviewed by the Citizen Participation Officer and the Mayor. Interviews would be held shortly after. If the candidate is selected for appointment, the recommendation will go to the appropriate committee of the City Council for review and the candidate may be invited to meet the committee. The appointment will then go to the full City Council for final review and approval.
Call the Conservation Office to report any activity occurring in a wetland at (508) 532-5460. The Commission will determine if a permit was issued and if not, we will investigate the report.
Please click the link below to find out more about our programs and services... Program List By Category
Please call the Center (508) 532-5980 for other transportation options for Framingham residents, such as The RIDE, Busy Bee Transportation system and Dial-A-Ride with Tommy’s Taxi.
The Center also have volunteers who will take seniors in their own vehicles to various appointments. Please call at least one week in advance to arrange this service. MWRTA Website
Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program
This Order shall take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
Since January 1, 2022 we have seen a significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in the City of Framingham impacting all age groups. In addition, the CDC recommends indoor masking in Middlesex County at this time.
Masks or face coverings will be required for staff and customers over the age of two at all indoor establishments that are open to the public. This includes, but is not limited to:
This Order does not apply to children under two (2) years of age. This Order does not apply to persons for whom a face mask or covering creates a health risk, affects the person’s ability to breathe safely; has a mental health or other medical diagnosis that advises against wearing a face mask or covering; has a disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask or covering; or depends on supplemental oxygen to breathe.
All entry doors of businesses open to the public must post an advisory for employees, customers and visitors that masks must be worn inside the establishment. Business owners are welcome to use the sign created by the City of Framingham, or they can create their own
Yes, if a customer, patron, or attendee refuses to wear a mask or cloth face covering for non-medical reasons, the operator of a facility, business or event may decline entry to the individual.
This mandate does not apply to offices or businesses that are not open to the public. Private businesses can create their own policies requiring masks if they so choose.
If your event is held in an indoor space that is open to the public (e.g. a hotel ballroom, social club, convention center, etc.), all attendees must wear masks or face coverings at all times except when actively eating or drinking. This mandate does not apply to events held at private residences where admission is not charged or compensation is not paid, or outdoors.
Yes, performers may remove their masks or face coverings while they are performing as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from the nearest customer or attendee.
Presently there are no fines for violations. However, the Order does include language allowing the City to seek a court order enforcing the mask mandate in appropriate cases.
The Mayor will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and trends for Framingham. In addition, the Framingham Board of Health will review this Order at each subsequent regular meeting. Meeting agendas are posted to the City’s website. If no action is taken by the Mayor and the Board of Health to rescind this Order, it will remain in effect. The Mayor hopes that it will be possible to modify or rescind the Order by the end of February, 2022, but that decision will be based on the transmission rates. If and when the Order is rescinded or modified, notice will be provided to the public by way of a press release and notification on the City’s website.
Managers of licensed businesses and other affected locations may call the Mayor’s office for assistance with messaging to customers. The phone number is 508-532- 5400.
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was enacted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2000: Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 44B.
Communities vote to adopt the CPA and level of property surcharge that will create the base funding for CPA eligible projects in their city or town. Massachusetts annually matches funds collected by CPA cities and towns.
10% of the funding must be allocated each year (for spending or reserved for later spending) in the 3 areas:
Additionally, 5% can be set aside for administrative costs.
The remaining 65% can be allocated at the discretion of the Community Preservation Committee.
For further information, see https://www.communitypreservation.org/about
The CPC oversees CPA funds and administers the CPA application process. This includes soliciting, evaluating, and recommending to City Council projects for approval of CPA funding. It is responsible for upholding a process that is accessible, ethical, transparent, and represents the diverse geographic & demographic of Framingham.
The CPC is comprised of 9 members
For more information, see: https://www.communitypreservation.org/CPCs
On 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
Additionally, at least once per year (per CPA law), a Public Hearing is required. Residents are asked to provide feedback on the Community Preservation Plan (CPP) and potential projects.
CPC meetings are posted on Framingham’s Public Meeting Portal
There are two ways to join the Community Preservation Committee:
1) be appointed from one of the five boards that work with CPC, or;
2) be appointed as an at-large appointment CPC member by the City Council.
July 2024, all the at-large member positions will be functioning on 3-year terms.
The four at-Large members are prohibited from holding any other municipal position on a multiple-member body while on CPC and also cannot hold any position as a municipal officer while serving as a member of the CPC.
Not currently. CPC announcements will be posted to the City’s main social media sites as well as to the CPC website.
The City CPC website is the most comprehensive source of current Framingham CPC information and is updated on a regular basis.
There are three options for communicating with CPC:
Funding is provided to Framingham through a 1% surcharge on your Real Estate Taxes as well as a State Match from the Community Preservation Trust Fund as determined by the Department of Revenue.
For further information, see https://www.communitypreservation.org/funding
The 1% surcharge is based upon your real estate taxes (after a $100,000 exemption). For example:
It is shown on the tax bill as a separate item called “CPA Surcharge”.
Note: in 2022, the CPA surcharge will only appear on the 3rd and 4th quarter tax bills. Beginning August 2022, the CPA Surcharge will appear as 1/4 of your annual surcharge. Click Here to see a copy of a recent CPA Surcharge tax insert flyer.
The following are exempt from the surcharge:
The CPP is used to facilitate administration and implementation of the CPA. The CPP includes but is not limited to, highlighting the 4 areas eligible for CPA funding, detailing project criteria and application process, and outlining opportunities for potential projects. Links to the online application forms are also provided in the CPP. By CPA law, CPC does a yearly review and update of the CPP.
Projects are eligible for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding according to the requirements described in the Massachusetts CPA legislation;
Click Here to see a helpful allowable use chart.
CPA funds can only be used on projects that are eligible according to CPA law.
The Community Preservation Act does not prohibit use of CPA funds for projects on privately- owned property.
However, the Anti-aid Amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution DOES prohibit the use of public funds to private entities for private purposes.
Public funds are generally prohibited from being used for private purposes. It is possible in some situations to grant of public money to private organizations, including CPA funds. Any expenditure of public funds must be used to advance a public purpose.
A variety of federal and state programs provide historic preservation grants to private non-profit organizations, but typically the public purpose is served by the acquisition of a historic preservation restriction.
CPA funds may be able to fund a project on private property, but only if the project is advancing a public purpose, such as the municipality acquiring a deed restriction, providing public access to the property where there was none before, or some other public benefit recommended by municipal counsel.
There is no automatic awarding or granting of CPA funds to any City board.
City boards may initiate or be deeply involved in a CPA project, but all CPA project requests go thru the same submission & review process.
CPC members may not create or submit CPA projects.
CPC members are subject to the Framingham’s conflict of interest guidelines and may not create or submit CPA projects while serving on the committee.
