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In short, yes you are. Title 36 §558 and §558-A outlines the prorating of taxes and the liabilities of the parties involved.
Kennebunk's tax bills go out twice a year. The first half is due the first friday in October, and the second half is due the first friday in April.
The Assessor's Office analyzes sales information, economic data, and other information to determine the value of property. That information is then used to develop the assessments, through mass appraisal technique, of all the unsold property in the municipality. The International Association of Assessing Officers provides a general overview of assessing in their brochure "For the Property Owner Who Wants To Know" . Laws and procedures specific to Maine are not represented in the brochure.
Go to kennebunkmaine.us/addresschange and complete the on-line form (link at the bottom of the page). You also may submit your request via fax: (207) 985-4609 or mail to: Town of Kennebunk, Assessing Office, 1 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
Kennebunk Police DepartmentParking Ticket Appeal4 Summer St.Kennebunk, ME 04043
Appeals must be received no later than 14 days after the issue date. Your appeal will be reviewed within ten (10) business days. Following review, a decision will be forwarded to the address provided on the Parking Ticket Appeal form. The fine for the violation being appealed will not increase during the review period. Parking Ticket Appeal Form
The State of Maine allows residents to register to vote any time leading up to and including Election Day. Residents of Kennebunk may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office which is located on the second floor of the Town Hall.
Proof of residency and identity needs to be provided at the time of registering (one form could be a Maine driver’s license that would show a physical street location and not a PO Box mailing address).
A building permit is required for the construction or alteration of any building or structure such as:
A building permit is also required for:
Additional permits may be required for properties located in the Historic Preservation, Shoreland and/or Resource Protection Zoning Districts. The Code Enforcement Officer shall not act upon any application for building permit until all other permits which may be required by the Zoning Ordinance, and other local ordinances, or under State or Federal law regulations have been received.
All building permit applications shall include:
1. A plan drawn to scale including:
2. A statement of the intended use of any buildings and the lot even in event of demolition;
3. Septic design for a wastewater disposal system or statement of Sewer District connection approval
Once your permit has been received it has been deemed complete, it will be reviewed by a Code Enforcement Officer. If there are any questions about your permit application, or if additional information is needed, you will be contacted using the contact information provided on your permit application.
The Code Enforcement Officer will approve or deny applications for building permit within thirty (30) days from the date of filing a complete application. Current turnaround time for permit issuance is approximately 2-3 weeks.
Once your permit has been approved, you will be notified that your permit is ready to be picked up as well as the cost for the permit.
If you have additional, specific questions for a Code Enforcement Officer please contact our office to schedule a phone call or a meeting at (207) 604-1303 or via email.
The Town of Kennebunk adheres to and enforces the following:
State of Maine Uniform Building & Energy Codes, which include:
A building permit issued shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within six (6) months after the issuance of the permit, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six (6) months after the time of commencing the work. A building permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
Yes, a building permit is required for sheds.
In addition, if the shed is larger than 200 sq. ft., plans must be submitted with the building permit application.
The State Model Energy Code requires windows and doors to meet current standards.
The clear space between handrail and the adjacent wall or surface shall not be less than 1½”.
All stairway handrails shall have a circular cross section with an outside diameter of at least 1 ¼” and not greater than 2”.
All handrails should return back to support posts or a wall to avoid snagging clothing.
1) Any other shape with a perimeter dimension of at least 4” but not greater than 6¼” with the largest cross-sectional dimension not exceeding 2¼”2) Approved rails of equivalent grasp ability. In one and two-family dwellings handrail should have a minimum and maximum heights between 34” and 38”, respectively, in all other uses, 36”. Handrail heights should be measured vertically above the nosing of the treads or above the finished floor of the landing or walking surfaces. In residential use, if a handrail is used also as a guardrail, it should be a minimum of 34” measured vertically above the nosing. Except for stairways within a dwelling unit, handrails shall extend at least 12” beyond the top riser and at least 12” plus depth of one tread beyond the bottom riser. At the top the handrail shall be parallel to the walking surface, at the bottom the handrail shall continue to slope for a distance of the depth of one tread from the bottom riser, with the remainder parallel to the walking surface.
Residential Use: If handrail is used as guardrail, no opposite guardrail used as handrail minimum 36".
All egress or rescue windows from sleeping rooms must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 sq. ft. The minimum net clear opening height dimension shall be 24”. The minimum net clear opening width dimension shall be 20”.
