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Municipalities in Connecticut apply property taxes in terms of mill rates. A mill rate is equal to $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed value. To calculate your tax based on your mill rate,
Example: 51.92 mills = .05192, the mill rate (Move decimal 3 places to the left) times your assessment. (100,000 X .05192 = $5,192.00 taxes).
The Mill Rate is calculated in the spring of each year prior to tax bills, by dividing the net budget by the net grand list which equals the mill rate. Net budget is the total amount needed to operate the Town, less any/all state grants, reimbursements for exemptions granted, etc.
The State has halted two major reimbursements in the past 6 yrs, The Manufacturers Machinery & Equipment (MME exemption an Elderly program), which in turn, raises the net budget. This has affected all Towns/Cities. The same thing happened years ago with boats and private airplanes and cows and livestock before that.
The period of time the tax bill covers is from October 1st to the following September 30th.
There are two (2) parts to the Motor Vehicle (MV) portion of the Grand List (GL). There is the Regular MV list and the Supplemental MV list.
A motor vehicle on the Supplemental List (billed in full, due January 1st) includes all vehicles acquired from October 2nd to July 31st of any given year. After one year on the Supplemental List, it automatically moves to the Regular MV List for the following Grand List year.
When a vehicle is added to the Supplemental List, depending on what month acquired, the vehicle will be taxed from the month acquired to the following Sept.30th. This is called prorating on. You are only taxed for the portion of the year owned. The Mill Rate for motor vehicles in Hamden is 45 mills. (Assessment X .045= Tax)
No. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) only provides the Assessors’ offices with a list of all motor vehicles (Including snowmobiles & trailers) registered in the Town of Hamden. Because the DMV does not notify us of any vehicles that are no longer registered, the owner has the burden of proof that the MV is no longer owned by them. Note: A motor vehicle is taxable, whether it is registered to drive on the road or not.
If you’ve canceled the registration however, the vehicle is still in your possession, it is considered Personal Property by state statute. If you sold your vehicle, canceled the plate and did not transfer the plate to another vehicle, you may be entitled to a tax credit. In this scenario you must provide two (2) forms of proof documentation to the Assessor’s office; it is not automatic.
• If the motor vehicle (Including snowmobiles & trailers) has been: sold; a bill of sale or trade-in, or a copy of both
sides of the title.
• If moved to another town - make sure the DMV changes the "Town Code" to your new Town’s Town Code.
• If moved to a different state - A copy of the registration from that new state.
• If junked, a junk/tow receipt (given to you when towed away).
• If donated, a letter from the organization on their letterhead and signed.
The Plate Receipt. Either printed by you when you cancel them on-line or one given to you at a DMV office. Please bring these documents (Or emailed as attachments) to the Assessor’s office a.s.a.p. to be adjusted.
If you did not own the vehicle on October 1st, you are responsible for the number of months you owned the vehicle, but you must provide this office with proper documentation (Listed above) that you did not own the vehicle for the entire Assessors’ year, 10/01 to 9/30.
If you disposed of the vehicle after October 1st and before the next September 30th, you may be eligible to have the bill prorated upon presentation of the two (2) forms of proof. Prorates are based on the month in which he vehicle was disposed. There is no adjustment for a vehicle disposed of in September.
Vehicle tax bills can only be prorated if proper documentation, listed above, is provided to the Assessor’s office in a timely fashion. As it states above, documentation must show that the vehicle was sold, junked, or registered out-of state or donated.
(The license plate receipt alone is not sufficient proof that the vehicle has been disposed of).
As recommended by the CT Office of Policy & Management, Connecticut Assessor’s utilize the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) guide for all motor vehicle valuations, with exceptions not found in NADA, we also use various other guides for vehicles that are special interest or too old to be listed in the NADA Pricing Guide and trailers are priced by decoding their VIN number for: make, model, weight, capacity, etc.
The assessment reflects 70% of the published "retail-selling price" as of October 1 of each year. The assessment does not reflect vehicle condition nor mileage factors. If you feel your vehicle should be assessed at a lower rate due to these factors, you may appeal to the assessment to the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA).
The BAA convenes twice per year, in March and September. The March hearings the BAA hears appeals for taxable property; real estate, personal property and motor vehicles, on the supplemental list only. These appeals are by appointment only.
