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With the exception of paint, wallcoverings, flooring and fencing, most projects require a permit. Please check in with the office to confirm before beginning your project.
Homeowners can do work on their own house and pull their own permit, though they must sign an affidavit to take responsibility for work to be performed, including inspections. For contractors, they must be licensed in Rhode Island.
1) Visit the Barrington Main Street GIS website.
2) Using the search bar in the top right corner to type in the address.
3) Once the map loads, click on "Layers" on the left-hand side of the screen.
4) Check "Zoning" on the Layers list, and that will tell you what zone the property is in.
5) Use the dimensions regulations table (PDF) to determine the setbacks.
4) Check "Flood Zones Revised" on the Layers list, and you will see a blue layer appear if your property is in a flood zone.
PLEASE NOTE: Uploading an attachment to OpenGov works best on a desktop computer.
The attached PDF contains step-by-step instructions for uploading any files you may have to the "Attachments" section on the permit portal. Please note that the office does not accept paper copies. Uploading materials is the responsibility of the applicant.
How to Upload File Attachments to Viewpoint (PDF)
Setbacks - Dimensions Regulations Table (PDF)
Zoning Use Table - 185-8
Swimming Pool Requirements - 185-15
Fences - 185-20
At any point, use the "search" feature at the top of the page to look up a specific topic.
Appliances and any scrap metal are picked up one week per month as a special collection. Metal is recycled separately. Call DPW to leave address for pick up.
No, construction materials and fencing need to be disposed of privately. Residents may want to rent a small dumpster or take to RI Central Landfill. Please either call or visit their website for more information.
Most furniture that is not metal may go with regular trash. Please limit to one piece per week.
No, electronics including televisions and computer equipment must be brought to the Recycling Center.
No, mattresses and box springs must be brought to a mattress collection container at DPW between 8 AM and 3 PM Monday through Friday.
There are no extra charges for any special pickups, such as metal, etc.
The Recycling Center is only for use by Barrington residents.
Yard waste collection is limited to grass, weeds, small twigs that will easily compost in brown bags or barrels. Branches need to be chipped – the brush chipping program is limited to Spring and Fall and is a called in service. Specific dates are available on the Town Calendar or website.
The standard 22-gallon recycling bins are available at the DPW office. One recycling bin per residence is provided.
The Town does not provide trash barrels. Any barrel used for recycling or trash must be 32 gallons or less and weigh less than 50 pounds per ordinance.
Information on Town ordinances and regulations can be read in Chapter 78 Section 2 of the Town Code.
Smoke detector inspections are conducted by Fire Department personnel on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. To arrange for an inspection call Fire Headquarters.
Yes. The fire department will respond to a residence and make a determination if there is sufficient water to be pumped. In most cases, fire pumps are NOT effective with water levels below 1 inch deep. For a water emergency dial 911.
A fire engine responds with the rescue on all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls that are of an unknown nature or may require advanced life support or additional manpower. The firefighters assigned to the fire engine are trained to the same Cardiac EMT level as the members assigned to the rescue. Therefore, the engine crew can assist the members of rescue by obtaining EKG's, starting IV's, securing patient airways, performing CPR, and administering medications. In extreme medical emergencies an engine company member will serve as a driver for the rescue. This allows both EMT's assigned to the rescue the ability to care for the patient while enroute to the hospital.
National Fire Prevention week is October 10th through 14th. The fire department visits local schools to discuss fire safety with students.
To schedule a visit call the Fire Department.
Barrington Rescue transports patients to Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam, Roger Williams, Hasbro Children’s, and Women and Infants.
The current fire code, as set by the Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal, requires smoke detectors to be placed as follows:
Smoke detectors should be placed at the highest habitable level and every level below, outside the bedrooms, and at the bottom of the basement stairs. All should be ceiling mounted.
Smoke detectors should have the same placement as above, except smoke detectors in all bedrooms.
The Town announces employment opportunities in local newspaper and on the Town website. Please visit the Employment Opportunities page for updates.
