Show All Answers
To be eligible, the owner must occupy the property as their principal residence on January 1 preceding the fiscal year for which they are applying. A fiscal year runs from July 1st to the following June 30th. For more information contact the contact the Assessor's office at 617-730-2060 or visit the Residential Exemptions page.
To determine fair market value, actual sales are used. The sales considered are those which occurred 12 months prior to the January 1 assessment date and 6 months after the January 1 date, trended back to January 1.
All arms-length sales are considered bearing in mind that all buyers and sellers are not knowledgeable and that the market is imperfect in that regard. For this reason, one individual sale is not used to determine "market value." In reviewing and researching 18 months of sales, the assessor is able to estimate the approximate price a willing buyer might pay for a property on January 1.
1st Quarter - July 1st 2nd Quarter - October 1st 3rd Quarter - January 1st 4th quarter - April 1st.
The bills are sent thirty (30) days prior to the dates they are due. The quarterly tax payments are due thirty days from the date the tax bill is issued on the following dates:
August 1st November 1st February 1st May 1st
NOTE: If the 1st of the month falls on a weekend or Federal Holiday, taxes and abatement applications are due the first business day immediately following the 1st.
Change of addresses are done through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. When you change the address for your vehicle registration plates, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will send that information to our office and our files will be changed. You can change the address here at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Personal PropertyPersonal property is generally those items not permanently affixed to real estate. Personal property is movable and can be removed without serious damage either to the real estate or to the item being removed. The 3 categories of taxable personal properties are:
Business and professional furnishings Household furnishings, in property other than the principal residence Personal property of public utilities
Please visit the Permit and Fee Schedule page for more information.
An application for a permit shall be made by the owner or lessee of the building or structure, or agent of either. If application is made by other than by the owner, the written authorization of the owner shall accompany the application.
A building permit can be issued to individuals that poses a valid construction supervisors license (780 CMR R5) and are registered as a Home Improvement Contractor (780 CMR R6, MGL ch142A). An unrestricted construction supervisors license is valid for buildings and structures containing less than 35,000 cubic feet. A Home Improvement contractor registration is generally required for any individual or corporation involved in the improvement of any existing building or structure containing one to four residential dwelling units.
Building permits are typically issued to construction supervisors licensed by the state. The state license is only valid for work involving structures of less than 35,000 cubic feet. As an exception to this requirement, building permits are also issued to homeowners doing work on one- or two-unit dwellings where they reside or intend to reside.
Please note that when homeowners are issued building permits, they may be liable for contractors working on their property and they are not eligible for protection under the provisions of the Homeowners Improvement Contractor Law.
Curb cuts are regulated by the Zoning Bylaw and the Department of Public Works. Follow the instructions in the Curb Cut Procedure document.
You may contact the Building Commissioner, Daniel F. Bennett, at 617-730-2100 during regular office hours to discuss specific issues.
Comcast provides digital cable television (converter box required), video on demand, high definition television, high speed data service (Internet access), and telephone service. Brookline residents may contact Comcast for sales and customer service at 617-731-1343 or visit the Comcast/Xfinity website. Residents who are hearing impaired should use the Massachusetts Telephone Relay Service (711) to contact Comcast. Comcast does not maintain a customer service office in the town.
RCN provides video on demand, high definition television, high speed data service (Internet access), and telephone service. Brookline residents may contact RCN for sales and customer service at 800-746-4726 or visit the RCN/Astound website. Residents who are hearing impaired should use the Massachusetts Telephone Relay Service (711) to contact RCN. RCN does not maintain a customer service office in the town.
Contact your cable company 617-731-1343 for Comcast, or 800-746-4726 for RCN and provide all pertinent information about your situation.
When talking to your cable company, be sure to get the name of the people you talk with and keep copies of any correspondence from them. If you do not receive a satisfactory response, ask to speak with a supervisor.
If you are still not satisfied with the response from your cable company, you may contact Deputy Town Administrator Melissa Goff at [email protected] or 617-730-2205 .
Please be sure to include your name, the name of the person on the account, your telephone number on the account, and the address. Describe the problem clearly.
If you live in a rental unit and there is not preexisting service, the landlord must authorize the cable provider to wire the building for cable access. If you live in a condominium, the association typically negotiates an agreement with one or both of the cable providers to deliver cable service to the residents.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 deregulated rate making for all cable television rates except the basic service tier. The Cable Division of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy regulates rates for basic service tier. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that there is effective competition in Brookline, disallowing rate regulation of basic service tier.
There is a $2 discount off of basic service to eligible senior citizens. To qualify, a senior citizen:
Disabled persons living in housing subsidized by any federal or state program(s) also qualify for the discount. Submit documentation to respective cable provider.
Cable Service Bureau Fact Sheets are available for viewing at the FCC website.
Anyone over the age of 18 who is a US Citizen can register to vote. You can also pre-register from the age of 16.
Every year Brookline has an annual Town election in the Spring to elect Town Meeting Members, Select Board Members, and other local officials. State elections occur every 2 years (on the even years) in November, with a primary in September. Every 4 years there is a Presidential election, as well as a Presidential Primary in March. There can also be special elections if someone leaves their seat, or if there is a ballot question.
Voting is the best way to make sure your voice is heard, and to impact your community. Elected officials affect every part of your life, from the President setting foreign policy, to the Select Board making sure your garbage is picked up. There are numerous examples of an election being decided by just a handful of votes, so every vote counts, especially yours.
There are different forms of municipal government in Massachusetts. They can mostly be divided into Cities and Towns. Brookline is a Town. In a city, you have a Mayor as the Executive Branch, and a City Council as the Legislative Branch. In a Town like Brookline, you have a Select Board with a Town Administrator as the Executive Branch, and a Town Meeting as the Legislative Branch.
Any registered voter that resides in Brookline can run for any office. To be put on the ballot for a Town-wide position (Select Board, School Committee, Library Trustee, Constable, etc.), you need to gather 50 signatures from Brookline voters. To be put on the ballot for a Town Meeting seat, you need to gather 10 signatures from Brookline voters in your precinct.
Brookline has many boards, commissions, and committees that help advise and run the Town. Membership of the committees are chosen by different groups in Town, most frequently the Select Board. Some boards, commissions, and committees discuss issues and make recommendations to the Select Board, while others can act independently. Boards, commissions, and committees impact every part of Town government, and are a great place to become involved if you do not want to run for office. If you’re interested in joining a board, commission, or committee, you should reach out to the appointing body, or to the committee Chair for information.
There are no age requirements to serve on most boards, commissions, and committees. There are no age requirements for speaking at any board, commission, or government meeting, including Town Meeting. In fact, there are several examples of students speaking before Town Meeting on issues that are important to them.
Town Meeting is the legislative body in Brookline. Town Meeting is made up of 255 Town Meeting members, 15 from each precinct. Town Meeting typically meets twice per year, once in the Spring, and once in fall, to discuss the Budget, changes to the By-laws, resolutions, and other legislation. There are 15 Town Meeting Members in your precinct, and you can find information on contacting them on the Town Website.
You must be a registered voter in order to run for Town Meeting. Any registered voter can take out nomination papers to be placed on the ballot. Candidates require 10 signatures from registered voters in their precinct in order to be on the ballot. Even if you are not elected to Town Meeting, the proceedings of Town Meeting are open to the public. You can watch Town Meeting on Brookline Interactive Group, and can request to speak on an issue by contacting the Town Moderator.
Currently, you must be 18 years old in order to vote in any election in Brookline. There was a vote of Town Meeting in November 2019 that filed a Home Rule petition with the State Legislature. If approved, the Home Rule petition would allow for 16 and 17 year olds to vote in local Brookline elections. However, the Home Rule petition has not been approved by the State Legislature yet. As a result, the current law states that voters must be 18 years of age or older. 16 and 17 year olds are eligible to pre-register to vote, which would mean they are eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18. Currently, one can run for government only if one is eligible to vote and registered, so therefore, once one turns 18.
Brookline is divided into 17 voting precincts. Each precinct has approximately the same number of residents. All voters in a precinct vote at the same polling location, and vote for the same ballot of elected officials. In Brookline, there are two Majority-Minority precincts, which are precincts where less than 50% of the voters are White, Non-Hispanic.
An operating override is a voter-approved measure to increase property taxes beyond the state-imposed levy limit, which is ordinarily capped at 2.5% of the prior year’s limit, plus a dollar amount derived from the value of new construction and other growth in the local tax base since the previous year called “new growth.”
A debt exclusion allows for a temporary property tax increase to finance debt service payments for a specific project or projects. Brookline calculated that it would collect an additional $20,555,634 in property taxes for existing debt exclusions in 2023 (7.9% of the total amount). These are payments for the Ridley School renovation and expansion, the High School renovation and expansion, the Driscoll School renovation and expansion, and the acquisition of Newbury College.
By contrast, an override is a permanent tax increase. Historically, Brookline’s overrides have phased in the increase over a number of years (typically three).
The Town has identified over $11.4M in additional costs, of which approximately $6M are recurring expenditures. The Town plans use approximately $5.3M in one-time funds and $1M in other recurring sources of revenue to lower the total current override proposal to $4,995,000, phased in over three years as follows:
For more information on the Town’s override proposal, please refer to the Town Administrator Override Presentation and the Town Administrator’s FY24 budget message linked below under Supporting Documents.
The Schools’ current override proposal is $6,988,367, phased in over three years as follows:
For more information on the PSB's override proposal, please refer to the School Superintendent Override Presentation linked below under Supporting Documents.
The Select Board included one additional override question to add composting to Town solid waste pickup services for $1.85M, with an estimated additional $400k in revenue anticipated to be secured through a $75 program fee. This question will appear on the ballot as an addition to the base override in a two-tier pyramid that will require passage of the base override in order for composting to be successful.
