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Carolyn S. Dawes, Barre City Clerk & Treasurer, CVC, CVT
6 N. Main Street, Ste. 6
PO Box 418
Barre VT  05641
(802) 476-0242

Office Hours

The Barre City Clerk's office is open Mondays - Fridays from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  We are open through lunch.  We are closed weekends and all legal holidays.

NOTICE - Effective March 25, 2020, 5:00 PM and at least through August 15, 2020, Barre City Hall is closed to the public.  The office is open for limited hours with reduced staff.  Call (802) 476-0242 for additional information.


NOTICE for land records researchers:  We are accepting appointments for time in the vault for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Please call the clerk's office at (802) 476-0242 to make an appointment and learn of the conditions for your visit.  You can access our index (from 1989 through current) online, along with our documents (from May 20, 1996 through current).  We will scan and email you documents that aren't available online.  Email your request by book and page number to


Notice Regarding Property Tax Payments

NOTE:  due to the extensions granted by the Vermont Department of Taxes with regards filing deadlines, the City of Barre's tax bills will be mailed a month later than usual, and the first installment has been adjusted accordingly.  Tax bills will be mailed by August 15, 2020 and the first installment will be due by September 15, 2020.  All other due dates will fall on their regular dates (November 15th, February 15th, May 15th)

The City of Barre's 2020 property tax year covers the period from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  Payments can be made on or before the four installment due dates of September 15, 2019, November 15, 2019, February 15, 2020 and May 15, 2020.  If a payment due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date is extended to the next business day.  The City will issue receipts upon request when payments are received.  Any overpayments are refunded at the end of each tax year.  Payments can be made with a credit card or e-check HERE.

Licensing Dogs

By law, all dogs must be licensed with the Barre City Clerk's Office each year by April 1st. Rabies certificates and proof of spayed/neutering are required to license your pet. Please see below for fee schedule for dogs.

Due to COVID-19 all late fees for dog licenses have been waived for this year only.

Fee Schedule  

Licensing new dogs - Please email us at with the following information to complete the license.  If we do not receive the information, we cannot complete the license process, and your license will be delayed:

Renewing your dog's license - If you are unsure about whether your dog's rabies certificate is still current, call the office at (802) 476-0242, and we'll look it up for you.  If you have a new rabies certificate, scan and email it to us at or fax to (802) 476-0264.

Licenses and tags will be mailed to you upon receipt of the correct fee, and confirmation of all required paperwork and information.  Click HERE to pay on-line.

Information on Abatement of Taxes, Water/sewer Charges, Late Fees and Interest Charges

You may request a hearing before the Board of Abatement for abatement of taxes, water/sewer charges, late fees and/or interest charges by submitting a written request to the clerk at cdawes@barrecity, or the mailing address above. Abatements can only be granted to those requests that meet at least one of the criteria established by state statute.  Click HERE to review the list of criteria and additional information about abatements. 

Requests for Copies of Vital Records (birth, death, marriage)

Request certified copies of vital records by following the steps below. The fee is $10 per certified copy. Please make the check payable to Barre City Clerk. Also include a self-addressed and stamped return envelope. Mail your application & photocopy of ID (if applicable), payment and return envelope to:

Barre City Clerk
PO Box 418
Barre, VT 05641

1. Application and ID are necessary to request a certified or noncertified copy of a birth or death record.  Click on the link below for the application.
2.  You must provide a photocopy of the ID(s) referenced on the application, and the ID(s) must match the applicant's name and address.
3. Availability of certified and noncertified copies is limited to certain people/organizations, based on relationship to person named on document.  See list of authorized individuals on application.

1.  Certified and noncertified copies of marriage licenses are to be made by staff only.  No application is required.
2.  You may request a certified or noncertified copy of a marriage license by submitting your request in writing to the address above.  Be sure to include all relevant information (names of the parties and date of the marriage).  Please include your daytime phone number in case we need to contact you with questions.

Application form for birth & death records

PLEASE NOTE:  Beginning July 1, 2019, you will be able to access copies of any Vermont birth or death record through any town clerk's office.  The same rules for access apply as are listed above.

Property Tax Bill Copy Request & Authorization

Property tax bills that contain state rebate information are not public records. A redacted version of the bills are available upon request. Unredacted copies are available to property owners and " escrow agent, town auditor, lawyer including paralegal or assistant, employee or agent of a financial institution or credit union, realtor, or CPA".

Paper copies of tax bills are 25 cents each. Electronic copies are available free of charge via email.

Click HERE for a searchable pdf version of the 2019-2020 tax book.  Please note - the tax bill changes frequently as revised bills are issued.  The tax book is current as of July 16, 2019.

Marriage Licenses

Vermont residents must apply for a marriage license in the community where they live. Out-of-state residents may apply at any Vermont Town Clerk's office. Click HERE for a writable PDF version of the application available on the Vermont Department of Health website.

The fee for a marriage license is $60, plus $10 for a certified copy of the solemnized and recorded license. Licenses can be issued up to 60 days before the ceremony. If you have been divorced, a copy of your most recent divorce decree must accompany your application.

Please allow at least 24 hours between when you submit your application and when you plan on picking up the license for your wedding. Rush orders are possible, depending on staffing and other work priorities in the office. When in doubt, please call us.

Click HERE for a list of Justices of the Peace who perform marriages.

Call the clerk's office with any questions: (802) 476-0242.

Unclaimed Property

The Vermont Treasurer's office maintains a list of unclaimed property by owner.  You or someone you know may have unclaimed property on the list - closed bank accounts, uncollected insurance payments, etc.  Click HERE to download the latest copy of the list which contains Barre people and businesses with unclaimed property on file at the VT Treasurer's office.  If you find an item and you'd like to submit a claim, visit their website.