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Setbacks - Dimensional Regulations Table (PDF)
Zoning Use Table - 185-8
Swimming Pool Requirements - 185-15
Fences - 185-20
At any point, use the "search" feature at the top of the E-Code webpage to look up a specific topic.
With the exception of paint, wallcoverings, flooring, and fencing, most projects require a permit. Please check with the Building Official to confirm before beginning your project.
Homeowners can do work on their own house and pull their own permit. The homeowner must sign an affidavit to take responsibility for work to be performed, including inspections. For contractors, they must be licensed in Rhode Island.
1) Visit the Barrington GIS website.
2) Using the search bar in the top right corner to type in the address.
3) Once the map loads, click on "Layers" on the left-hand side of the screen.
4) Check "Zoning" on the Layers list, and that will tell you what zone the property is in.
5) Use the dimensional regulations table (PDF) to determine the setbacks.
4) Check "Flood Zones Revised" on the Layers list, and you will see a blue layer appear if your property is in a flood zone (will begin with either an "AE" or "VE").
Appliances and any scrap metal are picked up one week per month as a special collection. Metal is recycled separately. Call DPW to leave address for pick up.
No, construction materials and fencing need to be disposed of privately. Residents may want to rent a small dumpster or take to RI Central Landfill. Please either call or visit their website for more information.
Most furniture that is not metal may go with regular trash. Please limit to one piece per week.
No, electronics including televisions and computer equipment must be brought to the Recycling Center.
No, mattresses and box springs must be brought to a mattress collection container at DPW between 8 AM and 3 PM Monday through Friday.
There are no extra charges for any special pickups, such as metal, etc.
The Recycling Center is only for use by Barrington residents.
Yard waste collection is limited to grass, weeds, small twigs that will easily compost in brown bags or barrels. Branches need to be chipped – the brush chipping program is limited to Spring and Fall and is a called in service. Specific dates are available on the Town Calendar or website.
The standard 22-gallon recycling bins are available at the DPW office. One recycling bin per residence is provided.
The Town does not provide trash barrels. Any barrel used for recycling or trash must be 32 gallons or less and weigh less than 50 pounds per ordinance.
You can use the RI Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center website to look up your address to see your current voting districts and polling place. The database has been updated to reflect the new voting districts created based on the 2020 census and the 2022 redistricting process.
Also at the Rhode Island Secretary of State's website, you can check your voting record to review your current registration status and party affiliation. In addition, a map with street index is available at the Barrington Board of Canvassers Election Information web page that shows the new boundaries for the legislative districts and voting precincts in Barrington.
And in August 2022, the Barrington Board of Canvassers is sending postcards to all Barrington registered voters, informing voters of their new legislative districts, precinct, and polling place. Please contact the Barrington Town Clerk’s office if you have any questions about voter registration, elections, or polling locations.
Redistricting is the process of redrawing electoral boundaries. It occurs for all levels of representative government, including the US House of Representatives, state legislatures, local voting districts (precincts), and more. These boundaries define the constituency that will be represented in government and the district in which a candidate for office runs.
The US Constitution requires a census of the population and a reapportionment of congressional representatives every ten years. After each new census, states and local governments redraw voting districts to account for changes in population and geography that have occurred over the preceding decade. The 2020 census counted just over one million residents in Rhode Island and 17,153 residents in Barrington.
Based on the 2020 census figures, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the boundaries for the state’s two congressional districts, the 38 state Senate districts, and the 75 state Representative districts. The new district boundaries were signed into law by the Governor on February 16, 2022.
Once the state legislative districts were established, the local Boards of Canvassers across Rhode Island were responsible for drawing the boundaries for the new voting districts (precincts) for the polling places within each city or town.
All of Barrington sits within the First Congressional District for the US House of Representatives.
There is one RI state Senate district (#32) that covers all of Barrington as well as parts of East Providence and Bristol.
Barrington is split across two RI state House districts: one (#66) covers parts of Barrington and East Providence while the other (#67) covers parts of Barrington and Warren.