There will likely be a debt exclusion ballot question that would authorize the Town to finance the possible new Pierce School building. The Town estimates that the total temporary annual cost of servicing that debt will be about $12.6M per year over 25 years. For more information on this debt exclusion and the Pierce School project, please refer to the following page on the PSB’s website: https://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/pierce-project
The Town will publish calculators in the section below for residents to estimate the property tax impact of the override proposal and the Pierce School debt exclusion once the final override numbers have been set by the Select Board.
With expenditures rising at a rate greater than revenues, the Town is faced with the decision to reduce services to balance the budget or raise the Prop 2 ½ limit on property tax growth to maintain services. The Town’s override proposal also prioritizes the need to:
Brookline’s schools also face a critical shortfall of over $3M this fiscal year that is set to grow, even after PSB has identified $1.85M in cuts it intends to make next year. While PSB was able to use one-time federal funds to prevent major cuts earlier in the pandemic, it now faces a need to move the ongoing costs once covered by those funds to the operating budget. PSB also seeks limited funding for public initiatives such as a no-fee bus service in South Brookline and redesigning the World Languages program.
The Assessor’s Office maintains a list of various programs people can use to defray or reduce their overall tax burden.
Additionally, earlier this year, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a Brookline-specific tax law that can allow a potential exemption of up to 50% of a property tax bill on a qualifying senior citizen’s primary residence. The Assessor’s Office is in the process of drafting regulations to implement this law.
On the one hand, Brookline pays the second-highest average single-family property tax bill ($21,322) in the Commonwealth, behind only Weston. It is important to note, however, that 2 of the 10 most expensive real estate sales in Massachusetts last year were in Brookline, which suggests that large and expensive outlier properties skew our mean tax bill significantly.
On the other hand, when Brookline’s preponderance of condominiums, two- and three-family homes, rental apartments, and multi-use buildings (combining residential and commercial uses) is taken into account, the average tax bill per unit of housing is $8,569. The number of rental apartments, units within owner-occupied buildings having four or more units, and units within multi-use buildings is not easily obtainable for many of our peer communities, but even excluding these types of residential units, Brookline’s average tax bill is presently in well in line with our peer communities:
Meetings are open to the public. Please email the commission for more information.
A majority (59.98%) of Brookline residents voted “Yes” to Question 4 on the 2016 State election ballot to legalize adult-use Marijuana, making Brookline a “Yes” community. “No” communities are those in which the majority of residents voted “No” to Question 4.
A “Yes” community could not place certain controls on Marijuana Retailers (businesses that sell Marijuana directly to the consumer) unless those limitations were approved by BOTH Town Meeting AND via a Town-wide referendum.
In preparation of the State's July 1, 2018 deadline (when recreational marijuana could be legally sold to consumers), Town Boards, Committees, and Departments worked proactively to introduce a series of Warrant Articles to create a regulatory process for Marijuana Establishments. Warrant Articles 17 to 22 were approved at the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting.
The State regulations are extensive and complex, compiled in an 88-page document that governs various use types (grow, sell, etc.). State regulations do not give much local control over Marijuana Establishments, which is why the Town proposed the regulatory scheme included in Warrant Articles 17 to 22. To review current State regulations, please visit the links to the Enabling Legislation on Cannabis Control Commission site.
Find our local rules on our Marijuana Licensing Regulations page.
Feedback and recommendations from various public safety departments, including Police, Fire, and Health, were instrumental in informing all of the proposed warrant articles, which were vetted through the Select Board’s Licensing Review Committee. A combination of public meetings, hearings, surveys, and other tools were utilized to understand the pulse of the community when drafting regulatory proposals.
Table 4.07 of the Zoning By-Law indicates those business districts in which various Marijuana Establishments are permitted by Special Permit. Section 4.13 of the Zoning By-Law specifies other controls including minimum distance from K-12 schools, minimum distance from another Marijuana Retailer, whether the building contains a pre-existing daycare center, and maximum store size. Warrant Article 21 features an amendment to Section 8.37 of the General By-Law.
A licensing scheme allows the Select Board to issue licenses and review Marijuana Establishments on an annual basis similar to the way we do with alcohol establishments, like restaurants and package stores. This adds local control under the Select Board. A license may also be revoked or not renewed under certain conditions, and requires the Marijuana Establishment to appear before the Select Board on a yearly basis for license renewal.
Currently, the Town can issue four licenses for each type of Marijuana Retailer. Section 8.37 of the General By-Law establishes a cap equal to 20% of package store licenses issued (rounded up) for each of the following categories of Marijuana Retailers:
Note: The number of package store licenses is decided by the census and based on the Town’s population. This means the number of package store licenses can vary.
Setting a cap at 20% allows for the integration of the industry while avoiding a proliferation of these business types so that the Town can better adapt to them and respond with any additional needed regulations over time. By law, the municipality has the authority to establish a cap, and the Town may increase or decrease the cap of Marijuana licenses accordingly (subject to limitations applicable to “Yes” communities, see above).
Because 60% of Brookline voters voted in a favor of Question 4 on the State election ballot, the warrant articles did not propose a ban on marijuana establishments. In addition, the law is gray about whether a community with an existing medical marijuana dispensary can ban its expansion into retail marijuana sales.
No, Section 8.38 of the General By-law clearly states “no person shall smoke, ingest, consume…Marijuana or Marijuana Products while in or upon any public street, sidewalk… playground…” and other locations. This is consistent with the State law and provides a local by-law enforcement mechanism.
No, Section 8.38 of the General By-Law bans the consumption of Marijuana in public places and cultivation of Marijuana and Hemp (which look the same) in public view. In addition, it restricts residential personal manufacture and extraction at home to non-solvent based extraction methods, since methods which use combustible materials can be dangerous. With these exceptions, the by-law is generally aimed to regulate businesses not residents.
Not with the Warrant Articles proposed and approved at the Annual May 2018 Town Meeting. The CCC has not yet begun licensing “Social Consumption” Marijuana Retailers (businesses selling marijuana for on-site consumption). In addition, under State law, a community must “opt-in” before the CCC will license Social Consumption establishments there, through a Town-wide referendum. The law details the procedures for this. The Town provides for this Use by Special Permit in anticipation of CCC's licensing of these establishments in order to have measures in place.
If an existing store is compliant with all the zoning regulations, undergoes a rigorous Site Plan Review process with the Police, Fire, Health, and Transportation Departments, is granted a Special Permit by the Board of Appeals, is issued a license from the Select Board and a license from the CCC, then Yes. However, State laws have certain restrictions. For example, alcohol and Marijuana cannot be sold together, Marijuana products must be separated from other non-Marijuana products and not accessible to those under the age of 21, among other rules.
Some retailers allow walk-ins and others may require an appointment. State regulations require retailers to check IDs at the door and use other measures, which the Town regulations and licenses have incorporated. Please check with individual retailers for details about their procedures.
State law requires that Marijuana facilities be secure, regardless of the type of use. For example, the Marijuana product must be kept separate from consumers, even from certain employees, in a secure location.
All Marijuana Establishments go through a two-step process with multiple opportunities for public comment.
The applicant cannot open for business without a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, a license from the Select Board, and a license from the State.
Sign up for Select Board hearing notifications via the “Notify Me” notification system. You should consider signing up for notifications from the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals.
Refer to our webpage for new businesses.
You are encouraged to subscribe to the town’s Affordable Housing Notification Email List for timely notification of new affordable housing opportunities of Town's deed-restricted units. You can do this from our Housing Search page, which also includes many other regional and state resources.
For any proposed exterior work on a home located in one of Brookline's Local Historic Districts, you must apply for a Certificate by completing this application. The Preservation staff will work with you to determine which type of Certificate will apply to your type of work and whether this work can be approved at the staff level or will require the approval of the Preservation Commission. If a building is located in a Local Historic District, the applicant should refer to the Design Guidelines for Local Historic Districts for an understanding of the regulations and guidelines for approved work. In almost all cases, the Preservation Commission will not approve demolition of buildings in Local Historic Districts.
A demolition delay is a hold that prohibits any demolition permits from being issued for a property for a specified amount of time. In Brookline, a demolition stay is triggered when any full or partial demolition is proposed on a house that is found to be historically/architecturally significant. For most properties, the demolition stay is issued for 12 months. For properties listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places, the demolition stay is 18 months.
The purpose of a demolition stay is to give the applicant time to consider alternatives to demolition. If an applicant would like to lift their demolition stay early, they can work with the Preservation Commission to submit a design and go through a design review process. The demolition stay thus serves as an incentive for applicants to work with the Commission to improve the quality of new construction or partial new construction.
The Preservation staff recommends that you try searching online in the MACRIS (Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System) for inventory forms and photos of historic buildings. You can also visit the Brookline Room in the Brookline Public Library for archival information, atlases, town records, etc.
Zoning is a tool used by municipalities to dictate the allowed uses, types, massing, scaling and density of development in a given area. Brookline’s Zoning By-Law incorporates a written code (describing setbacks, heights, allowed uses, densities, etc.) and a map which indicates which geographic areas are subject to which zoning guidelines.
Your proposed project may require zoning relief if your proposed changes or proposed use do not meet the requirements of the Zoning By-Law or if your home is a pre-existing non-conforming structure. You can consult the Zoning By-Law to determine if your proposal conforms to the By-Law or consult with staff in the Building Department. The Building Commissioner or Deputy Building Commissioner ultimately determines what zoning relief is needed for any proposed project.
A pre-existing non-conforming structure is a structure that complied with zoning and development regulations at the time it was built but which, because of subsequent changes to the zoning and/or development regulations, no longer fully complies with those regulations.