Additionally, upon leaving CPC, former members must wait 1 year from resignation or end of term before they may present CPA project requests. However, during that 1 year they are permitted to aid others with design and preparation of a CPA projects.
CPC will make a public announcement when applications can be submitted. All projects will require a 2-step application process:
Both forms will be available as online webforms at the City Online Forms site
Yes, they will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese
Paper versions of the forms will be available either at the office of the CPC or the City Clerk’s office.
* Note that preference will be given to applications submitted via interactive online forms.
Yes, however, it must be resubmitted via the submission process again.
Any time during the year.
Once per year. The CPC will publicly announce the period this is available.
City Council has the approving authority to fund the recommended projects by the CPC.
The City Council will make one of the following decisions:
Yes. The CPC will hold its first inaugural Community Forum on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 at 7:00 pm. It will be held in the Blummer Room, which is located in the lower level of City Hall, & also be available via Zoom. This will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about CPA funds, the Framingham Community Preservation Plan (CPP) and the intended CPC Project Application Process. The meeting will be posted to the Public Meeting Portal and agenda will include Zoom link details.
Distracted driving kills. The friends, family, and neighbors of the thousands of people killed each year in distracted driving crashes will tell you it is a very serious safety problem. The nearly half a million people injured each year will agree.
Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off your primary task: driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
Some people still don't know how dangerous distracted driving is. Others know about the risks of texting and talking while driving, but still choose to do so anyway. They make the mistake of thinking the statistics don't apply to them, that they can defy the odds. Still others simply lead busy, stressful lives and use cell phones and smartphones to stay connected with their families, friends, and workplaces. They forget or choose not to shut these devices off when they get behind the wheel.
Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20. But they are not alone. At any given moment during daylight hours, over 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
Texting is the most alarming distraction because it involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction simultaneously. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded. It's very dangerous.
So far, the research indicates that the cognitive distraction of having a hands-free phone conversation causes drivers to miss the important visual and audio cues that would ordinarily help you avoid a crash.
If paying by check or cash, please visit the Framingham Fire Department's Headquarters to submit your application and payment: 10 Loring Drive Framingham, MA 01702 If paying by credit card, you can now apply for the following permits online:
Just visit our Permits & Plan Review page at the following link: Permits & Plan Review
Please contact the Highway Department at 508-532-6030 or file a claim on the City website. Please provide as much information as possible (i.e., location, date, time, etc.) If available, attach any additional documentation to support your claim (i.e., estimate or invoice, correspondence, narrative, photo, Police Report, etc.).
Call the Highway Department 508-532-6030 and let them know where the catch basin is located. It will be repaired (or cleaned) as quickly as possible. There are over 10,000 catch basins in Framingham. Also, please do not put oil or other waste into the storm drains as these will pollute your waterways.
Pests of Primary Concern
Yes, the City has a limit to the number of trees each year. Call the Highway Department at 508-532-6030 if interested in getting a tree planted.
If the event is private and invitation-only, you do not. However, if you will be placing a tent on your property, you may need a permit. Please contact Inspectional Services to inquire, 508-532-5500.
You do not need a special alcohol license if you are using a 12C caterer for a private event. However, the caterer must comply with requirements under the Caterer's License. If the event is open to the public, a one-day (special) alcohol license is required.
Alcohol Intervention Methods (A.I.M.): 508-877-0105
Server Training On Premises (S.T.O.P): 401-943-5454 or FJFaubert@Hotmail.com
Classroom Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS): 800-438-8477 or https://gettips.com/class/index.html
Online Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS): 877-851-7272 or https://www.tipsalcohol.com/massachusetts-tips-training.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqoXj1OzM8gIVgo7ICh1LYwNpEAAYASAAEgIDv_D_BwE
ServSafe® - ServSafe Alcohol training, responsible alcohol management / for MA 800-765-2122
For Package Stores Only: Beverage Alcohol Training Program (BAT): (508)-366-1100 or http://www.masspack.org/
Click to see a Food & Ice Cream Truck Table .PDF to determine whether you need a Framingham Hawker/Peddler License and a Mobile Food Service Unit Permit from the Health Department (508-532-5470) and a Hawker/Pedler License from the Com. of MA Division of Standards. For questions about the local food permit, please contact the Health Department at 508-532-5470.
If you are a sole proprietor, corporation or partnership doing business under a different name, you will need a business certificate. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 110, Section 5
Applications must be submitted with payment to the Licensing Office, Room 203 for the following licenses before a Business Certificate will be issued. Licenses are granted after a hearing with the appropriate Licensing Authority,
If approved, you can present the license/permit to the City Clerk's Office, Room 105. You can apply for and be issued a Business Certificate, a copy of which must be brought to the Licensing Office, Room 203 to be filed with your application.
Unfortunately, no. An event open to the public and/or advertised requires a One-Day Special Alcohol License. Follow this link to Liquor Special One-day & Entertainment Applications: http://www.framinghamma.gov/398/Licensing
Alcohol must be purchased from a state-licensed supplier. Donations cannot be accepted nor can alcohol be purchased from a retailer or package store.
You do not need a license from the City of Framingham. However, one is required from the Mass. Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering. They can be reached at 617-727-9940 or https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-cosmetology-and-barbering
The type of business you are opening will determine what Framingham license you need, if any. This link provides information on starting a new business in Massachusetts.
Once you choose a location, you should contact the Deputy Building Commissioner, 508-532-5500, to confirm the location is zoned to conduct the type of business.
See FAQ for business certificates which also explains licenses you may require from the Licensing Department 508-532-5402.
If you are selling or serving food, contact the Health Department 508-532-5470.
Driver’s Licenses are can be renewed at the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles. You can contact them by going to their web page: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-registry-of-motor-vehicles.
Before applying for a new alcohol license, contact the Licensing Office at 508-532-5402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if there is an available license. Follow this link for the application process.
Click HERE for information about public skating.
$7.00 per person.
No. Lake Cochitutate State Park, and Callahan State Park are owned and operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). For more information on Massachusetts State Parks please visit their website HERE.
Ashland State Park - 508-881-4092
Callahan State Park - 508-653-9641
Cochituate State Park - 508-653-9641
DCR Main Office Boston (617) 727-3180
Hopkinton State Park - 508-435-4303
There is a heated, (75 Degrees) indoor pool at Keefe Technical School located at 750 Winter Street, Framingham, Ma. Framingham Parks & Recreation offers a program called Public Swim (aka. Open Swim) at the Keefe Tech pool from October to April. The program is designed to allow residents to swim during certain times for a minimal fee. Times and Dates may change based on pool availability.
No. All youth sports leagues are run by separate organizations. Please visit our City page for Leagues & Organizations.