To calculate the square footage of the opening, multiply the width of the opening in inches by the height of the opening in inches and dividing by 144. This measurement should be 5.7 minimum.
In commercial uses, maximum riser height is 7” and minimum tread depth is 11”.
There shall not be a variation exceeding 3/16” in the depth of adjacent treads or in height of adjacent risers. The tolerance between the largest and the smallest riser or the largest and smallest tread shall not exceed 3/8” in any flight of stairs.
The minimum headroom in all parts of a stairway shall not be less than 6’ 8” measured vertically from the tread nosing or from the floor surface of the landing or platform.
For winders, spiral, circular, and other types of stairs - call for requirements.
Stairway width and landing width for one and two family dwellings shall not be less than 3’.
Residential: In one and two-family dwelling, guardrails shall not be less than 36” in height for porches, balconies, or raised floor surfaces, and open sides of stairs 34” minimum measured vertically from the nosing of the treads. If guardrails are also going to be used as handrails, see handrail section.
Commercial: In most other uses, guardrails should be at least 42” in height measured vertically above the leading edge of the tread or adjacent walking surface.
Open guards shall have balusters or other construction such that a sphere with a diameter of 4” cannot pass through any opening.
Exception: The triangular openings formed by the riser, tread at the bottom rail at the open side of a stairway shall be of a maximum size such that a sphere 6” in diameter cannot pass through the opening.
Handrails must be installed at least one side of each continous run of treads or flight with 4 or more risers. Also installed at between 34"-38" in height.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Office with further questions on energy requirements.
The Town of Kennebunk does not require that you obtain flood insurance for you property.
No, flood insurance is intended to provide coverage for damage to a structure and the contents only, not property.
The Flood Maps are more properly known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps or FIRMs since the purpose is to identify risk due to special hazards. If you own a property located within a special hazard area, flood insurance is recommended. FEMA has indicated that properties located in newly mapped areas are likely to be grandfathered, but the risk remains.
The A zone designates areas of ponding or non-wave action. The VE zone is a velocity zone and denotes areas prone to wave action. Local flood plain management ordinances dictate the type of construction standards that must be met within each zone.
Yes, reconstruction in a Flood Zone is possible, but may require varying compliance with the codes depending on the designation of the flood zone.
The Flood Plain ordinance will need to be amended and the State of Maine is working on a model ordinance.
A decision on whether to file an appeal of the proposed Flood Maps is a decision of the Board of Selectmen as this will require authorization of funds and ultimately the Chief Elected Official (CEO) is considered by FEMA as the proprietor. The Selectmen in their capacity are the CEO.
This area is not eligible for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
You will find answers to many of your questions about Flood Insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on FEMA's website.
Park Street School: Seasonal gardeners may rent one 4 foot by 8 foot plot based on availability; rental of a second plot subject to permission from garden coordinator. The cost is $35 per plot.
Please go to GPS.gov for information on how to correct addressing issue with software providers such as Google Maps, Uber, and MapQuest..
Requests are usually approved within 10-14 days of the submission (assuming no conflicting or incorrect information information).
Employees should have received their medical and dental cards when initially enrolled. If you never received your medical card or need a new one you can contact Lisa Dumont, Member Services Administrative Assistant, at 1-800-452-8786 Ext 2228. If you never received your dental card or need a new one, you can request one by logging in on Northeast Delta Dental.
Please note: Employees do not receive a vision card. You may login on VSP – www.vsp.com or call 1-800-877-7195 for more information about the plan.
MMEHT Service Representatives are available to individual participants. They can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 1-800-852-8300. This number is also listed on the back of your health insurance card.
Notify your Division Director/Designee to complete a Department Use Payroll Form. Complete the section on personal information changes and your DD will submit the form to HR. HR will notify benefit vendors and update your information in our systems/with Payroll.
When out of work for more than 3 days, employees should think about Family Medical Leave and Income Protection. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is unpaid leave for eligible employees for up to 12 weeks per 12 month period, for one or more qualifying events. These qualifying events are included in the Town’s FMLA Policy which is linked under "Other Resources" on the intranet and included in the Personnel Policy/Employee Handbook. The Town requires employees use their accrued sick time while on leave. If you run out of sick time, you would then use accrued comp/personal/wellness time or request to use vacation time. If employees know they will be out for over 3 days and meet one or more of the qualifying events, they should complete an FMLA Employee Request Form (linked under Other Forms) and send it to HR. If you know you need to be out of work for more than 3 days for a qualifying FMLA reason, please complete the request form as far in advance as possible (preferably 30 days in advance but unplanned absences will be accepted when they occur). HR will help the employee through the process which may include income protection.
