Posted on: February 5, 2018


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Town of Winchester Office of the Town Clerk

Press Release: 2018 ANNUAL TOWN CENSUS

Annual census forms were mailed to Winchester residents on January 2, 2018. All households are required to respond to the mailing within 30 days of receipt. State law requires that every community conduct a census during the month of January, and the Town of Winchester takes this opportunity to send permit applications for the transfer station to every household.

The Annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. To remain active on the voter list for the Town Election, you MUST return your census form. Help us help you by returning the census upon receipt.

In accordance with State Law, the census is conducted annually in every city and town in Massachusetts. The information gathered is used to maintain a current voting list and to provide population and other information to various town departments. Compliance with this State requirement provides proof of residence, protects voting rights, veteran’s bonus, housing for the elderly and related benefits as well as providing information for the selection of jurors. Note: The census form doesn’t register you to vote. If you are interested to register to vote you may now go to and register to vote online. This opportunity is fast and convenient. The Town Clerk’s Office will send you a registration confirmation letter in the mail to confirm that your online application was accurately received and processed.

The census mailing included a permit application for the Town’s transfer station. Transfer station fees for the regular permits are $225.00 for the first vehicle in a household, and $20 each subsequent vehicles in the same household. Additionally, the Town’s SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) program will be selling up to 2500 residential permits. For those households which would like to participate in the SMART program please check the appropriate box on the general application form. Special SMART trash bags can be purchased at the Town’s Transfer Station at 15 McKay Ave, as well as at the Town Clerk’s Office. Bags are 10 (16 gallon bags) for $10.00 and 10 (33 gallon bags) for $20.00. The Town Clerk’s Office is currently selling all permits all hours of operation. Residents residing in a multi-family (2 family units or more) residences must purchase separate permits for each household unit. Residents with income eligibility for fuel assistance may apply for a low-income permit at the Health Department at Town Hall.

Return postage paid envelopes were provided and forms may be mailed back to the Town Clerk’s Office 71 Mt. Vernon St, Winchester, MA 01890. For more information residents may contact the Office of the Town Clerk at 721-7130.

Please do your part and file today. 

Thank You, 

MaryEllen Lannon, Winchester Town Clerk.

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