Applications can be downloaded from the Assessor’s page starting Feb.1st and a deadline for submission on or before 4:30 on February 20th. The Clerk for the BAA will contact appellants with their
The September appeals are for Motor Vehicles on the Regular MV List only. and are “walk-In” on a first come first serve basis. Notices must be posted in the paper and Town website.
You may contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 203-287-7112 to get exact dates. Applications can be downloaded from the the Assessor’s Office web page on February 1st, and must completed and returned to the Assessor’s Office on or before 4:30, February 20th.
If this date falls on a Saturday, it would be the prior Friday and if the date falls on a Sunday, it will be the Monday following day. Application forms may be downloaded by visiting the Board of Assessment Appeals Forms page.
Assessments represent 70% of the market value, as of the date of the last revaluation (October,1 2020).
All property owners will receive final change notices in the first few days of February. This notice will cite the new assessments according to the 10/01/2020 Grand List and Your Rights of Appeal to the BAA explained.
These notices are a yearly occurrence, primarily for all increased assessments caused mostly by building permit work inspections, that contributes to the property value as a whole. Not all building permit work affects the value. Most information is available in the Assessor’s office is open to the public.
Basic information (such as title and assessment) can be provided upon telephone request although, the most latest information is available through the Assessor’s Online Assessment Database (Updated nightly) hosted by Vision Governmental Solutions.
The next revaluation is scheduled for the October 1st, 2025 Grand List.
Building permits cost $25.26 for the first $1,000 of construction cost, and $18.26 for each $1,000 of construction costs thereafter.
After obtaining a building permit, the following inspections are required:
Do not insulate the structure until receiving the following rough inspections and approvals:
Before a certificate of occupancy is issued, the following finish inspections and approvals are required:
Contractors requesting inspections shall give the inspectors 24 hours notice of their needs.
Please see our staff directory for a listing of our inspectors and hours.
Contact the Hamden Fire Department at 203-407-5880 or via the webpage at www.hamdencert.com for becoming a team member.
Visit the Hamden CERT Webpage about our 2 Basic CERT Classes that are held each year at the Dunbar Hill Fire Station #8. (www.hamdencert.com)
There are 8 – 2.5 hour sessions that are held for each class. By FEMA Standards, each class must cover 20 hours of instruction for FEMA Certification.
The classes are taught by Certified CERT Instructors & trained emergency personnel, including firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Personnel. Training consist of:
Any Hamden resident 18 years or older, neighborhood watch, community organization, place of worship, school staff, workplace employees and other groups may take the training. No special skills are required, just the willingness to learn the skills necessary to survive a disaster. All residents are encouraged to attend the training.
CERT Training is provided free of charge within the state to anyone 18 years of age or older.
The Keefe Center can provide fuel assistance to persons up to 59 years of age. Income documentation is required. Once someone is 60 years of age or over, please call Elderly Services at 203-287-2547 for fuel assistance.
You must call 203-562-5129. Documentation of residency and family members is required.
If you live in Hamden, you may call the Keefe Center at 203-562-5129 to see if there is an eviction pending.
When funding is available, we can provide one-month rent to families who meet the program guidelines. Call 203-562-5129 to see if there is available funding.
No, but we will provide referrals on a case-by-case basis.
Welfare services can be provided by:
No, but we will assist you in accessing the appropriate services based on your needs.
We provide scholarships for Hamden children to attend Hamden summer camp programs. You must provide income documentation to qualify.
The Keefe Center offers family based events such as:
People in the community are welcome to use the facility.
60 years of age and older.
Programming at the Miller Senior Center focuses on educational, geneology, income tax, recreational and social offerings. Activities include:
Speakers and entertainment are also available on a scheduled basis throughout the year. A monthly newsletter details all the activities and is available at the Senior Center and also online.
The senior center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on holidays.
The Miller Senior Center is located at:2901 Dixwell AvenueHamden, CT 06518
The senior center is located in the same building as the Miller Library. The entrance to the senior center is in the rear of the building. View the Directions page to see directions to the senior center.
Yes, the Senior Community Café serves meals Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall of the Miller Senior Center. The menu is available at the senior center or online. The requested donation per meal is $3. Meals are served to seniors (60 years and older) Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. A Form 5 is required and can be obtained from the center staff. Individuals need to be from the catchment area to participate. Reservations have to be made at least one day in advance before noon. Call 203-287-0057 to learn more.
