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Yes. When the dog reaches six months of age, a license is required. To obtain the license you must show proof that the animal has had its' rabies shot. The fee is $7. The license must be renewed yearly and runs from April to April.
No. Cats do not need to be licensed.
The first offense is $25; second offense $200; third offense $500.
Every year in April.
No. The town ordinance does allow the animal warden to put animals to sleep after 10 days in the shelter. However, in practice, the shelter finds homes for all healthy animals.
Every effort is made to find the owner of an animal. This includes checking with nearby towns if the animal was located near the border. If the owner cannot be located after five days, the animal will be available for adoption.
You must have permission from your landlord if you do not own your home. You will need to answer a few questions and pay a $25 fee. When the animal is spayed or neutered, $20 will be refunded.
Skunks are native to this area. Unless it is sick we do not remove it. You can put some rags with ammonia or block the area around the deck - that should discourage the animal. Also, make sure that your trash cans are covered tightly so that skunks and raccoons cannot get into them seeking food. If the animal is sick, we will come and put it to sleep. If you see any animal acting strangely, be sure to keep your children and pets away.
It is against the law to trap wild animals and release them elsewhere. If the animal is sick, we will call the police to put it to sleep. If the animal is in a dwelling we will attempt to remove it and release safely if possible.
We are located on 395 Hamilton Allenton Road, between Boston Neck Road and Tower Hill Road. The hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week - except holidays. On holidays, the facility is closed to the public but we still feed and attend to the animals.
The Rhode Island State Board of Health requires that all animals that bite humans, or animals that receive bites of unknown origin, must be tested or quarantined to determine if the animal was rabid at the time of the bite. Even though an animal has been vaccinated, there is still a possibility that rabies may be contracted. The vaccine does reduce the risk to almost zero. However, because rabies is ultimately fatal to humans, it is imperative that we determine as soon as possible if the animal is infected. The quarantine is not a punishment, but rather a public health issue. Once humans contract rabies, there is no known cure.
Yes. We have the chip reader and will use it to return your animal to you.
The last revaluation was done as of December 31, 2015. The next revaluation will be done for December 31, 2018. View for more details about the revaluation process.
The real estate tax bill that is being mailed to the homeowner is the original copy. The Town does not send tax bills to the lending institutions. If you do not receive a bill please contact the Assessor’s Office. If you escrow your taxes, you should make a copy of your bill and forward it to your lender for payment.
Your tax bill has been sent directly to you, the homeowner. If you do not receive a bill please contact the Tax Collection Office. No tax bills are sent directly to lending institutions. If you escrow your taxes, as soon as possible after receipt of your bill, you should mail your quarterly tax bills to your lending institution for them to make payment. The Town provides tax information to escrow agents electronically and only upon request.
There are two different elderly exemptions available to property owners over the age of 65 years. One is a flat exemption not based on income and the other is an exemption that varies in amount depending on the level of income.
If only one installment has been missed, interest will be charged on the installment amount back to the date that the installment was due at a rate of 12% per year, equivalent to 1% per month. If more than one installment has been missed, interest will be charged back to the date of the original tax roll, i.e. July 31, 2017. The interest is calculated at a rate of 12% per year, which is 1% per month.
Motor Vehicle Tax Rate is $22.04 per thousand of assessed value. Real Estate Tax Rate is $17.09 per thousand of assessed value for residential and commercial property. Tangible/Personal Property Tax Rate is $17.09 per thousand of assessed value. Retail and Wholesale Inventory is exempt from assessment.
Motor vehicle taxes are for the vehicles owned during the previous calendar year. Real Estate taxes are assessed as of December 31st of each year for the current calendar year. Prorated real estate taxes are assessed as of the date of the certificate of occupancy (CO) for the days from the CO date to the end of the calendar year. Tangible personal property taxes are assessed as of December 31st.A
The tax bills are mailed on July 1st of each year and are due and payable by July 31st. For bills over $100, payments can be made quarterly by the following date: First Installment July 31st Second Installment October 31st Third Installment January 31st Fourth Installment April 30th.
For motor vehicle taxes, an appeal of the presumptive value must be filed within forty-five (45) days of the mailing of the tax bill. Appeal forms are available in the Assessor’s Office. For real estate and tangible taxes, you must file an Application for Appeal of Property Tax application within 90 days from the date the first tax payment is due (must be received in the assessor’s office by October 30 at 4:30 p.m.). Forms for appealing assessments along with detailed taxpayer information about the appeal procedures will be available in the Assessor’s Office after the July tax bills are mailed.
Applications can be picked up in the Assessor’s Office or the taxpayer can request that they be mailed to them. The assessor has forty-five (45) days to review the appeal. The taxpayer, if still aggrieved, may appeal to the local tax board of review within thirty (30) days from the date of the assessor’s decision or if no decision is made by the assessor with the forty-five (45) days of the filing of the appeal, the taxpayer has 90 days from the expiration of the forty-five (45) days to appeal to the tax board of review in writing. After the tax board of review renders a decision the person if still aggrieved may, within thirty (30) days of the tax board of review decision notice, file a petition in the superior court as provided by Rhode Island State Law.
Motor vehicle excise taxes are charged for the period that the vehicle was registered during the previous calendar year. All motor vehicle information comes from the Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles.
RI General Law 23-27.3-113.3.2 requires a contractor to be registered prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit.
RI General Law 23-27.3-113.31 requires a person to be licensed prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit for plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm work.