An “as of right” project is one that does not require zoning relief. If your proposal meets all zoning requirements, you can proceed with a Building Permit.
Under Section 8.02 of Brookline’s Zoning By-Law, a special permit is required if you are extending a pre-existing non-conformity, such as increasing the building footprint of a structure that already is located within an allowed setback.
In a Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals hearing regarding a single- or two-family home, you may hear reference to the Deadrick decision or a "Section 6" finding, which is a basis for applicants to demonstrate whether pre-existing non-conformities can be extended if no new non-conformities are created and if the ZBA finds that the extended non-conformities will not be substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood.
Both are types of zoning relief. A Special Permit is required where the proposed use or development is identified by the Zoning By-Law as requiring one. Special permits will be outlined in the tables and text of the By-Law as available for certain uses or certain dimensional exceptions if the ZBA finds that the applicant meets specific criteria.
A variance is required if the proposed use or development is prohibited by the By-Law. The applicant must prove that there is uniqueness to their lot whereby a literal interpretation of the By-Law would cause a hardship warranting an exception from the Zoning By-Law. The application process for variances and special permits are the same.
The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals both serve different functions in Brookline. The Planning Board is a 7 member board that consists of design professionals. The Planning Board reviews and offers recommendations to the ZBA on all zoning cases. It also guides the physical growth and development of the Town through the adoption and implementation of a master plan, consideration of zoning bylaw amendments, and evaluation and recommendation on land use changes, development projects and the siting of wireless telecommunication facilities on private property. The Planning Board also conducts design review for signage and building facades, and appoints Design Advisory Teams to review Major Impact Projects.
The Board of Appeals is the Town’s permit granting authority that is responsible for reviewing and approving applications for relief by special permit and by variance from the requirements of the Zoning By-Law, in accordance with the “Massachusetts Zoning Act” - Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A. 3 board members sit for each hearing and a unanimous vote is required for zoning relief to be granted. The ZBA also hears administrative appeals of Building Commissioner decisions or of ZBA decisions.
The process for a special permit or variance can take up to six months in total, depending on the complexity of the project.
We recommend using the interactive property information map to determine the zoning district for a particular parcel. Enter the address at the top right window or zoom into the map to find your property. Then, use your cursor to click on the property. An information panel will open up, and you can scroll down to see the Zoning District information. Once you know your zoning district, you can refer to the Zoning By-Law for the requirements of that district.
Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is tool used to regulate lot coverage and density. It is a ratio of the gross floor area in a structure to the land area of its lot. It is calculated by dividing the gross floor area by the total lot size. FAR accounts for the entire floor area of a building, not simply the building's footprint. Buildings with varying numbers of stories may have the same FAR value. For example, the FAR of a 1,000-square-foot building with one story situated on a 4,000-square-foot lot would be 0.25. A two-story building on the same lot, where each floor was 500 square feet, would have the same FAR. FAR limits for zoning districts in Brookline can be found in Chapter 5, Table of Dimensional Requirements.
The Planning Department recommends that plans be drafted by a registered architect for accuracy. However, if your project is for a single or two-family home, a registered architect is not required. For any other structure, plans must be stamped by a registered architect licensed in Massachusetts. All applications also require a site plan/land survey stamped by a registered land surveyor.
An attorney is not a requirement. Applications can be submitted by an attorney on behalf of an applicant, by the property owner or by a representative of the owner such as an architect or contractor.
However, it is important that you understand what action you are requesting from the Board or Commission and how you qualify for it. If you do not understand the Bylaw or what you need from the Board, a lawyer or other representative may be able to help you. You may also want a lawyer or representative to present your case before the Board if you do not feel comfortable doing so yourself. Staff is also available to help answer questions on the process.
These types of structures are considered “accessory structures” and must be located at least six feet from side and rear property lines and at least six feet from the main structure on the lot. Accessory structures are not permitted in the front yard setback. If you require a setback less than six feet, a special permit is required.
The Town of Brookline does allow accessory dwelling units provided that they comply with a variety of requirements. These requirements may be found in the Zoning By-law under Section 4.05. Accessory Dwelling Units are only allowed in single-family homes or accessory buildings on such properties (like a garage).
Sign and façade alterations in commercial districts are subject to the signage regulations outlined in Section 7 of the Zoning By-Law and vary based on zoning district. Sign and Façade Design Review usually takes place at Planning Board morning meetings, often once a month. Some sign alterations may be able to be approved by staff. To discuss your signage plans, see the Department Services FAQ page.
Public comment is welcome at all Planning Board, ZBA, and Preservation Commission hearings unless otherwise noted. Residents are able to speak in favor or in opposition of a project. Our Boards are especially interested in hearing about specific conditions that may assist them in making a decision with regards to the specific zoning relief being requested; approval decisions often include special conditions specific to the property, adjacent conditions, or to mitigate future conditions.
If you cannot attend the hearing in person, you can submit written comment in advance. Please refer to this Services FAQ page to find the appropriate staff person to send your comments to. All public comment is submitted to the Board members prior to the hearing for their consideration and Boards consider these comments in rendering their decision. If you would like to see the plans for a project prior to a hearing, please contact staff.
Major Impact Projects are large-scale proposals that receive additional design review prior to going through the zoning process. Design Advisory Teams (DATs) are created to review the projects and are made up of Planning Board members, neighborhood representatives and other local design professionals. The applicant works with the DAT to refine their design. All recent Major Impact Projects have their own webpage which you can see on our Current Projects page.
A project categorized as a “40B” refers to Chapter 40B of the Massachusetts General Laws, a state statute which enables local Zoning Boards of Appeals to approve affordable housing developments under flexible rules if at least 20-25% of the units have long-term affordability restrictions. These projects are also known as Comprehensive Permits.
Chapter 40B was enacted in 1969 to help address the shortage of affordable housing statewide by reducing unnecessary barriers created by local approval processes, local zoning, and other restrictions. The goal of Chapter 40B is to encourage the production of affordable housing in all cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. The standard is for communities to provide a minimum of 10% of their housing inventory as affordable. Communities that have NOT met the 10% requirement are subject to 40B proposals which can waive local zoning requirements and apply more flexible zoning standards than non-40B projects.
To qualify for Chapter 40B, a development proposal must first be approved under a state or federal housing program, such as MassHousing, MassDevelopment, the Department of Housing and Community Development, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At least 25% of the units must be affordable to lower income households who earn no more than 80% of the area median income (Alternatively, for rental housing, the project can provide 20% of the units to households below 50% of median income.)
For more info on 40B projects in Brookline, visit our Chapter 40B page.
Meeting minutes for all Boards and Commissions supported by the Department of Planning & Community Development are located in the Agenda and Minutes section of this site. Additionally, individual Board and Commission pages often have links to meeting recordings, meeting materials, and background information.
The Planning Department maintains an online archive of all ZBA decisions dating back to 2013 here. If the ZBA decision you are looking for is older than 2013, please contact the Planning Department.
There are a few steps left in the process after the ZBA votes to approve your proposal. Refer to the Planning Board & ZBA Process Guide for Applicants.
Contact the Building Department for all enforcement related issues regarding construction and work sites. Visit their website or call 617-730-2100 to speak with the local building inspector assigned to the project.
A subdivision is a division of land into two or more lots and involves the creation of a new road. An ANR (“approval not required”) is the division of land into lots with frontage on existing roads, whether public or private, or simply reconfiguring lot lines. The Planning Board endorses ANRs certifying that approval under the Town’s Subdivision Regulations is not required.
You must first determine whether you have sufficient land to meet the applicable requirements in the Zoning Bylaw to be subdivided. Consult the Zoning By-Law to determine the required lot size in your zoning district. Contact a local surveyor or engineer to determine whether your property meets the requirements and to draw up a certified site plan. You must also ensure your new lot(s) have at least 20 feet of frontage along an existing road to provide access.
If you are interested in potentially subdividing a lot, we recommend that you meet with the Planning and Building Departments to discuss your plans.
Amendments to the Zoning By-Law or Zoning Map are voted on by Town Meeting. Proposals for amendments can be submitted as warrant articles. Town Meeting is held typically twice a year, once in May and again in November. The open warrant period usually begins in February for the spring Town Meeting and in August for the fall Town Meeting. Warrant articles must be submitted to the Select Board's Office before noon on the day the Warrant closes. Warrant articles submitted by citizens must be accompanied by 10 signatures of Brookline registered voters. It is recommended that proposed amendments be submitted to Town Counsel for prior review to ensure issues of legality or form are addressed. Additionally, Town Counsel will discuss zoning amendments with Building and Planning staff. We strongly recommend contacting the Planning Department at least two months prior to the Warrant closing date. For more information on this process, see our Submitting Articles page.
Recent Town Meeting zoning amendments are listed on the Zoning By-Laws and Guidelines page and describe the warrant article proposal and the outcome of the Town Meeting vote. For more detailed information, visit the Town Meeting page where the full warrant for each Town Meeting can be found with detailed descriptions and records of votes.
Download the Passport Parking app from the App Store or Google Play. A web version of Passport is also available. Please note: your wireless carrier’s message and data rates may apply.
The zone and parking spot numbers are required to start your parking session and identifies where you are parked. You can find both numbers located on the decal on the parking meter. HINT: The entire Town of Brookline is zone 2445 and the space number is the meter number for on-street meters and the space numbers in the parking lots!
To fund a wallet, you must initiate your first parking session. You will have the option to load the wallet during the payment selection step. HINT: The Town of Brookline wallet provides $1.25 in free parking for every $20 loaded. So pay $20 and get $21.25!
Although the meter reads red/expired, Parking Control Officers will see the payment on their devices.
When using the application, you will know your parking session has successfully started once you see the countdown timer on the screen.
