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Posted on: January 6, 2020


Town Census


 Annual census forms will be mailed to Winchester residents in early January 2020.  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 that would like to take their refuse to the transfer station facility on McKay Ave.

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.

Keep in mind the 2020 is a busy ELECTION YEAR, starting with the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  To remain active on the voter list for all Elections, you MUST return your census form.  Help us help you by returning the census upon receipt.

The census mailing will include a permit application for the Town’s transfer station.  Transfer station fees for the regular permits are $235.00 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 have permits for sale as well at a cost of $55.00 for the first vehicle in a household, and $10 each subsequent vehicle.  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 envelopes are 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 or email Please do your part and file today.

Thank You, MaryEllen Lannon, Winchester Town Clerk.

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