Organized group use for Parks and Recreation facilities requires a permit from the Park and Recreation Department. Permits may be obtained at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building located at 475 Union Avenue. Permit request may be made in person or via fax, mail, or email. Permits are issued to Framingham residents and Businesses according to established departmental guidelines. Requests for seasonal permits are accepted beginning February 1st for spring/summer season and beginning August 1st for the fall season. Seasonal requests must be renewed each season and from year to year.
Family or individual beach tags are available for purchase at the Framingham Parks & Recreation Office located at 475 Union Ave, Framingham, Ma. or online at http://www.framinghamrec.com
There are lighted tennis courts at Bowditch Field, Butterworth Park and Framingham High School. The lights are on, weather permitting, until 10:00 pm. They are activated by pushing a button at the court. The lights at Bowditch Track follows the same schedule.
The Recreation Department offers swimming lessons for children ages 3-18 years old in the fall and spring at Keefe Technical School. We also offer two sessions of lessons outdoors at the beaches during the summer.
Non-residents can register on the second day of registration, if openings are available. All of our trips are open to non-residents.
Framingham Parks and Recreation offers programs for Pre-school, Youth, and Adult programs. Programs vary each season. Please visit the Recreation website for more offerings at http://www.framinghamrec.com
Due to contractual agreements, the Recreation Department has a no refund policy unless we can find someone to take your place.
State Parks Pass are sold by Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation. A State Parks Pass allows access to State owned parks and beaches. For more info on State Parks and beaches visit Massachusetts State Parks website .
All Framingham Police Officers are hired through a civil service process, and are chosen from a civil service list. To be listed all Applicants must take a Civil Service Exam, and your score will determine your ranking and placement on the Civil Service List. Priority is also given to Framingham residents in the application process. YOU ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE HIRED AS A FRAMINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE IF:
When a city has a vacant slot(s) to fill for a police officer, the city requests a list of candidates from the Civil Service Board. Based on the number of slots a list is sent to the city. The city notifies those on the list to come in and sign that they will accept an appointment and to receive a city application. After completion of the applications, a background check is conducted and the final candidates are brought in for an interview. All candidates selected must attend and complete a Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council Police Academy.
The Framingham Police Department does have several positions that are filled by non police officers. Presently there are civilian dispatchers, personnel from the records bureau as well as other administrative positions who provide support to the department. In addition animal control officers and school crossing guards also are hired under the police department. All civilian employees are hired through the City of Framingham Human Resources Department. Applications for employment can be obtained at city hall ( the Memorial Building) in the personnel department.
The City of Framingham is currently seeking lateral transfer police officers under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 31. Candidates must have a minimum of three years, full-time patrol experience with a Massachusetts Civil Service police department. All Applicants must have successfully graduated from a full time Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy. An extensive background investigation will be conducted on all applicants the City of Framingham is an equal opportunity employer. For compensation information, contact the Framingham Police Department by calling 508-872-1212 extension 4918 or submit letter of interest to: Framingham Police Department One William Welch Way Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 872-1212. The City of Framingham is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer
You must apply, in person, to the Records Bureau at the Framingham Police Department. The cost per application is $100.00 and if approved, will be valid for six years. You may obtain the application form either at the station or online There are two different types of licenses: License to Carry and Firearms Identification Card which both vary in requirements, depending on what class of weapons license you are applying for. If you did not have a firearms license before June 1, 1998, you must present a gun safety certificate before filling out the application. It takes approximately 35 to 40 days for the license to be approved. Please note: all weapons must have a trigger lock or be kept in a tamper proof receptacle or other suitable locking device. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Framingham Police Department at 508-532-5906.
To purchase any type of chemical spray in Massachusetts you must apply for a Firearms Identification Card (FID). This is applied for by filling out an application that can be picked up at your local Police Department. Once this is approved you can purchase chemical sprays at most sporting good stores.
You must also apply for a Massachusetts firearms license as soon as possible at the Framingham Police Department. Applications and criteria are available at the police station
To comply with Massachusetts law, except in the case of an inheritance, or when a person moves here from another state, before any Massachusetts resident may lawfully purchase, receive or possess a rifle or shotgun or purchase ammunition, they must obtain either a license to carry a firearm or an Firearms Identification (FID) Card. In order to purchase a firearm or possess a firearm outside of one's business property or residence, such person must have a license to carry. In Massachusetts, any person who is a resident or has his place of business within the Commonwealth, or resides on a military base under federal jurisdiction within Massachusetts, may apply for an FID Card from the local licensing authority. While an FID Card allows it's holder to possess firearms, it does not allow them to carry firearms on their person or in their vehicle outside of their residence or place of employment. According to Massachusetts General Laws, with an FID Card the holder may keep their firearm at his residence or place of business, whichever is listed on the FID Card. Anyone who wishes to possess a firearm (i.e. a pistol or revolver) away from their residence or place of business must obtain a License to Carry a Firearm.
For an License To Carry (LTC), the minimum age requirement is 21 years of age. For an Firearms Identification Card (FID), the minimum age requirement is 15 years of age and must be accompanied with a written letter of approval by parent up until the age of l8. All applicants must pass a criminal record check and have no felony convictions. There are also other restrictions that can be discussed at the time that you meet with the Licensing Officer
a Level 1 or "low risk" offender, a Level 2 or "moderate risk" offender, or a Level 3 or "high risk" offender.
In addition, if the Board, in finally giving an offender a Level 3 classification, also concludes that such sex offender should be designated a Sexually Violent Predator, the Board shall transmit a report to the sentencing court explaining the Board's reasons for so recommending, including specific identification of the sexually violent offense committed by such sex offender and the mental abnormality from which he suffers. The sentencing court shall then have the ultimate decision to determine whether such sex offender is a sexually violent predator.
A person may request sex offender information by going to his/her local city or town police station. After presenting proper identification, the requester must fill out a sex offender request form containing:
NOTE: Any information provided by either the police or the Sex Offender Registry Board will be limited only to offenders who have been finally classified by the Board as Level 2 or Level 3 offenders or Sexually Violent Predators.The law prohibits the Board and police departments from disseminating any information on a sex offender who has not been finally classified by the Board or who has been finally classified as a Level 1 offender.
A person may request sex offender information from the Sexual Offender Registry Board. Requests must be made on a form approved by the Board. The Board will provide a report identifying whether the person is a sex offender with an obligation to register, the offenses for which he/she was convicted or adjudicated and the dates of such convictions or adjudications. The Board will only disseminate information on offenders who have been finally classified as a Level 2 (moderate risk) or Level 3 (high risk) offender. The law prohibits the dissemination of information unless and until the offender is finally classified as a Level 2 or a Level 3 offender. The law strictly prohibits the dissemination of information on Level 1 (low risk) offenders. The information will be provided free of charge. All information provided to the public will include language prohibiting the misuse of sex offender information for harassment or discriminatory purposes. All records of inquiry will be kept confidential, except to assist or defend in a criminal prosecution. For copies of the form to request sex offender information from the Sex Offender Registry Board please visit our Forms and Publications page. NOTE: Any information provided by either the police or the Board will be limited only to offenders who have been finally classified by the Board as Level 2 or Level 3 offenders or Sexually Violent Predators. The law prohibits the Board and police departments from disseminating any information on a sex offender who has not been finally classified by the Board or who has been finally classified as a Level 1 offender.