Six voting precincts were established in Barrington for the 2022 redistricting cycle. This is one more than there was during the 2012 to 2021 cycle. RI law limits each voting precinct to no more than 3,000 registered voters. Due to changes to Barrington’s population over the past ten years, the Town added one precinct. Further, the General Assembly made slight revisions to the boundaries for the RI House legislative districts that cover Barrington (#66 and #67), and the Town’s precincts must conform within the newly drawn legislative districts. As a result, some Barrington voters will experience changes to their legislative district and/or their polling place.
The locations of the polling places for the new voting precincts are:
The new voting districts take effect for the 2022 election cycle. This includes the September 13 primary election and the November 8 general election. The new voting districts will be in effect for the next ten years.
Approximately 6% of all Barrington registered voters (roughly 970 people) were switched from one RI legislative district to a different one. This was the result of passage of the new legislative district boundaries by the General Assembly. Some voters who previously were in RI House District #66 will now be in RI House District #67, or vice versa. These voters will now be voting at a new polling place.
Approximately 31% of all Barrington registered voters (roughly 4,600 people) were moved from one precinct to a different one. This was mainly driven by the creation of a new sixth precinct in Barrington (part of RI House District #67).
Approximately 69% of all Barrington registered voters have precincts and polling places that are unchanged; these voters continue to reside in the same legislative district and will vote at the same polling place that they did prior to 2022.
Because of all the changes that resulted from the 2022 redistricting process, it is extremely important that all voters check to verify their polling location before setting out to vote during the 2022 primary or general elections. You can look up your voter status and polling place on the Secretary of State's website.
Rhode Island law (RIGL 17-18-15) requires that all public elementary and secondary schools throughout the state shall not be in session on election day (for statewide primary and general elections). Thus, schools become excellent possible locations for polling places since they often already conform to many of the federal and state standards and regulations that apply to polling places (e.g., ADA accessibility, parking accommodations, etc.). Further, if any repairs or changes to the properties are needed in order to conform to election regulations (e.g., filling a cracked sidewalk or installing an ADA-compliant door handle), the Town is in a position to control and act quickly to remedy the situation. This could be problematic if the Town were relying on private property owners to incur the costs of these repairs. Moreover, any funds the Town might spend on the modest building changes or repairs only further enhance or improve the property overall, maximizing the benefit to the Town of the expenditure. Finally, the number of school buildings in Barrington and their geographic locations across Town are distributed in a way that aligns well with voting district boundaries.
Congressman David Cicilline resigned effective June 1, 2023. His resignation created a vacancy in Rhode Island’s representation to the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressional District 1. On June 1, Governor Daniel McKee ordered all cities and towns within Rhode Island’s Congressional District 1 to hold a Special Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, to fill the vacancy, and to hold a primary election on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, for nominating candidates to fill the vacancy. This will be the first Congressional Special Election in Rhode Island since 1967. The winner of the November 7 Special Election will hold office until the 2024 congressional election cycle.
Rhode Island’s Congressional District 1 consists of 19 cities and towns, including Barrington. Here is a map of the congressional district area.
On Election Day, Barrington’s six voting precincts will be combined into three polling places for the 2023 Primary and Special Elections. Based on the anticipated turnout for the Special Election as well as the multiple ways voters can now vote (e.g., mail ballot, early onsite voting, etc.), the Town is confident that the three combined polling places will efficiently accommodate Election Day voter traffic. Combining the locations will reduce the Town’s expenses to conduct the elections (e.g., fewer places to staff and operate).
Polling locations for the 2023 Primary and Special Elections will be:
Please note that Nayatt School, Sowams School, and the Town Hall will not be used as polling places for the 2023 Primary and Special Elections. Barrington voters who usually vote at these locations will instead vote at the combined polling locations described above.
See the map of Barrington’s precincts and voting districts.
