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Please complete the Town's Adoption Application, and contact the Animal Shelter for further details. Note that all applicants are carefully screened.
See our animals available for adoption on our Petfinder page.
To see if there are currently volunteer opportunities at the Animal Shelter, please contact the Animal Shelter Manager by calling (401) 789-5515. All who wish to volunteer at the Animal Shelter will need to successfully complete a background check before volunteering. The Animal Shelter appreciates its volunteers!
When making a payment, for example if you are adopting an animal or if you are generously making a donation, the Animal Shelter can only accept payment via personal check or and money order, made payable to the Town of South Kingstown. Cash is not accepted at the Animal Shelter. If you are only able to make payment via cash, please visit Town Hall during the building's regular business hours, in order to make payment at the Tax Collector's Office, where you will receive a formal receipt.
Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM), Office of Water Resources has an online septic permit search from 1968 to current.
Link: Septic System Search RI DEM
If the house was built after 2016 our office may have the records electronically stored.
Yes, a building permit with site plan and structural detail are required. All sheds must meet the required zoning setback for the specific lot.
No, unless the fence is over 6’ tall or if the fence is utilized as a pool barrier.
Fencing may be located right up to the property line, however, we recommend that you install the fence with enough access on your property so that you can perform maintenance without trespassing.
Yes, a building permit, site plan and structural detail, along with an electrical permit will be required for any pool the can hold 24” or more of water is required. Additionally any pool under 48” in height requires perimeter fencing and may depending on site conditions require additional safety measures.
All pools must be located at least 10’ from any property lines. If property is serviced by a septic system, documentation of septic location must be provided.
For in ground pools only: depending on the amount of ground disturbance a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (SERCS) permit may need to applied for through the Department of Public Service.
Yes, for overlay or strip and replace, however the code limits roof overlay to a maximum of two layers total.
Yes, a Building Permit is required. Additionally, an Electrical Permit will also be required for removal/attachment of the electric meter.
Yes, a building permit, framing plan and site plan are required regardless of if the deck is remaining the same size or changing size.
Yes. The guard railings will need to comply with current code.
No, a building permit will only be required if you alter (add or remove) an existing wall, in which case all necessary engineering will need to be submitted with the building permit.
Plumbing and electrical permits may be needed if you are adding new electrical or relocating plumbing.
Yes. The new replacement window must meet a .35 U factor (U-factor is how well the window insulates. The lower the U-factor the better)
Yes, the type of window required is classified by what wind zone you are in either 110 mph or 120 mph.
Please call the office for a determination 401-789-9331 x 1225
Yes, a building permit, framing plan and floor plan are required. Additionally you may also need electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits depending on the scope of work.
No, whether tile, hardwood, vinyl or laminate no permit is needed.
Yes, a building permit with site plan and structural detail are required.
Additionally, depending on the amount of ground disturbance a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (SERCS) permit may need to applied for through the Department of Public Service.
Yes, a sign permit will be required.
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.
Mold Many residents complain about mold in their homes. No recognized federal, state, or local health agency has created a standard for acceptable and unacceptable levels of mold inside a building. Consistent mold growth can be indicative of moisture issues resulting from plumbing or other leaks in the home. Inspectors address any active sources of moisture (roof and plumbing leaks, bathroom and laundry humidity, and venting problems), but can only address the presence of mold as a general sanitation issue. It is up to residents to clean up existing mold colonies or negotiate with property owners over their removal. The RI Department of Health provides education on mold and supplies this informational pamphlet. Testing for the presence of mold is not recommended by the Health Department.
Request a Zoning Board of Review application package from the Department of Building Inspection and Zoning (401-789-9331 x 1225) or for your convenience, click on the link below.
Ten (10) signed applications, Ten (10) signed and notarized owner authorization forms, Ten (10) site plans clearly showing area of work, One (1) 200’ Radius Plans & One (1) 200’ Abutter’s List, Ten (10) of any other relevant information (Elevations, OWTS, CRMC, etc…), a check made payable to the Town of South Kingstown in the appropriate amount.
click on the link below for step by step instructions on how to create a radius map and abutters list
Generally, it takes one to two months after filling to appear before the board.
The entire process from start to finish takes roughly 3 months.