Yes. In order to offset the fees associated with the service and credit card fees, there is a $0.15 per transaction fee from Passport and a $0.50 per transaction credit card fee.
One of the major benefits of using Passport Parking is the ability to increase time on your meter remotely.
There are two ways to extend your parking time.
To view your parking history you can use the app or website. Click ‘Parker History’ in the side menu and you’ll be able to view previous parking sessions and access receipts.
Login to your account and click ‘Options’. Use the check boxes to enable/disable the reminders.
You can start additional parking sessions by clicking ‘New Session’ in the side menu.
The menu button is the icon with the three white lines in the left-hand corner of the screen.
On the menu you will find:
Login and select ‘Payment’ from the side menu. Select ‘Add Card'. Enter your new card information and check the ‘Save Payment Info’ if you wish to save this card for future use. To delete a card, select ‘Payment’ from the side menu and choose the card you wish to remove, then ‘Delete Card’.
Login and select ‘Vehicles’ from the side menu. The app will save recent license plate numbers you’ve used before too!
The verification code is a 3 digit code that verifies you have entered in the correct cell phone number or email when signing up. The PIN number is a four digit number of your choice that you will login with.
To change your PIN you will login to the app or website and select the ‘Reset Pin’ button on the first page. It will then ask you for your current card information on your account for security reasons. If you don’t know your old card information please send an email to [email protected].
To change your email address you can use the app or website. Login and select ‘Profile’ from the side menu and then update your email.
For any issues you may encounter with the app contact Passport via the app. For all other questions about parking contact the Transportation Division at 617-730-2177.
HPAYT is a system where customers are billed based on their household’s trash output. Trash carts are collected by a vehicle equipped with an automated arm, which lifts the trash cart from the ground, and dumps the contents into the vehicle. If a customer has more trash than their cart can hold, plastic overflow bags, imprinted with the Town seal, are available for purchase at local retail establishments.
The first refuse bills under the new rate structure are generated on July 1, 2017. Rather than billing all customers at a flat rate of $200 per year (as Brookline residents are accustomed), each subscriber is billed in a tiered system, where the size of the trash cart they choose determines their annual refuse costs.
To change carts or see prices, check our Trash Billing Info page.
If a cart was not chosen by March 10, 2017, one (1) 35 gallon cart will be delivered to each unit at the residential address on file.
A: In extenuating circumstances, residents who subscribe to Town refuse collection may qualify for a Trash Cart Waiver. Waivers will be considered for residents who are unable to physically maneuver a wheeled trash cart curbside on collection day, and for residents with geographic obstacles such as multiple flights of stairs. Applications will only be considered after a required inspection by a Sanitation Division supervisor.
Trash Cart Waiver application
A: Subscribers may purchase plastic overflow bags (30 gallon/25 lbs. capacity) imprinted with the Town seal at local retail establishments. This is the only bag permissible for trash collection. Overflow bags are sold in a roll containing 5 bags for $20.00.
Bulky items (furniture, mattresses, TVs, appliances, etc.) are collected on the regular trash day, by appointment only. Customers must register online and schedule a pick-up through the resident Accela portal with a fee for each item (limit 4 items per week). Any item that is not scheduled will be left curbside, and the resident will be issued a violation notice. For further information, see our Bulky Items page.
A: Residents of, and commercial businesses operation in, Brookline may sign up for Town refuse collection at any time. The application procedure follows:
A: New subscribers to Town Refuse Collection choose carts on the Refuse Agreement Application.
Existing subscribers should visit our Trash Billing Info page for more on swapping carts.
A: Town refuse collection customers are assessed at an annual rate, broken down into four (4) quarterly payments. Billing invoices are generate on the first day of the following months: July, October, January, April.
A: This question is difficult to answer, as each resident has their own habits to consider. DPW suggests keeping track of the number of trash bags placed at the curb each week, and using the following chart above as a decision-making guide.
Call 617-730-2156 or email Department of Public Works at [email protected] to coordinate pickup of your old waste bin or barrel.
Yes. Subscribers may make changes to their recycling and/or trash cart(s) once a year. Any changes to trash cart sizing, or additional carts ordered, will be reflected in the quarterly bill immediately following the change to the account. Subscribers may add an additional recycling cart to their refuse account without increasing their annual refuse costs.
Please email [email protected] to request trash or recycling carts.
Questions and concerns regarding the status of a cart order should be directed to (617) 730-2156 or [email protected].
The DPW understands these concerns, and has taken steps to alleviate them:
Whenever possible, subscribers should secure their trash and recycling carts inside a garage, behind a fence, or in another location on their property. Subscribers may choose to apply stickers (such as those used on mailboxes) indicating their address on the top of their recycling and trash carts.
Contact the DPW Admin Office at (617) 730-2156 to report missing carts.
A: Brookline condo associations, property owners, landlords, and property managers are responsible for placing recycling and trash cart orders.
View the Single Stream Recycling webpage for acceptable items.
Your trash and recyclables are picked up at curbside once each week. The collection day depends on where you live. If you don’t know which day, call 617-730-2156 or download the We Recycle Brookline app on IOS or Android on your mobile device.
All trash, recyclables, yard waste, bulk items and CRTs (TVs), must be placed at curbside by 7 a.m. on the pickup day, but no earlier than 3:30 p.m. the night before. Please be careful if you put the trash / recycle containers out the night before, since animals may tear open bags or get into trash barrels during the night. Collectors will not pick up trash that is not in a container. Unacceptable material will be left at curbside along with a violation notice.
Our sanitation trucks bring it to our own transfer station located at 815 Newton St. There it is loaded into trailers and sent to a Waste to Energy Facility - operated by Covanta SEMASS. Our recycling, which is handled by Casella Resource Solutions, is sent to their materials recovery facility which is located in Charlestown, MA.
Blue recycling carts are issued to each household that subscribes to town trash service.. Please call 617-730-2156 if your cart is missing or you need an additional cart.
The Sanitation Division has set up a household hazardous waste collection center located at 815 Newton St. It will be open every Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from May through October. Please visit the hazardous waste webpage for a list of acceptable items.
Rechargeable batteries, mercury containing items, and lightbulbs can be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center every Tuesday from 7:30AM to 12:30PM May through October. Please safely store these items safely during the winter months.
November is here, meaning hazardous waste will be coming to an end for the season until the first Tuesday in May 2021.
Do you have hazardous products between November and April? If you are moving out of Brookline or if you have any questions on how to dispose of hazardous material, contact John King by calling (617)-879-4908 or emailing [email protected].
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 3 inches in diameter. Materials such as dirt, sand, sod, rocks, stumps or trunks will not be accepted.
Pieces of brush must be no more than 3 inches in diameter and no more than 3 feet long. Brush must be tied and bundled in lengths of 3 feet or less and weigh no more than 50 pounds per bundle. Brush not meeting the above criteria will not be accepted. For yard waste, biodegradable paper yard waste bags are available for purchase at the Home Depot or at your local hardware store. Prices and availability may vary. You don’t necessarily have to put yard waste in the special biodegradable bags. You can put them in barrels clearly marked “Yard Waste” and leave them out on the same day that your trash is collected during the weeks that yard waste is collected. Yard waste stickers are available at the Town Hall 4th floor or the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St.
No plastic bags are acceptable. The paper bags are used because they are more cost efficient to pick up and are known to be biodegradable, thus saving the town (and the taxpayer) money in collection costs. Please call the Sanitation Department at 617-730-2156 if you have questions.
The Fisher Hill Reservoir Design Review Committee and the Park and Recreation Commission held numerous public meetings from 2011 to 2013 to finalize and approve the conceptual design and final plans and associated budget for the park. See more on the Fisher Hill Reservoir Park page. Several other boards and commissions met in 2013 to approve funding or specific components of the plans.
Prior to this, there was a Board of Selectmen-appointed Fisher Hill Master Plan Committee, which met in 2001-2003 and recommended a potential use for this site as a scenic amenity and public park, and a subsequent Selectmen’s committee, which met in 2003-2004 and developed the initial conceptual park design and associated budget. Following this, the town moved forward with acquiring the site from the state and developing the Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.
Construction on the site started in January 2014. For updates, please see the Fisher Hill Reservoir Park latest news section.
The Town can plant within 20 feet of the public right of way, in the front- and/or side-yards of your property. The chief purpose of the program is to increase the number and diversity of trees contributing to and benefiting Brookline’s streetscapes. Please note that the tree must be completely visible from the street.
If you are interested in the Front Yard Tree Planting Program, we ask that you please fill out a Front Yard Tree Application. You can either apply online, or you can download a hard copy of the application and return it to:
Tom Brady, Tree WardenBrookline Parks and Open Space Division333 Washington StreetBrookline, MA 02445
Or via email to [email protected]
Once you have submitted the application, a member of the Tree Planting Committee will contact you to review the site and discuss any species preferences you may have. The Tree Planting Committee and Tree Warden will review your request at their upcoming quarterly Tree Planting Committee meeting. If the proposed site appears suitable for tree planting, you will be asked to complete a Front Yard Tree Planting Program Agreement. The Town will then contact DigSafe to conduct an assessment and ensure that there are no underground utilities in the proposed location.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, and planting typically takes place in Spring (April – June) and Fall (September – November). The planting schedule is dependent on seasonal conditions, crew schedule, and plant availability.
Each year, the Town has several varieties of shade and ornamental trees available for planting through the Front Yard Tree Planting Program. The availability of particular species is dependent on nursery stock. If you have a preference of species for your Front Yard tree, please let us know in the Application (there is a representative list of species available for view under the previous tab called "Example Tree Species"). If the proposed site is conducive to tree planting, we will do our best to accommodate your request or work with you to determine an appropriate species for the specific site.
