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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride

Town Government &


Departments: Town Clerk

210 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2759
Phone 781-741-1410
FAX 781-740-0239
Hours of Operation:
M-W-Th 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tues 8:30am-7:00pm
Fri 8:30am-1:00pm
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Important Links :

Town By-Laws (PDF, 408k)

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Licenses & Permits

MARRIAGE INTENTIONS – Marriage Intentions may be filed in any Town Clerk's office within the Commonwealth, when you are planning to be married in Massachusetts.

  • Both parties must file together.
  • The license will be issued 3-days after filing (A waiver may be obtained for a fee through the courts).
  • Anyone may pick up the completed license on your behalf.
  • License is valid for 60 days from the filing date.
  • Filing fee is $40.00 which includes one certified copy of the license.

BURIAL PERMITS – The Town Clerk issues Burial Permits electronically to Funeral Directors. There is a filing fee of $10.00, plus $10.00 each for certified copies of death certificates.

FLAMMABLE LICENSES – The Code of Massachusetts Regulations 527 CMR 14.00 and ART. 20 under the Massachusetts General Laws requires a Flammable License to be issued for:

  • Class I Fluids over 10,000 gallons
  • Class I Fluids – Bulk Storage (fixed) over 10,000 gallons
  • Class I Fluids – Non Bulk Storage over 793 gallons
  • Class II Fluids over 10,000 gallons
  • Class III Fluids over 10,000 gallons
  • Flammable Solids over 100 pounds
  • Flammable Gases within a building over 3,000 cf.
  • Flammable Gases outside a building over 10,000 cf.

An application must be made to the Selectmen's office at 781-741-1400. If you have any questions as to whether you must hold a license, contact the Fire Prevention Officer, Hingham Fire Department, at (781) 741-1488, to arrange a site visit.

There is an annual fee of $100.00, due and payable by January 1st. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Hingham and mailed to the Town Clerk, 210 Central Street, Hingham, MA. 02043.

PRECIOUS & SECOND-HAND METALS PERMIT – A permit is required if you are a holder/seller/dealer of precious and second-hand metals, and must be displayed on the premises. Application must be made through the Town Clerk's office, and there is an annual fee of $50.00. Checks are payable on January 1st to the Town of Hingham and should be sent to the Town Clerk.

DOG LICENSES – Dogs are licensed on a variable scale depending on the expiration date of the rabies vaccine. A license may be purchased for up to 3 years, but cannot be issued beyond the rabies expiration date.


License Duration Male/Female ($) Neutered/Spayed ($)
3 months 3.00 2.00
6 months 7.00 4.00
9 months 11.00 6.00
1 year  15.00 8.00
1 year 3 months 17.50 9.50
1 year 6 months 20.00 11.00
1 year 9 months 22.50 12.50
2 year 25.00 14.00
2 year 3 months 27.50 15.50
2 year 6 months 30.00 17.00
2 year 9 months 32.50 18.50
3 years 35.00 20.00

Kennel Licenses are only issued with the approval of the Animal Control Officer. Please call (781) 741-1490 to make an appointment for a site visit.
Annual license fee:

  • $25.00 – 4 to 10 dogs
  • $50.00 – for more than 10 dogs

For additional information, please contact the Town Clerk's office at (781) 741-1410.

HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES AND STATE STAMPS –Hunting and Fishing Licenses as well as the State Collector Stamps may be obtained at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife), 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston MA 01583; Tel: (508) 389-6300;
Fax: (508) 389-7890; or visit the webpage:

RAFFLE PERMITS –Permits are issued to groups or organizations that intend to conduct raffles during the year. Applications can be obtained from the Clerk's office or on this website's home page under Quick Links, Documents and forms, scroll to Town Clerk. They are filed with the Town Clerk's office, 210 Central Street, Hingham, MA. 02043. There is a filing fee of $10.00 payable with the application.

The Chief of Police approves the completed application. Then the Town Clerk issues a certificate that must be displayed on-site in full view of the public on the day of the event. The certificate is valid for one year. Forms are given to the group hosting the event to be completed and submitted to the Massachusetts State Lottery in Braintree indicating the winners, the net proceeds and the uses to which the proceeds were applied.

Permit/License (Updated August 2015)
Birth Certificate (Typed or Copied - With Town Seal) $10
Birth Certificate (Abstract Copy – No Town Seal) $5
Burial Permit $10
Business Certificate (New or Renewal – 4 Years) $50
Business Certificate (Cancellation or Change) $20
Business Certificate List (Current/Complete) $25
Business Trust $25
By-Laws (General) $25
Death Certificate (Typed or Copied - With Town Seal) $10
Death Certificate (Abstract Copy – No Town Seal) $5
Death Certificate Amendment $25
Declaration of Trust $10
Dog License (Spayed/Neutered) 1, 2, 3 Years $8/$14/$20
Dog License (Male/Female) 1, 2, 3 Years $15/$25/$35
Dog Owner List (Current/Complete) $25
Flammable Permit $100
Genealogy Search (Per Name) $25
Kennel License $25/$50
Marriage Certificate (Typed or Copied – With Town Seal) $10
Marriage Certificate (Abstract Copy – No Town Seal) $5
Marriage Intentions (Includes One Certified Copy of License) $40
Notarizations A Smile
Photo Copies $ .20 Per Page
Pole Location $49.99
Precious & Second-Hand Metals Permit $50.00
Raffle Permit $10
Shellfish Permit $225/$350
Street List Book (Plus $4.50 S&H When Mailing) $15
Street List Disk (Residents Over 17 Years of Age) $50
Street List Disk (Head of Household) $30
Voter Registration Card/Resident Letter $5