Yes, early onsite voting will be available for both the Primary and Special Elections. Early voting takes place at Barrington Town Hall (Council Chamber, 2nd floor) during regular business hours. For the Primary, early voting will be offered from Wednesday, August 16 through Tuesday, September 5 (on September 5, early voting closes at 4:00 PM). For the Special Election, early voting will be offered from Wednesday, October 18 thru Monday, November 6 (on November 6, early voting closes at 4:00 PM).
Yes, any otherwise qualified Rhode Island voter may choose to vote by mail for the Primary and Special Elections. For the Primary, the deadline to request a mail ballot is Tuesday, August 15. For the Special Election, the deadline to request a mail ballot is Tuesday, October 17. Mail ballot applications are available from the Town Clerk’s office or here. Additional information about mail/absentee ballots is available here.
Rhode Island has a “semi-closed” party primary system. This means that you may only vote in your party's primary, but if you are registered as "unaffiliated" you may vote in the primary of any party you choose. Once you vote in a primary, however, you are considered a member of that party until and unless you "disaffiliate."
You can check your current voter status and party affiliation at the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center website. There, you can also edit your voter record to change your party affiliation if you desire. Disaffiliation from any party must take place at least 29 days before the primary date (i.e., by Monday, August 7 in order to take effect for the September 5 Primary Election).
State law requires that eligible voters be registered no later than 30 days prior to any elections. So for the September 5 Primary Election, the deadline to register to vote is Sunday, August 6, 2023. For the November 7 Special Election, the deadline to register to vote is Sunday, October 8, 2023.
Barrington (and other towns) are always looking for registered voters who might be interested in working as a poll worker during elections. General information about being a poll worker is available here. Being a poll worker is a great way to help your community directly and contribute to the smooth, fair, and efficient conducting of local elections. Poll workers are paid for their time on Election Day as well as their training time leading up to Election Day. Poll workers typically can work either half-day (7.5 hours) or full-day (15 hours) shifts. The poll worker application is available here. For more information about being a poll worker, please contact the Barrington Town Clerk’s office at 401-247-1900, ext. 1.
Additional information on elections in Rhode Island can be found at:
Information on Town ordinances and regulations can be read in Chapter 78 Section 2 of the Town Code.
Smoke detector inspections are conducted by Fire Department personnel on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. To arrange for an inspection call Fire Headquarters.
Yes. The fire department will respond to a residence and make a determination if there is sufficient water to be pumped. In most cases, fire pumps are NOT effective with water levels below 1 inch deep. For a water emergency dial 911.
A fire engine responds with the rescue on all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls that are of an unknown nature or may require advanced life support or additional manpower. The firefighters assigned to the fire engine are trained to the same Cardiac EMT level as the members assigned to the rescue. Therefore, the engine crew can assist the members of rescue by obtaining EKG's, starting IV's, securing patient airways, performing CPR, and administering medications. In extreme medical emergencies an engine company member will serve as a driver for the rescue. This allows both EMT's assigned to the rescue the ability to care for the patient while enroute to the hospital.
National Fire Prevention week is October 10th through 14th. The fire department visits local schools to discuss fire safety with students.
To schedule a visit call the Fire Department.
Barrington Rescue transports patients to Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam, Roger Williams, Hasbro Children’s, and Women and Infants.
The current fire code, as set by the Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal, requires smoke detectors to be placed as follows:
Smoke detectors should be placed at the highest habitable level and every level below, outside the bedrooms, and at the bottom of the basement stairs. All should be ceiling mounted.
Smoke detectors should have the same placement as above, except smoke detectors in all bedrooms.
The Town announces employment opportunities in local newspaper and on the Town website. Please visit the Employment Opportunities page for updates.
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Registrations for all events will only be available online. No registrations or trip reservations will be accepted by phone. The steps to do so are as follows:
Barrington Learning CenterBarrington Recreation Department281 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806
To receive assistance with registering and payment by check, stop by the Recreation Department between 9 AM and 4 PM Monday through Thursday and between 9 AM and noon on Friday.
Yes. Persons 60 years or older may select the Senior Citizen rate for certain courses. Not all courses will have such a discount.