The Wellness Clinic is every Wednesday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This is a walk-in clinic and does not require an appointment.
AARP Safe Driving classes are held on specific Fridays from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Payment for the class is by check made out to AARP. Please contact Elderly Services 203-287-2547 to check for classes or contact AARP directly.
Age for attendees at the Senior Center is 60 years and older. Some classes may be offered to ages 55 years and older. Please contact the center for more information.
Gold Key Card holders are allowed a reduced rate admission to most school system sporting events, concerts, and theater productions. Also, participants are entitled to registration in the Adult Education courses at a senior rate.
Gold Key Cards are available to Hamden residents 62 years of age and older. The card will be mailed to you. Gold Key Cards are also available at the Board of Education Office, located at:60 Putnam AvenueHamden, CT 06517
Please call 203-407-2203 for more information.
Income tax appointments are scheduled for elderly Hamden residents at the Miller Senior Center from February through the end of the filing period in April each year. Assistance is provided by appointment only. This service is sponsored by AARP with volunteers trained by the Internal Revenue Service. Income tax assistance is provided free of charge. To schedule an appointment, call the Miller Senior Center at 203-287-2547.
Yes, Hamden has two adult day care centers:
Computer classes are offered in the computer-learning lab at the Miller Senior Center. Courses include:
Contact the Miller Senior Center at 203-287-2547 for the class schedule. Computer lab is open to Hamden Seniors by reservations only. Please contact the center at (203) 287-2547 to reserve your time. Volunteer instructors and coaches are always needed.
The Outreach Office provides information, referral and social services assistance to elderly town residents. Services include:
The Elderly Outreach Office is located in the Miller Senior Center at:2901 Dixwell AvenueHamden, CT 06518
The telephone number is 203-287-2691.
The fuel assistance program runs from October 1 to March 15 each year. The Outreach Office begins scheduling appointments October for oil heating customers.
Yes. Clients who heat with electricity or gas can apply for the Fuel Assistance Program. You must bring your current utility heating bill when applying.
Income guidelines differ with household size. You can call Info-Line at 211 for specific guidelines. Info-Line will also determine if you are eligible. Please note - there are also asset guidelines.
You will need proof of your monthly income for all household members. This can include things such as:
More specific information will be given when scheduling an appointment.
State law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or permanently disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing or a mobile home may be eligible for this program. The renters' rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone and cable) made in the year prior to the calendar year in which the renter applies.
The Renters Rebate Program runs from May 15 through September 15. Please contact Elderly Outreach regarding the list of documentation required to process your rent rebate and to determine your eligibility.
These guidelines change every year.
Required documentation includes:
You can call the Department of Social Services at 203-974-8000 to obtain an application. This office can assist you in filling out the application.
You will need:
You must call 203-288-2885 one week in advance to schedule your appointment. The mini bus can bring you to doctor’s appointments, errands, shopping, and to the senior center. Transportation is for a small fee.
The Hamden Housing Authority manages three elderly and one congregate (assisted) housing complexes.
Applications can be obtained by calling 203-248-9036.
Davenport/Dunbar Elderly Housing is located at:125-135 Putnam AvenueHamden, CT 06517
Applications can be obtained by calling 203-248-1445.
The Choices Program, run from the Agency on Aging, has a list of all medigap policies available to you. You can reach them by calling 203-785-8533.
Our survey crew is responsible for surveys on Town properties to establish street lines and/or other town related surveys of parks, streets, schools, and more. Private property surveys are conducted by land surveyors. You can refer to the Yellow Pages under "Land Surveyors" to find one.
The property owner is responsible to repair all defective walks and curbs along the frontage of the property. The only exception is tree root damage caused by a Town tree. A Town tree is one on Town property - normally a tree within 10 feet of the curb.
Each situation is different, but the majority of houses south of West Woods Road are connected to a sanitary sewer. Some houses north of West Woods Road are connected also.
Individual connection information is available from the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority (GNHWPCA) at 203-466-5281.
Septic system information is available at the Quinnipiac Valley Health District office in North Haven, which can be reached at 203-248-4528.
The homeowner is responsible to maintain the sanitary lateral from the house to the main sewer.
Gas services are provided by Southern Connecticut Gas Company, who can be reached at 203-787-6121.
Telephone services are provided by Southern New England Telephone Company, who can be reached at 203-771-6511.