Income protection is a benefit offered to full-time employees when they are first hired with the Town, and they can enroll in 40%, 55% or 70% plan options. If an employee is disabled short-term, from a non-work related illness/injury, they may be eligible to receive benefits. Benefits begin the first day of an accident or on the 8th day of an illness. Income protection can be coupled with FMLA. See the summary linked under "Benefits Information".
HR is happy to assess individual situations and guide employees through the process.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through the Health Trust and Anthem. The EAP offers many resources for employees and their household family members to deal with questions and problems regarding mental health, financial services, and legal services. This program is free to all employees, including those not enrolled in the Town’s health insurance. Employees can see more information under Benefits Information on the intranet, on the Health Trust website, or by calling 1-800-647-9151.
"Open Enrollment" is a set period of time toward the end of the calendar year when employees may elect or change their benefits through the health trust including medical, dental, and vision. Benefits eligible employees may join/enroll in any of the three plans, add or drop dependents from their plans, or drop their current coverage if covered by another plan through a parent or spouse.. *Open enrollment dates will be announced later this year.*
To make changes to your benefits outside of the open enrollment period, contact HR to assist you and determine if you are currently eligible to make the change.
You ALWAYS come to the Town Hall first to pay excise tax at the Tax Collector’s Office. You can find us on the 2nd floor of the Town Hall. Read here for details about the registration process and what documentation will be needed.
No, as the owner of the property/taxpayer, it is your responsibility to notify your mortgage company of taxes due. We send our tax bills to the name and mailing address that you provided to our Assessor’s Office. If you need to update that mailing address, you can do so here..
You will need to update your file with the Tax Assessor's Office. You can go to their link on our website to request the address change or see them in person at the Town Hall.
On June 13, 2017 the voters in the Town of Kennebunk approved an ordinance titled "Use of Consumer Fireworks (PDF)." The ordinance requires that a permit must be issued for all consumer fireworks use in Kennebunk. Please visit the Fireworks in Kennebunk page for complete details regarding Fireworks in Kennebunk.
Burn permits are issued from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday and 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday at Kennebunk Fire Rescue in the front lobby. - No more than fifteen  permits shall be issued daily, Monday through Friday. Saturday, Sunday & holidays may be increased by the Duty Chief, weather and staff levels permitting, and as long as they are issued by either a firefighter or the Duty Chief. - Burning will not start until after 5:00 PM and will be finished by 11:00 PM - Rainy days on Class 1 & 2 days will be the only exception to personal back yard burning, Monday - Friday, which can be done during daylight hours, weather permitting. A call back number is necessary in the event the permits have to be called in due to a change in weather and/or class day. - Burning permits for land clearing, construction debris burning and blueberry plains burning are the other exceptions to daytime burning. Contact the Duty Officer at 207-604-1355 for approval for these types of burning. - Seasonal permits for cooking fires are available. Seasonal campfires will require the permit holder to check on the class day before burning. Burning will be permitted on Class 1 or 2-days only. Please call the Duty Officer at ( 207) 604-1355 to obtain one of these permits. Permits will not be issued on a Class 3, 4, or 5 day. Burning permits are for clean wood products only, and piles are to be kept small. Burning of highly combustible, domestic, household trash such as paper and cardboard is prohibited by law. These permit policies are recommended standards suggested by the Maine Forest Service. These policies are in place to protect life and property and help the fire department in controlling the possibility of fires getting out of control. If you have any questions concerning these policies, please feel free to call the Fire Chief at (207) 985-2102 ext. 1340 or contact via email.
No. Please contact a Certified Chimney Technician/Sweep.
Yes. Contact the Fire Department (Captain's Office ) @ 207-604-1355 or send an email to schedule a time that works best for you.
For more information about town fire hydrants, or to report a leaking fire hydrant please contact the Kennebunk Kennebunkport & Wells Water District at 207-985-3385 or their website.
To report a fire or EMS emergency, call 9-1-1.
Then it's doing its job. Do not disable your smoke alarm if it alarms due to cooking or other non-fire causes. You may not remember to put the batteries back in the alarm after cooking. Instead, clear the air by waving a towel near the alarm, leaving the batteries in place. The alarm may have to be moved to a new location.
