Description of Services
Often considered the doorway to local government, the Town Clerk’s Office serves as the central information point for residents and visitors alike.
The Town Clerk is the keeper of the Town Seal and authorizes its use. The Town Clerk is the chief election official, recording official, registrar of vital records, and public records official. The Town Clerk oversees the polling places and the conduct of all elections and election-related activity, and records all actions of Town Meeting. The Clerk’s Office maintains Town By-laws and copies of adopted regulations and policies of town departments and boards. The Clerk records all Town Officials’ appointments, oaths of office, and resignations. Each person receives and signs an acknowledgement of extracts pertaining to the "Open Meeting Laws", "Standards of Conduct for Public Officials", and the "Conflict of Interest Law". The signed acknowledgement is prima facie evidence that each person is cognizant of those laws and should act accordingly.
The Clerk issues state licenses and permits, including marriage licenses, business licenses & renewals, dog licenses, fuel storage licenses, raffle/bazaar permits and certifies requests for public documents. This office responds to inquiries from the public as well as from other departments, boards and committees. The Town Clerk is designated Burial Agents by the Board of Health. If a death occurs in Berkley, before interment or cremation, a burial permit must be issued.
It is the mission of this office to be a reliable and accurate provider of information and quality services to the community and its residents. This office strives to work cooperatively and in concert with all departments, boards and committees while complying with state and local statutes. As part of departmental policy, the staff will perform their duties in a courteous, professional manner and treat all equally.