Water services are provided by the Regional Water Authority, who can be reached at 203-624-6671.
The Finance Department is responsible for maintaining the Town's financial records. This includes payroll, debt management, data processing, and special financial analysis.
The Finance Director oversees:
The Administrative offices of the Hamden Fire Department can be located at:
2372 Whitney AvenueHamden CT, 06518
The non-emergency administrative number is 203-407-5880. For all emergencies, call 911.
The Hamden Government Center2750 Dixwell AvenueHamden CT, 06518
Fire Marshal Brian Dolan 203-407-3181 or Deputy Fire Marshal 203-407-3182.
Hamden Fire Department (HFD) Training / Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officer, Lt John Grasso 203-407-3183.
Come to the Fire Administration Office located at 2372 Whitney Avenue to obtain a copy of a fire report. Contact the Fire Chief's office at 203-407-5880 for information on obtaining an emergency services medical report.
Yes. You may stop by your local fire station between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for a tour, but due to the hectic schedules of firefighters with both planned and unplanned activities, we recommend you contact us to schedule a tour at 203-407-5880.
Remember, even when tours are scheduled the tour may be cut short or cancelled due to an emergency call.
As a fire burns, it moves upward and outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation) stops the damaging outward movement and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently and safely.
Both ambulances and fire rescue trucks are staffed by cross trained firefighter/paramedics and firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician. A fire rescue truck is dispatched with the ambulance on many calls for additional manpower or resources. In most cases the fire rescue truck may be closer and can initiate medical care before the arrival of the ambulance.
Together, the fire rescue truck and ambulance crews make a highly efficient team to provide you with an unsurpassed level of care.
The fire rescue truck carries much of the same equipment that you would find on the ambulance. The fire rescue truck crew can provide an assessment of your medical condition and begin treating conditions before the ambulance arrives on the scene.
Lights and sirens are only used when responding to an emergency call. If another apparatus reaches the call first, additional apparatus may be cancelled or continue to the call in a non-emergency mode.
When you notice an approaching emergency vehicle, immediately pull to the right and stop. If you are approaching an intersection and see an emergency vehicle that is approaching the intersection from behind you or another direction, come to a stop preferably one or two car lengths back from the intersection.
Each smoke alarm has a test button. Press the test button and hold it for a few seconds. If it is working correctly, the alarm will sound and will automatically stop when you release the button. Remember to test your smoke detector monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
If your smoke alarm is over 10 years old it needs to be replaced with a new unit.
Yes. Any Hamden Fire Station will check your blood pressure without an appointment, granted they are in the station and not on a call.
The Hamden Fire Department does not service or refill fire extinguishers. Look for a fire extinguisher service company or purchase a new extinguisher if the pressure gauge is low.
Fire crews work a 24 hour shift that includes lunch and dinner. The firefighters all eat the same meal, as a group. The crews pay for their food out of their own pockets.
Each morning, after the equipment is checked and their housework completed, one of the vehicles (either the engine or rescue truck) will make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase the food for the shift. All crews remain in service to respond to calls while shopping and eating meals.
Rescuing people is the top priority for all firefighters. They are trained to make a thorough and systematic search for anyone inside a burning building as soon as they arrive at a fire scene. In the interest of community safety, the Hamden Fire Department does not recommend that "child" or "invalid" locator decals be placed on home windows for a variety of reasons.
First, the typical family moves average of once every five to seven years. Even if a family doesn't move from the house, the family may switch rooms with time, making the decal meaningless. Often, children sleep in rooms other than their own, leave their room when frightened, or spend the night away and, therefore, may not be in the room marked with a decal.
Most importantly, a decal can also invite a burglar to enter through a marked window because the occupant of that room would present less of a threat.
The most effective way to protect your family in the event of a fire in your house is to:
One smoke alarm isn't enough! You should have at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom and in the hallway outside each bedroom. A typical 3 bedroom home would need at least 4 properly installed smoke alarms to provide a reasonable amount of protection for your family.
Smoke rises, so the best place to install an alarm is on the ceiling or high on an inside wall approximately 6-8 inches below the ceiling. Anytime your smoke alarm goes off, check your home thoroughly. If you see or smell smoke, immediately get out of your home and call 911. If the detector is chirping, replace the battery as soon as possible. Without a working battery, a smoke detector can't do its job and the risk of dying in a fire increases greatly.
