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For additional information see the Motor Vehicle Brochure. Motor Vehicle Brochure
An application for the Renters Program must be filed between April 1st and October 1st of each calendar year for which tax relief is sought.
It is important to remember that an informal hearing is not a forum to discuss taxes or town politics nor is it an in-depth class on appraisal practices and theory. It is strictly meant to answer general questions on the proposed property assessments. The hearing officer will takes notes during your meeting to document the information you have discussed. They will later determine if further review of your property assessment is necessary based on these notes. The proposed values are not final until all hearings and any data or value changes resulting from the hearings are completed.
To answer this question it is important to understand that in a revaluation, the value of your property is based on an analysis of the entire real estate market for a specified period of time before the completion of the revaluation project (a one or two year period). This study of recent property sales allows the appraisers to establish valuation parameters (construction rates, land rates, market adjustments, etc). Ideally, when these valuation parameters are applied to the properties that sold, the calculation will result in an appraised value that is very close to the sales price.
The appraisers are required by the State to test that the parameters being used are consistently producing values that closely approximate the sale prices across all types of properties throughout the town. When this is accomplished, the appraisers can then apply these same valuation parameters to all of the "non-sale" properties in the town. In doing so, they are approximating the market value of each property using the information derived from all of the sales. Therefore, no particular sale or group of sales was used to determine the value your property. This is because ALL of the recent sales were included in the analysis that set the parameters used in the revaluation of your town.
Different types of properties within the same neighborhood may also show different value changes. For example, one - story houses may be more in demand than two - story houses or vice versa. Older homes in the same area may be rising in value more slowly than newer homes.
Among the numerous factors to be considered that will cause values to differ are location, condition, size, quality, number of baths, basement finish, garages, and many others.
For property tax exemption eligibility dates of war and other recognized military campaigns and operations, see Veterans Wars and Qualifying Conflicts. Veterans Wars & Qualifying Conflicts
It depends upon the type of business (manufacturing, distribution, research, or retail), the stage of development (in business or a start-up), and what the needs are (relocation, new construction, renovation, and so on), but there are several common forms of assistance. These include tax abatements, grants, and referrals to loan providers. The city can combine local assistance programs with state programs.
Business planning, counseling, and loans may be available. There are a number of state and regional agencies to help businesses get going. Please see the information in the ECD brochure on starting a business on the webpage.
Bristol’s Enterprise Zone is a geographic area generally found downtown and is bounded by South Street, Bellevue Ave., Maple Street, North Street (Route 6), and West Street (Route 69). The zone includes most of or all of Main Street, North Main Street, Center Street, Church Street, Riverside Avenue, West Street, Park Street, Valley Street, Race Street, and Summer Street. New manufacturers locating in the Zone may be eligible for 80% property tax abatement for 5 years. Other users such as retail and residential who are expanding the tax base may be entitled to a freeze on assessments on a declining scale for seven years. Corporations may also be eligible for income tax credits of up to 25% for 10 years for locating in the zone. Bristol also has related programs such as the Qualified Manufacturing Plant, Bio-Science Zone, and the Urban Jobs Program that can assist qualified companies that are expanding.
Every five years the City works with Bristol residents, community organizations, business organizations and other groups to develop a 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The Plan documents housing and community development needs, outlines strategies to address those needs, and identifies priorities for the use of annual federal allocations of CDBG funds. The City of Bristol 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan, and the updated Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice are documents available on this website. Based on the Five-Year Plan, the city develops an Annual Action Plan that lists the specific projects to be undertaken during the program year. The Annual Action Plan is also available online. There is a lengthy citizen participation process in developing the Five-Year and Annual Plans. All meetings and hearings are open to the public and posted at a variety of locations including the CDBG page of this website. At the close of the public comment period, the City Council must approve the Plans before they are submitted to HUD.
There is more detail on a summary of these priorities.
City departments, non-for-profit organizations including incorporated neighborhood associations and housing programs may apply. Individual citizens or families are not eligible for direct CDBG funds, but ECD does have a Housing Rehabilitation Program. Individuals and families may also get assistance from organizations that are CDBG-funded.
Bristol residents who own and occupy their home, and meet income and other guidelines may qualify. For multi-family dwellings, the owner must live in one of the four (4-maximum) units. An application is available at the ECD, and can be mailed if requested. An ECD staff person can assist in completing the applications and will make an inspection before coming to a decision on the application. Any work done or expenses made before the grant decision will not be covered.
Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. In addition, State of Connecticut law includes marital status (except an unmarried unrelated man and woman), sexual orientation, age (except minors), lawful source of income, and gender identity or expression. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can call the Bristol Fair Housing Officer Annemarie Sundgren, Division of Community Services at (860) 314-4690. The CT Fair Housing Center website is a good source of information.
