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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!
Payments & donations are accepted in cash, checks or money orders can be made payable to the Town of South Kingstown.
The employees of the South Kingstown Animal Shelter have successfully completed the Fear Free Shelters Program.
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With all the false (and harmful!) pet information on the internet, Fear Free aims to keep veterinary healthcare teams and pet professionals at the forefront as the true pet health experts. By closely listening to the needs of the profession and those of the new generation of pet owners, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and improving the experience of every human and pet involved. In addition, Fear Free offers a free program to assist you, the pet owner, in maintaining Fear Free Happy Homes for your adopted pet.
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.
As of February 1, 2022 building permits are no longer required for any accessory structure 200 square feet or less. If the shed is 201 square feet or greater a building permit will be required. All sheds, regardless of size, 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.
According to the Stage I needs report there is over $155 Million in deferred school building maintenance. The State of Rhode Island currently has generous reimbursement incentives for Cities and Town's that choose to undertake renovation or reconstruction projects in the next few years. The Town's current minimum State Share reimbursement rate of $0.35/ $1.00 of project cost could increase to $0.52/ $1.00 depending what type of improvements are planned. You can learn more about the State reimbursement bonuses here. The potential to offset a substantial amount of local tax dollars for school infrastructure improvements has resulted in a concerted effort by the Town and School District to come together and explore options to bring our facilities into the 21st century.
RIDE has a prescribed process for Towns and Local Education Agencies (LEA's) to follow in order to qualify for "housing aid" (i.e. reimbursement for school improvements) and enhanced reimbursement incentives passed by voters in 2018. This process is called the Necessity of School Construction and consists of five (5) distinct phases. In order to qualify for incentives the Town must:
The Town will submit the Stage I report by the September 15, 2022 deadline. The SBC will then be working aggressively to evaluate various alternatives for school facility improvements in consultation with the architectural and engineering firm Studio JAED.
When your Real Estate taxes are escrowed as part of your mortgage, your mortgage company will typically contact the Town directly to request a copy of your tax bill on your behalf. The Town provides tax information to escrow agents electronically, and only upon request. Once this request is made, your tax bill is sent directly to your lending institution. If you escrow your taxes and you receive a copy of your tax bill in the mail, you should provide the bill directly to your lending institution.
If you have questions as to whether or not a lending institution will me making payment on your behalf, you should contact your lending institution or mortgage service provider for verification.
Real Estate taxes are assessed to the owner of record as of December 31st of each year for the current calendar year. As a result, the hard copy of the tax roll will always display, in printed form, the owner of record as of December 31st of the prior year, regardless of changes in ownership.
Although your name may not be printed on the hard copy of your property’s current tax bill, your new ownership has been recorded accordingly in all property databases, and will be reflected in the printing of the upcoming tax roll.
You can view the ownership record on your property using the Assessor’s Database (via Vision).
Please refer to the “Due Dates and Penalties” page.
Any effective grace period is established in the annual Tax Resolution, as enacted by the Town Council.
The 2022 Tax Resolutions state, in part:
“If the first installment or any succeeding installment of taxes is not paid prior to the first (1st) day of the next calendar month following the last 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 twelve percent (12%) per annum from August 1, 2022 for real and personal property taxes, and motor vehicle excise tax as allowed by the laws of the State of Rhode Island. 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.”
To view the full 2022 Tax Resolutions, click here.
Quarter 1 – Due August 1 (Delinquent after August 31)
Quarter 2 – Due November 1 (Delinquent after November 30)
Quarter 3 – Due February 1 (Delinquent after February 28)
Quarter 4 – Due May 1 (Delinquent after May 31)
A late notice is generated in an automation if any tax or sewer payment installment is past-due after the conclusion of a grace period. Once an installment is past-due and an account transitions into a delinquent status, the full remaining balance on the account is listed as due on any late notice correspondence.
If you believe that you have received a late notice in error, please do not ignore the notice – we strongly encourage you to contact the Tax Collector’s office for assistance.
Please refer to the Grace Periods and Penalties sub-heading on the “Due Dates and Penalties” page.
If you choose to mail a payment, the Tax Collector’s office will honor a postmark in consideration of timeliness. The postmark must be from the United States postal service; we will not honor the purchase-date of self-applied postage. If you intend to mail payment and you are concerned about meeting a deadline, we encourage you to bring your envelope to the post office and have the envelope postmarked in-person; if you leave an envelope in your local mailbox, there is no guarantee that the post office will stamp the postmark in same-day processing.
The Tax Collector’s office will not accept any post-dated checks. If we received a post-dated check, depending on the date on the check, we will either process the payment upon the time of receipt, or return the check to the payment’s originator.
Please refer to the “Billing Periods Covered” page.
