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City Clerk

The City Clerk is the keeper of all City records, statistics, business licenses, business permits, legislative acts, and other vital documents. In addition, the City Clerk supports the City Council with meeting preparation, internal communication, license and permit processing, and document management.

Contact Information
Kimberly Wells
City Clerk

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Phone Number
Fax Number

93 Highland Ave.
1st Floor
Somerville, MA 02143
United States

Employee Directory

Permits & Records

Order Online

Apply for a Business License

Apply for a Public Event License

Order Vital Records

Order White Goods Stickers

Apply for a Marriage License

Register a Domestic Partnership

File a Business (DBA) Certificate

License Your Dog

Geneaology Record Search


Order By Mail

Order a Birth Certificate

Order a Marriage Record

Order a Domestic Partnership Certificate

Order a Death Certificate

Geneaology Record Search

Forms & Information

Auctioneer License Application
Automatic Amusement License Application
Billiards and Bowling License Application
Birth Certificate Request Form
Bottle Redemption Center License Application
Bus Route License Application
Business Certificate (DBA) Form
Certificate of Good Standing
City Clerk Schedule of Fees
Closing Out Sale License Application
Constable License Application
Death Certificate Request Form
Digital Preservation Policy
Dog Kennel License Application
Dog License Application
Domestic Partnership - Certificate Request Form
Domestic Partnership - How to Register a Partnership
Domestic Partnership - Registration Form
Domestic Partnership - Termination Statement
Drain Layer License Application
Extended Operating Hours License Application
Filing a Notice of Claim Against the City
Flammables License Application
Fortune Teller License Application
Garage License Application
Geneaology Search Request Form
Grant of Location License Application
Hawker Peddler License Application
List of City Government Officials
Livery License Application
Lodging House License Application
Marriage Certificate Request Form
Marriage License - Apply to Be Married
Miscellaneous License Application
Notary Services Guidelines
Open Air Vendor License Application
Optometrist Registration Application
Osteopath Registration Application
Outdoor Goods License Application
Outdoor Parking License Application
Physician Registration Application
Podiatrist Registration Application
Public Event License Application
Raffle and Bazaar License Application
Raffle and Bazaar Regulations
Records Retention Schedule
Rules of the City Council
Second Hand Dealer License Application
Sign or Awning License Application
Small Wireless Facility License Application
Sworn Weigher License Application
Taxi Medallion License Application
Taxi Stand License Application
Transient Vendor License Application
Used Car Dealer License Application
Zoning Map Amendment Application
Zoning Text Amendment Application

Rules & Ordinances

View the City of Somerville Library at to explore:

City Council Meetings

Visit the City of Somerville's Legislative Meeting Portal to:

  • See a calendar of City Council and committee meetings
  • Download meeting agendas and minutes
  • Stream meetings live or from our archives
  • And more

Marriage & Domestic Partnership

Pay or Appeal a Non-Criminal Ticket

The City Clerk's Office processes noncriminal tickets written by such agencies as the Inspectional Services Department, the Police Department, and the Department of Public Works. Any tickets issued for parking violations must be paid through the Traffic and Parking Department, not on this page.

If you receive a non-criminal ticket, you can pay it online or through the mail. If you believe the ticket was issued in error, you can appeal it online or through the mail. If you don't pay the fine or appeal the ticket, you will not be able to receive a Certificate of Good Standing from the City, which is needed to receive a municipal license or permit. You will also be subject to a Demand Fee, and the City may issue a lien on your property to recover any unpaid amounts. 

See below for more information on paying or appealing your ticket. If you have any questions, call the City Clerk's Office at 617-625-6600 extension 4100.

Please note that once your ticket is paid, you cannot request a refund or appeal.

Online: Pay non-criminal tickets online with our City Hall Systems Portal. In order to pay online, you will need the following information from the ticket:

  • Control Number
  • Name of Offender

You can pay by e-check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.

Pay a Non-Criminal Ticket Online

By Mail: You can pay by mail using a check or money order. Make checks payable to the City of Somerville and include the Control Number in the memo field. Mail payments to:

Non-Criminal Tickets
City of Somerville
City Clerk's Office
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

If you wish to appeal a ticket, you must submit your request within 21 days of the date the ticket was issued. Do not pay the ticket if you wish to appeal it. Once a ticket is paid, you can no longer appeal it.

Municipal hearings are typically scheduled on weekdays and weekday evenings. If you cannot attend a scheduled hearing, you must notify the City before your hearing date to reschedule. You may only reschedule a hearing once. To reschedule, call 311 or the City Clerk’s Office. If you fail to attend your scheduled hearing without rescheduling, you will be found responsible and will not be able to submit further appeals.

To begin the appeal process, choose from one of the options below.

Online: You can appeal a ticket through our City Hall Systems portal. In order to appeal online, you will need the following information from the ticket:

  • Control Number
  • Name of Offender

You can also provide a brief explanation to support your appeal, and upload up to 3 documents that support your appeal.

Appeal a Non-Criminal Ticket Online

By Mail: You can schedule a hearing by mail. On your ticket, select the box labeled “I choose to contest this matter...” and mail it to the City Clerk’s Office at the address below. You can also include a brief explanation to support your appeal, and include documents that support your appeal. Be sure to include the control number and name of the offender on your ticket.

City of Somerville
City Clerk’s Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143

Find out how to pay or appeal parking tickets at

Filing a Closed Captioning Complaint

Please use the button above to provide information regarding instances where businesses with televisions did not turn on closed captioning as required by Section 8-18 of the Code of Ordinances.

Programs & Initiatives

Dog Licensing, Vaccination, and Ownership
Everyone in the City of Somerville that owns one or more dogs must license their dog(s) each year. All dogs 6 months old or older must be licensed.

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