Both sections of the RI General Law have a provision that the owner/occupant of a single family dwelling may obtain permits for all work being completed by them on their residence without the need for a contractors registration or professional trade license.
It depends on the complexities of the proposed project. Permits for sheds, pools, minor renovations, etc. are usually issued within 2 to 3 days following the submission of a complete application. A permit for a new home, commercial and more complex projects may require 10 to 14 days to process from the time a complete application is submitted.
All thirty-nine communities in the State of Rhode Island are governed by the Rhode Island State Building Codes. The current version of the Rhode Island State Building Code is the 2013 code which includes the 2014 National Electrical Code.
Consult with the Building Official to determine the extent of the relief necessary. Following that determination you may file an appeal with the North Kingstown Building Code Board of Appeal. The Board will meet the first Wednesday of each month to hear appeals of the State Building Code and the Rhode Island Property Maintenance Code. Applications are available in the Building Official's Office.
Permit fees are based on the estimated cost of labor and material for a project. Contact the Building Official's Office at 100 Fairway Drive for the fee schedule or call 401-294-3331 ext 301/303.
You need a permit for all new construction, renovations, except minor repairs and including but not limited to the installation of shed, pools, fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. Reference the RI General Laws Chapter 23-27.3 State Building Code section 23-27.3-113.1, entitled "When a permit is required" - It shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter, remove, or demolish a building, or change the occupancy of a building from one use group as defined in this code to another; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by this code, without first filing an application with the building official in writing and obtaining the required permit thereof; except that ordinary repairs as defined in 23-27.3-102 which do not involve any violation of this code shall be exempt from this provision.
23-27.3-102, entitled "Ordinary repairs" - Ordinary repairs to a building and structures may be made without application notice to the building official, but the repairs shall not include: the installation of any siding; the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion of the wall; the removal or cutting of any structural beam or bearing support; or the removal or change of any required means of egress; or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the exitway requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standard pipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping; electrical wiring; or mechanical or other work affecting public health, safety, and welfare. All work not classified as ordinary repair shall comply with the rules and regulations or ordinances of the municipality as to the procurement of a permit for the aforementioned repairs.
The purpose of a permit is to protect and safeguard the public safety, health, and general welfare and to protect property from the hazards associated with construction.
Contact the Building Official's Office at 100 Fairway Drive, telephone 401-294-3331, ext. 301 and 303, Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30 to schedule all inspections. Inspection requests shall be made at least twenty-four hours before the requested inspection. Structural inspections/building inspections may be scheduled Monday through Friday. Electrical inspections may be scheduled Monday through Friday. Plumbing and Mechanical inspections are only scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Requirements are same as stated above in "How do I apply for a permit" with the following exceptions: All plans and supporting data shall be stamped by a Rhode Island registered Architect and or Engineer.
Building permit applications shall be submitted for a Change of Use with supporting plans and data as maybe required by the Building Official. Change of use and occupancy may require obtaining pertinent permits, the submission of additional supporting data and approval by appropriate local, state and federal boards and agencies prior to the change of use and occupancy.
Completed building permit applications and supporting data for new construction and substantial improvements are circulated to the appropriate municipal departments for review and comment to determine if the proposed project is in compliance with federal, state and local ordinances and laws. There shall be no amendments or revisions to the approved plans or scope of work specified on the permit application until proposed amendments or revisions have been filed with the approval of the Building Official.
It depends on the complexities of the proposed project. Permits for sheds, pools, minor renovations, etc. are usually issued within 3 to 5 days following the submission of a complete application. A permit for a new home, commercial and more complex projects may require 10 to 14 days to process from the time a complete application is submitted.
Work shall not commence without the issuance of a permit. For a permit to be issued the following steps must be completed; applying for a permit, receiving approval for the application, and making payment for the permit. A late filing fee will be assessed for work that begins prior to the issuance of permits. When in doubt if a permit is required please call 401-294-3331, ext. 301 or 302.
All thirty-nine communities in the State of Rhode Island are governed by the Rhode Island State Building Codes. The current version of the Rhode Island State Building Code is the 2013 code which includes the 2014 National Electrical Code.
You can find this from the Planning Department at 401-294-3331, ext. 311.
The Building Official's Office property files may have septic information that has been supplied by the RI Department of Environnmental Management.
RI Department of Environmental Management is the agency that approves all septic systems. RI DEM septic division can be reached at 401-222-3961 or 401-222-4700.
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You can get this from the Building Official's Office, 100 Fairway Drive. Property files are public record.
Call for more information at 401-294-3331, ext. 301 and 303.
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Code Red is a high speed emergency notification program that allows us to record and send personalized voice messages.
The North Kingstown Water Department has used this system to notify customers about situations that may affect their water service. Most often it has been used to notify customers about water main breaks. These are unanticipated breaks in water lines that result in low or no water pressure in a wide spread area and require that valves be closed (and water to be turned off) in order to repair the pipe.
It is important for customers to realize that the calls are made to available phone numbers in a geographic area. This inevitably results in calls being made to people who are not at all affected by the break. Follow up phone calls are not typically made. In these situations Water Department staff remain on site working until water service is restored.
Please help us update our mailing list by providing us with their name and address so we can let them know about the elderly exemption program. Just call the Assessor’s Office at 401-268-1531.
Applications for both exemptions must be completed each year and returned to the Tax Assessor’s Office.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Assessor’s Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 401-268-1531. The Assessor’s Office Staff will assist with filling out the application and can make copies of all documentation.