The Town will provide the tree and plant it at no cost to the homeowner. The tree will be owned and maintained by the Town for the first five years after planting, and then relinquished to the homeowner’s care and ownership.
You can request as many trees as is suitable for your specific site (however all trees must be within 20 feet of the public way and completely visible from the street).
Factors considered for site suitability include: site topography, soil volume, the availability of space (in regards to buildings and existing trees/plantings), sunlight availability, underground utilities, et cetera.
Congratulations on your new tree, and thank you for helping us enhance Brookline’s urban forest!
To help your new tree thrive, there are several things you can do:
View the Field Events Permits webpage.
View the Green Dog Program registration information and instructions webpage.
View the Spray Pools and Splash Pads webpage.
View the Parks and Open Space System of Brookline webpage.
View the Registration Information and Instructions webpage.
View the new green dog park interactive map or download our green dog parks map to find a park with off-leash hours. The Park and Recreation Commission established off-leash hours and parks to balance the needs of both dog owners and visitors without dogs. The program was developed with the following considerations:
The commission also sought public input through public meetings, and conducted a pilot program and assessment prior to full implementation.
Fields may be completely closed when they are wet due to inclement weather, if heavy rain is anticipated, during the spring thaw, or for other reasons related to maintaining healthy fields. We post park closed signs, but you can also call the green dog hotline, 617-879-4850, 24 hours a day to check if the fields are closed, or you can call the Parks Division Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 617-879-5650.
Please also use your judgment about using the fields in wet conditions. Note that synthetic turf fields generally do not close due to weather, but dogs are not allowed on these fields, whether on or off-leash. You are still welcome to walk your leashed dog on the paved paths at any time, including during field closures.
You can report off-leash or other violations when you are in the park to the Brookline Police Department at 617-730-2222. Someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day. We encourage you to contact the Police if you witness an aggressive dog or other unsafe conditions in a park.
Park rangers also regularly patrol the parks and assist visitors, and are available to discuss any violations or concerns you have. You can also report issues by calling 617-879-5650 or emailing [email protected].
The Park and Recreation Commission continues to assess the success of the Green Dog Program. They also consider information obtained from park ranger reports, police reports, and public comments in their assessment. Off-leash hours or parks could change in the future since the Park and Recreation Commission does has the authority to temporarily or permanently close, or modify the boundaries of off-leash areas for any of the following reasons:
If any changes are made to the program, updates will be posted on this website, park signage will be changed, and often neighbors will be notified.
View the new green dog park interactive map or download our green dog parks map to find another park with off-leash hours. In addition, you may walk your leashed dog at any of our active parks, excluding synthetic turf fields, playgrounds, sand boxes, tennis courts, basketball courts, nature sanctuaries and planted flower and shrub beds. Please observe park signage and note that certain other areas may also be closed to dogs (e.g., a portion of Harry Downes Field).
Guest permits are available for visitors. A 2-day permit costs $5 and a 1 week permit costs $10. All dogs must be licensed and have a current rabies vaccination to participate in the off-leash program. In addition to being licensed, the other criteria for the dogs include the following: dogs must be at least 4 months old, not in heat, vaccinated, healthy, and not aggressive towards other dogs or people. Friends and visitors must follow all other program rules and regulations.
Non-residents who want to take their dogs off-leash more often are also welcome to register for the program.
Picking up after your dog, whether on or off-leash is required by Brookline town bylaw, and is punishable by fines and/or removal from the park and the off-leash program. Everyone should bring something with them, such as a bag, for cleaning up, and should pay particular attention when dogs are off-leash. Cleaning up feces is not only the law, it is also the polite, responsible thing to do.
Since all our parks are shared by many users, it is particularly important to remove feces so other users, such as children playing sports or people picnicking, don’t come into contact with these messy, potentially unhealthy remains.
In addition, we ask all users to discard all trash and take other personal items with them when they leave.
The Park and Recreation Commission, Parks and Open Space Division, and Recreation Department all welcome your questions and comments. Please check the Green Dog Program webpage for further information and updates or contact us at 617-879-5650 or via email at [email protected].
Mini-forests have been planted in many countries, from France and the Netherlands in Europe, to Indiaand Japan. Mini-forests have also been planted in several cities in the U.S. The first mini-forest in NewEngland was planted at Danehy Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2021. Cambridge planted itssecond mini-forest in 2022.
All of the vegetation planted in a mini-forest must be native to the region and should be compatiblewith conditions unique to the planting site. Generally, between 30 and 50 different species are planted.Most of the species are canopy trees, understory trees, and shrubs.The trees and shrubs are planted as seedlings. Before planting, the soil is de-compacted and enrichedwith compost to ensure that seedlings have access to ample food and nutrients. Approximately threeseedlings are planted per square yard. After planting, the soil is topped with mulch to encouragemoisture retention and deter weeds. Fencing may be needed to protect the mini-forest from animalsduring the first three years.
The cost of planting a mini-forest depends on its size and the amount of preparatory work needed.Expenses include plants; labor, supplies, and equipment associated with preparing the soil; andfencing to protect the mini-forest during the first three years. Planting seedlings is less expensive thanplanting 6΄-8΄ trees. Using volunteers to plant a mini-forest helps the town save in labor costs. Once amini-forest is planted, the costs are minimal. Periodic weeding and watering are needed only in thefirst three years. After three years, the forest maintains itself.
Brookline residents will be invited to share their thoughts in public hearings about proposed locations for a mini-forest. Additionally, all community members will be encouraged to participate in plantingthe mini-forest and helping with weeding and watering in the first three years. Most importantly, it ishoped that Brookline residents will enjoy the forest by watching it grow and experiencing the shadeand biodiversity it brings to the surrounding area!
A large and growing number of print and online resources are available. Here are just a few:
The Storm Drainage System is a series of catch basins, drainage pipes and drainage ditches that collect and channel runoff from streets, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and vegetated land surfaces. This network of pipes and ditches flow into bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.
When swimming season is over, pool owners need to be careful of how and where they discharge swimming pool water when they lower the level of their pool. The discharge of chlorinated swimming pool water directly into a waterway or into a storm drain is prohibited. The storm drainage system (which includes catch basins, ditches and pipes) was designed to handle runoff from rain and snow only. The water is not treated before it is discharged into area brooks and rivers. If the water contains chlorine, it can be very toxic to fish and other aquatic plants and animals. Therefore, residential swimming pool water must be dechlorinated before being discharged.
This can be accomplished two ways: Dechlorinate naturally; allow the water to sit in the sun for 5-10 days without adding chlorine; or use a chemical dechlorination additive (contact your local pool supply store for options).
Drain dechlorinated water to the grass/turf/or other area on your property that will allow the water to percolate into the ground.
A sewer pipe must be repaired by a Licensed Drain Layer. A list of current drain layers is available at the Water & Sewer Division Office. If the problem is in the house and needs to be repaired, the homeowner would call a plumber after calling the Water and Sewer Division.
The Town of Brookline is required to meet state and federal drinking water standards and test the water in accordance with those standards. Visit the town’s website or the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) website for the annual water quality reports.
There will be both in-person early voting and mail-in voting beginning with the September 2022 State Primary Election. All voters are eligible to vote early in-person, or to vote by mail. Please check back regularly as more details related to voting is available.
The following Town-Wide offices, for the following terms:
ONE SELECT BOARD MEMBER FOR THREE YEARS
FOUR TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THREE YEARS
ONE TRUSTEE OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARYFOR ONE YEAR
THREE MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR THREE YEARS
ONE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR TWO YEARS
FIVE CONSTABLES FOR THREE YEARS
Brookline underwent a Redistricting/Reprecincting process in 2021, and has a new Precinct map for 2022. State Law dictates that, if a precinct line should change during this process, all Town Meeting seats in that precinct are up for re-election at the subsequent Annual Town Election. This results in the following Town Meeting Seats and terms being on the ballot on May 3:
FIFTEEN TOWN MEETING MEMBERS
Top 5 finishers are elected for three years, next 5 for two years, and next 5 for one year terms
In Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17
FIVE TOWN MEETING MEMBERS FOR THREE YEARS
In Precinct 16
ONE TOWN MEETING MEMBER FOR TWO YEARS
Individuals interested in becoming a Poll Worker email [email protected] to express their interest. Poll Workers should be available all day on Election Day, and are also expected to attend a training before Election Day. Poll Workers do receive a stipend.
The voter list is available in digital form from the Town Clerk's office. You can request the voter list by emailing [email protected].
Weekends and holidays do count towards the three days, but not the day the application is made. For example, ifyou apply on Friday, you can pick up your license on Monday.
If you are unable to wait the three days and need your license issued immediately, both parties must apply for a waiver at the probate court. After a hearing, the court may issue an approved Court Petition for Marriage Without Delay allowing the marriage license to be issued. The certificate must be brought back to the Town Clerk.
To waive the three-day waiting period, contact:Brookline District Court360 Washington StreetBrookline, MA 02445(617) 232-4660
Yes, you must pick up your license in-person prior to the ceremony. We do not mail marriage licenses prior to the ceremony. (Sorry, no exceptions).
Please remember that you must pick up the license before your marriage ceremony; the person performing the marriage cannot legally marry you without it.
Massachusetts law requires the parties to be 18 years of age or older to file a Notice of Intention of Marriage. A photo IDor birth certificate is required to show proof of minimum age.
No. Pursuant to Chapter 388 of the Acts of 2004, blood tests are no longer required for any couple applying for their Marriage License on or after January 28, 2005.
No, proof of residency is no longer required. The Marriage Intention is beingsigned under the pains and penalties of perjury.
Daytime Parking - Unless posted otherwise, no driver may park a vehicle on the same street in Brookline for more than 2 hours between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. the next day. Sundays and major holidays excluded.