Cancel your credit cards immediately. It is important to have the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know who to call. Keep those where you can find them easily (Do not keep them in your wallet or purse). Contact your bank if your checkbook or ATM card was also stolen along with your wallet or purse file a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation. The most important step you can take to protect yourself: Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security Number. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. They can reached at the following: Experian (formerly TRW) (800) 301-7195 Equifax (800) 525-6285 TransUnion (800) 680-7289 Social Security Administration (800) 269-0271
A growing area of crime is on the internet. This is due to both the rapid increasing popularity as well as the vast distance this means of fraud covers. If you are a victim of a scam or fraud over the internet, contact the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC).
There are two different applications you can get, depending on what you are actually looking for. If you are looking for a letter from your local police department, you can come to the police station and obtain a request form. Upon completion a letter will be generated by the department stating you either have no record in the City of Framingham only, or a list of your offenses in Framingham only. If you are seeking a state-wide, this must be done through the Criminal History Board at (617) 660-4600.
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the police department may not obtain background checks on individuals as a public information request. This is called Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) and it is against the law for the police department to give out such information. However, you may call the Criminal History Board at (617) 660-4600 for more information on how to obtain a criminal check on an individual.
According to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 Section 26, "Every person operating a motor vehicle which is involved in an accident in which any person is killed or injured or in which there is damage in excess of one thousand dollars to any one vehicle or other property shall, within five days after such accident, report in writing to the registrar on a form approved by him and send a copy thereof to the police department having jurisdiction on the way where such accident occurred; provided, however, that such police department shall accept a report filed by an owner or operator whose vehicle has been damaged in an accident in which another person has unlawfully left the scene of such accident. Such report shall not be required during the period of incapacity of any person who is physically incapable of making a report. If the operator is not the owner of the vehicle and is physically incapable of making such written report, the owner shall within five days after the accident make such report based on such knowledge as he may have and such information as he can obtain regarding the accident.
The registrar may require any such operator or owner to file a supplementary written report whenever in the opinion of the registrar the original report is insufficient.
The registrar may revoke or suspend the license of any person violating any provision of this section."
The link below will provide you with directions to the Public Works Facility located at 100 Western Avenue. All internet and GPS mapping methods have been found to provide incorrect directions to our facility. We hope this will be more helpful.
The Department of Public Works maintains a list of all businesses that carry a Drainlayer’s License in the City of Framingham. Reference information about how to become a Licensed Drainlayer here.
When you are preparing to have demolition work done on a property, you will need to have all existing utility services disconnected. The Public Works utilities you must have disconnected are the water and sewer services. To disconnect water and sewer services: 1) Call the Water Division at 508-532-6050 to request an appointment for the water service to be shut off at the curb and the meter(s) removed prior to demolitionPlease Note: There is a $25 service fee for water to be shut off at the curb. 2) Hire a Licensed Drainlayer to cut and cap the water and sewer services
3) The Licensed Drainlayer is required to apply for a Trench Opening Permit and Street Opening Permit
4) Once the water is shut off, the meter is removed, AND your Licensed Drainlayer has received approved trench and street opening permits, please notify the DPW Inspectors at 508-532-6010 at least 48 hours before cutting and capping the utilities. The DPW Inspectors will inspect the disconnection after the work is complete.
5) After the cut and cap is inspected, the Municipal Engineering Program will issue a letter stating water and sewer utilities are disconnected from the property. This letter is sent to the Inspectional Services Department. 6) A meter reading will be documented at the time of meter removal and reported to the Water & Sewer Billing Office. Your final bill will be generated based on your final meter reading plus the $25 service fee.
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Please contact the Highway Department at 508-532-6030 or file a claim on the City website. Please provide as much information as possible (i.e., location, date, time, etc.) If available, attach any additional documentation to support your claim (i.e., estimate or invoice, correspondence, narrative, photo, Police Report, etc.).
Please reference instructions about filing a claim for all other instances here.
A sinkhole can be caused by many different reasons, so knowing which Division in Public Works to call may not be possible. If you are not sure you may call any of the following divisions to report the sinkhole:
Water can seep under pavement through cracks or from the side of the road. Over time, the water can cause the material under the pavement to erode, causing the pavement to sink down and break. During the winter, the water under the pavement freezes then thaws (contracting and expanding). This freeze / thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack. Once cracked, the pavement deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic and streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight.
The City experiences extensive freeze / thaw cycles. You can expect to see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow.
Making permanent repairs during the winter is difficult and expensive. In winter months, the Public Works Department fills potholes with both cold and hot patch. Temporary repairs are intended to maintain safety and minimize damage to vehicles. Permanent repairs require waiting until the spring thaw. In Spring, the Department of Public Works makes permanent repairs using hot asphalt.
Call the Department of Public Works, Highway Division at 508-532-6030.
To report a pothole on state-owned roads, motorists can call 511 using mobile devices or dial 617-973-7800, the Commonwealth's Highway Division switchboard.
On average it takes approximately 24 hours of notification to fill the typical pothole. Some potholes, because of their location in the road or proximity to other infrastructure such as manhole covers, are more difficult to fill and, consequently, take longer. The Public Works Department crews work to cover 550 lane miles of public roadway in the City of Framingham. Many times, when a crew goes to repair 1 pothole, they find several others in the same area. A single crew typically repairs 90 potholes a day.
If you are employed by the City of Framingham on a permanent basis, holding a position which requires you to work a minimum of 20 hours per year, you are eligible to become a member of the Framingham Contributory Retirement System.
According to the Massachusetts Retirement Law (Chapter 32 of the Massachusetts General Laws), you must become a member of the system if you meet the eligibility requirements.
You are required to contribute a set percentage of your salary and an additional 2% on any salary over 30,000 through regular payroll deductions. Your contribution rate is established by the Massachusetts Retirement Law and is determined by the date on which you first became eligible for membership in a Massachusetts contributory retirement system and from which you continuously maintained your funds on account. The following rates depend on the date on which you became a member of a Massachusetts:
Whether you are subject to the 2% over $30,000 deduction is determined by your membership date. If the date on which you became a member of the Massachusetts contributory retirement system and from which you continuously maintain your funds on account is:
The retirement office establishes and maintains an individual annuity savings account in your name for your retirement. At the end of every calendar year, you will receive a statement showing the balance of your contributions accumulated interest so you know how much you have in your account.