The North Kingstown Fire Department operates on a frequency of 154.235 MHz.
The regulation of open fires is governed by Town Ordinance. View Burning Laws.
The Fire Department will conduct a Residential Fire Safety inspection upon the request of an owner or occupant. Call 294-3346 ext 7201 to schedule an inspection. Commercial occupancies are inspected for a number of reasons:
Report a fire or emergency by calling 911. A second emergency phone number for the Fire Department is 401-294-3344.
The Fire Department offers fire safety presentations to schools, civic groups, and businesses upon request. Call 401-294-3346, ext. 7201 for more information regarding programs and scheduling.
The Fire Department administrative offices are located at 8150 Post Road (Route 1). We are located in the Public Safety Building, just south of the RI State Police Wickford Barracks. Enter the parking lot via the south entrance, and park in the front parking lot. There is an entrance in the center of the building, enter and come into the lobby, turn left and enter the stairwell to the lower level. The NKFD Administrative offices are on the ground floor, roughly in the center of the complex. The door is marked. Regular office hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
When a person calls 911 for help, the call is routed through the E911 headquarters in Providence. The call is answered "police, fire or rescue." The operator confirms the location of the emergency and stays on the line while the call is transferred to the appropriate emergency service. Rhode Island uses an enhanced 911 (E911) system which offers additional benefits. The call is automatically tracked, with the name and address of the caller appearing on the computer screen in 911 Headquarters. The operator is able to summon assistance to the calling address, even if the caller hangs up the telephone without saying anything. For a hang-up, the operator will make a confirmation call to the calling party while transferring the call to the appropriate police department.
There are two things that you can do to make this system work properly. First, be sure that you are using the correct house number. This can be verified by calling the North Kingstown 911 Coordinator (Tax Assessor) at 401-294-3331. Second, it is critical that your correct 911 address be clearly visible from the street so that emergency responders can locate your address quickly. If you post the number on your mailbox, be sure that it appears on both sides. Use contrasting colors to improve visibility of your numbers. Avoid the use of script numerals.
Every house should have at least one smoke detector on each level. A detector is needed for each sleeping area. In addition, a detector should be placed inside each bedroom. The actual fire code requirements, based on the year your house was built, are found in the smoke detector requirement page.
All fuel-burning equipment produces carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, colorless, and odorless poisonous gas. Normally, the gas from the combustion process is vented safely up a chimney or flue pipe, but there are times when the gas can enter your home. Some common ways that carbon monoxide can enter your home are as follows:
If any of these conditions could apply, you should have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. Follow the manufacturer instructions regarding proper placement. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, call 911. If anyone is feeling ill, complains of a headache, or has "flu-like" symptoms, evacuate the house immediately. The Fire Department has detection instruments that can assist you should your carbon monoxide alarm sound.
Yes! Rhode Island General Law requires that all fires be reported to the Fire Department. This law exists for some good reasons:
Some of the statistics regarding children and fire are staggering. Child fire deaths represent 23% of all fire deaths nationally. Of every 100 people who die in fires, 24 are killed because of children playing with fire. Of every 100 people who die in child-set fires, 85 are children. Ninety percent of these child fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. In the first six months of 1995, referrals to Rhode Island Family Court for arson had increased 76.5% over a similar period last year. A child who is caught lighting a fire has often lit many others and should receive a professional screening and education program.
The Town of North Kingstown has an ISO rating of 4.
Every house should have a working fire extinguisher. Most households would be well served with a multi-purpose ABC dry-chemical fire extinguisher. Every extinguisher is identified by symbols, indicating the type of fires they can extinguish. Be sure that all three symbols are there. Read the instructions regarding the size of the extinguisher, and be sure it is not too large to handle comfortably. A common size extinguisher for homes is rated (2A:10B:C). Extinguishers should be installed above the reach of children, away from sources of heat, and near an escape route. Read the instructions regarding how to operate your extinguisher before you need it ! Always call the fire department FIRST, then attempt to extinguish the fire. Keep your back to an unobstructed exit, and stand six to eight feet away from the fire. To operate most extinguishers, remember PASS: P - Pull the pin. A - Aim low at the base of the fire. S - Squeeze the lever (or button). S - Sweep from side to side. Move carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire. Beware of re-ignition.
Wickford Harbor and Allen Harbor have been full for many years. Both maintain Waiting Lists. Mooring space in other town waters is also extremely tight and is further limited by requirements of deeded access, parking and dinghy storage. Some commercial rentals may be available. Do not purchase a boat assuming that you will be able to get a mooring. Email to request a mooring application.
Email the harbormaster and ask for Wait List application. There is a $15 initial application fee. Persons on the Waiting List must reapply every May to remain on the list ($10 yearly fee to remain on the list).
Yes. We currently have four moorings located just inside the southern breakwater. The mooring balls are bright orange and are clearly marked. They are on a first-come first-served basis and are intended for the use of visitors who do not have a local mooring or slip. The fee is $35 per night, with a three day maximum. Fees will be collected by the Harbor Division. Maximum vessel length is 40 feet. Be sure to check you swing room to be sure your vessel will not interfere with adjacent vessels.
Currently, there are five:
All mooring installations and inspections must be done by a Mooring Service Provider approved by the Harbor Division. Self installations and inspections are not allowed.
No. Mooring rentals have not been allowed for many years.
No. Mooring permits are issued for the exclusive, personal use of the permittee, for a boat registered in his/her name. If you do not own a boat, you cannot renew your mooring. We have a long waiting list.