In certain cases, Yes. The ECD administers the Residential Rehabilitation Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program provides 50% grants, in most cases up to $5,000, to income-eligible homeowners who reside in the subject property. Projects to address fire and building code upgrades may be eligible for grant funding, include roof work, structural repairs, window replacements, electrical upgrades, and more. Contact Community and Economic Development at 860-584-6185 to learn more.
The pamphlet explains the objective, procedure, most commonly asked questions, procedures to change an apartment building to a two family residence, and procedure for building permits for fire code updates. This is a must read for existing apartment building owners and future owners. A copy can be obtained by calling (860) 584-7964 ext. 8102. More Information
Summer Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Fridays, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
The Dennis Malone Aquatics Center is open year-round. Please call 860-584-3837 for open swim schedule as it varies seasonally. Swim lessons are offer Saturday and Sunday mornings during the school year.
Openings are posted on this website's Employment tab and in the Personnel Department, City Hall, 111 N. Main Street, 2nd floor, Bristol, CT 06010. Openings are typically advertised online at CTHires.com and Indeed.com as well as other local community organizations. Additional advertising sources may be used depending on the position. Positions are generally open for a specific period of time with a midnight deadline on the closing date for applications. Please refer to the Employment page for complete and current information.
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Most seasonal opportunities are in the Park and Recreation Department and Youth Services. For information on seasonal Park & Recreation positions, go to bristolrec.com. For information on seasonal employment in Youth Services, please call 860-314-4690. Contact the Personnel Department at (860) 584-6175 for the most current information about seasonal employment.
The city has compost and sand available during the spring and fall at the Dog Pound on Vincent P. Kelly Road.
You can review the city's Official Zoning Map to determine the zone in which your property is located and the Zoning Regulations to identify the uses that are permitted in that zone.
Zoning Regulations and Maps
Some business activities conducted from a residence are considered home-based businesses and as such may be permitted as a use incidental to the residence. Section V.A.11. of the city's Zoning Regulations outlines the provisions for home-based businesses and home offices in the city's single-family residential zones.
A variance is the legal relief from one or more provisions of the city's Zoning Regulations, granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals in cases where a unique or unusual condition (known as a "hardship") has been demonstrated to exist on a parcel of land. For more information about variances and the application process, please contact the Land Use Office at (860) 584-6225.
OnlineYou can register online by going to https://voterregistration.ct.gov
Elections are held every year.
2018 State Election: Governor and Lt. Governor, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Representative, Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General, Judge of Probate, Registrars of Voters
2019 Municipal Election: Mayor, Treasurer, City Council, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals
2020 Presidential Election: President, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senate, State Representative, Registrars of Voters
2021 Municipal Election: Mayor, Treasurer, City Council, Board of Assessment Appeals
The new mill rate for the October 1, 2018 grand list is 38.05 on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle taxes. These mill rates become effective on bills due July 1, 2019. This means that for every $1,000 in assessed real estate value, you will pay $38.05 in taxes.
We accept cash, money orders, cashier checks, business checks, or personal checks as forms of payment at the counter in the tax office. You may pay by MasterCard, Visa from home online at www.bristolct.gov. A computer terminal is also available within the Tax Office for online payments. Delinquent motor vehicle taxes that are at least six months old must be paid in cash, certified check or money order.
All real estate and business personal property tax bills (over $100) are due in two installments; first installment due July 1 on or before August 1 and considered late with interest fees if received or postmarked after that date and second installment due January 1 on or before February 1 and considered late with interest fees if received or postmarked after that date. All motor vehicle tax bills are due July 1 and are due in one installment. These bills can be paid during the entire month of July without any interest penalty and would only be considered late with interest fees added if received or postmarked after August 1. Supplemental motor vehicle tax bills are mailed in late December and are also due in one installment on January 1. These bills can be paid during the entire month of January without any interest penalty and would only be considered late with interest fees added if received or postmarked after February 1.
The most convenient and efficient way to pay is by check sent via the USPS. Taxpayers can also pay by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover) online from home at www.bristolct.gov. There is an additional fee of 2.95% if paying by credit card. Our office does accept cash payment. We do have restrictions of what we will accept for payment if your tax bill is delinquent six months or older.
Your cancelled check will be your receipt. If an alternate receipt is desired, send the entire bill (including the taxpayer copy just as it was mailed to you) and a self addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. We will date stamp “paid” on your taxpayer copy and mail it back to you. On the second payment in January, again mail us the taxpayer copy along with the second payment due coupon and we will stamp the taxpayer copy for the second time and mail it back to you.Please retain the stamped copy for your records. This may be needed when filing state and government taxes each year.