A multi-purpose (ABC) fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A-10B-C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. We recommended installing an extinguisher in the kitchen and in the garage.
The Hamden Fire Department bases its response on the type of call it receives. Even a small stovetop fire can grow rapidly. Until a fire crew can access the structure and determine that the fire is out, we would rather err on the side of caution and have all the resources in place to protect your family and property.
Our goal is to have a minimum of 15 firefighters on the scene of your fire within minutes of you calling 911.
Connect with service professionals in our area to find emergency resources by calling 211 - find more information here:
Yes, while non-essential Town departments are closed, public safety, first responders and essential personnel will continue to do their work to keep the Town safe.
Thanks to the Hamden Chamber of Business, an organized list of Hamden Chamber member restaurants providing delivery and take out services can be found here:
Town of Hamden Social Media pages will constantly be updated with the latest COVID-19 information. Town press releases and updates from other local resources are posted as well. Follow the Town of Hamden Social Media links here:
Town of Hamden Official Facebook Page
Town of Hamden Official Twitter Page
Hamden Board of Education Facebook Page
Hamden Public Schools Twitter Page
The World Health Organization has a fantastic selection of downloadable, informational media, flyers, and videos that offer facts and advice on keeping yourself and others safe from COVID-19:
Meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month.
All meetings are open to the public.
Every meeting allows opportunities for the public to address the council.
The Council Agenda and All Committee Agendas are available in the Agenda Center.
Planning and Zoning staff will look up the address and provide you with the zone designation. The staff will advise you if a given particular use is allowed and if so, explain if it is permitted by right or by special permit or site plan approval. The staff can also explain the process for obtaining approval and answer other pertinent questions. All Planning and Zoning staff are trained to assist the public. You can reach us by calling the main number 203-287-7070.
Planning and Zoning staff will look up the address and provide you with your flood zone designation from the Hamden Flood Insurance Rate Map based on community and panel number. The phone number is 203-287-7070.
CRS stands for Community Rating System which is a Federal Emergency Management Agency program where flood insurance premiums are adjusted in recognition of community activities above and beyond those required by the National Flood Insurance Program. Planning and Zoning continue to play a major role in Hamden's flood damage prevention activities. This results in a 5% reduction in flood insurance premiums for Hamden residents.
The department has improved its time-line from date of application submission to date of placement on an agenda. In most cases, an applicant will be heard by the Commission within 30 days, depending on the complexity of the project and the agenda.
The condition should be reported to the Office of Planning and Zoning. The Planning and Zoning department functions as the enforcement agency for Town Property Maintenance Ordinance and Anti-Blight Ordinance. Document the complaint on a form provided by the Office of Planning and Zoning. This triggers an inspection and direct contact with the property owner in violation. If violation of either ordinance is found, staff will work with the property owner to correct the problem.
The Zoning Enforcement Officials are the specialists on Zoning Regulations. Should your needs be complex, you may wish to retain an attorney. Zoning Board of Appeals applications can be obtained in the Planning and Zoning office and should be submitted to the Clerk of Boards/Commissions.
When a person who owns property dies, the Probate Court becomes involved to oversee the division of property among those persons legally entitled to it. If the person, referred to as the "decedent," left a will, the division of property will be carried out according to the wishes of the decedent as set forth in the will. (The process of proving that a will is genuine and distributing the property in it is known as "probating" a will.) If the decedent did not leave a will, his or her property will be divided according to Connecticut's laws of "intestacy." In addition to overseeing the distribution of the estate, the Probate Court will ensure that any debts of the decedent, funeral expenses, and taxes are paid before distributing the remaining assets of the estate.
An estate must be opened if a decedent owned properties at the time of her death in her name alone or together with others, but not in survivorship. A court order is required to transfer this type of property to the proper party.
It is often advisable for the fiduciary to obtain professional assistance in connection with the administration of an estate. The Clerk of the Court or the Judge of Probate may provide limited assistance by helping an individual to complete required forms and reports. The Judge will be careful in the type of assistance given, since he or she may be called upon at a later time to adjudicate matters relating to the tax return, an account, or intermediate petitions. It is the fiduciary, however, who is primarily responsible for completing these forms and reports and for taking all the other steps necessary to settle the estate. A booklet entitled "Guidelines for Administration of Decedents' Estates" is available from the Court of Probate to assist fiduciaries.