The demand for moorings far outstrips the available supply. The Harbor Management Plan requires that you have a boat registered in your name and that you use the mooring for that boat. If you no longer have a boat or a need for a mooring, the space will pass to the next person on the waiting list. This is the fair way to manage public space. Why should you keep a mooring that you don't use when other families are desperate for a space?
All moorings must have a full inspection every three years. This means lifting the actual anchor for visual examination. This must be done by an authorized Mooring Service Provider, with documentation provided to the Harbormaster. Self inspections are not allowed.
The requirements for mooring tackle are specified in the harbor ordinances. Many have observed that the requirements are conservative - often people opt to increase their tackle.
Never buy a boat without knowing where you will be keeping it. We get calls all year with this question. Mooring fields and marinas throughout the State are often full.
It is impossible to know whether a larger boat will fit until you try it. If your new boat interferes with other boats around it - it doesn't fit! While the Harbor Division will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests, we cannot guarantee a place for your larger boat. We will not allow a larger boat to impair the safety or comfort of surrounding moorings. Do not buy a bigger boat unless you are certain it will fit!
Probably not. Mooring fields are constantly changing. Space that is not used generally gets absorbed by the mix of boats around it. We do not reserve space that is not being used.
There is no such thing as a "deeded" mooring. Moorings are located in Federal navigable water which is part of the Public Trust. Mooring space cannot be owned, sold, transferred or otherwise controlled by private parties.
The Harbor Division is not a towing service. If called, we will respond as good Samaritans and will attempt to help you. If the situation is stable, we will contact a commercial towing service or friend for you. If circumstances require emergency intervention we will respond to the best of our abilities, keeping in mind the limitations of our equipment, operators, weather, and sea conditions.
No. Moorings must be installed by an authorized Mooring Service Provider. Why? Proper mooring installation requires heavy equipment and professional experience. It has taken many years to upgrade the condition of all town moorings - this is for the benefit of everyone. Do-it -yourself moorings can be a hazard to everyone.
Rhode Island law requires all children aged 12 and under to wear a life jacket while on a vessel under 26 feet.
All persons born after January 1, 1986, must receive a safe boating certificate from DEM, if they wish to operate a motor boat with more than 10 horsepower. Courses are available from several sources.
Yes. All persons regardless of age must complete a safe boating course and have their certificate with them at all times, while operating a PWC.
It is the policy of the Harbor Division to notify permittees in writing if their usage contradicts the regulations. They will be given every opportunity to correct the situation. If, in the end, the permittee is unwilling or unable to comply, the mooring permit will not be renewed the following year.
No. We have also seen these comments printed repeatedly in the media with no supporting science or facts offered to confirm this allegation.
Interestingly, there has been no effort by those individuals making these claims to discuss their concerns with the Groundwater Committee, nor has there been any formal request to change the regulated uses in the Groundwater Overlay Zoning.
The Water Department and Planning Department staffs do agree that the ordinance and the mapping need to be revised to make it easier to interpret and to incorporate the latest science and technology.
North Kingstown’s Groundwater Overlay Zoning establishes two overlay zones. GW1 includes the Wellhead Protection Areas, which are the land areas that are within the zones of contribution or the areas where the groundwater is being pulled toward the pumping wells. In essence, this is the water that we may drink at some point in time in the future. These are the most critical areas for protecting our drinking water and communities and water suppliers are required to develop programs for source water and wellhead protection.
The GW2 designation includes the Groundwater Recharge Areas as mapped by the US Geological Survey (with slight modifications to be as protective as possible). These are the watershed boundaries of the Hunt, Annaquatucket and Pettaquamscutt (HAP) River basins.
For further detail, view the Groundwater Overlay Zoning page.
In 2007, the text of the Groundwater Overlay Zoning Ordinance was amended to change lots located in the 1,750 foot radius of transient non-community public wells that had access to public water supply from GW1 to GW2. At that time the groundwater map was not part of the zoning ordinance. The change was consistent with the recommendations of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
The site plan review requirements and other best available control technology requirements, that are included in the ordinance and apply to both GW1 and GW2 zones, result in no change to the level of protection provided to the wells in the area.
No. The zoning amendment applies to any lots that are located within the Wellhead Protection Area of a transient non-community well that would be able to hook up to public water.
The Water and Planning Departments acknowledge that is a fair question and something that we need to address.
The map has not been modified since 1998 and we agree that the map should be carefully reviewed to ensure that it accurately reflects the overlay zoning language.
In the past the Town has not had access to geographic information system capabilities (GIS) necessary to create and more importantly, continually update, a map such as this. Recently North Kingstown has upgraded its GIS capabilities to an extent that we now can produce and maintain such a map and we will work toward that goal.
This answer is easy; we do not wish to put any areas involved in our drinking water at risk. The Water Department’s job is to provide safe drinking water. State and federal laws require communities and water suppliers to protect their source water, which for North Kingstown is our groundwater.
Site plan review requirements and other best available control technology requirements, that are included in North Kingstown’s Groundwater Overlay Zoning Ordinance, apply to both GW1 and GW2 zones, and the differences in the protection requirements are minimal.
It really doesn’t, Allie's can continue to use their bedrock supply well as they always have. No realistic increase in risk to that water supply well has occurred with the changes. The only practical difference is that now, should the owners of Allies Donuts ever wish to, they do have the ability to connect to a public water supply.