You should change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector two times a year. A good rule is when you change your clocks ahead in the spring, change your batteries. And, when you change them back in the fall, again, change the batteries.
Some smoke alarms are considered to be hardwired. This means they are connected to the household electrical system and may or may not have batter back-up. Alarms that are hardwired to the home's electrical system should be installed by a qualified electrician. It's important to test every smoke alarm monthly. Always use new batteries when replacing the old ones.
Yes, there is one mooring available at $25 per night, with a three-night maximum stay. We only allow a 34-foot vessel with a 5-foot draft at this time.
Our Municipal Budget can be found on our website. Information can also be obtained at the Finance Director's office in the Town Hall, 1 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043, 207-985-2102 ext. 1327.
Fir information on any and all Social Security question, go to www.ssa.gov
The Town uses an organic pesticide called Essentria IC-3. View the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for complete product information.
If you would like to compliment an officer, your written comments should be sent directly to Kennebunk Police Chief Robert F. MacKenzie via email (email@example.com) or mail (Kennebunk Police Dept., 4 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME, 04043). Verbal comments can be directed via telephone to Chief MacKenzie, Patrol Lt. Eric O'Brien, or to a shift supervisor by calling the police department at 207.985.6121 or by stopping into the police lobby Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm.
A clean, modern, safe facility that will benefit the Town’s Public Services Department to more efficiently and effectively conduct their day to day services that they provide to the Town.
The current facility is outdated, overcrowded and does not meet current codes. The current facility is no longer efficient and is a hindrance to effective service delivery. Over 85 Town fleet vehicles, including all emergency response vehicles, Public Services vehicles, Parks & Recreation vehicles, Codes and Assessing vehicles, are serviced on site out of two garage bays.
If the proposed Public Services Facility Expansion Project is approved, this will allow for more storage and maintenance bays to more effectively keep track of Town assets. The expansion will eliminate overcrowding and be a safe, modern, facility that meets today's building code standards. The new facility would eliminate the need to borrow space from other departments for training purposes. The facility expansion project would make servicing all town vehicles easier with the proposed larger garage area.
The proposed plan allows for the Dog Park to remain at 36 Sea Road.
The Public Service Facility Expansion would:
The vehicles at the existing Public Services Facility are currently stored outdoors, which exposes them to the elements year-round.
With the proposed wash bay and indoor storage, the fleet will now have a better chance of reaching its replacement date. It will be easier to wash the equipment after each use and they can be kept in a warm building vs. being kept outside in the elements.
A freshly washed and well-cared-for fleet extends the lifespan of the vehicle.
Notify Me allows subscribers to sign up to receive email and/or text message notification for various lists (posted agendas, news items, etc.). The Notify Me button can be found on our home page.
The town is always looking for committee members. We have a committee volunteer form you can fill out and submit to the Town Manager's office. Upon receipt, you will be contacted to discuss your interest in serving. A committee list, showing all town committees, with meeting schedules and vacancies, is available on the committee section of our website. Take a look and see what interests you!
Applicants must provide proof of identification for themselves and all household members (i.e., drivers’ license, state ID, birth certificate, social security card, etc.). Proof of household income must be provided from all sources including state benefits, child support, cash on hand, loans, tax returns and retirement accounts, etc. Proof of expenses must also be provided for the household including food, housing costs, heating fuel, electricity and work related expenses, etc. Applicants must also provide verification of any DHHS benefits the household receives. Prior to an appointment applicants should visit My Maine Connection online. You may register or log in to access your DHHS Summary page and print verification of your benefits. Online access to My Maine Connection will also be available during your appointment.
To order a certified and legal copy of a birth certificate (if the birth occurred in Kennebunk, Maine, or if the mother of the child was living in Kennebunk, Maine, at the time of the birth) please complete a birth certificate request form.
Yes, there are two ways to watch meetings (on cable TV and online). Meetings are broadcast live on Kennebunk’s cable TV, channel 1302 for the Select Board, Planning Board, Site Plan Review Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. Web streaming of live or previously broadcast meetings can be viewed at Town Hall Streams (townhallstreams.com). Just “locate your town” and enter the zip code. Of course, you can always attend the meetings at the Town Hall. All meetings are open to the public.
Between tax increment financing districts and pine tree zone incentives, Kennebunk can offer some of the best business incentives in the country. Please call the office at (207) 985-2102 x1337 to discuss these options further.
No. The Treasure Chest is generally only open from April through October.