Overnight Parking: No driver may park on any street in Brookline for more than 1 hour between the hours of 2 a.m. - 6 a.m.
Residents may obtain a Daytime Resident Parking Permit which allows them to park on their residential side street in excess of 2 hours between 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Residential permits are $30 per permit. We accept personal checks, money orders, and cash.
Call the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston at 617-351-4500 or in Watertown at 617-351-9000.
Call Brookline first at 617-730-2177. Brookline can figure out whether you fall under Brookline or Boston regulations. You can also call the Boston parking office at 617-635-4885 or visit the Boston Parking Clerk's website.
In the Coolidge Corner area, there are 11-hour parking meters which cost 50 cents per hour. These meters are located on the Beacon Street median between 1443 Beacon Street and 1601 Beacon Street.
Limited commercial permit parking is also available in the Centre Street West and John Street municipal lots located in Coolidge Corner. Permits can be purchased from the Town of Brookline at the cost of $100 per month. The Centre Street West parking lot is not available to permit holders on Thursday when the farmers market is in session.
Commercial permits are also available for $25 per year for local merchants in the Brookline Village area. This permit allows the holder to park on Kent Street at designated meters which cost 25 cents per hour.
Commercial on-street permits are also available and allow you to park your vehicle on a designated residential side street within 1/4 mile of the commercial district. The cost is $600 per year.
To obtain a monthly overnight permit, bring the following items: Car Registration with current Brookline address, driver's license, and a pro-rated amount of the monthly fee by cash, check, or credit card.
Bring the items to the Transportation Division located at: Brookline Town Hall 333 Washington St. 4th floor Brookline, MA 02445
All parking tickets can be paid at the Public Safety Building at 350 Washington St. (across from the town hall). Hearings are also scheduled through the Police Department, Traffic Division. Tickets may also be paid online through the Brookline Police Department.
Yes, call the selectman's office at 617-730-22OO to apply for an open-air license.
Temporary "No Parking/Tow Zone" signs may be picked up at the Transportation Division located at: Brookline Town Hall 333 Washington St. 4th floor Brookline, MA 02445 The signs cost $5 a piece. Each meter space that's occupied will cost an additional $15 per day. For further information, contact the Transportation Department at 617-730-2177.
Residents who find themselves in a situation where there car cannot be parked in their current off-street parking space may obtain a temporary parking permit through the Transportation Division at:Brookline Town Hall333 Washington Street4th floorBrookline, MA 02445Or contacting the Transportation Department at 617-730-2177.
Residents may submit a completed Resident Permit Parking Application to the DPW - Transportation Division office either in-person or by mail: DPW - Transportation Division 333 Washington Street 4th Floor Brookline, MA 02445 This application must include: Payment of the $30 permit fee per vehicle by cash or check made out to the "Town of Brookline" A valid Massachusetts drivers license bearing a Brookline address A valid Massachusetts vehicle registration indicating that the vehicle is garaged in Brookline (Note: owners of leased vehicles must provide a copy of a signed lease)
The annual fee for the resident parking permit sticker is $30.
All taxi rides within the Town of Brookline are at a metered rate that is displayed on a Rate of Fare Card in the taxicab. It is $1.50 for the first 1/8 mile and then $.40 for each 1/8 mile. This means it costs $2.70 for the first 1/2 mile. There is also an idling time clock in the meter that amounts to $24 per hour of waiting time. All cabs have meters and passengers should insist on a receipt that indicates the taxi company name, driver's name, taxicab vehicle number, the total amount paid, and the date of payment. The Town of Brookline has also adopted a set of flat rate fares for destinations located outside of Brookline, available at this link: Taxicab fixed rate fare handbook. You can also contact the DPW's Engineering and Transportation Division at 617-730-2177.
If a cab driver says they do not have a receipt, you should take down the cab number, the date and the time and report it to the Brookline Police Department Hackney Officer at 617-730-2230. Passenger complaints can also be reported using the taxi cab comment card that must be available in each cab.
Yes, the Town of Brookline offers several services to help seniors access safe, reliable transportation. You can find them on our Senior Transportation Services page.
Chapter 60A of the Massachusetts General Law (MGL) imposes an excise tax for registering a motor vehicle in Massachusetts. If you have a Massachusetts license plate on your car (or in your possession) you must pay Excise tax. Excise tax is an annual tax, based on the value of the car on which the plate is registered. Most Excise tax bills are sent out in February and due in March.
Excise tax information originates from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). The address that the license plate was registered to on January 1 determines where the tax bill for that year will be mailed. If you move on January 2, the bill will still go to the January 1 address. Failure to receive a bill does not excuse you from the tax or interest/fees that accrue on outstanding tax bills. Be sure to submit a forwarding address to the US Postal Service so that you receive your bill. Contact the Treasurer/Collector if you do not receive a bill. For questions about valuation, contact Assessing.
If you surrender your license plate to the RMV or your insurance company, get a receipt from the RMV. You are billed Excise tax as long as the license plate is in your possession (not in the possession of the RMV). If you move to another town or state, or if the vehicle is sold, traded, totaled, or stolen, contact Assessing for abatement information. Assessing’s abatement form is located on the Assessor’s webpage.
Pay the bill and contact Assessing. If an abatement is granted by Assessing, you will receive a refund of any tax overpaid. You will be responsible for paying fees and interest charges that accrue on unpaid bills even if Assessing grants an abatement on a portion of the tax.
Payment of motor vehicle excise is due 30 days from the date the excise bill is issued. According to Chapter 60A, section 2 of the MGL, “Failure to receive notice shall not affect the validity of the excise.” A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any fees and interest charges accrued. Contact the Treasurer/Collector to have a duplicate bill mailed to you.
Payments with a remit slip (bottom portion of the bill):Town of BrooklineP.O. Box 470568
Brookline, MA 02447-0568
You must include the bottom portion of the bill so that your account is credited correctly by our bank’s lockbox payment service.Payments without a remit slip (bottom portion of the bill) should be mailed to our office:Town of BrooklineTreasurer/Collector’s Office333 Washington Street, Room 101ABrookline, MA 02445
Yes, taxes may be paid online on our webpage. Do not use your bank’s online bill-pay system.
A non-refundable convenience fee will be charged by Invoice Cloud for their role in facilitating your online payment. The Town of Brookline receives no portion of this fee.
The convenience fee will appear on the payment page before you submit your payment for processing. It will also appear as a separate charge from the bill amount on your credit card or bank statement.
Yes, you can call the 24-hour payment line at 844-234-3779.
If an excise bill is not paid within 30 days from the issue date, the Treasurer/Collector will send a demand, with a fee for $5.00. In addition, interest will accrue on the overdue bill at an annual rate of 12% from the day after the due date.If the demand is not answered within 14 days, the Treasurer/Collector may issue a warrant to the Deputy Tax Collector which carries a $10.00 fee.
The Deputy Tax Collector will issue a warrant notice at a cost of $12.00. If there is still no response, a final warrant will be delivered to the taxpayer at their residence or workplace, at a fee of $17.00.
If no payment is made, the taxpayer’s vehicle registration and operator’s license will be “marked” for nonrenewal at the RMV.
If your check bounces, you will be responsible for a fee of $25.00 or 1% of the check amount (whichever is higher) in addition to the amount of the check that is returned, plus any accrued interest and fees.
If you paid with your bank’s online banking and your payment is not credited to your account within two weeks, a written request for research must be accompanied by a copy of the canceled check, both front and back. Your online transaction with your bank produces a paper check without the remit portion of the tax bill. The paper check is posted manually to the “bill number” you provided in the “account” field. Fax, mail or e-mail us the copy. Fax: (617) 730-2305, Address: 333 Washington Street, Room 101A, Brookline, MA 02445, or Email: [email protected].
In the future, DO NOT use your bank’s online banking system to pay Town bills. Pay on the Treasurer/Collector’s webpage.If you paid by check, a copy of the cancelled check must be provided along with a letter of request that we research your misapplied payment. Fax, mail or e-mail us the cancelled check copy.If you paid by cash, the original receipt (copies not accepted) from your cash transaction must be provided along with a letter of request that we research your misapplied payment. It is best not to mail the original receipt so it does not get lost in the mail.If you paid via the Treasurer/Collector’s webpage, please provide a copy of the email receipt issued as a result of the online transaction. Occasionally a customer will enter the incorrect bill number and pay someone else’s bill.If charges have been incurred they will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Invoice Cloud is a secure web based electronic invoice presentment and payment system that provides customers a convenient way to pay their bills online. All data collected is double encrypted and stored on secure servers. The data is not sold or released for any purpose other than to complete transactions.
No, account numbers vary for different payment types. For instance:
Yes, one time registration is required for each bill type to access the resident portal. You need to register for each bill type and account you wish to pay online. If you own two parcels, you will need to register both parcels. Once the initial registration process has been completed for each of your accounts, viewing and paying future invoices will be in place.
If you register your accounts with the same email and password, you will get a list of accounts to choose from in your customer portal.
Yes, each bill type operates independently. When you sign up for auto-pay, you will be asked to select which bill type you want to put on auto-pay. Those bills selected will be paid on the day they are due.
You will need to respond to an Invoice Cloud email to confirm autopay.
Yes, an email address is required for payment confirmation. A payment receipt is sent via email.
Under “How would you like to pay”, click on the drop-down box and choose EFT Check.
Yes, you will receive a confirmation email.
You need to register to receive electronic bills by email, but registration is not required for one-time payments. One-time payments require that you enter your payment information each time you make a payment. By registering, you avoid that step and gain access to your payment history.