The truth is that numerous recent changes to the ordinances that govern our water supply have been successful in reducing the stress to our water supply:
These changes have all made a difference and we, as a community, are using less water during the peak summer period when supply can truly get stressed. Peak water demand is significantly lower than the 2005 peak, but residential water demand still exceeds the 65 gallons per capita, per day goal set in the Rhode Island Water Use Efficiency Act.
Additionally, changes made recently to the Town’s identified “Water Service Area”, which corresponds to locations where new water mains may be allowed, has been able to help us rein in uncontrolled growth that our water distribution system could not support. This, of course, is not to say that we should now “rest on our laurels”. The Water Department and the community need to continue our efforts and diligently act as good stewards for this, our most critical resource.
North Kingstown water customers have at times during the summer used more water than our well pumps can provide. This reduces tank levels and available fire flow and pressure. The public health and safety implications of this include compromised ability to fight fires and potential for contamination of the water distribution system.
Additionally, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) has indicated that North Kingstown’s withdrawals for water supply during these high usage summer months are a direct cause of stress to the rivers, streams, and wetlands in the community and have a negative effect on vital cold water fisheries.
The new sprinkler ordinance is in effect through the months of July and August only, and requires that lawn watering, whether it be done with an in-ground system or a moveable hose and sprinkler, be done only twice a week.
If your house or business is on the east side (Narragansett Bay side) of Route 1, then you may water on Mondays and Thursdays only. If you are located on the west side (Exeter side) of Route 1, then you may water on Tuesdays and Fridays. No watering is permitted during the hottest part of the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on any day.
Vegetable and flower gardens may be hand-watered with a watering can or handheld hose on any day of the week, as long as it is not between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
No, water restrictions are now only in place in July and August. Odd / even watering restrictions, found across the nation to be ineffective and counterproductive, are no longer in force.
Short term exemptions to the ordinance will be issued at the Water Department on a case-by-case basis. In order for an exemption to be approved, your lawn installation must be of a critical emergency nature such as a required septic system replacement.
Routine lawn and landscape upgrades should be accomplished in the Spring or Fall months, and no exemptions will be issued for these.
There are two reasons. First, each well is specifically designed at construction for a distinct range of withdrawal, based upon the size of the well itself and the aquifer formation it is sited in. Substantially bigger pumps would not fit within the well casing. Also, “better” equipment, if it were to withdraw water beyond a critical threshold amount, could permanently damage the well formation.
Second, higher withdrawals from wells would require a permit from Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the agency has clearly stated they would not support increased withdrawals because of the stress on the aquatic habitat in the area due to drinking water withdrawals.
New sources of water such as wells or increased withdrawals from existing sources require Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management permitting, which will not be supported at this time.
However, we are in conjunction with the Rhode Island Water Resources Board, actively pursuing future new source locations in the event that these circumstances change.
Vehicle Identification Number checks (VIN checks) are conducted by the Uniform Division. The hours of this service is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. A state required fee of ten dollars ($10) will be incurred for the VIN check. A valid registration and bill of sale or title is needed. The vehicle must be present. VIN checks are required for all vehicles 2001 and newer.
VIN checks conducted at the North Kingstown Police Department are for North Kingstown residents only. Those seeking VIN Checks should contact the police department in the town in which they reside. VIN checks are subject to availability of a VIN officer.
Accident reports can be obtained from the records department Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the event a report is requested after hours, an officer can assist you in getting the report. Accident reports will be available in two to three business days.
Call the main police administrative at 401-294-3316 and ask for the detail officer. The detail officer will obtain the type of event or road construction, time and date officer is needed, and billing information. The current rate for a North Kingstown Police Officer is $40.50 per hour with a four hour minimum. In the event the detail officer is not available, the officer answering the phone or dispatcher can obtain the information needed.
North Kingstown Animal Control Officer’s handle calls involving domestic animals and wildlife complaints (e.g., sick / rabid raccoon or skunk). Any other wildlife complaints should be referred to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
Yes! Simply click the Program information and registration tab to the left and follow the instructions to our online portal. You can also find up to date information about all of our programs being offered!
Yes. There are circumstances where we will allow non-residents to join so if you have any questions contact the Director, Al Southwick at email@example.com
Yes. Wilson Park and Ryan park can be rented. Please contact Al Southwick for more information and availability.
The grassy area/band stand can be rented. Please see the request form here. In order to 'reserve' the beach itself it must be off beach hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day 9am-5pm) and you must go to the Town Managers Office.
All payments must be made in full. Only you can process any type of pay by card payment by going to our online portal. Cash or check payable to The Town Of North Kingstown can be brought to our office, paid by mail or hand delivered at the program. Most programs do require Pre-registration and should note that on the registration paperwork.
We are located next door to NKHS in the old Admin Building. Our address is 100 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852. The Municipal Building hours are 8:30am-4:30pm. Park in the rear. Follow the signs to the Recreation Department.
Yes. We have a distribution list for activities for all ages. Email Al Southwick with your name and/or child's name, DOB and school attending. When registering for programs online make sure you opt into text messaging about the program and you can also register on our Town Website to be kept up to date with all the upcoming program. Also, follow us on Facebook!
Unfortunately Summer Playgrounds is the only program with assistance. If you are having difficulty affording the program please contact either Al or Chelsey to discuss payment plans or options for the programs.
Usually, yes. We do not prorate programs until they are half way through the program. Most of the programs do require pre-registration if you are interested after the 2nd week has passed please contact either Al or Chelsey to discuss options.
