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Town of York Animal Control is located at 9 Hannaford Drive, York, ME 03909. You can call York Animal Control at 207-363-4444 or fax 207-363-1035 or email L. McAfee or K. Bishop. Animal Control officers are on duty 7 days a week.
For emergencies, you should call the Town of York Police Department at 207-363-4444. They will be able to contract and Animal Control Officer.
The following items are required when registering your dog
Animal Control Ordinance - Section 10, page 7
The following restrictions apply to domestic animals on Cape Neddick Beach, Short Sands Beach, Long Sands Beach and Harbor Beach.
The Town of York administers the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
Building Permit applications are available online, at the Code Enforcement Office, and by mail. Minor permits can be issued during walk-in hours. Permits for new dwellings, new commercial structures, shoreland, and flood require an office appointment. Get a copy of a building permit application (PDF).
Call our office at 207-363-1002, ext. 1, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Catherine will schedule your appointment with the inspector. Be sure to have the accurate address and the homeowners name. The lead time can be anywhere from the next day to two weeks out depending on the time of year.
Yes. Contact the Water and Sewer District.
Yes, if it is part of or directly related to the original project. However, if one portion of the work has been done before the amended work is finished, the entire permit remains open until all work as been completed.
Example: If you take out a construction loan to remodel your kitchen and amend your permit to add a generator, both projects must be completed to obtain a final sign-off from the Code Officer.
The program is a telephone reassurance program designed to assist senior citizens or adults with disabilities in the community. Many of these senior citizens or adults could be living alone, do not have someone to check in on them regularly, are at risk of sudden illnesses, falls, accidents, and social isolation. The goal of the program is to assist our seniors and adults so that they may continue living an independent lifestyle, and provide families the security of knowing that their loved one will have a source of daily contact.
No, This is a free service provided by the York Police Department for the residents of York.
The "Good Morning" program is simple; each morning between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., the participant calls into the police department. The phone number for them to call is 207-363-4444.
A trained dispatcher will take your call. If you fail to call the dispatcher will, after attempting to contact you, follow the pre-arranged procedures left on your application. This may include contacting the participant’s backup person or dispatching a police officer to the participant’s residence. At this point, the officer will make every attempt to verify the participant’s well-being upon arrival.
Just complete the enrollment package and drop it off at the York Police Department.
Then enrollment package consists of an application, and waiver for each person interested in the “Good Morning” program. This enrollment package can be found on the York Police Department. Expect to make a daily call to the “Good Morning” program dispatcher.
You must be a resident of York.
You must agree to make a daily telephone
You must agree to let us know when you plan to be away.
You must be a senior citizen (62+) or an adult with disabilities in the community who could be living alone, do not have someone to check in on them regularly, are at risk of sudden illnesses, falls, accidents, and social isolation.
The "Good Morning" program is an excellent complement to LifeLine because you make a daily telephone call to the Good Morning Program Dispatcher.
Lifeline is a separate program for emergencies such as falls or accidents or health problems requiring emergency assistance.
There are many companies out there who supply a lifeline service. Please contact your primary care physician for more information regarding these services.
A separate electrical permit is needed when only electrical work is being done in a one or two family dwelling, commercial work and multi-family dwellings. An electrical permit is required from the State of Maine for all commercial and multi-family dwellings. Approval for electrical work in one and two family dwelling is usually included in the building permit.
The law requires utility companies to have proof of town approval before they can connect you to any public utility. This form is available from the electric company or from the Code Enforcement Office. This form must be signed by a town official before you can have your power turned on.
Yes, if your property is located in the shoreland zone or in a 100 year floodplain.
Maine State Law and local ordinances do not require the good side to be toward your neighbor.
Maine State Law provides that a fence over six feet may be considered a “spite fence” and ordered removed.
View the town’s Geographical Information System (GIS Maps). Search for your property by selecting Owner, Address or Parcel ID and typing in the appropriate information, Clicking “Find It” and then "Zoom to Parcel". The GIS will display your property. To find the Flood Zone from ”Quick Maps” choose “Flood Plain Mapping.”
If your property is in a 100 year flood zone you need a Flood Permit whenever you need a Building Permit, when filling or earth-moving, and for fences.
Impact Fees for the School District are assessed for new dwelling units of three or more bedrooms, the addition of bedroom(s) that result in a three or four plus bedroom dwelling unit, and seasonal conversion of a three or more bedroom dwelling unit. Contact the Sewer District and the Water District for information about their Impact Fees.