Your pension plan is considered a defined benefit plan that operates as a qualified employer plan under section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. As a defined benefit plan, your retirement allowance is calculated using:
Your retirement allowance is not solely based on your contributions to the system.
No. The funds must remain in your account with the system until your retire, die, or become an inactive member who is eligible to receive a refund of the money.
You will be vested to receive a retirement allowance when you have at least 10 years of creditable service.
You can drop off used clothing and textiles such linens and clothing accessories such as backpacks, book bags, etc. and books at the recycling drop off center donation trailers. In addition for information about recycling clothing, please visit Beyond The Bin Recycling Directory.
Non-compliance warnings are an educational tool used to inform residents when they are not in compliance with current policies, by-laws/ordinances, state laws or regulations. The sticker should have a box checked indicating the reason for the warning.
Your trash and recycling is picked up from the curb weekly. Depending on where you live determines your collection day. If you do not know which day, call (508) 532-6001. Both trash and recycling need to be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the pick-up day, but no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the night before. The automated collecting truck cannot pick up trash or recycling that is not in an approved City of Framingham cart. Unacceptable material will be left at curbside.
Your trash will be picked up the next day, and everyone else whose collection day follows the holiday will have their trash picked up one day later than usual. Please reference this year’s holiday calendar of observed holidays.
Yes. By state regulation or Framingham City By-Law the following are not allowed: hazardous wastes, rubber tires, most metal items, yard waste (grass, leaves, brush), Christmas trees, recyclables such as newspapers, glass bottles, metal cans, plastic containers, television sets, computer monitors, fluorescent light bulbs, Ni-cad batteries, lead acid batteries, any Mercury containing items and lumber or other home construction materials from home repair.
The Sanitation Division conducts special bulky item pickups for a nominal fee. For information about bulky item pickups, please visit: https://www.framinghamma.gov/173/Bulky-Item-Disposal
Construction material such as lumber and demolition materials are not accepted at curbside or at the Recycling Drop-Off Center.
Some alternatives for disposal of construction/demolition materials are:
• Using the hired tradesman who did the work to dispose of the materials.
• Hire a hauling contractor for a fee. You can easily find specialized contractors online.
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. year round (excluding holidays). Thursday is dedicated to RECYCLING ONLY. The RDC is ONLY open to permitted residents and businesses of Framingham.
Recyclables are currently brought to E.L. Harvey in Westborough, MA. Items are sorted and marketed to companies that can reuse the material.
The City’s sanitation trucks bring collected trash to the Waste Management Transfer Station located in Marlborough, MA.
Yard waste can be placed in biodegradable paper bags or in barrels clearly marked “Yard Waste." Please do not use plastic bags.
You can bring the yard waste to the Compost Area on Dudley Road, which is open seasonally. Please check the City website for information about curbside yard waste and brush pickup.
No, only vehicles that are registered in the City of Framingham can use the Recycling Drop-Off Center with a valid permit.
Biodegradable paper yard waste bags are available for purchase at most local hardware stores.
Call the Sanitation Division to find out when Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is. Items listed as accepted may be disposed of during this event. Watch your newspaper for an announcement of the specific day. Items listed as NOT accepted require private contractor handling. All products must be labeled and placed in a box (no paper or plastic bags, please).
Yard waste is defined as leaves, grass clippings, shrub trimmings, plant cuttings and non-woody organic garden waste only.
Brush is defined as wood waste from bushes and trees that is less than four inches in diameter. Pieces of brush must be no more than 4” in diameter and no more than four feet long. Brush must be tied with string (no metal wire) and bundled in lengths of four feet or less and weigh no more than forty pounds per bundle.
Materials such as dirt, sand, sod, rocks, stumps or trunks will not be accepted.
Yard waste and brush not meeting the above criteria will not be accepted at the Dudley Road Yard Waste Drop-Off Site.
Latex paint can be mixed with kitty litter or speedy dry. Allow the paint to harden and dry completely and then place it in your trash container for collection.
The Sanitation Division conducts curbside pickup of bulky items by appointment and for a nominal fee. Residents may pay for and schedule a pickup online through the City website or in person the Department of Public Works Administration Office located in Room 213 at City Hall or the Recycling Center located at 255 Mt. Wayte Avenue, Thursday -Saturday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
There is no charge for items taken to the Recycling Drop-Off Center EXCEPT FOR televisions, computer monitors, laptops, soft goods, mattresses, sleep sofas, tires, propane tanks, and items containing Freon. Please keep as much metal out of your trash as possible and recycle it.
Recyclables are picked up by DPW personnel. Please visit the City’s recycling page for more information.
Residents can dispose of needles and medical sharps inside the lobby of the Framingham Police Station located at 1 William Welch Way.
Needles and sharps SHOULD NEVER BE DISPOSED OF AS TRASH. Needles must be placed in hard plastic containers.
Yes. Residents have two recycling options:1) Bring your items to the Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC), 255 Mt. Wayte Avenue, during regular operating hours. You must have a valid RDC permit to enter the facility.OR2) Schedule a home collection via Simple Recycling, the City's vendor
Learn more about Textile Recycling.
$25 for residential and commercial.
You can also apply and pay online here or download a copy of the application here:
Yes, Real Estate, Personal Property, and Water bills are available online at: CityHall Systems
BANK BILL PAY – SET UP INFORMATION:
To pay a Real Estate Bill:
What is the Account #? Use your Parcel Identification number as your account number instead of the Real Estate bill number.
Real estate bill numbers change every fiscal year so it is more effective to list a Parcel ID.
Where To Mail?:
City of Framingham
P.O. Box 724
Reading, MA 01867-0405
To pay a Utility Bill:
What is the Account #? Please include your Utility billing account number as the account number or in the memo section of the check.
Where To Mail?:
P.O. Box 851
To pay an Excise Bill:
What is the Account #? The Registration or Plate number of the vehicle which you are trying to pay on.
The name of the person paying on the check should match the registration number that the bill is for. Excise payments should be mailed to:
Where To Mail:
P.O. Box 722
There is an abatement policy set for major water leaks that result in a volume of water that exceeds twice the normal average for the preceding three years, a resident may submit an abatement application with necessary documentation for determination of eligibility. If the high bill is due to filling a pool, the reasons must be because it is a brand new pool being filled for the first time, or a repair to the pool. The resident may submit an abatement application with necessary documentation for determination of eligibility. Please contact the Framingham Public Work's Administration Office at (508) 532-5600.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides an annuity in the amount of $2,000 to 100% service-connected disabled veterans and to the parents of men and women who die in service (Gold Star parents) and the unremarried spouses (Gold, Star wives or husbands) of veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country during wartime. Visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/annuity for more information about this service or to apply.