Note: All Barrington Learning Center class and trip payments include a non-refundable processing fee as follows:
$20 - $150 payment $20.00 Non-refundable processing fee
$151 - $225 payment $30.00 Non-refundable processing fee
$226 - $335 payment $40.00 Non-refundable processing fee
$336 - payment 15% of payment
Courses: Full refunds are given minus the processing fee according to the chart above if the Barrington Learning Center cancels the course and and you paid online with a credit card. Your refund will show up on your credit card statement. If you paid by check, you will receive a full credit for the course , which can be applied to other courses/trips. This credit will show up on the website on your Profile Page. You may request a refund, if you prefer. In order for us to process a check request, you must provide a copy of the front and back of the cashed check. We will deduct the processing fee according to the chart above.
Trips: Full refunds are given minus the processing fee according to the chart above if the Barrington Learning Center cancels the trip and you paid online with a credit card. Your refund will show up on your credit card statement. If you paid by check, you will receive a full credit for the trip which can be applied to other courses/trips. This credit will show up on the website on your Profile Page. You may request a refund, if you prefer. In order for us to process a check request, you must provide a copy of the front and back of the cashed check. We will deduct the processing fee according to the chart above.
If you cancel a trip more than 30 days before the trip or prior to the purchase of tickets or room reservations (whichever is earliest), you will be refunded through paypal directly to your credit card if you paid with a credit card or receive a credit if you paid with a check, minus a $35 per registration non-refundable processing fee. If you cancel within 30 days or after tickets are purchased or rooms are booked, no refunds or credits are given.
Paid online: your payment will be refunded according to our refund policy directly to the card you used via Paypal.
Paid by check: If you paid by check, you will receive a credit according to our refund policy for the amount. Should you prefer a check refund, please see the refund policy information for details.
Barrington Learning Center trips are open to all adults, regardless of residence, and children who are accompanied by a parent or designated caretaker. Deluxe lavatory equipped motor coaches are used for all trips unless otherwise noted. All trips depart from the parking lot behind Barrington Town Hall. Also available: Providence pickups for Boston, the Berkshires and other points north; Warwick pickups for all New York and some Connecticut trips – see specific trip destinations for details.
To register for trips, follow the steps above to register for courses/trips.
Driver tips are included in all trip fees. Trip fees also include the costs of planning, promotion and operation of the programs described.
Departure and pick-up information is shown on the trip description page.
Many day trips and overnight trips involve a fair degree of walking and/or standing during guided tours. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in a day trip or a tour, please call the Barrington Learning Center to discuss before registering. It is our goal that participants fully enjoy their trip experience, that they assess their capabilities honestly, and that any mobility issues do not affect the total experience, both for the individual and other group members.
We will make every attempt to reach out to registrants regarding changes in programming, pickup, venue, etc.
All communication takes place via email. We do not send paper notices or confirmation letters. If you do not provide us with an email address (could be a friend's who will keep you abreast of changes at Barrington Learning Center), it will become your responsibility to contact us regarding courses and trips.
Occasionally, we need to alter departure times to deal with unanticipated schedule changes. To avoid missing the motor coach, ALWAYS check your emails for Barrington Learning Center communications and follow those instructions, which may differ from those printed in the website description of the trip.
Seating Assignments: for ticketed events, such as shows and performances, seats will be assigned in the order registrations are received and deposit paid as long as the final payment is made on time. For those requesting "Seat-with", assignments will be be made in consideration of "last companion" received.
All trips depart from the parking lot behind Barrington Town Hall.
Warwick Pickups for destinations south and to Connecticut are at the Park & Ride lot on Airport Road.
For those participants who do not have email, we recommend that you become a "buddy" with someone who does as, increasingly, much of our information is being communicated by email.
A revaluation is the process of estimating new values on real estate based on specific rules and current market data. This process requires a careful analysis of recent selling prices conducted to identify and quantify the features that have motivated buyers and sellers in the real estate market. This analysis results in the creation of schedules that are used to value all of the properties in the city or town. These schedules are then statistically tested to verify their ability to accurately and uniformly predict estimates of current fair market value. An analysis of current income and expenses supplied by local commercial property owners is utilized in the commercial valuation process. These value estimates are statistically tested and proven.