Please follow the instructions on this page to check availability and request a rental for the Community Center
When using a GPS you can put in 30 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI 02852. The Town Beach is located near Downtown Historic Wickford and privately located near the North Kingstown Senior Center.
No dogs or other animals are allowed on the Town Beach Property without special permits.
Yes, you can bring a grill to the Town Beach and all of the Town Parks. Please make sure you respect the others in the area and clean up the area you use.
You can launch a kayak at the beach, during beach season you cannot go in the roped area. our beach season is Memorial Day to Labor Day 9am-5pm. You must carry the kayak down to the water there is no launch.
NO. Electric motor only.
Yes. Waterfowl hunting is allowed in designated area at Belleville Pond within restriction. Please contact the DEM
No. Pedal biking only. No motorized vehicles allowed.
Please see our facilities page for specific information for the beaches and parks in North Kingstown.
North Kingstown Beach Passes are available annually starting in Mid-May. Please call the Town Clerks Office or the Recreation Department to find out what day. Town Clerks Office will see the passes. The cost is $10.00 per sticker. Seniors are Free. You will need to bring a valid Car registration and proof of residency. The passes will allow you access to parking. You are welcome to park elsewhere and walk in.
There are two very good methods of determining this. First, compare your properties to similar properties that sold in the previous year. Your value should be in line with these sale prices. Second, if no recent sales are available, compare your assessment to other similar properties in your area using the Street Listing of Values available in the Assessors Office. Your value should be in line with these similar properties. Remember, very few properties are exactly alike. Your value should be comparable, but it seldom will be exactly the same as what seems to be a similar property.
If any property-owner believes the assessment on their property is in excess of its Fair Market Value, they may appeal to the Tax Assessor and if still aggrieved may appeal to the Municipality’s Assessment Board of Review. The Assessment Board of Review will review the case make a determination as to the disposition of the appeal. Should the property-owner still feel the assessment is incorrect, they may appeal to the Superior Court for the judicial district in which the town is located.
A physical inspection of both the interior and exterior of each property is conducted, where building dimensions and characteristics are noted. This is the Data Collection phase of the project. Each Data Collector carries an identification badge, a letter of introduction on Town letterhead and their cars are registered with the Police Department and Assessors Office. While the Data Collection phase is going on, Appraisers are studying the sales and determining where the actual increases and decreases in value are occurring. This study of recent property sales allows comparisons to be made and Appraisers to establish parameters to estimate the value of property that has not been sold.
The Appraisers then review the collected data and apply the determining factors of the sales analysis to come up with a value of each property. Each property owner receives an individual notice of the new assessment. Property owners can also review the entire public assessed values, so that the property owner can see what the values are around his/her property. All property owners are given the opportunity to discuss their values with the Appraisal Staff at an appointed time, which will be publicly announced (Hearings) towards the end of the Revaluation.
At a hearing the property owner can voice concerns, discuss inaccuracies or discrepancies with a qualified Appraiser who will review the property record card and explain the value. Should an inspection or re-valuation need to be done the Appraiser will make that determination, and any changes that result will be sent to the property owner.
A Revaluation is the process of conducting the Data Collection and Market Analysis necessary to equalize the values of all properties within a municipality for the purpose of a fair distribution of the tax burden.
Towards the end of the Revaluation, every homeowner receives a notice of their proposed valuation based on the analysis performed. These values are not final. When a homeowner has a question or concern about the proposed valuation, they are asked to call the firm and a date and time to meet will be set to discuss the valuation process and answer any questions the homeowner may have.
An informal hearing is not a forum to discuss taxes, it is strictly meant to answer questions on the property valuations. Homeowners are asked to come prepared with questions and have compared their property to other comparable ones in their neighborhood. A Hearing Officer will determine if a review of the property is necessary. All changes to value that occur due to a hearing will be reflected in the change notice that is sent after hearings are complete.
Market Value is determined by people, by the activity in the Real Estate Market and the general economy. The value of your property is based on an analysis of the entire market prior to the completion of the Revaluation Project. The market can generally be defined as, you, the person who sold the property to you, and the person willing to buy it from you. It is the Appraisers job to research and analyze the values in any particular area or neighborhood. In effect, they do what you would do to determine the selling price when putting your property up for sale. Only the appraiser has specific guidelines to follow. Factors that are examined for each property are: location, size, quality of construction, age of improvements, topography, utilities, zoning restrictions, if any, etc.
Each person employed on this project are certified by passing the International Association of Assessing Officer’s (IAAO) qualification testing. Each has met the educational and experience requirements defined in the 3 levels of appraisal personnel and the general requirements:
Since the last Revaluation, Real Estate Values have changed significantly. Over the same period, building construction costs have increased at a much slower rate. Since building costs have not increased as much as total values, the bulk of the total increase is attributable to land. This makes perfect economic sense, as it is land that is in limited supply.
The cities and town of Rhode Island have continued to grow. Since an increase in population, translates into an increase in the demand for housing and other municipal paid services such as, schools, police, fire, waste disposal, and snow removal it is essential that property values be kept correct. The State of Rhode Island requires that cities and town perform a Revaluation so that all properties can be brought to current market value and contribute an equitable portion of the total tax burden.
Although a Revaluation may result in an increase of nearly each individual assessment, it does not mean that all property taxes will increase. You may be saying “SURE!” but remember assessments are only the base that is used to determine the Tax Burden. The Tax Burden is the amount that the Municipality must raise to operate the local government and support the many services each of us has come to expect, such as schools, police, etc. If the same amount of money is to be raised after the Revaluation as the previous year and each assessment doubles, the tax rate would merely be cut in half.
