Records Kept By The Town Clerk
The Town Clerk is the official record keeper for the Town of Watertown. Records kept by the Office of the Town Clerk include, but are not limited to, Vital statistics (birth, death, and marriage certificates), Business Certificates (DBAs), appeals from decisions of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, and filings from City Boards and Commissions. The Town Clerk is the official keeper of the Town Seal and Town Ordinances.
Marriage Intention Filing - by appointment only
To file for marriage intentions, you must have the following information set prior to making an appointment:
Marriage Date - Once you have filed, there is a three day waiting period, by law.
Marriage Location - You will need to provide the exact location you intend to wed.
Officiant - You will need to provide the Name, address and phone number.
Once you have set all the details of your wedding, please contact the Town Clerks office via phone at 617-972-6486 to schedule an appointment. Both parties will need to appear in person to complete the documents.
For a list of Justice of Peace Officiants, please see attached list: Justice of the Peace
Please keep in mind, we do not perform ceremonies. If you are looking to be married by a Town Clerk, please check with other local City or Towns.
All notifications and documents are public records, with some exceptions pertaining to vital records. The Elections Department, responsible under Massachusetts General Laws to the Board of Election Commissions, has a wide range of responsibilities mandated by Chapter 50 through 56, among others, to ensure fair and impartial elections in the Town of Watertown. Duties include taking the annual census, generating voting lists, jury lists, and maintaining these listings throughout the year.
View and download related documents (PDF) to the Town Clerk.