The Commonwealth launched a new veterans web portal www.MassVetsAdvisor.org the web portal offers enhanced access to services and support for veterans living in the Commonwealth. This new site will help veterans and their family members access more than 200 state and federal benefits in one location, including programs for education, counseling, employment, health care and other services.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a one-time bonus to eligible veterans who served during wartime.
While most charities are reputable and worthy of financial support from the public, a few charities operate outside the bounds of fairness. A charitable donation is a financialtransaction - use the same consideration when making a donation as any other financial decision.
Any consumer or retailer with questions, concerns, or complaints about a charity may contact the Attorney General’s Office Non-Profit Organizations/ Public Charities Division at (617) 963-2315.
There are three veterans' cemeteries in Massachusetts.
Eligible veterans can be buried in state and federal cemeteries for free and spouses for a nominal fee.
Under Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws, the Commonwealth provides a uniform program of financial and medical assistance for indigent veterans and their dependents. Qualifying veterans and their dependents receive necessary financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, housing supplies, and medical care in accordance with a formula which takes into account the number of dependents and income from all sources. Eligible dependents of deceased veterans are provided with the same benefits as they would were the veteran still living. Please visit the Department of Veteran Services website at http://www.mass.gov/veterans/ for more information.
The Veteran's Treatment Court is located at the Framingham District Court located at 600 Concord Street in Framingham. The Treatment Court is a 12-24 month, five phase program intended to serve veterans who are criminal court involved and struggling with addiction and or mental health issues.
Veterans Benefits and Services
Room 11, 150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: (508)-532-5515/Fax (508)-532-5497
Documents and information required to apply for Veterans Benefits and Aid 1.
Veterans are eligible for tuition waivers at all state colleges and universities. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard receive a tuition and fee waiver at all state schools. Contact the Veterans' Representative at the state college/university of your choice for eligibility requirements and to apply. For more information visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/veterans/home.asp
Veterans are given preference for employment on the eligibility list for civil service positions. Job search and assistance is also available for veterans at The Executive Office of Employment and Training. The closest One-Stop Career Centers is located at 201 Boston Post Road, Marlborough, MA 01752. Tel 508-786-0928. Ask to be connected to the veteran's agent.
Yes, you can find the Framingham veterans Services on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Framingham-Veteran-Services
Each year the veteran Agents asks for volunteers to come out and help put the flags on the veteran’s graves. Over 4,500 flags are replaced every year. If you would like to volunteer please call the Veterans Agent at 508-532-5515. If your veteran did not get a flag, please come by the Veterans Agent’s Office in the Memorial Building , Room B-7 and pick one up.
All Massachusetts residents who are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and were honorably discharged can choose to have a Veteran’s Indicator on their Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, Massachusetts ID card, or Liquor ID card. If they choose this, the word “Veteran” will be printed on the lower right corner of their license or ID card, or in the bottom center of their learner’s permit. There is no additional fee for the Veteran’s Indicator, but all regular transaction fees will apply.One of the following documents (typed, not handwritten) must be presented as proof of honorable discharge:
The Veteran’s Indicator cannot be added during an online transaction. To have the Veteran’s Indicator added to your license or ID card, you will need to visit an RMV branch and should not complete this transaction online. If you prefer not to visit a branch, you can continue with your online transaction, but the Veteran’s Indicator will not appear on your License or ID. There is a question on the Class D, M, or DM License and ID Card Application and the CDL Application asking if the customer is a veteran and if he/she would like the Veteran’s Indicator. A customer who wants the Veteran’s Indicator on his/her Driver’s License, Massachusetts ID card, or Liquor ID card must answer “yes” to this question when applying for, renewing, or ordering a duplicate license or ID card. For more information please visit http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/.
For a Federally issued photo ID card you can apply for Veterans Administration Health Care. The only card that you may qualify for would be the Veterans Administration’s medical ID card. You will need to complete a VA 1010ez form that can be located on the Veterans Administration Website: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/ . Bring the completed form with a copy of your DD214 to 61 Lincoln St, Room 112 (VA outpatient Clinic) and ask to have it submitted for "eligibility”. Once you have been approved for the VA medical benefits, they will help you get a photo ID that can be used as a discount card.
A Community Intervention Specialist (CIS) will assist veterans residents with accessing services they require, including but not limited to: veterans struggling with reintegration after deployments or service, homelessness, post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury issues, substance abuse, grieving, hording, need for elder services, or any other health and safety issues. The CIS does not provide long term case management.
Color Sergant Conrad Homan for his actions at the “Battle of the Crater”, Petersburg , VA, 1864. After weeks of preparation, on July 30, 1864, the Union soldiers exploded a mine in Burnside's IX Corps sector beneath Pegram's Salient, blowing a gap in the Confederate defenses of Petersburg in preparations for the fierce fighting later called the "Battle of the Crater". Unit after unit charged into and around the crater, where soldiers milled in confusion. The rebels quickly recovered and launched several counterattacks. The break was sealed off, and the Union Army repulsed with more than 7,000 men killed, wounded, or missing. Twenty three soldiers were awarded Medals of Honor for their valor in this deadly battle, including Color Sergeant Conrad Homan who fought his way through the enemy's lines with the regimental colors, continuing in his charge even after the rest of the color guard had been killed or captured. In all, a total of 64 Medals of Honor were earned in action at Petersburg, Virginia, in the period from March 25 to April 3, 1865. Sgt Homan is buried in Edawrds Cemetery, Framingham, MA.
The Massachusetts Medal of Liberty is awarded in the name of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth, to any and all Massachusetts service man or woman killed in action or who died as a result of wounds received in action. It was designed by Sgt. Kristopher W. Adams. Authority to issue medal: Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 33, Section 67A.
Framingham Community Based Outpatient Clinic
61 Lincoln Street, Suite 112
Framingham, MA 01702
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (508) 628-0205/Fax: (508) 628-8224
This community based outpatient clinic, established in 1998 was designed to bring primary care closer to where veterans live. The primary care team manages most health issues and provides veterans with access to a wide range of specialty care providers at the VA Boston Healthcare System when appropriate and necessary. The clinic offers ample free parking. Services Provided and/or arranged through the clinic include:
Advantages to using the clinic include:
Framingham subscribes to the INTERFACE Mental Health Referral Service. This service is staffed by the William James College and can be reached Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This helpline is available to all Framingham residents in need of mental health services. Visit https://interface.williamjames.edu/ to learn more about services offered.
Certain disabled veterans and former POWs are eligible for motor vehicle sales and excise tax exemptions. Contact the Department of Revenue at 617-887-6367. The Registry of Motor Vehicles provides a variety of veterans' license plates and a registration exemption for certain veterans. Plates that are available include: Veteran, Legion of Valor, EX-POW, Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Gold Star Family, Disabled Veteran. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/benefits-and-services/tax-and-vehicles/ for more information.