The Impact Fee for the School District is determined by the number of bedrooms in a dwelling unit. There is no Impact Fee for a dwelling with two or less bedrooms. The Impact Fee is $1,700 for a three bedroom dwelling and $3,400 for a four or more bedroom dwelling. Contact the Water District and Sewer District for information about their Impact Fees.
There are Impact fees for the School District, Water District, and Sewer District. The Impact Fee for the School District is paid to the Code Enforcement Office prior to an Occupancy Permit. The other Impact Fees are paid directly to the Sewer District and the Water District.
Plumbing Permits are required for new plumbing, relocated plumbing, and for changing fixtures. Replacing a hot water tank, faucets, or toilets requires a Plumbing Permit.
Plumbing Permits are only issued to Master Plumbers licensed in the State of Maine and to homeowners for plumbing in their primary single family dwelling. For homeowners to do their own plumbing the property cannot be rented or be for sale, additionally the homeowner must buy all the materials, install and test the plumbing per code.
All accident reports may be purchased at
If you are a legal resident of the Town of York and would like to apply or renew your concealed weapons permit, you may do so in person at the Administration office at the Police Department.The Administration office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and you may contact them at 207-363-1031.
If you are a non-resident, please refer to the Maine State Police Department website.
All report requests are done in writing and should include the following information:
Report/case number, when the incident happened, where it happened, what happened and who was involved. Please also include your contact information, should we need to reach you regarding your request.
The reports are usually available 5 to 7 days after the incident. Not all reports are releasable.
Mail your request and $10.00 check to:
Town of York Police Department
9 Hannaford Drive
York, ME 03909
Copies of police reports can be picked up in person with proper identification at no charge.
Copies of police reports being returned by mail incur a fee of $10 for the first three pages. Additional cost per page may apply to reports over three (3) pages in length.
A local background check can be done through the York Police Department in person with proper ID or signed release documents. This report only encompasses activity within the Town of York.If you require a criminal history check, please contact the Maine State Police Department.
PERMIT PARKING PROGRAM (pdf)
Any questions please contact the Town Clerk's office at 207-363-1003.
Resident parking permit required fee of $40Senior Citizens, 65 years and over, fee of $20.Permits Purchased at the Town Clerk's OfficeThe Parking Permit program shall be in effect each year beginning May 15th through October 15th.
You must submit your appeal within 24 hours of the ticket date/time. Your appeal will be reviewed within 10 days.
It is your responsibility to call the York Police Department's Admin Office, within 10 days of filing your appeal, at (207) 363-1031 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM for the appeal decision.
Your penalty will not increase during the appeal process. You may only appeal a ticket once. Tickets which have previously been denied will not be reviewed again.Do not send cash in the mail.
EnforcementMay 15 - October 15thMonday – Sunday8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Kiosk Parking AreasKiosks are located and parking spaces are numberedfrom Libby’s Campground to the Cutty Sark on Long Beach and throughout York Beach, including York’s Wild Kingdom and Short Sands Park Parking Lot.
Parking RateCost is $2.00 per hour.Cash - currency or coin
Before you have a yard sale at your home, you need to get a permit from the York Police Department. View the Ordinance for Yard and Barn Sales (PDF).
Yes, a building permit is required.
The Town Health Officer is available to address issues that affect the health and well being of the public in York. Direct such issues as air quality, asbestos, radon, lead, smoke, mold, carbon monoxide, hoarding, bed bugs and other pests, failed health inspections, and rental housing complaints to the Health Officer at 207-363-1000.
If there are possible building code violations, contact the Code Enforcement Office at 207-363-1002.
The state licenses Site Evaluators to perform soil test (replaces perk tests) and design septic systems also known as sub-surface waste water disposal systems.
If that wet spot is near your septic system it could be a sign of a failed or failing septic system. Keep people and animals away from this area and get help finding the cause of this problem.
You must obtain a permit prior to installing a new septic system, a replacement septic system, or repairing a septic system.
View suggested pumping frequency and other advice about septic systems (PDF).
Yes, any earth-moving including filling, requires a permit in the Shoreland Zone, no matter how small.
In the Shoreland Zone permits are required for cutting and clearing vegetation, timber harvesting, filling, earth moving, and for any change to a building.
