Directory/Office Hours

  • Upcoming Closings

    Town Office: December 23, 24, 25, 31 & January 1

    Library: December 23, 24, 25, 31 & January 1

    Transfer Station: December 25 & January 1

    These are the standard Holiday Observances.

    New Year’s Day
    Civil Rights Day
    President’s Day
    Memorial Day
    Independence Day
    Labor Day

    Columbus Day
    Veteran’s Day
    Thanksgiving Day
    Day after Thanksgiving
    Last work day before Christmas
    Christmas Day

For all emergencies: Dial 9-1-1

Town DepartmentContactHoursContact them about:
Assessing Department523-4501 x 103Mon-Fri: 8-4Tax Assessment/Evaluation, Tax Cards, Tax Appeals/Exemptions/Abatements/Deferrals/Credits, Property Transfers, Water Bills/Turn On or Shut Off, Timber & Logging, Excavations, 911 addresses. Questions for the Planning Board and the Historic District can also be found on their respective pages.
Administrator/Select Board 523-4501 x 105Mon-Fri: 8-4 If front door is locked,
please use back door. 
Laws, Town Operations, Cemeteries and/or Burials, Reservations of Town Meeting Spaces, Beach Information
Building Inspector523-4501 x 103Mon-Fri: 8-4Building, Remodeling, Propety Improvements
Canaan Ambulance523-8808
Leave a message on the answering machine and your call will be returned.Non-emergency services, Tours, Volunteer Information
Fire Department523-4850 Non-Emergencies Leave a message on the answering machine and your call will be returned. Non-emergency services, Tours, Volunteer Information
Highway Department523-4344Winter- Mon-Fri: 7-3:30
Summer- Mon-Thurs: 6-4:30
Driveway Permits, Road Maintenance Questions, Overweight Waivers, Free Fill
Human Services523-9901 Mon-Tues-Thurs: 10am-Noon, Wed: 6-8pm Emergency help for Essential Food, Shelter, or Utilities
Library523-9650Mon: 1-8 pm
Tues: 1-8 pm
Wed: 1-8 pm
Thurs: 1-5 pm
Fri 9-12 pm
Sat 9-1 pm
Books & Media, Research, Public Computers, Children’s Programs, Humanities & Educational Programs
Police Department523-7400Non-emergency services, Pistol Permits, Bicycle Registration, Non-trespass orders, Safety Questions
Recreation Coordinator523-4501 x 111By AppointmentRecreation Programs, Volunteering
Town Clerk/Tax Collector/Voting & Elections Information 523-4501 x 102 Mon-Wed-Fri: 9-12 & 1-4
Tues-Thurs-Sat: 9-12 Wed: 6-8 
Car/Boat/Dog Registrations, Town Records, Vital Records, Marriage Licenses, Voter & Election Information
Town Finance Office523-4501 x 107 Mon-Thurs: 8-3 Checking & Payment Issues
Transfer Station523-7952Sun & Mon: Center Closed
Tues & Thurs: 2pm-6pm
Wed & Fri: 7am-11am
Sat: 8am-2pm
Closed on:
New Years Day, Independence Day, the Saturday before Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. 
Dump Stickers may be obtained at the Town Office during regular office hours. You must present proof of residence and vehicle registration.  Call the Transfer Station to confirm Hours of Operation; General questions about rules or items allowed can also be directed to the Town Administrator 523-4501 x 105.
Water & Sewer DepartmentW&S Operator: 304-9380
Town Administrator: 707-9349
Tours available upon request.Emergency Issues with water or sewer. For water shut-offs, water turn-ons, and meter readings please call Assessing Clerk at 523-4501- x 103
Website/Newsletter Manager
523-4501 x 108By AppointmentQuestions about Events, Businesses, or How to list these things in the directories, calendars, and/or newsletter.