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The Randolph Wetlands Protection Bylaw requires that all property owners within 300 feet of a proposal to conduct work in or near wetlands are notified by the applicant by mail. All wetland hearings are also legally advertised in a local newspaper at least 5 days prior to the hearing.
Residents are encouraged to call the Conservation Department at Town Hall or the Applicant to ask questions. The application and proposed plan are on file at the Conservation office. You are welcome to review this information and may pay for copies of any information that you would like to keep. Since staff is part-time and often conducting site visits, it is best to make an appointment.
At the hearing, the applicant or property owner will present plans and explain what is proposed. The Commission members will ask questions and the Chairperson will provide an opportunity for anyone in the audience to ask questions or offer an opinion as it relates to wetland protection. Since the Commission reviews several projects in an evening, hearings last only for a specified period of time. At the end of this time, the hearing may be either closed (if there is no more information to be received) or continued to a specific date and time (if the Commission needs additional information). Additional notifications of continuations are not mailed. Commission agendas are posted on the Town's calendar no less than 48 hours before a meeting date.
The scope of issues that the Conservation Commission can consider in reviewing proposed projects is defined by the Mass. Wetlands Protection Act and Regulations and the Randolph Wetlands Protection Ordinances. In presenting testimony (oral or written), please be aware that the Commission's jurisdiction only relates to wetland issues.
Comments can be submitted in writing prior to the close of the public hearing. As with all testimony (oral and written), it is most helpful to raise concerns early in the process. Send written comments to the Conservation office at Town Hall.
After the hearing is closed, the Commission deliberates the project and impacts on the wetlands. They issue a decision (Order of Conditions), within 21 days of closing the hearing outlining the approval of a project and any criteria the property owner must comply with to protect the associated wetland areas. The Commission may deny a project if it cannot be adequately conditioned to protect wetlands.
You may request a copy from the Conservation office at Town Hall. The property owner is also required to record the decision at the Norfolk Registry of Deeds in Dedham.
Appeals of decisions under the Wetlands Protection Act (called a Request for a Superseding Order of Conditions) must be made to the Department of Environmental Protection within 10 days using forms supplied by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Appeals may be made by the Applicant, an abutter, 10 residents of the community, or the Department of Environmental Protection. For more information, please visit Mass.gov.
Re-paving of an existing driveway requires a permit from the Town of Randolph by a bonded contractor prior to commencement of work. Extension/expansion of an existing driveway or any new driveway also requires a permit. View permit applications.
Randolph strongly encourages minimizing the number of impervious surfaces to prevent pollutants from reaching our watershed. Driveways constructed of permeable pavers, grasscrete, and the like are ways of providing for a new driveway while still being environmentally friendly.
Below are some additional resources which provide alternatives to the concrete, impervious driveway:
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard for the sum of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (known as PFAS6) and we are taking a number of corrective actions. The drinking water standard is applicable to a lifetime of consuming the impacted water; however, sensitive subgroups, including pregnant or nursing women, infants and people diagnosed by their health care provider to have a compromised immune system, should consider using bottled water that has been tested for PFAS6, for their drinking water, cooking of foods that absorb water (like pasta) and to make infant formula. We are providing an alternative source of water for residents concerned about consuming water with PFAS at the Bluedrop Water Filling Stations available at no cost anytime at the following locations:
This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours. Although this is not an emergency, as our customer, you have the right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.
On October 2, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated a new drinking water regulation and maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 20 nanograms per liter (ng/L or parts per trillion - ppt) for the sum of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (called PFAS6). Our water system proactively and voluntarily sampled for PFAS6 prior to the new regulations. See our latest results in this table.
PFAS6 Results for Randolph/Holbrook Joint Water Plant:
Note: A quarterly average exceeding 20 is a violation of the PFAS6 Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL).
Even though we have been notifying you of our results since we began collecting samples, we must provide you with this Public Notice to comply with the drinking water regulations.
Some people who drink water containing these PFAS in excess of the MCL may experience certain adverse effects. These could include effects on the liver, blood, immune system, thyroid, and fetal development. These PFAS may also elevate the risk of certain cancers.
PFAS6 includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA). PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in the manufacturing of certain fire-fighting foams, moisture and stain-resistant products, and other industrial processes.
The Randolph/Holbrook Water Board has taken the following pro-active measures:
For more information, please email Randolph Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Chris Pellitteri or call 781-961-0940 or email Holbrook DPW Superintendent Keith Nastasia or call 781-767-1800.
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An alcoholic beverage license is required for establishments handling alcoholic beverages, including retail pouring or package sales. Any business that sells, stores, distributes, serves or delivers alcohol must have an alcoholic beverage license.
Most alcoholic beverage licenses must be approved by both the Randolph Licensing Board and the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). The local licensing board ultimately issues licenses for restaurants and package stores (retail licenses), while ABCC has sole issuing authority for manufacturers, wholesalers, import/exporters, and caterers.