The setbacks vary by Shoreland sub-district and for wetlands in the Shoreland Zone by size. Generally the setback for the ocean, rivers and large wetlands (over ten acres) is 100 feet. The setback for protected streams and medium wetlands (4-10 acres) is 75 feet. There are no setback requirements for wetlands with less than 4 acres but there is no wetland disturbance or fill allowed without a permit.
The Shoreland zone is a 250 foot area surrounding water bodies, wetlands, and 75 feet from protected streams. If you are within these areas you will be considered in the Shoreland Zone.
Learn how to get a marriage license:
We accept cash or checks only.
Only Town of York residents and property owners are entitled to beach stickers. Residents need to bring or mail a copy of the registration to the car(s) they want to put the parking sticker(s) on. The stickers are vehicle specific. Property owners need to bring or mail a copy of the registration to the car(s) they want to put the parking sticker(s) on.
In addition, they need to bring or mail a copy of their tax bill (this can be confirmed on our computer). If the property is in the name of a trust, proof of trusteeship is required. If the vehicle is leased, bring a copy of the lease agreement showing the lessor's name. Stickers are $40 each, $20 each for senior citizens. You can have a parking sticker for every car that you have registered.
Learn what you need to bring on the Register a Car page.
The Town Clerk keeps Vital Records for all births, marriages and deaths that occur in the town, as well as those events that involve those people who were/are residents of York but gave birth, got married or died elsewhere in the State of Maine. A Maine state law became effective on July 12, 2010 that requires both an application process to acquire certified copies of Vital records as well as an increase in fees. Mail a request for a certified copy (PDF) of a birth, marriage or death record, if you want to be prepared when you come to our office.
This office only registers/re-registers recreational vehicles for York residents.
The State of Maine offers the sale of Sporting licenses and Recreational Vehicle registrations through their website.
Bring the most recent rabies certificate from the Veterinarian. This must include the rabies tag number and the date of expiration.
Absentee ballots are available 30 days prior to an election. During that period you can:
All Absentee Ballots must be in the hands of the Election Official by the close of the polls on Election Day in order to be counted.
Complete a voter registration card in the Town Clerk’s office and submit to the Registrar of Voters (also in the Clerk’s office). At that time you will need to provide a Maine Driver’s license with your York address and two utility bills that show your name and physical address as proof of residency.
Any newly created lots in the Watershed Protection Overlay District must be at least 10 acres and have 200 feet of frontage on a road. Proposed structures would be required to be 500 feet from a public water supply and 250 feet from all streams that feed the public water supply.
York is growing faster than most communities in Maine and un-controlled fill destroys animal habitat and can result in flooding. York has chosen to be more restrictive than the State of Maine due to its rapid growth.
No, not unless you have a permit and only in limited circumstances. Wetland fill is only allowed to provide access to an upland site when no reasonable alternative exists.
View the town’s Geographical Information System GIS Maps. Search for your property by selecting Owner, Address or Parcel ID and typing in the appropriate information and Clicking “Find It” then "Zoom to Parcel". The GIS will display your property. Go to “Quick Maps” and select "Base Zone Mapping" from the drop down list.
To establish any new use or to change from one use to another you need a Use Permit. Use Permits for Route One and changes in non-conforming uses are issued by the Planning Board. The Code Enforcement Office issues most other Use Permits.
What zone or zones you are in determines what uses are permitted on your property. Once you have determined what zone(s) you are in you can look up the permitted uses for that zone(s) in Article Four of the Zoning Ordinance. Pay particular attention to any footnotes or performance standards that may apply.
A property can be in more than one zone and can have one or more over-lying zones, such as Shoreland, Flood, and/or Watershed. These overlay districts can be displayed on the GIS program by selecting “layers” under the map, selecting the layer you wish to display, scroll to the bottom and click “Refresh Map”.
Setbacks are the horizontal distance between the property line and a use, such as a dwelling. Front setbacks are measured from the front property line not the road.
Setbacks are found in article 5 of the Zoning Ordinance for conforming lots. Look up setbacks for conforming lots. The setbacks for all non-conforming lots of record are found in section 17.3.4. Look up setbacks for non-conforming lots.
Lot coverage is the ratio of impervious surfaces to lot size (see the definition of impervious surface ratio in Article Two of the Zoning Ordinance).
Lot coverage is given in Article 5 of the Zoning Ordinance, footnote d, and in several special zones, such as the Water Protection Overlay District section 10.404.
Home occupations are allowed in every zone that allows dwellings to varying degrees. The rules for home occupations are found in Section 7.4 Home Occupations (PDF).