If your motor vehicle registration renewal form indicates that you have unpaid taxes due in the Town of South Kingstown, or if you received a notice from the RI DMV indicating that you have a Tax Block in the Town of South Kingstown, you cannot complete your registration because you must pay outstanding motor vehicle taxes owed prior to registration eligibility.
Once a payment is successfully processed, an electronic release is sent to the RI DMV on behalf of the taxpayer. While releases are sent from the Town of South Kingstown immediately upon processing a payment, the RI DMV can take 24-48 hours to process a release, so please allow the DMV two business days to process your block removal.
Your Motor Vehicle tax bill is informed by the time in which your vehicle had an active registration as reported by the RI Registry of Motor Vehicles. Motor Vehicle taxes reflect the period that the vehicle was registered during the previous calendar year (January 1-December 31). Therefore, you may receive a bill for a car you no longer own, as the taxes on a motor vehicle’s registration are one year in arrears.
Taxation on a Motor Vehicle will continue as long as a given vehicle’s registration is active with the RI DMV. Furthermore, your tax bill will be issued by the municipality in which your vehicle is registered as of December 31 of the previous calendar year.
If you should move, you are responsible for updating the address on your vehicle’s registration. You are also responsible for cancelling your own registration with the RI DMV. Registering a vehicle in another state does not automatically terminate your Rhode Island registration.
Please refer to the RI DMV’s website for the current procedure for registration cancellation.
Cash, check, or card-based payments can be made in-person during business hours in the Tax Collector’s office. Payments via check can be sent by mail. The Town also utilizes (2) drop boxes on-site, which are checked each business day, for any payments left after-hours. Additionally, for those individuals who prefer to make payments via online banking, the Town accepts payments via BillPay (payment initiated via your financial institution).
Real Estate, Motor Vehicle, and Tangible taxes can also be set up on ACH (Automated Clearing House) payments, by which the Town will automatically deduct a quarterly tax amount from a specified bank account. For additional information regarding automatic tax payments, please refer to the “Automatic Tax Payment Information” page.
At present, we are unable to enroll utility payments (water and wastewater) in an ACH program.
The Tax Collector’s office can accept Real Estate, Motor Vehicle, Tangible taxes, and utility payments via credit or debit card. 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.
Card-based payments may be made in-person or online. Online transactions require the payee to know the unique correlating account number and pin number for a given account, information which is located at the top of the every tax bill and utility bill.
For online payments, please access the “Online Tax and Utility Collection System.”
Many merchants accepting credit or debit cards are willing to pay the fees charged by credit card companies in order to provide that service to its customers. As a municipality, we do not have the option of paying those fees since we must collect the full amount of the tax bill. Therefore, when a taxpayer uses a credit card, the fees must be charged over and above the amount of the bill being paid.
A convenience fee is charged for processing each debit or credit card transaction as payment to a third party credit card processing service provider for accepting and processing the payment. The fee also covers the cost of the operation of a system for accepting card-based payments. This convenience fee is charged directly to the taxpayer as a separate charge on their cardholder statement. The fee amounts to 3% of the payment amount or a minimum of $2.00. No part of the convenience fee is paid to the Town of South Kingstown.
The 2022 Motor Vehicle tax rate is $18.71 per thousand of assessed value. A $5,000 deduction, pro-rated at 365 days, is applied to each vehicle.
Both the 2022 Real Estate tax rate and the Tangible/Personal Property tax rate is $10.95 per thousand of assessed value for residential and commercial property.
Retail and Wholesale Inventory is exempt from assessment as of December 31, 2006.
R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-7-7 (“Collection of Taxes Generally”) states the following:
“Failure by the Tax Collector to send or failure by the taxpayer to receive a notice shall not excuse the nonpayment of the tax or affect its validity or any proceedings for the collection of the tax.”
Real estate, Motor Vehicle, and Tangible tax bills are available and mailed in the first week of July. If you do not receive a bill, please contact the Town of South Kingstown Tax Collector’s Office to request a copy. You can also use your account number and account PIN to electronically retrieve a copy of your most-current tax bill.
Tax bills, both current and prior, can be retrieved electronically via the “Online Tax and Utility Collection System.” In order to log into the portal, you will need your unique tax account number and your account PIN. Please note that each tax account type – real estate, motor vehicle, and tangible – has a different account number.
If you have a prior tax bill to reference, you can find your account number, PIN, and log-in instructions on the top right of the face of the bill. If you cannot locate this information, you can call the Tax Collector’s office directly, and we can supply you with your account number and PIN.
For additional information and options, please refer to the “Copies of Bills” page.
Regular Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month beginning with a Work Session at 7:00 p.m. and the Regular Session immediately following at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please click the link