Tax payments must be received or US Postal Service postmarked by August 1 (first installment) or February 1 (second installment) to avoid the accrual of interest. If a payment is received and is postmarked after August 1, it will immediately be subject to 3% interest (1.5% for July and 1.5% for August). Interest will then continue to accrue at a rate of 1.5% per month (18% annually) and you will be billed for the balance due. The same would be true with the second payment of real estate and personal property taxes if received or postmarked after February 1. The interest will be added back to January and 3% interest will be added immediately on February 2.
Pay your motor vehicle taxes on time. In an attempt to collect outstanding motor vehicle taxes owed, the City may contract with outside vendors which will provide an additional means for the city to enforce collections by performing daily sweeps of the city to find tax scofflaws and reporting delinquencies to Collection Agencies. Additional fees will be incurred. Any delinquent payments made shall be in the form of cash, money order or bank check in person at the counter. Credit card payments are only accepted online, a processing fee will be charged by Peoples Bank. No personal checks will be accepted.
Supplemental motor vehicle tax bills are mailed in late December and are also due in one installment on January 1. These bills can be paid during the entire month of January without any interest penalty and would only be considered late with interest fees added if received or postmarked after February 1.
The Bristol Town Clerk’s office issues certified copies of death certificates if the death occurred in Bristol or when the individual was a resident of Bristol at the time of the death. For additional information on how to obtain a copy of a death certificate, please access the Town Clerk at (860) 584-6200.
The Bristol Town Clerk’s office issues certified copies of marriage certificates if the marriage occurred in Bristol or when the bride and groom were residents of Bristol at the time of the marriage. For additional information on how to obtain a copy of a marriage certificate, please access the Town Clerk at (860) 584-6200.
The Bristol municipal conveyance tax is one half percent (0.005%). The residential conveyance tax rate for the State of Connecticut is three quarters percent (0.0075%). The fee to record most documents on the land records is $60 for the first page and $5 for each additional page or if it is a MERS document $159. Property transfers reportable to the State require a $2 surcharge. For additional land recording fees, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (860) 584-6200 ext. 0.
There may be additional State of Connecticut business licensing and registration required for a new business. For information on state licensing and requirements contact Smart Start at (800) 392-2122 or by accessing the Connecticut Licensing Information Center.
The person signing the document must provide a minimum of two current forms of identification containing their signature, at least one of which contains their photograph, such as a driver’s license. Social security cards and birth certificates do not qualify as identification.
Please contact the Bristol Town Clerk’s at (860) 584-6200 ext. 0 if you have any questions.
If you are selling food or carrying goods or merchandise for sale in Bristol you must obtain a peddler’s license from the Police Department. Detailed information regarding the requirements, exemptions, and insurance requirements for a peddler’s license can be accessed on the Police Department's page.
State law does not allow the office to provide legal advice or to assist in preparing documents concerning real estate or land records.
You must file a foreclosure registration with the Town Clerk’s Office. The form and instructions can be accessed at the Town Clerk’s Office, 111 North Main Street. The fee to file the registration is $60 and payable by cash or check only.
Divorce decrees or court orders are available at the Court Clerk’s Office at the court where you were divorced. Please refer to the State of Connecticut Judicial website (link) on how and where to obtain a copy of your divorce decree or order.
You can apply for a passport through the U.S. Department of State or the Bristol Post Office. You may need a certified copy of your birth certificate to apply for the passport. For more information on the procedures and requirements for obtaining a passport access the U.S. Department of State website.
Youth Services centrally coordinates the comprehensive delivery of services and advocates for youth and their families. The department strives to enhance the networking and support between family, school, peer, and community environments.
Positive Youth Development group programs are designed to build skills and competencies of young people, nurture the pursuit of their goals and aspirations, and strengthen family, peer, school, and community connections. The Climbing Team, Peer Education, Dancing Stars, Skills to Pay the Bills, and Lunch Buddies are some of these programs offered annually.
Mental Health Services respond to youth and families who are experiencing emotional distress related to significant losses or trauma. Some of these services include family counseling, young men’s and young women’s issues groups, and Bananas Split Too!
Child welfare programs assist and empower families to meet basic needs and maintain a supportive family environment; these include application assistance and case management, Parent and Community Efforts (PACE), back-to-school supplies, and holiday gift giving coordination.
Programs aim to reduce barriers to accessing services such as financial hardship, lack of access to behavioral health providers, and lack of transportation. All of the program leaders continuously strive for cultural competency. Please see our program listing for seasonal offerings of programs.