There are a number of exemptions available to certain disabled veterans and their survivors. Contact your local Veterans' Service Officer or city/town assessor. Visit http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisvet/vetprptax.htm for more information.
SAVE is a peer outreach program that helps veterans navigate the system of benefits and services through active outreach in the community. SAVE's mission is suicide prevention and advocacy of veterans benefits and services. Outreach coordinators are mobile and meet with veterans in the field. The outreach team is comprised of veterans and family members of veterans. Call SAVE at 888-844-2838 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Department of Veteran Services contracts with a range of non-profit organizations, which provide emergency housing services to eligible veterans. All require that residents maintain a sober and drug-free environment. Services are available to both male and female veterans. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/housing/transitional/ for more information.
Under Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. ch. 115), the Commonwealth provides a uniform program of financial and medical assistance for indigent veterans and their dependents. Qualifying veterans and their dependents receive necessary financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, housing supplies, and medical care in accordance with a formula which takes into account the number of dependents and income from all sources. Eligible dependents of deceased veterans are provided with the same benefits as they would were the veteran still living. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/benefits-and-services/family-benefits/state-benefits-for-dependents-of-a-veteran.html for more information.
The Soldiers' Homes in Chelsea (617-884-5660) and Holyoke (413-532-9475) provide a variety of services to veterans, such as, acute hospital, domiciliary, and long-term care, physical and occupational therapy and more. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/housing/soldiers-homes/ for more information.
The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority offers veterans shuttle on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. It is open to anyone wishing to go to any of the hospitals listed in the schedule below. Framingham and Natick residents have the option of being picked up and dropped off at their homes. Those not residing in Framingham or Natick must either be dropped off at either the Waverly or Blandin Hub or can be picked up at the Natick VFW Post 1274, located at 113 West Central Street, where there is also space available for those who wish to park free of charge. This shuttle has stops at the following hospitals:
Veterans must preregister with MWRTA before using the service. Visit http://www.mwrta.com for scheduling and application information. If you have any questions regarding this service, please contact the MWRTA Call Center at 1-508-820-4650.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Volunteer VA Hospital Transportation coordinates limited, complimentary transportation services for veterans to the Brockton, West Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain VA hospitals. Service is available Monday through Friday for appointment times between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please note that riders may need to wait for an extended time after their appointment for the van for the return trip. Riders must be ambulatory or require only a little assistance getting on or off of the van. Unfortunately, the van cannot accommodate wheelchair patients. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. Because of high demand, DAV cannot accommodate appointments made less than two weeks in advance. To make or change a ride reservation, call 774-826-2264 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
Please provide your name, address, phone number and time and location of your appointment if you reach the voicemail system.
Framingham Veterans Services is now accepting applications for the Veterans Tax Work-off Program. The Commonwealth announced this program as part of the 2012 Valor Act. The Framingham 2013 Town Meeting adopted the program for Framingham. Five positions were approved for veterans who have been residents for at least one year and are homeowners. The program is designed to find flexible hourly (day, night and weekends) work for veterans in exchange for a property tax abatement. For more information and an application please contact the Framingham Department of Veteran Services at 508-532-5515.
You are a veteran if you meet the Federal or Commonwealth requirements listed here. General Eligibility, Federal Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Generally, men and women veterans with similar service may be entitled to the same VA benefits. Dishonorable and bad conduct discharges issued by general courts-martial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison and parolees must contact a VA regional office to determine eligibility. VA benefits will not be provided to any veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant. Certain Federal VA Benefits Require Wartime Service:
General Eligibility, Commonwealth To be eligible for veterans' benefits, one must be a "veteran" or a dependent of a "veteran" under M.G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2005, ch. 130. See below for service requirements and exceptions. Era of Service Dates Requirement for Commonwealth Veteran Status:
For reservists to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the above chart. Training Duty Exception Active duty service in the armed forces shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The mission of the Women Veterans' Network is to provide women with information on benefits; expand awareness of the needs of women veterans; and identify available health and human resources to meet those needs. Call 617-210-5781. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/women-veterans/ for more information.
There is free therapeutic yoga class for veterans held every Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall of Edwards Church in Framingham, behind the Stapleton School. Classes are sponsored by There & Back Again, a veteran wellness program located in Charlestown, MA and founded by Sue Lynch. Here is the info for the class: Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Edwards Church, Framingham, MA. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Lynch by calling (800) 311-0187.
The first step is to gather all the required supporting documents listed on the first page. The application itself is called the VS1. It is five pages of demographic medical insurance and income questions. In addition there are an Information Release, Agreement to Reimburse and Dept of Revue Child Support check that must also be submitted. All these can be found in the TOF Document Center under VSI Application by clicking the link below.
The Department of Public Works maintains a list of all businesses that carry a Drainlayer’s License in the City of Framingham. Reference information about how to become a Licensed Drainlayer here.
You should call the Wastewater Department immediately to report any visible signs of sewerage anywhere or any signs of an impending clog (i.e., drains bubbling, drain gurgling sounds, or bad sewer odors.
In cases where there are public health and safety concerns (e.g., a sewerage backup from the public sewer or private service line), the appropriate City jurisdiction will take enforcement action to ensure the problems are attended to. When a sewer blockage occurs, it often cannot be determined whether the clog is in the sewer's main or private sewer service until a professional inspection. If you experience a sewerage backup onto your property, we recommend calling the Wastewater Division immediately at 508-532-6060. We will send a technician to respond to reports of sewerage backups and signs of impending clogs to check the sewer main and take any measures necessary to resolve the issue promptly. If it is determined that the main is operating properly, and the problem lies in the private service, our technician will inform the property owner of their responsibility to resolve the issue.
The property owner is responsible for the entire length of a sewer service from the building to the sewer main. Any manholes that are along this private service are considered part of that private sewer service and must be maintained by the property owner as well. If you are in need of sewer line cleaning, please conduct an internet search for Plumbing-Drain & Waste Line Cleaning for local providers of this service. If you are in need of a sewer repair or replacement, please the list of Licensed Drainlayers here.
Sewer blockages can occur in either the private sewer service or the City sewer main. The first sign of a blockage generally shows up in the lowest drains within the structure (i.e., basement, or first floor if no basement). At the first sign of a problem, please call the Wastewater Division at 508-532-6060. A technician will be sent out to the property to check the City’s sewer main for signs of blockage. Our technicians will advise you if follow-up action is needed by the City or the property owner. Please Note: The City does not make repairs to private property, only City-owned infrastructure.