By registering, you have access to all of your invoices regardless of type and all of the features of the payment portal. These features include the ability to view all current invoices, see previous invoices and payment dates, update your profile information, access the online customer service system, go paperless (if bill type allows), schedule payments for specific dates, and sign up for auto-pay. You also avoid having to enter your payment information each time you pay a bill.
Registering can be done when you make a payment. When you receive an email notification that your bill is ready to be paid, simply click on the “View Invoice or Pay Now” button. You will be directed to the Town’s “Pay or View Bills” page, powered by Invoice Cloud. Once there, you can register or make a one-time payment. If you choose to register, you will be asked to provide a password and accept the terms and conditions to use the system. The payment information you enter in your profile will then be securely encrypted and saved for your next visit.
Once you have registered, you will only need your email address and password to log in. To login the first time, you will need your account number or customer ID from your bill. The “Locate Your Bill” screen gives instructions regarding the required information.
You should click on “Forgotten Password?” at the bottom of the login screen. You will need your account number and email address to retrieve your password.
There are two ways that payment responsibilities can be shared. If the other payer is part of your household, you may choose to share your login information with that individual. In a situation where personal financial data is not shared, you may forward your email notification to the individual, who will then click on the “View or Pay Now” button and elect to make a one-time payment. You may also send them a courtesy email through the system.They will need to enter their name, email address, address, and payment information. They will receive the payment confirmation. You can verify their payment by viewing the invoices in your account.
You can pay by credit or debit card or you may issue an electronic check from your bank account (checking or savings). The Town will accept Visa, Discover, and MasterCard.
A non-refundable fee added to an invoice to cover various administrative costs associated with billing and accepting payment. These fees are collected and sent to Invoice Cloud and are not deposited with the Town.
No, to complete the online payment process, you will need an email address so that the system can deliver your payment confirmation. If you do not have an email address, you can obtain a free email account from any of the following services: yahoo.com, outlook.live.com, or gmail.com.
You can pay current real estate tax bills, motor vehicle excise tax bills, refuse bills, and water/sewer bills.
When paying by an ACH transfer (electronic check) from your checking or savings account, you will be charged $0.40 per transaction. This convenience fee is non-refundable.
When paying by credit card, you will be charged 2.95% of the transaction. This convenience fee is non-refundable.
The convenience fee is automatically calculated and is shown on the payment page before you submit your payment for processing.
There are fees imposed by the Town/Invoice Cloud for returned payments, and your bank may charge you a fee based on the bank's fee schedule.
The information you enter on the payment screen must be exactly the same as it appears on your credit card. This information collected will be used to authorize your payment.
After you submit your payment, you will see a payment confirmation screen. It will contain a payment confirmation message and show an approved number for credit cards or a processed number for electronic checks.
You will also receive a confirmation email after your transaction is submitted. The email will include your account number, invoice number, amount paid, and confirmation message. If your electronic check does not pass through the bank, you will receive an email informing you of the rejected payment.
Credit card transactions typically take 48 hours to settle. An authorization is issued immediately; however, it takes 48 hours for the money to be moved.
EFT transactions typically take 48 – 72 hours to settle.
No, your current bank account (checking or savings) will work.
If you are registered, the only information you need to have available is your email address and password. If you make a one-time payment, you will also need your bank account or credit card information and your account number.
You can make a payment or review your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is always a good idea to pay or schedule a payment at least a few days before the due date to allow time for processing.
Yes, simply login to your account and select “View Paid or Closed Invoices”. If you are a registered customer, you will receive an email notification.
Yes, you will have 24/7 access to your account for invoice review, payment, payment history, and customer service requests.
24 months is the standard retention period.
Yes, each invoice is presented in PDF and HTML format.
If you elect to opt in to auto-pay, it means that your bills will be paid automatically on their due dates using your default credit card or bank account. This will avoid any late fees and free you from having to remember when to pay.
Yes, simply go into your profile and uncheck the auto-pay box that you had previously checked when you elected to opt into Auto-pay. You will need to reply to an Invoice Cloud email to confirm.
The auto-pay date will not appear under scheduled payments. Auto-pay will be debited from your account on the due date.
Scheduled payments are scheduled individually by you for each bill on your specified date.
Yes, you can set up a future payment at any time prior to the bill due date.
Yes, as long as it is changed before the date it was scheduled to be paid.
Auto-pay is an automated process which pays your balance in full each billing cycle at 2am on the due date. Scheduled payments are manually entered by you for the date you choose for each bill you choose.
You will need to contact your bank and cancel your automated or scheduled payment before the payment is due (typically payments are made a couple days in advance of the due date, so don’t wait until the last minute).
No, you will receive an email notification each time a new bill is ready for you to view and pay. Email notifications go to the email address used when you registered, a second email address may be added if you wish to send notifications to an additional or back up email address.
Yes, go into your profile and under Paperless Options, select “No, I don’t want to go paperless.” Be sure to update/save the change.
Account Linking means that payers are able to view and pay all open bills with a single transaction. When registering bills under the same email address, payers are given the option to link their related accounts.
Linked accounts provide the following efficiencies:
If you are unable to find the information you need in your online payment history or open invoices, please call the Treasurer/Collector at 617-730-2020 or email [email protected].
If you are registered, you can login via the Treasurer/Collector’s Pay or View Bills webpage and view the bill there, or you can email [email protected] and ask them to resend the email.
Call the Treasurer/Collector at 617-730-2020. If the website is down or inoperable, please call Invoice Cloud’s Customer Service at 866-342-9267, Option 2.
Account information displayed within the customer and biller portals is truncated to protect confidential data. Any information retained is not shared with third parties.
Invoice Cloud safely stores all of your financial information using Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliant systems. This includes truncating (abbreviating) account numbers so that even the Town does not see your complete account information.
PCI stands for Payment Card Industry, and compliance with the industry standards is a requirement for those that accept the major credit cards and for software providers who have applications which involve the transmission and/or storage of credit card information. If breaches are found on systems that are not PCI compliant, the major credit card companies have the ability to levy significant fines on the offending parties.
The Treasurer/Collector’s authorized staff. No one will have access to your financial information as all check routing numbers and credit card numbers are truncated, so you never have to worry about security. As a security precaution, Invoice Cloud does not show your full financial information back to you.
Assessing sets the tax rate in December.Please visit the Assessor’s webpage on Property Tax Rate Factors for information on how the tax rate is calculated.
The Town of Brookline bills taxes on a quarterly basis.
Taxes are due on August 1, November 1, February 1, and May 1. If the first day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are due on the next business day.
Preliminary tax bills are estimated bills. The estimate is based on the actual tax bill of the previous fiscal year. Preliminary tax bills are due in August and November.
Formula: Total Paid in Prior Fiscal Year X 2.5% = X; Total Paid in Prior Fiscal Year + X / 4
$4,000 X 2.5%= $100; $4,000+$100=$4,100; $4,100/4=$1,025
Actual tax bills reflect the actual tax assessed for the fiscal year. The amounts paid on the preliminary tax bills (August and November) are subtracted from the actual tax bills. Actual real estate tax bills are due in February and May.
Tax bills are mailed one month before the due date. Real estate and personal property bills are mailed quarterly (four bills per year).
No. Bills are considered paid when received by the Treasurer/Collector. Postmark dates on envelopes are not accepted as the date of payment. All payments must be received by the Treasurer/Collector by the due date. Payments are processed on the day they are received. Late payments will incur interest/penalties.
Real estate and personal property outstanding balances are charged a 14% interest rate back to the date of issue according to Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 59, Sections 57 and 57C. The Tax Title interest rate is 16% under MGL 60, Section 62.
The Assessing Office maintains mailing addresses in the Assessor’s database. The Treasurer/Collector does not maintain mailing addresses. Do not send address changes with your payment. Please use the Change of Address Form located on the Assessor’s webpage.
Yes, $0.50 per bill. Duplicate bill fee(s) must be paid with a separate check.
The Treasurer/Collector’s Office is located in Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Room 101A, Brookline, MA 02445. Brookline Town Hall is located next door to the Brookline Public Library and across the street from the Brookline Public Safety Building.
Metered parking is available in the Town Hall Parking Lot.
All correspondence should be mailed to:Town of BrooklineTreasurer/Collector’s Office333 Washington Street, Room 101ABrookline, MA 02445
Do not include address changes with Treasurer/Collector correspondence. Instead, complete the Change of Address Form on the Assessor's page.
Yes, you can email questions to: [email protected]
If you are writing out a check, it should be made payable to the “Town of Brookline.” Put your bill number on the face of your check. Mail your check with the bottom portion of the bill in the envelope provided.Please DO NOT use your bank’s online bill-pay to pay your bills. The most cost effective and green method (no paper check is generated) is via the Treasurer/Collector’s webpage.
Payments with a remit slip (bottom portion of the bill):Town of BrooklineP.O. Box 9106Brookline, MA 02446-9106
You must include the bottom portion of the bill so that your account is credited correctly by our bank’s lockbox payment service.Payments without a remit slip (bottom portion of the bill) should be mailed to our office:Town of BrooklineTreasurer/Collector’s Office333 Washington Street, Room 101ABrookline, MA 02445Put your bill number, property address, parcel ID, and type of bill you are paying on the face of your check. Do not include address changes with your payment. Address changes must be submitted to Assessing. Please use the Change of Address Form located on the Assessor’s webpage.
Yes, taxes may be paid online on our Invoice Cloud webpage. DO NOT use your bank’s online bill-pay system.
The convenience fee will appear on the payment page before you submit your payment for processing. It will also appear as a separate charge from the bill amount on your credit card or bank statement.
Failure to receive your property tax bill does not excuse you from payment of taxes, or from the interest and fees that accrue on the outstanding balance(s). A tax bill is generated and mailed for every parcel in the Town. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay taxes even if they did not receive a bill.