The application process varies for each type of license. A limited number of licenses are issued by the Town - check for availability before applying. You are strongly encouraged to consult the Licensing Board Clerk to determine which forms and processes to complete. State fees are payable to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) with the application. Once the license is approved locally, a license fee must also be paid to the Town. For example, applicants for a new retail alcoholic beverage license follow this process:
Please contact the Licensing Board for the scheduling of Liquor Licensing meetings. Once approved locally, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) can take four to six weeks to approve an application.
Your permit must be renewed annually in December. Any changes to the license, including transferring it, appointing a new manager, or altering the premises, require a new application and review. If you stop operating the business, you must give up your license. If you plan to temporarily suspend your business operations, you must provide at least 10 days' notice to the Licensing Board.
An abutters list is needed whenever public hearings require individual notice to interested parties. The notice must be sent by mail to abutters and owners of land nearby. Each Town board, commission or agency has requirements that differ depending upon the specific petition. Please contact the administrator for the specific board/commission to confirm requirements.
The Town of Randolph requires that all abutters lists be certified by the Office of the Assessor located at Town Hall, 41 South Main Street first floor.
The pledge must be approved by the local licensing authority and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
Applicants requesting a Section 14 License cannot purchase alcoholic beverages from a package store. The alcoholic beverages must be purchased from a licensed wholesaler/importer, manufacturer, farmer-winery, farmer-brewery or special permit holder.
A Separate bond shall be required for each different name under which the dealer conducts his business and for each city or town in which the dealer has a place of business.
The town must have a copy of the dealer's bond or an alternative that will be accepted, such as a certificate of deposit or irrevocable letter of credit equal to the bond amount, upon submission of the application for a new license or license renewal. Failure to provide these will result in the town denying the issuance of a current-year license.
Applicant/department will request a list of abutters within required number of feet of subject property from the Assessor's office. The list will contain the following minimum information:
A Business License (Business Certificate) is obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office.
Call 781-961-0930 or see Recreation Park Information. Please make sure to use one of the following addresses when filling out the place of marriage on the marriage certificate: Powers Farm- 592 North Main Street The Williams Gazebo- 200 North Street
To combat the increasingly high costs of housing. According to the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (HLC):
It means that means development is allowed by zoning without the need for a special permit or other discretionary zoning approval.
For the purposes of this legislation, “multi-family housing” means a building with 3 or more residential dwelling units.
Multifamily housing is currently allowed in certain districts by special permit through the Planning Board or Town Council. There are currently no zoning districts that allow multi-family housing as-of-right.
Section 3A requires zoning that allows for multi-family housing at a minimum density for future development, not a count of what currently exists within a district.
Compliance with section 3A is in addition to any state thresholds for the number of affordable units a community should have.
The chapter 3A law is to enact zoning that imagines a future when parcels are redeveloped. Any existing uses and structures may remain in place and do not impact the possibility of future zoning.
There is no construction requirement OR timeline. The law requires zoning to PERMIT the development of residential units over time. Actual production may or may not happen.
We can allow it but may not REQUIRE it. Residential units must be permitted on all floors.
Section 3A does not discuss affordable housing. The most recent guidelines allow for communities to include a 10% affordable housing requirement in Section 3A zoning districts. Any affordable requirement above 10% must undergo an independent economic feasibility study.
In Randolph's form of government and under state law, the Planning Board must provide recommendations to the Town Council who then adopts (with or without amendments) the map and zoning language. Each of their meetings to deliberate on the topic are public hearings.
The Town has until the end of 2024 to approve the maps and zoning. If the Town fails to adopt it, we will not be eligible for certain types of funding such as MassWorks and Housing Choice grants. Additionally, some funding to the Randolph Housing Authority will be impacted and the Town may face civil enforcement action.
In March 2023, the State Attorney General, Andrea Joy Campbell, issued an advisory that Section 3A “was enacted to address the Commonwealth’s acute need for housing by facilitating the development of transit-oriented, multifamily housing. By any measure, Massachusetts is in a housing crisis that is inflicting unacceptable economic, social, and environmental harms across our state – particularly on working families and people of color. The Law directly responds to this crisis by implementing zoning reforms that require MBTA Communities to permit reasonable levels of multifamily housing development near transit stations.” The advisory goes on to state that all MBTA Communities must comply with Section 3A as there is no ability to opt out. Communities that fail to comply may be subject to civil enforcement action and also risk liability under federal and state fair housing laws.
We can regulate height, parking, setbacks and other factors but the Town may not dictate the type of ownership of any residential unit.
Approximately 6464 acres of land and 256 acres of water.
Town owned land is exempt from these regulations.
All signs (new, repaired or refaced) require a permit subject to the criteria specified in the zoning bylaws.
Application may be made online and must include color renderings for review and approval prior to installation.
If a road is a town-owned (public) road, the Department of Public Works (DPW) maintains and repairs the road as necessary.
If a road is a private road, the developer, residents or homeowner's association is responsible for maintenance and repairs.