To avoid experiencing sewer blockages in your private service and interior plumbing, be sure to use the toilets and drains properly. Here are some common mistakes:
1. (Not so) flushable products – Only dispose of toilet tissue in your toilet. Although “flushable” wipes and some feminine hygiene products are marketed as “flushable,” these products do not break down in the sewer. These products are responsible for blockages of interior plumbing, sewer services, mains, and pumps. Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket.
2. Grease, oils, and fats – Avoid pouring grease, cooking oil, or other fat-containing liquids down your drains, as these are some of the leading causes of drain clogging. If grease is accidentally poured down your drains, run hot water for a few minutes to flush the lines and prevent it from hardening in the interior plumbing or sewer service. Although this is not a guaranteed solution, it may help prevent buildup. Instead, allow grease, oils, and other fats to cool in the pan or a heat-resistant container, then wipe them into the wastebasket with a disposable cloth like a paper napkin or paper towel. Commercial properties in the food industry should also have grease traps installed which should be cleaned regularly to prevent grease from entering the City’s sewer mains.
3. Hair - Hair is a very common cause of blockages in interior plumbing and private sewer services. Be sure to cover bath and shower drains with a strainer or removable hair catcher and clean and dispose of hair frequently.
4. Check valves - Blockages in the City's sewer main can affect your property when drains are located below the sewer pipe level. In this case, or if you’ve experienced previous backups from the City sewer, it is recommended to have a check valve installed on your property. This device prevents sewage from backing up into any fixtures below the level of the sewer main.
Only flush the 3 P’s, Pee, Poop, and Paper! Even some products that promote themselves as being “flushable” may not be and can cause blockages.
It is illegal to pour any hazardous chemicals into the sewer system. Proper disposal of such chemicals should be dealt with according to federal, state, and local laws. While not illegal, it is not recommended to put any of the following down the drain: grease, oils, and fats; pre-moistened wipes; bandages or dressings; cotton balls or swabs; catheters; wrappers; feminine hygiene products; facial tissues; test strips; topical solutions; medications or supplements; cleaners or disinfectants; cigarette butts; dental floss; diapers; hair; paper towels; hypodermic needles; or dust, dirt or lint.
No. It is not permitted to connect any stormwater or rainwater drainage system to the sewer system. Drainage system piping that connects to the sewer system is an illicit connection that should be disconnected and directed elsewhere by a licensed plumber. Directing rainwater, stormwater and snowmelt into the sewer can result in sewage backups onto private property or overflow of the City’s sewer. This also applies to directing flood waters into sewer manholes. If you believe you have an illicit drainage line connected to the sewer system, please contact the Wastewater Division at 508-532-6060.
Please report any instance of noise or damage to the Wastewater Division at 508-532-6060. The City and other private utilities own various infrastructure throughout the City, so it can be challenging to determine which ones are associated with each utility. We encourage our customers to report any issues to the Department of Public Works, Water, Wastewater, or Highway Divisions, and public works personnel will either forward the information to the correct division within the DPW or direct you to contact the private utility owner. Here are a few descriptions of common road fixtures owned by the City:
1. Sewer manhole cover – Generally solid, round covers, approximately 26” in diameter. For issues with sewer manholes and covers, please contact the Wastewater Division at 508-532-6060.
2. Water gate valve cover – Smaller solid round or square covers, generally 4”-10” in diameter. For issues with water gate valves and covers, please contact the Water Division at 508-532-6050.
3. Catch basins – Open grated covers that allow water rain and snowmelt to drain from ground surfaces, seen primarily on the streets and along sidewalks. For issues with catch basins and storm drains please contact the Highway Division at 508-532-6030.
No. It is not permitted for anyone other than City personnel to lift or tamper with a manhole cover for any reason. Open manholes left unattended could present a severe danger to the public. If you see a missing manhole cover please immediately contact the Wastewater Division at 508-532-6060.
Our Meter Technicians deliver letters when there is a need to service the City’s water meter(s) on the property. Letters are dropped off so the property owner can call to make an appointment at their earliest convenience. Our meter technicians work daily (Monday through Saturday) to update, repair, and inspect meters and associated equipment to ensure accurate billing. Please call the Water Division for service at 508-532-6050 if you receive one of these letters to schedule your appointment.
Call the Water Division at 508-532-6050 immediately, as this could potentially be the sign of a water-related service line break or an issue with the City’s water main.
If a water main or service pipe breaks and is leaking in your home or water is bubbling up from the ground in your yard, on the sidewalk, or in the street, please contact the Water Division immediately at 508-532-6050.
Reference the process to obtain an irrigation meter here.
Your water can become discolored when activity on water mains takes place near your property. The activities can include planned maintenance and/or emergency work, including hydrant flushing, main breaks, emergency repairs, maintenance, or scheduled replacement of water valves, hydrants, and other water infrastructure. In most cases, once the activity has stopped, water should begin to clear up. If you encounter a situation where you have not seen any improvement following the completion of work, or your water is discolored for an extended period of time, please call the Water Division at 508-532-6050 for assistance.
There are many ways to lower your daily water use, from devices installed on fixtures within your residence to changing some everyday habits. The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) offers many valuable tips. Some quick examples are:
1. Faucets – Consider installing low-flow fixtures to reduce the flow of water from your faucets.
2. Toilets – The MWRA offers free dye tablets to place in your toilet tank to check for water leaks. If you find a leak, contact a licensed plumber to repair the leak. This will help you to conserve water and save you money. Limit flushing by keeping products that can be disposed in the wastebasket out of the toilet. When installing a new toilet, consider one with a lower gallon per flush rating.
3. Showers/Baths – Consider taking shorter showers, installing low-flow showerheads, and filling bathtubs with less water when bathing.
4. Kitchen – Consider using basins instead of constant running water for cleaning, run sink disposals at the end of clean-up instead of multiple times throughout, and run a dishwasher when it is full, or use a small load/quick cycle setting for fewer dishes.Reference more water conservation tips from the MWRA here.
For more information about lead in drinking water, click here.
The Water Division uses reflective hydrant markers to help snow removal vehicles avoid coming in contact with snow-covered hydrants. If you see a hydrant marker in need of repair, please contact the Water Division at 508-532-6050.
If you experience a decrease in water pressure over time, please contact the Water Division at 508-532-6050 to make an appointment for one of our technicians to come out to your property and inspect the issue. Our technicians will make every effort to identify the problem and provide recommendations to resolve the issue. Our technicians will advise you if follow-up action is needed by the City or the property owner. While we may attempt to isolate the issue by temporarily turning off water on your property or in your area, the City does not make repairs to private property, only City-owned infrastructure. Please Note: A sudden loss of pressure could be indicative of a more serious issue that should be reported to the Water Division right away.
No. It is not permitted for anyone other than Framingham Department of Public Works or Fire Department personnel to open or operate hydrants in the City. If you see unauthorized individuals opening or operating hydrants, please contact the Water Division immediately at 508-532-6050.