Visit our Invoice Cloud webpage and access a PDF of your bill with your account number. Or you can contact the Treasurer/Collector at [email protected] to have a duplicate bill mailed to you. By operation of law, the name of the record owner as of January 1 of the previous fiscal year must be on the tax bill. New property owners can have their name added to the bill (shows as “c/o” on the bill) by contacting Assessing by email at [email protected] or calling (617) 730-2060.
You can view your bill online on our webpage or you may contact the Treasurer/Collector by email at [email protected]. A request for a duplicate bill will not change your address for future bills. Tax bill address changes must be submitted to Assessing. Treasury does not maintain mailing addresses. Do not send address changes with your payment, please use the Change of Address Form located on the Assessor’s webpage.
A tax bill is generated for every parcel in the Town. Please note that mortgage companies typically make tax payments from your escrow account a month before the tax due date in order to pay your taxes on time. Look at your mortgage statement a month before the tax due date and compare it with the amount the Town has billed you. If the amount the mortgage company took from your escrow account is not the amount the Town has billed you for, contact your mortgage company and inform them of their mistake.
If you want to know if your mortgage company paid your taxes, look to your mortgage statement before the due date, look to the next quarter tax bill for any outstanding or delinquent tax amounts, or contact the Treasurer/Collector at [email protected] two weeks after the due date (to allow time for all payments to be posted).
Mortgage companies and tax servicing companies receive an electronic file from the Town, select the accounts they wish to pay, and return the marked file to the Town with their remittance. The Town posts the file, updating the real estate tax accounts as paid. We do not bill mortgage companies.
The Town of Brookline mails tax bills to the mailing address of the property owner on file with Assessing. The Town does not send tax bills to individual mortgage companies. If your mortgage company requires a paper bill, send them the one you received. They may also contact our office at [email protected] for a duplicate bill; the fee is $0.50.
Credit balances are generally not refunded during the middle of the fiscal year because all bills have not yet been issued or paid. A double payment or overpayment will be credited towards the next quarter tax due. If there is an overpayment on the May installment (4th quarter), or a credit balance exists after the May 1 tax installment is paid, a refund will be refunded to the record owner at the end of the fiscal year.
Please provide proof of payment via email to [email protected]
Not necessarily. The assessment date is January 1. The property is legally assessed and billed to the owner as of January 1. The Town makes every effort to get new owner addresses into its system; however, sometimes it is several months before the Town receives a copy of the new deed. Please contact the Collector’s Office to request a duplicate bill. You are responsible for paying the bill whether you receive it or not.
By operation of law, the name of the owner of record as of January 1 will appear on the tax bill for the next fiscal year (4 bills per fiscal year). If you sold your property on a date that is close to a tax due date, verify that your mortgage company did not make a tax payment on your behalf in addition to the closing attorney that handled the sale. The new owner should contact Assessing to have their name and address “added” to the tax bill in the “c/o” field of the address for the remainder of the fiscal year. You may return the bill to the Town, forward it to the new owner, or discard the bill. **Please note, you will need to remove your email information from Invoice Cloud if you have registered your account online.
If you recently purchased a newly developed condominium (one unit of a two- family or three-family, or new construction for example), the Treasurer/Collector may not have your unit listed as a condo. Your property may still be assessed as a master parcel. If so, you are sharing a tax bill with your neighbors until Assessing splits the parcel and gives you your own parcel ID. Contact Assessing to determine when your unit will be assessed separately. Refer to your unit deed for further clarification of the percentage of ownership.
If you paid with your bank’s online banking and your payment is not credited to your account within two weeks, a written request for research must be accompanied by a copy of the canceled check, both front and back. Your online transaction with your bank produces a paper check without the remit portion of the tax bill. The paper check is posted manually to the bill number you provided in the account field. Fax, mail or e-mail us the copy. Fax: (617) 730-2305, Address: 333 Washington Street, Room 101A, Brookline, MA 02445, or email: [email protected].
In the future, DO NOT use your bank’s online banking system to pay Town bills. Pay on the Treasurer/Collector’s Invoice Cloud webpage.
If you paid by check, a copy of the cancelled check must be provided along with a letter of request that we research your misapplied payment. Fax, mail or e-mail us the cancelled check copy.
If you paid by cash, the original receipt (copies not accepted) from your cash transaction must be provided along with a letter of request that we research your misapplied payment. It is best not to mail the original receipt so it does not get lost in the mail.
If you paid via the Treasurer/Collector’s Invoice Cloud webpage, please provide a copy of the email receipt issued as a result of the online transaction. Occasionally a customer will enter the incorrect bill number and pay someone else’s bill.
If charges have been incurred they will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
View your bills and payment history online on the Treasurer/Collector’s webpage or contact us at [email protected] for a payment history.
To mail a written request, send a $5.00 fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope (with 2 stamps) to our office. Requests are processed in the order of receipt. If you visit our office to drop off your request, please have your written request, the $5.00 fee and your self-addressed stamped envelope (2 stamps) with you when you arrive.
We will mail you the researched information at our earliest convenience, normally within 5 business days. Cashiers are primarily responsible for accepting payments and may not be able to research your payment history for you while you wait.
You are eligible for a residential exemption if you owned and occupied your property as your principal residence as of January 1. An individual owner may qualify for a residential exemption on only one parcel. If you don’t see the exemption on your bill, you may obtain an application from the Assessing Office. You do not have to reapply each year.
Regardless of age or income, all property owners must pay taxes. If you or your spouse is age 65 or older, you may qualify for a tax exemption. Exemptions are also available tor disabled veterans, persons who are legally blind, and for active duty Massachusetts military members. Deferral of taxes is also an option depending on your age and income.
An abatement is a reduction in a real estate valuation based on a correction to the assessed valuation. Contact Assessing for more information.
An elderly exemption is a reduction in real estate taxes due based on certain age and income criteria set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Contact Assessing for more information.
The elderly deferral program allows the delay of payment on property tax bills. Residents must meet certain age and income criteria. Contact Assessing for more information.
A Municipal Lien Certificate (MLC) lists the outstanding tax and utility bill liabilities on a property at a particular point in time. Please forward a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Treasurer/Collector. The cost of an MLC is $65.00 for commercial and residential properties.
Real Estate Demand Notices are the initial step towards Tax Title Foreclosure. Taxes have not been paid. If you received a Demand Notice, you should not ignore this bill.
After the Real Estate Demand Bill is issued and not paid, this letter is mailed to the taxpayer as a courtesy. Failure to pay will lead to a Notice of Tax Taking Advertisement in the Brookline Tab, and a public notice posting in Town Hall and the Main Library. By operation of law, the Town must advertise and post these notices. The fee for the advertisement is added to the outstanding tax bill. If not paid, a lien is placed on the property and the fees associated with recording the lien are added to the bill. For more information, see MGL Chapter 60, Sections 37, 53, 54, 55, and 60.
When real estate taxes are not paid on time and in full, a lien is placed on the property by operation of law. The Town of Brookline perfects this lien by commencing Tax Title procedures. Thereafter, an Instrument of Taking is filed at the Registry of Deeds.
Now a matter of public record, the Town’s interest in these unpaid tax dollars, interest fees, and costs constitute a recorded lien on the property. This lien is a cloud on the title. This means that when the property is refinanced or sold, the Town’s lien must be paid to have good title to the property. Usually, the lien amount (with 16% interest) is paid by the Settlement Agent/Closing Attorney.
Upon payment of the Tax Title lien in full, a Certificate of Redemption is issued by the Town. This document must be filed at the Registry of Deeds to remove the cloud on the title. The Certificate of Redemption removes the lien and clears the title to the property. See MGL, Chapter 60, Section 53 for more information.
A Certificate of Redemption is given if requested after providing a legible copy of the taking, proof of payment and a $25.00 fee. Please email the Treasurer/Collector at [email protected] for assistance with takings, redemptions, and releases.
The Collector collects what the Assessor assesses. By law, we must send a tax bill. If you believe you were billed in error, please email Assessing at [email protected] or call (617) 730-2060.
For questions regarding refuse bills, please contact their billing office at 617-730-2156. For more information, visit the Trash and Recycling webpage.
Payments with a remit slip (bottom portion of the bill):Town of BrooklineP.O. Box 9105
Brookline, MA 02446-9105
You must include the bottom portion of the bill so that your account is credited correctly by our bank’s lockbox payment service.Payments without a remit slip (bottom portion of the bill) should be mailed to our office:Town of BrooklineTreasurer/Collector’s Office333 Washington Street, Room 101ABrookline, MA 02445
Yes, you can follow this link to pay bills online. Do not use your bank’s online bill-pay system.
A non-refundable convenience fee will be charged by Invoice Cloud for their role in facilitating your online payment. The Town of Brookline receives no portion of this fee.
NOTICE OF NAMES OF PERSONS OR BUSINESSES APPEARING TO BE OWNERS OF CHECKS ISSUED BY THE TOWN OF BROOKLINE, WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN CASHED AND ARE DEEMED ABANDONED.
Attached is a compiled list of checks that have yet to be cashed that were issued by the Town of Brookline. If your name appears on the list, please reach out to us with a signed formal claim including the below information:
Legible copy of driver’s license or Mass ID card.
Unclaimed Property List (pdf)
For additional questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 617-730-2020 or at our address.
Brookline Town Hall
333 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 021445
For questions regarding water bills, please contact their billing office at 617-730-2170. For more information, visit the Water and Sewer webpage.
Payments with a remit slip (bottom portion of the bill):Town of BrooklineP.O. Box 9103
Brookline, MA 02446-9103
Yes, bills may be paid online on our webpage. Do not use your bank’s online bill-pay system.