A public road (or town road) is a road that has been accepted by the Town (Town Meeting or Town Council) after going through the acceptance process established by state statute. The Town maintains public roads. A private road, not accepted by Town Meeting or Town Council, is owned either by the original developer, the residents on the road or a homeowner's association.
Floodplains include all special Flood Hazard Areas designated by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These hazard areas are identified on FEMA-approved Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). To determine if a property lies within one of these areas, residents and business owners can:
If you are still unsure whether or not the property lies within a floodplain, please email the Town's Engineer or email the Building Commissioner.
To request a change to your flood zone designation, a Letter of Map Change (LOMC) should be submitted to FEMA by one of the following methods:
For questions, contact FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) at 877-366-2627.
Filing deadlines for projects and applications are outlined on the Meeting Schedule on the Planning Board webpage. There may be circumstances that permit certain filings after the posted deadline. Please email the Town Planner to determine filing requirements and be placed on the agenda.
Whether or not you can build on a lot depends on the zoning district in which the lot is located, what you intend to build, and the size of the construction. You can use the online property viewer to determine the zoning district for a particular parcel and then check for allowable uses of buildings and land in that district in the Randolph Zoning Ordinances.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to consult with the Randolph Building Commissioner to receive a formal determination on whether or not a lot is buildable: email the Building Commissioner. The Building Commissioner is responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of Randolph's Zoning Ordinances.
Special Permits regulate the use of a particular site and apply criteria in the zoning ordinance to determine if the proposed use, which is generally considered acceptable for that zoning district, is appropriate for the particular site. Special permits require a super-majority vote and are subject to procedures for applications, notice, public hearings, and decision-making set forth in the Zoning Act of MGL C.40A.
Site Plan and Design Review regulates the physical structures that will be constructed on the property and can be imposed for uses that are allowed by right or by special permit. The Town's bylaws specify the level of review required for based on project thresholds.
Any action that proposes changes to a property line requires the property owner to present a professional plan to the Planning Board for signing.
There are generally two methods by which a lot can be divided:
Your project may require a plan of land completed by a registered land surveyor as part of the review and permitting processes. The Town does not make recommendations for registered land surveyors or other professionals; however, a list of licensed land surveyors and engineers is available through the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensures. Additionally, the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) provides information regarding civil engineers and land surveying.
If you would like to inquire about persons who have previously done work in the town, the records of our boards, committees, and commissions are public information, and you may review any plans and applications previously filed.
1) Determine the zoning district of the parcel using the mapping system
2) Review permitted property uses in the Table of Allowable Activity: view online or as a document (PDF).
3) Confirm with the Building Department and/or Planning Department
The zoning district for a specific parcel can be identified on parcel/property maps.
A request to modify zoning is subject to a public hearing held by both the Planning Board and the Town Council. Requirements and applications are available in Forms and Applications. Contact the Planning Department for more information.
Yes. You can pay your bills online right from our web page on the Town's website. Just follow the links and you can use your credit or debit card to pay Real Estate taxes, Personal Property taxes, Water/Sewer/Trash bills and Motor Vehicle Excise taxes.
The Town has recently switched to City Hall Systems for online bill payment. This new payment portal offers improved user functionality and ease of use. Visit the Online Bill Payment and Donations page to get started.
We take payments for Real Estate, Personal Property, Tax Title, Water/Sewer/Trash, Motor Vehicle Excise and for municipal lien certificates.
We accept checks or cash at the Treasurer/Collector’s office in Town Hall. Taxpayers can pay online through the Town’s website using a credit or debit card (fee based on amount paid). Delinquent excise tax payments cannot be made at Town Hall (see #9).
Taxpayers can mail their payments to the lockbox address on the remit-to portion of their bill, or to Town Hall, Attention: Tax Collector, 41 South Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368. Please do not mail cash. If you use your bank’s online bill-pay, please mail payments directly to the Town Hall and be sure all information on your bill-pay system is correct for that bill.
Yes. Payments can also be left in the dropbox that is located on the driveway in front of Town Hall. Make sure that your account number is included so that your payment can be properly applied. Please do not leave cash in the dropbox.
Unpaid utility bills for the prior fiscal year are moved to the current year tax bill in mid-December. The delinquent amount, plus additional interest and fees will be liened on your third quarter Real Estate tax bill that is due February 1st.
Utility bills are issued quarterly.
These tax bills are quarterly. The Town mails the preliminary bills that are dated July 1st and October 1st at the end of each June. The actual bills that are dated January 1st and April 1st are mailed by the Town at the end of each December.
Past-due Excise tax bills need to be paid with the Deputy Collector, Kelley & Ryan. For immediate clearance of marked bills, payments in cash can be made at the Deputy Collector’s Office in Brockton City Hall, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Payments can also be made online at www.kelleyryan.com.
For information about obtaining an official verification of the zoning for a parcel, see the Zoning Verification Request Page.
The Zoning Board tries to use the meeting rooms on the main level at Town Hall either the Washington or Lincoln Room. If unavailable we will post notices as to where we will be located.