Various programs have different guidelines such as: 55 plus years for Beechwood, Town Bus and NKSA membership; 60 years plus to participate in Nutrition and Meals on Wheels with spouses and handicapped granted exceptions. Some State and Federal Programs such as RIPAE, Housing, Medical Assistance, Heat and Energy have other restrictions such as income.
No, all programs and services are available to members and non-members alike. However, we encourage you to join the North Kingstown Senior Association (Friends of Beechwood). For complete information about joining, visit the North Kingstown Senior Association Page.
Receive your newsletter in the mail, receive voting rights on issues and business conducted at the NKSA Annual Dinner Meeting. Membership is renewable annually in January. Become a part of a 1,000 plus member organization well-known for supporting North Kingstown Senior Services in providing lower cost programs and activities to benefit the older adult population in North Kingstown.
Yes and no. NKSA Membership and any programs supported by Federal and State dollars are open to all. The Transvan and Social Services home visits are limited to North Kingstown residents.
As a recreational center, Beechwood offers a variety of programs and classes to enhance the enrichment of older adults. These include many exercise classes, recreational activities, and health/wellness programs. Popular activities at Beechwood include social events, art programs, craft classes, cards, Bingo, health clinics and screenings, Reiki, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, weekly local trips, as well as monthly day trips. Please call our office at 268-1590 for further information or view our monthly newsletter (PDF).
Call Medical Assistance at 855-697-4347 or go to the DHS Website.
Food stamp information can be obtained by calling 1-855-697-4347 for Eligibility Requirements go to the DHS Website.
Absolutely. Lunch is served daily in Seabreeze dining at Noon. Beechwood Cafe is also available for flexible dining between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily and offers a varied fare such as salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt and desserts. Please visit our Seabreeze Dining/Nutrition Services page for costs, reservations and this month's delicious menu. Please call the Dining Room Manager at 401-268-1592 at least two days in advance to make a reservation. Holiday reservations should be made at least one week in advance. The recommended donation for Seabreeze Dining is $3.00, however no one is turned away for lack of payment.
Call the Center Office at 401-268-1590 for more information or requests regarding transportation services. The Town bus, provides transportation into the Center and Local Medical Appointments within town. Your appointment can be scheduled if requested at least 48 hours in advance. View Transportation for more information.
In North Kingstown, the local Meals on Wheels is a branch of Meals on Wheels of RI, which maintains an office in Providence. A local Volunteer Coordinator schedulesdrivers. To receive Meals on Wheels, certain criteria must be met and there is a recommended donation of $3.00 a day, usually collected weekly. Again, as with our noon meal, no one is turned away for lack of payment. To enroll in Meals on Wheels, you must call the Providence office at 401-351-6700.
The various programs and services require many funding sources:
Our Social Services Office coordinates two visitation programs.
Yes.Call the Volunteer/Program Coordinator to discuss volunteer opportunities at Beechwood at 401-268-1594. We appreciate and value volunteers and their contributions. Beechwood collaborates with local schools for intergenerational programs and volunteer assignments through LINKS(Layman in North Kingstown Schools).
The North Kingstown Wastewater Management District Ordinance (NKRO Chapter 8, Article VIII.) was adopted by the North Kingstown Town Council in1999.
The Ordinance was designed specifically to protect public health and the environment. In particular, the vital groundwater aquifers that provide us with our drinking water, Narragansett Bay and its many coves and harbors, as well as the numerous surface water bodies, lakes, and ponds that dot the landscape in town. Additionally, the ordinance is protective of the large financial investment represented in a properly functioning septic system. North Kingstown was divided into risk-based districts in order to make the process more manageable. You can learn more about these districts on the NK Water Department page within the Town website.
About a year and a half ago, North Kingstown began using the Rhode Island Wastewater Information System program (RIWIS). The program was developed by Carmody Management Services, working along with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the University of Rhode Island, and a number of Rhode Island communities.
The RIWIS program allows the member communities to track septic system maintenance and inform their residents regarding their septic systems using a web-based database. It is through this new database that the postcards are generated.
The ordinance requires property owners to have their septic systems inspected once every three years and pumped when the volume of solids in the septic tank reaches 50%. Inspections must be performed by a Town-approved Inspector (PDF).
The Town will accept proof of septic system pump-out in lieu of an inspection, and pump-out can be done by anyone in the business.
Technically, if you have not had your system inspected or pumped within the last three years, you are not in compliance with the Ordinance and may be subject to a fine.
The Town understands that this may be new information to many property owners and is not, at this time, intent on imposing fines. Please comply as soon as you possibly can!
A new pump-out and / or inspection will need to be performed three years from the date of the last one(s).
An inspection, as defined in the ordinance, consists of a visual survey of the system components, focusing on obvious problems or deficiencies, and a measurement of the septic tank contents to determine if and when pumping is needed.
Town approved inspectors are required to take specific inspector training courses offered by the University of Rhode Island and pass a test as proof of competence. Additionally, they are required to carry liability insurance to protect both the property owners and the Town of North Kingstown. Download the list of inspectors (PDF), or we can mail you a copy. Please call the Water Department at 401-268-1521 to have one mailed to you.
The ordinance places that responsibility specifically upon the property owner. Some pump-out firms will do this as a courtesy if asked. However, the responsibility to provide proof of compliance still remains the property owner.