Responsibilities such as preparation of tax returns and protecting unusual assets frequently require professional help.
A hearing at the Probate Court is an opportunity for all family members and other parties in interest to appear at the court to ask questions or to make certain that their views are known. The notice of a hearing should not be ignored if there are any questions on, or objections to, matters being heard. The law presently mandates at least one hearing on all probated estates. The hearing is usually held at the closing or acceptance of the final accounting by the executor or administrator, unless all parties sign and file with the Court a written waiver acknowledging that they have reviewed the final account and have given it their approval.
Unless all interested parties voluntarily sign a waiver, notice of the hearing is required at the time each estate is opened to pass upon the admission of the will to probate or for the appointment of an administrator. Other hearings may be necessary at intermediary stages of the proceedings, such as upon a request for an allowance for support of the surviving spouse or children or for the settlement of a doubtful or disputed claim or for the sale of real property.
Probate hearings are normally informal proceedings; however, unresolved or contested matters may require the taking of evidence at a hearing so that the Judge can make a proper determination of facts or law.
The Transfer Station on Wintergreen Avenue is open Monday-Friday: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Transfer Station will be closed in observation of the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Inclement weather may cause temporary closing. Call the Transfer Station at 203-387-2435.
Accepted items include:
You may wish to remove the hard drive from computers prior to disposal. A limited amount of remodeling or construction waste is permitted. On-site staff determines acceptable quantities. The Transfer Station has the right to refuse entrance or usage of Transfer Station. Please inquire first, before taking items to Transfer Station. Call 203-387-2435 for further information.
A single appliance or plumbing fixture will be accepted. For larger quantities, the homeowner must rent a dumpster.
Materials not accepted at the Transfer Station include:
Visit HazWaste Central for further information on disposal of household hazardous waste. Or call HazWaste Central at 203-401-2712.
Effective July 1, 2006, the Town of Hamden revised its bulk trash pick-up policy. Residents are allowed to put out bulk trash during the months of April and October. The bulk trash policy was modified in an attempt to improved services to Town residents resulting in, if followed properly, a cleaner appearance for our Town. Please see the Bulk Trash Pick-up Policy for complete information.
Leaf Pick up is done twice a year in late April/early May and November. Leaves need to be bagged in brown paper bags and left at the curb.
Holidays affecting pick-up include:
Collection for the holiday and the remainder of the week are delayed by one day if these holidays fall on a weekday. If the holiday falls on a weekend, trash and recycling collection schedules remain unchanged.
It is illegal to dispose of grass clippings in the trash, or at the Transfer Station. The easiest and best option is to leave grass clippings on the lawn where they will decompose and act as a natural fertilizer. A mulching lawnmower, or a mulching blade on your lawnmower, will chop up the grass.
The Hamden portion of the Canal line is 7.2 miles from Mt. Sanford Street in the north to the current end at Connolly Parkway. The Town of Cheshire has 2.8 miles of canal line, which is contiguous to the Hamden portion. See Farmington Canal Greenway for additional information.
The numbers are distance markers from the beginning of the greenway (Mt. Sanford Street) to its present ending point. They are marked in tenths of a mile to alert users to the distance they are traveling. They also serve as informational points should anyone have to report an incident along the way. The numbers are painted in different colors as an additional safety measure to assist in pinpointing exact locations.
The Hamden High School pool can be accessed by purchasing a yearly pool permit or by paying a daily fee at poolside. See pool pass for rate schedule.
The pool at Hamden High School is closed due to renovations until further notice.
The town operates several day camp experiences during the summer from ages 3 1/2 to 17. See information under Day Camps.
Yes, there are three major playground/playscape areas in Hamden. They are located at Millrock Park, Denicola Park and Larry's Playground at Bassett Park at Millrock Road, Treadwell Street, and Ridge Road respectively.
Yes, but restricted to scouting and serviced oriented organizations. A permit is required.
It is always the last Saturday in September. It is planned to coincide with area's "peak" colors.
Yes, but they must be on a leash at all times.
Yes, it can be reserved by contacting the Ranger Station at 203-287-2669.
Call the Parks and Recreation information line at 203-287-2588.
Sleeping Giant is a State Park and is not affiliated with the town. The Department of Environmental Protection oversees all operations there. You may contact the Park Ranger at 203-287-5658.
The Department of Public Works is responsible for the removal of leaves, their number is 203-287-2600.