The Chair will call the petition and invite the applicant to come forward. All parties will be sworn in and the owner or the representative of the owner will present the petition. After the applicant has given all testimony the Chair will ask if there is anyone present who wishes to speak in regards to petition. After all testimony has been heard the Board will deliberate and render a verbal decision.
The decision of the Board on every petition or appeal shall be in written form and shall include the reasons for the decision, findings of fact, and any special conditions attached thereto. The decision shall be filed in the Town of South Kingstown’s Land Evidence within forty-five (45) days of the Board’s vote, and shall be open to public inspection. Notice of such decision shall be mailed to the applicant. An aggrieved party may appeal a decision of the board to the Superior Court for Washington County by filing a complaint setting forth the reasons of appeal within twenty (20) days after such decision has been filed and posted with the town clerk.
Any variance or special use permit granted or authorized by the Board shall expire one (1) year after the date of the filing of the decision in the office of the Town Clerk, unless the applicant shall, within one (1) year, obtain a legal building permit and proceed with the construction, or obtain a certificate of occupancy when no legal building permit is required. If application is made prior to the expiration of the initial one-year period, the board may, upon written request and for cause shown, renew the variance or special use permit for a second one-year period. Said request for an extension need not be advertised nor noticed.
Further extension for cause. Should an applicant fail to begin construction with a legal building permit, or obtain a certificate of occupancy within the second one-year period, the board may upon written request filed prior to the expiration of the second one-year period, renew the variance or special use permit for a third one-year period provided that the applicant can demonstrate due diligence in proceeding and substantial financial commitment in promoting the subject of the variance or special use permit since the date of the filing of the resolution. Notice shall be given in accordance with section 906 and a hearing shall be held on the request.
Where the board denies a request for a special use permit, variance or otherwise rules against the applicant on other than procedural grounds, the board may not consider another application requesting any or all of the same changes for a period of one (1) year from the date of such denial or withdrawal (or from the date of final court action if the decision has been appealed) except: (a) where ordered to do so on remand by a court of competent jurisdiction, or (b) where the application is accompanied by an affidavit setting forth facts, to the satisfaction of said board, showing a substantial change of circumstances justifying a rehearing.
The Rec Center is located at 30 St. Dominic Road across from the Senior Center. The main office phone number is 284-1975
Hours vary by season.
Please click on the Weekly Schedule to find current hours.
Non-residents are welcome to attend drop-in programs and will be charged a non-resident rate. If you are registered for a particular program, the registration fee covers the use of the facility.
Drop-In Programs - $6
Open Programs - $4
Fitness Room - $4
Track - $1
Punch Cards for 20 visits are also available at a reduced daily rate.
The Recreation Gymnasium Schedule is updated and posted every Friday for the following week. You can find copies at the front desk, on our Facebook page or right on the website using the following link: www.southkingstownri.com/210/reccenter. You can also contact the Rec Center at 401-284-1975, we love to hear from you! Remember, schedules are always subject to change.
For residents seeking relief from the cold, the following public buildings serve as seasonal warming centers during the days and hours listed. Please note during winter storm conditions, specific warming shelters may be designated.
Click the link below for the Town facilities designated as Cooling Centers for the Town of South Kingstown in the event of a severe, prolonged heat event during the days and hours listed:
Individuals requesting American Sign Language interpreters or CART service must notify the Town Clerk’s Office at 401-789-9331 at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance of public meeting.
Park facilities may be reserved six months in advance of your event. Simply complete the form and turn it in at the front desk, fax it to us at (401)792-9617 or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
*Please note the Police Department has a different application process.
To see current job postings, please visit the Employment Opportunities page.
Based on the Town's security protocols, we cannot access documents shared via Google Drive or other cloud based shared drives. When applying by email, please attach your application materials as a PDF.
The Town conducts a background check on all potential employees, full time, part time, seasonal, temporary, and per diem. All employment offers are contingent upon completing a successful background check.