The ordinance allows for a daily fine of up to $500.
In such situations it is acceptable to hold off until the ground thaws. However, the work should be accomplished as soon as it is feasible.
Yes, all properties served by on-site wastewater treatment systems are covered by the ordinance, therefore, compliance is mandatory. In this case an inspection, which is less costly, may be the appropriate course of action.
Yes. All properties served by on-site wastewater treatment systems are subject to the ordinance, and compliance is mandatory. In this case an inspection, which is less costly, may be the appropriate course of action.
Because there are many variables that can affect cost, it is impossible to answer this question exactly. At this time (as of March, 2009) the costs for a pump-out begin at $190 to $200 dollars for a 1,000 gallontank, and the costs for an inspection range from $75 to $100 dollars. It is appropriate and advisable to call around for estimates of cost.
Coliforms were chosen as indicators of microbial contamination of water in the 1880s. Total Coliforms are considered an indicator of overall water quality and treatment efficiency.
There is no correlation between Total Coliform and human health; it is an indicator species group only.
When Total Coliform is detected in a water sample it is assumed that conditions within the water distribution system are favorable for bacterial growth, and pathogenic (disease causing) microorganisms may be present. Fecal Coliforms are a subgroup of the Total Coliform organisms.
The North Kingstown Department of Water Supply collects samples on a weekly basis from sampling stations located throughout the water distribution system. The testing sites include all five of the system storage tanks and 13 other dedicated sampling stations.
While it is not a requirement of the Total Coliform Rule (TCR), the Water Department also collects weekly samples from the ten (10) water supply wells.
The samples are analyzed for Total Coliform Bacteria and Fecal Coliform Bacteria at a licensed laboratory.
The testing method requires that filtered samples be incubated at certain temperatures. It takes between 48 and 72 hours to receive confirmation of the presence of Total Coliform bacteria.
Presumptive results are available after 24 hours of incubation. Presumptive results are an indication that Total Coliform may be present.
It takes an additional 24 hours to determine if Fecal Coliform is present and if it is not, it may take an additional 24 hours to confirm the presence of Total Coliform.
In accordance with the Total Coliform Rule, if any routine sample tests Total Coliform positive, it must be analyzed for Fecal Coliform.
If any sample is found to be Total Coliform positive, the water system must collect a set of repeat samples for each positive sample. The repeat samples confirm the presence of Total Coliform bacteria in the distribution system.
A sample must be collected from the sampling station that had the initial positive sample and samples must also be collected from locations upstream and downstream of that sampling station. In most cases these upstream and downstream locations are kitchen or bathroom faucets in homes or businesses located around the sampling stations.
In accordance with the Total Coliform Rule, five (5) percent of a water system’s monthly samples can be Total Coliform positive.
A water system is in violation of the rule if more than five percent of its monthly samples are positive.
Such a violation requires that a public notice be advertised in the newspaper acknowledging the violation. This type of violation does not result in a boil water advisory.
If Fecal Coliform is detected in a routine sample the water system must notify the Rhode Island Department of Health within 24 hours of learning of the positive sample.
Repeat samples must be collected. If either Total Coliform or Fecal Coliform is detected in any repeat sample, the water system is in violation of the Total Coliform Rule. This type of violation is considered an acute violation and results in the issuance of a boil water advisory.
Under our current approved sampling schedule, routine samples are collected on Tuesdays. We receive the presumptive results from the laboratory at the end of the day on Wednesdays. Repeat samples are collected on Thursdays, and the confirmation of the results of the repeat sample analysis are not available until Saturday or Sunday of the same week.
Sometimes presumptive positive results do not confirm, which is why boil water advisories are not issued on presumptive results.
You can make an appointment with the Town of North Kingstown Social Services Department located at:
North Kingstown Senior Center44 Beach StreetNorth Kingstown, RI 02852
The hours are from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. daily, Monday - Friday or call 401-268-1591.
Rhode Island Housing Mortgage Finance Corporation located at 44 Washington Street in Providence handles the Section 8 Program for the Town of North Kingstown. The telephone number is 401-751-5566. Please contact Social Services for more information at 401-268-1591.
Tri-County Community Action Agency administers the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. The telephone number is 401-351-2750. You should apply in the fall, September or October. For more information on emergency assistance call 401-268-1591.
The Food Stamp Program is administered by the State of Rhode Island. Their number is 855-697-4347 or view the DHS website.
The North Kingstown Food Pantry serves anyone in Town with emergency food needs. They provide one week's worth of groceries and available supplies. Call the Pantry to set up an appointment (401-885-3663) at 445 School Street, North Kingstown, RI. They are open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., please bring a license/ID and a verification of a North Kingstown address.
Food distribution of non-perishable goods are distributed at South County Community Action, 415 Tower Hill Road North Kingstown on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. The telephone number is 401-789-3016, ext. 2300. Recipients of SSI, SNAP, Medical Assistance and other low-income programs can receive food once a month.
North Kingstown FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity) is a volunteer organization that gives rides to those who have no other means of transportation to medical or dental appointments or to related services. Service is limited by the availability of drivers. One week notice is recommended. Telephone number is 401-295-1121.
FISH always needs volunteers for telephone workers and drivers and offers mileage reimbursement to volunteers.
WellOne Primary Medical Center, 308 Callahan Road, North Kingstown, is open to all people. Fee for service is based on a sliding scale which is determined by income and family size. When fees are reduced, verification of income is required. The Center accepts most health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. Call 401-295-9706.