Contact Public Works at 203-287-2600 and ask for the Superintendent of Trees.
We do not provide this information over the Internet because of privacy concerns. To find out if you are registered as a Hamden voter, call the Registrars of Voters Office at 203-287-7081. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
You can look up your voting district by using this District Map (PDF). You may view our Polling Place (PDF) to look up your polling place. Detailed district information and maps are available on our Districts and Maps page.
Find information about registering to vote on our Voter Registration Deadlines and Information page.
Only people who are registered voters and enrolled in the party holding the primary are eligible to vote in the primary. To enroll in a party, you fill out a voter registration form, just as you do when you register to vote, and indicate on the form which party you wish to join. If you are not already a member of another party, your enrollment will take effect as soon as your form is approved. If you are switching parties, your enrollment takes effect 90 days after your form is approved; during this waiting period, you are not a member of any party.
To be eligible to vote in a primary, a person who is not already enrolled in any party may enroll by mail by the fifth day before the primary or may enroll in person at the Registrars' Office anytime before noon on the day before the primary. These deadlines also apply if you are not already a registered Hamden voter and wish to register and enroll at the same time.
If you are already enrolled in a party and wish to switch parties to vote in a primary, the deadline is ninety days before the primary.To find out if you are already enrolled in a party, call the Registrars' Office at 203-287-7081.
Absentee ballots are handled by the Town Clerk's Office. You can vote by absentee ballot in any election, primary or referendum if you will not be able to get to the polling place because you are ill or physically disabled, because you are serving in the military, because you will be out of town on election day, because your religion forbids secular activity on election day, or because you are serving as a poll worker at a polling place other than your own.
You can obtain an application for an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk's Office. For more information, visit the Town Clerk's Absentee Ballots Page, or contact the Town Clerk's Office at 203-287-7112.
Hamden's Town Council has fifteen members - one for each of the nine Council districts and six at-large members who represent the entire town. Hamden is part of two State Senate and four State Assembly districts.
You can look up your Town Council Representatives and State Representatives using our interactive Districts and Representatives Search.
You must inform us in writing. Use the Removal Form available on our Forms page.
Use this link to check your registration status online: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx
The fastest way to check your voter registration status is by using the State of CT Voter Registration Lookup link inserted above. Once your enter your basic information, this link will automatically show you your registration status as well as your polling location and address.
To find out more specific information about your voter registration status in Hamden, call the Registrars of Voters Office at 203-287-7081. While the building is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19, the Registrar’s office is still open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. (Due to privacy concerns, we do not provide personal voter registration information over the internet.)
If you have access to internet, the fastest and easiest way to register to vote during Covid-19 is to register through the State of CT Voter Registration Portal link above.
If you do not have access to internet or a printer, you can request a paper registration be mailed to you so you can register to vote by mail. Call the Registrars’ Office at 287-7081 to request a Voter Registration Form to mailed to you. Once you have filled out your voter registration form, mail it back to:
Hamden Registrars of VotersHamden Government Center2750 Dixwell AvenueHamden, CT 06518
Drop it in the Secure Ballot Drop Box outside of the Hamden Government Center at the same address above.
Your voting district is dependent upon where you officially live. Look up your voting district by locating your current, legal address using this Hamden District Map above.
Once you find out what district you live in, locate your polling place using the Polling Place Directory above.
More detailed district information and maps are available on our Districts and Maps page.
Monday through Friday8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Main Floor, Hamden Government Center2750 Dixwell AvenueHamden, CT 06518
If a bill is less than $250, payment in full is due July 1st, otherwise the first payment is due July 1st and the second payment is due January 1st. Two installment bills may be paid in full in July.
Taxpayers may now view bills on Hamden's My Tax Bill website.
Yes. As of November 1, 2014, there will be a fee of $0.50 per page for these items.
Credit card payments can be made through Hamden's My Tax Bill website. A fee is charged to the taxpayer for this service.
Make checks out to "Collector of Taxes - Hamden"
In July and January please mail payments to:P.O. Box 150426Hartford, CT 06115-0426
All other times, please send mail to:2750 Dixwell AvenueHamden, CT 06518
Please update your records accordingly.
This indicates you have prior taxes owing. Please call 203-287-7140 for updated interest charges before paying.
Cash, certified check or money order are accepted by the Tax Office.
Call the Assessor at 203-287-7128.