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A revaluation is the process of estimating new values on real estate based on specific rules and current market data. This process requires a careful analysis of recent selling prices conducted to identify and quantify the features that have motivated buyers and sellers in the real estate market. This analysis results in the creation of schedules that are used to value all of the properties in the city or town. These schedules are then statistically tested to verify their ability to accurately and uniformly predict estimates of current fair market value. An analysis of current income and expenses supplied by local commercial property owners is utilized in the commercial valuation process. These value estimates are statistically tested and proven.
Since all assessed valuations are based on sales as of a certain date, later changes in the market will gradually make property assessments out of step with the real estate marketplace. The rise and fall of real estate values make certain properties more valuable or less valuable, in relation to each other. Doing a revaluation periodically brings the assessments into line quicker, and provides a correction to assessments when markets rise or lower. It makes the assessment of property taxes fairer, more accurate, and avoids the “sticker shock” that occurred when these projects were performed every 10 years or so.
Sales of properties. We review and analyze recent property sales. Depending on the volume, we may use one, two, or even three years of data. From these sales, we generate valuation tables and apply them throughout the City or Town. We focus primarily on “Fair Market” sales.
The American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers defines fair market value as “the most probable price for which a property will sell in a competitive market with buyer and seller each acting prudently, knowledgeably and for self-interest and assuming that neither is under undue duress”. Sales such as foreclosure and family sales are not considered to be “arms-length” or fair market transactions.
They are carefully analyzed based on:
The following are some, but not all of the variables that affect value:
Land values can vary dramatically based on:
The real estate market is not a “perfect market” and price is not always equal to value. Similar properties usually do not sell for exactly the same price because the motivations of buyers and sellers are not always the same. Similar properties usually tend to sell within a “value range” rather than for one specific price. According to the definition of fair market value, your value represents the “the most probable selling price” and tends to be in the middle of the range of what similar properties have recently sold for. Therefore, your appraised value could be higher or lower than what you actually paid for your property.
The amount of your new tax bill is calculated by multiplying your new assessed value by the new tax or mill rate. Be careful not to multiply a new assessment by an old tax or mill rate.
Not from the revaluation. The tax rate is set at the financial town meeting, or by a City budgetary process, so the voters decide if taxes go up. Individually – If the budget stays the same, some property owners will go up, some will go down, some will stay just about the same.
The Municipality determines the amount of revenue (R) to be raised. The Municipality then totals all the assessments (A). The Municipality divides the revenue (R) by the Assessments (A) to get the actual tax rate: Tax Rate = R/A (or mill rate).
At the end of a revaluation project, a notice will be sent to every property owner advising them of their new value.
Some communities hold “informal hearings,” and some communities have an “abatement” procedure. Your new assessment notice will have information regarding these procedures.
Any documents or evidence that support your claim. This includes:
Those who attend a hearing will receive a notice indicating whether their assessment has been changed, and, if so, what the new value is.
At this point, you still have the traditional remedies available to any taxpayer:
Compare your value to similar properties in your area which have sold. Compare to recent appraisals you have had on your property for mortgages or refinancing. Note that prices have been on an upward trend, so an appraisal greater than 2 years old needs to be adjusted.
Taxes for Real Estate (includes Sewer Use Fees), Motor Vehicles, and Personal Property are billed annually, and the tax bills are mailed by mid-July.
The most common reasons a tax bill is not received are the following:
Note: Please contact the Tax Collector's office if you did not receive a tax bill. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt the taxpayer from paying what is due (see RIGL § 44-7-7).
The two most common reasons are the following:
To remove a vehicle from the tax roll, you must cancel the registration (turn in the license plates) at the Rhode Island (RI) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or at any American Automobile Association (AAA) office (if you are a member). You should receive a cancellation receipt, which you should retain in your records, as proof of the cancellation. After you have cancelled the registration, the Town will be notified by the RI DMV in its annual reporting file.
No. However, you may request a copy of the current tax bill by contacting the Tax Collector's office at 401-247-1900, ext. 318).
You can access tax payment information online if you have an original tax bill (current or prior year). Using the account number and PIN (six letters) printed on your original tax bill, you will be able to log in to your account to get a record of your tax payments.
Note: Each account has its own unique PIN. If you have more than one account, you need an original bill with the account number and PIN combination for each of your accounts.
The due dates for the current tax bill are: