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Wellesley Town Hall's normal operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) is open at the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
7:00 AM - Noon
7:00 AM - 3:45 PM
7:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday (April - November only)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Please note that the RDF is closed on state holidays.
Visit the RDF page for more information.
To find out more about the Town of Wellesley's parking lots and their rates, go the Parking Clerk's page.
Copies of Vital Records (certified copies of Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates) may be obtained from the Town Clerk's Office for a $10.00 fee per copy ordered.
Requests can be in person or by a letter enclosing a check for the fee and a self addressed stamped envelope.
The Town Clerk's office does not accept credit card payments.
Send request and payment to:
525 Washington Street
Wellesley MA 02482
The Town of Wellesley can issue vital records for:
BIRTHS – if the person was born in Wellesley or the parents were resident in Wellesley at the time of the birth. (Please note - Newton Wellesley Hospital is in the City of Newton - call (617) 796-1200 for vital records in Newton)
DEATHS – if the place of pronouncement is Wellesley or the informant declared Wellesley to be the town of last residence of the decedent. Persons who die out of state will not have a death certificate filed with the Town of Wellesley.
MARRIAGES – if the couple filed their Intention of Marriage in Wellesley. The location of the filing is not determined by the location of the ceremony, it is the convenience of the couple as to where in Massachusetts they choose to file the intention.
The Rivers Protection Act of 1996 expanded the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch. 131 §40) by regulating activities within a new wetland resource area, referred to as the Riverfront Area.
The Wetlands Protection Act identifies eight protected riverfront interests, including: flood control, prevention of storm damage, prevention of pollution, fisheries, land containing shellfish, groundwater, public or private water supply, and wildlife habitat.
After submitting an NOI, the Committee's staff will schedule a public hearing (within 21 days), and post a legal notice in the Wellesley Townsman for the proposed project. The Wetlands Administrator will then review the application and visit the proposed project's site. After the NOI hearing has been closed, the Committee will make its decision and issue an Order of Conditions (wetlands permit) within 21 days.
The Order of Conditions ("Order") will either approve the project and include specific construction requirements (to protect the Riverfront area), or deny the project if the proposed project does not meet the performance standards (created to protect resource areas) of the State Wetlands Protection Act ("Act") and/or the Wellesley's Wetlands Protection Bylaw ("Bylaw). A denial may also result from the submission of an inadequate, or incomplete, NOI application. The Applicant, the abutters, or the DEP, may appeal the Committee's 1 under the Act within 10 business days (to the DEP), 2 under the Bylaw within 60 calendar days (to Superior Court).
The following minor activities are exempt: - Unpaved walkways added for private use. - Fencing, provided it will not impede wildlife movement. - Vista Pruning - the selective thinning of tree branches or under-story shrubs to create a "window" to improve visibility - as long as it occurs more than 50 feet from the mean annual high water line within a riverfront area or from a bordering vegetated wetland, whichever is farther away. (This does not include the cutting of trees which reduces the leaf canopy to less than 90% of the existing crown cover or the mowing or removal of under-story brush.) - Planting of native vegetation in the area. - Conversion of lawns to accessory uses for single family houses (decks, sheds, patios, pools), provided they are more than 50 feet away from the river.Conversion of impervious surfaces to vegetation; provided erosion control is used during construction. - Temporary planning and design activities having negligible impacts.
The wood frog (Rana sylvatica) and the four local species of mole salamander (Ambystoma spp.) have evolved breeding strategies intolerant of fish predation on their eggs and larvae; the lack of fish populations is essential to the breeding success of these species. Other amphibian species, including the American toad (Bufo americanus), green frog (Rana clamitans), and the red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), often exploit the fish-free waters of vernal pools but do not depend on them. Vernal pools also support rich and diverse invertebrate faunas. Some invertebrate species, such as fairy shrimp (Eubranchipus spp.), are also entirely dependent upon vernal pool habitat. Invertebrates are both important predators and prey in vernal pool ecosystems. Vernal pools are an important habitat resource for many birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, including many state-listed rare species.
The boundary of vernal pool habitat must incorporate the shallowest reaches of the pool. Where there is no distinct and clear topographic break at the edge of a pool, the maximum observed or recorded water level represents the ecological boundary of the vernal pool. This boundary is evident and should be delineated by leaf staining and other indicators of hydrology outside of the peak-flood stage of early spring (March through early April in most cases). The boundary of vernal pool habitat may be defined differently for the purpose of local, state or federal protection.
Field observations of maximum flood levels, or of indicators of the maximum water level, must be made to determine the boundary. The boundary must be established based on field observation of water level indicators. The NHESP, in certifying a vernal pool, does not visit the pool, and as such does not establish the actual boundary through the certification process. Therefore, in recording observations of vernal pools for the purpose of certification, notes pertaining to observed water level and recognizable landmarks that show maximum flooding are extremely helpful in boundary delineation.
For more information about how to certify a vernal pool, you can visit the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program's website.