The current Mill Rate for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year is 52.44. The mill rate for motor vehicles is 45.00.
All sewer use inquiries should be directed to the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority. Payments can be accepted at:260 East StreetNew Haven, CT 06511-5839
Please call either 203-776-3570 or 203-776-3713 to contact the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority.
No. Call 203-562-4020 for water, and 203-776-3570 for sewer.
No, a business check is acceptable.
2750 Dixwell AvenueHamden, CT 06518
If more than one tax year is outstanding, call the tax office directly to verify this information.
This information is available through our My Tax Bill website. When you look-up the bill, choose the option “information on this account”.
Hamden Government Center
2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone # 203-287-7028
Please see LINK attached
The local conveyance tax rate is ½ 1%, as Hamden is one of 18 “Target Investment Communities on Residential Properties”
The cost to record land records is: $60 the 1st page +$5 each subsequent page.
The cost to record a MERS is: $159 the 1st page +$5 each subsequent page.
We do not prepare any legal documents or forms. Please go to the original mortgage holder or bank for such a release. This must be recorded in the Town Clerk’s office to release your record
You would need to call your attorney to prepare such a document.
Under Departments and Resources, go to Town Clerk and click on Applications and Forms. •Along with the Birth Certificate Request Form, a copy of Photo ID and $20 fee (cash or check) is required to process request. •Requests may be mailed or put in Town Clerk mail box with ATTN: Maria
Yes. A $1.00 for each month late.
Yes. A notarized “Trade Name Certificate” must be filed with Town Clerk. (Due to COVID safety measures: call to schedule an appointment)•“Trade Name Certificate” fee is: $12.00 (includes 2 certified copies for filer)
Agendas/minutes for Boards and Commissions can be found in the Town Clerk’s office as permanent records. (Due to COVID safety measures: call to schedule an appointment) or utilize the Hamden.com website to navigate on-line records by commission.
A letter of interest and resume should be sent to the Town Clerk to verify that you are a registered elector of the Town of Hamden. The resume is sent to the mayor for consideration if there is an opening and forwarded to the Legislative Council for approval.•For a listing of the commissions, the procedure and other information, click on “Boards and Commissions”.
Yes, we have a list of justices currently available by mail or you may download our list from the “Justice of the Peace” section.
Yes. It will be recorded and given to the Assessor’s office for consideration. (Due to COVID safety measures: call to schedule an appointment)
Yes, upon verification of voter registration, An Absentee Ballot Application must be completed, dated and signed first before a ballot can be given.
Yes, or go to www.seec.ct.gov for registration (SEEC 1, 1A, & 1B) and disclosure forms (SEEC Form 2020 and 2021)
Yes, an appointment must be scheduled. (Due to COVID safety measures: call to schedule an appointment)
At the time of appointment, please have the following: the front and back of unsigned certificate, photo ID and $20 fee.
At this time, we are not notarizing in person. You may go to your bank or AAA.
A study of traffic conditions, pedestrian and physical characteristics of the location is performed at the location to determine if a traffic signal is necessary at the proposed location. This study includes an analysis of certain factors contained in traffic signal warrants and other factors relating to the operation and safety of the location. Through certain warrants must be met to justify the installation of a traffic signal, meeting the warrant requirements does not in itself require the installation of traffic signal.
The warrants are:
Stop signed are used if one or more of the following conditions exist:
Stop signs should not be used for speed control.
These signs were dropped from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices in 1961, and have not been reintroduced in any of the subsequent manual. It is important to be aware of the following information; the Town of Hamden has not used "Children at Play", or "Slow Children", etc. signs since the mid-seventies, the logic being that they have no regulatory, or enforcement value, and they lose their warning value because every street qualifies for children signs by virtue of children, grandchildren, or visitors. If every street has a "Slow Children" sign, the sign becomes meaningless, like sky overhead.
The Traffic Department has followed a policy of posting warning signs for all schools and playgrounds. 25 Mile Per Hour Speed Limit signs are used in all other areas where children are present; this gives the Police Department the authority to arrest violators, rather than a non-enforceable warning sign.
The lowest enforceable speed limit in Hamden is 25 mph; the highest speed limit in Hamden is currently 40 mph. Connecticut State Law provides 55 mph as the maximum speed limit unless otherwise posted.
A through truck is one that passes through a town without having an origin or destination in that town. Find more information on our Through Truck page.