When positions become available within the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, the Town conducts periodic recruitments in order to determine an eligibility list for full time and per diem job openings. The Town will provide notice of the recruitment the same way the Town advertises other job postings. Applicants for full time positions must have a valid RI Paramedic license at time of appointment. Applicants for Per Diem positions must have a valid RI Paramedic or EMT-Cardiac license at time of appointment. Along with the recruitment posting, the Town will post further detail regarding the recruitment and application process, which includes written, physical agility, and scenario-based assessments, as well as a thorough background check and pre-placement health screening.
Moving the property line between two existing lots or parcels is called an Administrative Subdivision. Administrative Subdivisions require application to the Planning Department and are reviewed and approved by the Administrative Officer of the Planning Board. Click here for more information about the Administrative Subdivision review process.
Lot mergers are considered Administrative Subdivisions. Administrative Subdivisions require application to the Planning Department and are reviewed and approved by the Administrative Officer of the Planning Board. Click here for more information about the Administrative Subdivision review process.
There are three types of subdivision allowed in Rhode Island: Administrative, Minor, and Major. An Administrative Subdivision is one in which no new lots are created for development. A Minor Subdivision results in 5 or fewer lots, and a Major Subdivision results in 6 or more lots. All subdivisions require application to the Planning Department, and the review process is dependent on the type of subdivision requested. More information on the three types of subdivision, and the respective review processes, can be found here.
The review process for a development project depends on the size and scale of the proposal. More information on the different project types, as well as information about the respective review processes, can be found here.
The Town maintains an interactive WebGIS, which you can use to look up information relative to any property in South Kingstown. Call Carol Baker at (401) 789-9311 x1249 with any questions.
Call the Planning Department at (401) 789-9331 x1244 to order any of the Town’s existing maps, including tax maps.
Visit the Town Clerk's office to order and pay for recorded plat maps and plans. Once paid, bring the receipt form to the Planning Department to pick up your print.
I you have a complaint regarding a recent interaction with the Town's Police Department, please submit a
The Town of South Kingstown participates in a Vendor E-mail Notification System with other RI Municipalities. The system allows vendors who register to be notified by E-mail of upcoming bid solicitations. After registering on-line, bid specifications are available for download and printing. When registering online, vendors will be required to supply contact information prior to viewing/downloading specifications so they can be notified of any addendums or modifications to the specifications prior to the bid opening. Vendors may register here.
The bid results are posted to the Bidder Notification System within 3 business days after the bid opening.
The Town’s bid specifications include information specific to each project/purchase. Generally, bids must be delivered to the Town in a sealed envelope that is clearly marked with the bid title information and must be submitted to the Office of the
180 High Street
Unless otherwise noted in the specifications.
Motor Vehicle Tax Rate is $18.71 per thousand of assessed value. A $3,000 deduction pro-rated at 365 days is applied to each vehicle. Real Estate Tax Rate and the Tangible/Personal Property Tax Rate is $14.45 per thousand of assessed value for residential and commercial property. Retail and Wholesale Inventory is exempt from assessment as of December 31, 2006.
If the first installment or any succeeding installment payment is received or postmarked by the last day of the month following the last date for payment of each quarterly installment or for payment in full, if under $100.00, no interest for late payment will be charged provided that all prior quarters and tax bills for prior years are paid in full.
First quarter due: Aug. 1 – Aug. 31 Delinquent after August 31
Second quarter due: Nov. 1 – Nov. 30 Delinquent after November 30
Third quarter due: Feb. 1 – Feb. 28 Delinquent after February 28
Fourth quarter due: May 1 – May 31 Delinquent after May 31
If installments are not paid by the last day of the month following the last due date of the respective installment period or periods as they occur, then the whole tax or remaining unpaid balance of the tax as the case may be, shall immediately become due and payable and shall carry until collected a penalty at the rate of 12% per annum from August 1st. Upon payment of any and all delinquent quarterly installments together with interest accrued on the full unpaid balance of the tax, the right to pay the remaining taxes on the installment basis will be reinstated.
Yes, the Town of South Kingstown accepts real estate, motor vehicle, tangible tax and utility payments via credit or debit card. Payments are accepted either via the internet and providing your account number and pin number located at the top of the tax bill. Taxpayers have the option to pay their tax bills by major credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover) or by debit card with the Visa or MasterCard logo.
Regular Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month beginning with a Work Session at 6:45 p.m. and the Regular Session immediately following at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please click the link