Town of Barrington, RI

Town News



Bay Spring Corridor Study Survey: Work Session on June 27, 2018

The Town of Barrington wants to hear from the community about potential development at two sites along Bay Spring Avenue.

The results of a community survey (ended in April) are available on the Bay Spring Zoning Study website.

The Planning Board will hold a work session from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 to discuss potential zoning map amendments and other recommendations from the Bay Spring Corridor Study.

This phase of the study, which kicked off with a public workshop in late September, is evaluating the corridor more broadly, and will include recommendations for more flexible zoning to achieve the mix of uses desired by the Town and residents while reducing the number of non-conforming uses and lots.

Updated 05/07/2018

Solarize Barrington: More than 40 Systems Installed, Totaling 251 kW

The Town of Barrington, in partnership with the State of Rhode Island, Commerce RI and SmartPower, has wrapped up the 2017-18 Solarize Barrington campaign.

Sol Power, a Providence company selected as the solar installer under Solarize Barrington, reported a total of 41 contracts signed in Barrington through Solarize, totaling 251.22 kW. (The final total could increase, as there are several contracts still pending.)

The strong interest in solar meant residents were able to take advantage of the lowest (Tier 3) pricing offered by Sol Power through the program, a cost of $3.02 per watt. The Solarize Barrington signup period ran from October 26, 2017 through April 27, 2018.

When the Town participated in the fall 2015 campaign, more than 40 residents took advantage of the incentives offered through the Solarize program.



E-Permitting Now Available in Barrington

E-permitting is now available online in Barrington through Rhode Island's state web-based system.

Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:

This streamlined permit process allows for better communication with:

  • Easy access: Log in anytime, any place

  • Intuitive setup: Simple to use

  • Passive updates: Status emails and notifications from the start through final inspections , and news

  • Enhanced data management: Submit electronic payment, upload certain documents, monitor application status, and request inspections.  Building plans must still be dropped off in the Building department for review as well as with the Fire Chief, if applicable.

New users must register for a ViewPoint Cloud account in order to submit permit applications electronically and is valid with any Rhode Island town utilizing the ViewPoint e-permitting system.  You may still apply for a permit in the Building office via a public computer should you need assistance and/or wish to pay by cash or check.  These forms of payment and immediate processing can only be done from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Mary Ann Rosenlof at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or via email at for additional information. 

Click here ( for the statewide e-permitting system tutorials.

Bulletin Board bulletin

Email to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar


Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2018-2019: attachment

Proposed School and Town Budget, Budget Hearing Fiscal Year 2018-2019: attachment

2018 Budget Hearing Presentation (held Wednesday, May 9, 2018): attachment

Budget Hearing Video (held Wednesday, May 9, 2018) attachment

Financial Town Meeting FTM (held Wedneday, May 23, 2018) attachment


  • Statewide Primary: WEDNESDAY, September 12, 2018 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM All Precincts open.

  • General Election: TUESDAY, November 6, 2018 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM All Precincts open.


Opening a Business in Barrington page provides a step-by-step guide walking you through the Town approval process.

E-permitting is now available online in Barrington through the Rhode Island's state web-based system. Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:


  • Barrington Public Schools Strategic Plan Focus Groups

All are welcome to participate in the Barrington Public Schools Strategic Plan Focus Groups. Part of developing our next strategic plan is to gather as much information as possible from our community. Your insight and feedback is an important part of developing our strategic goals.

  • handsfreeNew Law: Drivers Prohibited from Using Hand-Held Devices - In Effect June 1, 2018

Rhode Island is about to go hands-free when it comes to drivers and cell phones. A new law prohibits any driver from using hand-held wireless communication devices. The law takes place June 1, 2018. Fines up to $100 for each violation.


Emergency Preparation

  • Web Resources: - Functional Needs - Senior Citizen Preparedness

RIEMA - Preparedness


  • ...Only a Test. The Town of Warren will be testing its new emergency siren system periodocally. There is one speaker located on town hall and one at Fire Station 6 in Touisset. The system will sound a tone and a voice alert will state that this is only a test.


  • Coyote Sighting?  Report coyote sightings IMMEDIATELY to the Town's Dispatch Center, (401) 437-3930, and then to RI Department of Environmental Management, (401) 222-3070.

  • Barrington Community Resources for assistance with mental health services - Attachment

  • Contact the Economic Development Committee -

  • Hunting Regulations. If you have questions regarding hunting regulations click on

  • RI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.

  • Know your rights: Discrimination under Fair Housing Act

    How Your Rights May Have Been Violated

    Discrimination in renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities

For more, go to:

Follow Barrington on Twitter - @RI_Barrington.

Upcoming Meetings