Since all assessed valuations are based on sales as of a certain date, later changes in the market will gradually make property assessments out of step with the real estate marketplace. The rise and fall of real estate values make certain properties more valuable or less valuable, in relation to each other. Doing a revaluation periodically brings the assessments into line quicker, and provides a correction to assessments when markets rise or lower. It makes the assessment of property taxes fairer, more accurate, and avoids the “sticker shock” that occurred when these projects were performed every 10 years or so.
Sales of properties. We review and analyze recent property sales. Depending on the volume, we may use one, two, or even three years of data. From these sales, we generate valuation tables and apply them throughout the City or Town. We focus primarily on “Fair Market” sales.
The American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers defines fair market value as “the most probable price for which a property will sell in a competitive market with buyer and seller each acting prudently, knowledgeably and for self-interest and assuming that neither is under undue duress”. Sales such as foreclosure and family sales are not considered to be “arms-length” or fair market transactions.
They are carefully analyzed based on:
The following are some, but not all of the variables that affect value:
Land values can vary dramatically based on:
The real estate market is not a “perfect market” and price is not always equal to value. Similar properties usually do not sell for exactly the same price because the motivations of buyers and sellers are not always the same. Similar properties usually tend to sell within a “value range” rather than for one specific price. According to the definition of fair market value, your value represents the “the most probable selling price” and tends to be in the middle of the range of what similar properties have recently sold for. Therefore, your appraised value could be higher or lower than what you actually paid for your property.
The amount of your new tax bill is calculated by multiplying your new assessed value by the new tax or mill rate. Be careful not to multiply a new assessment by an old tax or mill rate.
Not from the revaluation. The tax rate is set at the financial town meeting, or by a City budgetary process, so the voters decide if taxes go up. Individually – If the budget stays the same, some property owners will go up, some will go down, some will stay just about the same.
The Municipality determines the amount of revenue (R) to be raised. The Municipality then totals all the assessments (A). The Municipality divides the revenue (R) by the Assessments (A) to get the actual tax rate: Tax Rate = R/A (or mill rate).
At the end of a revaluation project, a notice will be sent to every property owner advising them of their new value.
Some communities hold “informal hearings,” and some communities have an “abatement” procedure. Your new assessment notice will have information regarding these procedures.
Any documents or evidence that support your claim. This includes:
Those who attend a hearing will receive a notice indicating whether their assessment has been changed, and, if so, what the new value is.
At this point, you still have the traditional remedies available to any taxpayer:
Compare your value to similar properties in your area which have sold. Compare to recent appraisals you have had on your property for mortgages or refinancing. Note that prices have been on an upward trend, so an appraisal greater than 2 years old needs to be adjusted.
Taxes for Real Estate (includes Sewer Use Fees), Motor Vehicles, and Personal Property are billed annually, and the tax bills are mailed by mid-July.
The most common reasons a tax bill is not received are the following:
Note: Please contact the Tax Collector's office if you did not receive a tax bill. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt the taxpayer from paying what is due (see RIGL § 44-7-7).
The two most common reasons are the following:
To remove a vehicle from the tax roll, you must cancel the registration (turn in the license plates) at the Rhode Island (RI) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or at any American Automobile Association (AAA) office (if you are a member). You should receive a cancellation receipt, which you should retain in your records, as proof of the cancellation. After you have cancelled the registration, the Town will be notified by the RI DMV in its annual reporting file.
No. However, you may request a copy of the current tax bill by contacting the Tax Collector's office at 401-247-1900, ext. 318).
You can access tax payment information online if you have an original tax bill (current or prior year). Using the account number and PIN (six letters) printed on your original tax bill, you will be able to log in to your account to get a record of your tax payments.
Note: Each account has its own unique PIN. If you have more than one account, you need an original bill with the account number and PIN combination for each of your accounts.
The due dates for the current tax bill are: