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In-Person applications for 2019 permits are now being accepted at Town Hall during business hours. There is a $5 fee for a permit if you apply in person. This fee is waived for senior citizens or residents with a valid handicapped parking placard or plate issued by the RMV.

There is no fee for a parking permit if you apply online.
To apply for your parking permit or visitor placard online, please visit

There is a fee of $10 for a visitor’s placard whether you apply online or in person. This fee is waived for senior citizens or residents with a valid handicapped parking placard or plate issued by the RMV. Online permit applications are fulfilled by mail.


The 2019 Annual Town Census will be mailed to all households in early January. Winthrop residents should verify or correct any information, sign, and return the census within 10 days of receipt. Residents are encouraged to return the census via USPS, alternatively Census drop boxes will be available at the Senior Center, Library and in the front lobby of Town Hall. It is not necessary to speak to our office directly unless there is a complex issue. Using a drop box or the mail, allows us to do the corrections and changes to the over 12,000 forms that are returned to us! We appreciate your understanding!

The data from the census is used to compile the Winthrop voter list, Winthrop school planning, and other reports required by Massachusetts General Law, therefore all members of the household should be included. If a resident does not receive a census form by the end of January, the Town Clerk’s Office should be contacted at 617-846-1742 to have a duplicate form sent.

Failure to respond to the Annual Town Census can result in the removal from Winthrop’s active voting list and removal from the resident list for any non-registered voters.

A completed census can be returned by mail or hand-delivered to drop-off boxes located in the Town Hall lobby, the Senior Center and the Administrative Office on Golden Drive and the Library.

The bottom of the census form includes a Dog Registration Form or Dogs can be registered online by visiting the Town Clerk’s webpage at Dogs must be licensed by April 1, 2019 to avoid a late fee. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required for licensing. The Town does not save rabies information from year to year, it is the owners’ responsibility to provide proof of rabies vaccination for the animals in the home, that is the law. The census and the dog license form can be mailed into the Town Clerk’s Office in the same envelope.


On Monday Jan. 14, the launch ramp at the public landing was closed for a much-needed replacement. The completion date of the project is June 30; however, it is expected that the project could be completed at an earlier date.

While officials understand that the repairsit may cause some inconvenience during construction, upon completion this project will include a new ramp and accompanying pier and floats for ease of use when launching or recovering boats.

The boating public will be kept updated as the project moves forward.

In the interim, public launch ramps are available in Lynn and Nahant.

For any questions please contact the Winthrop Harbormaster at 617-207-9092, [email protected]

New England Auto Show this weekend

The annual New England Auto Show comes to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., this weekend.

The show hours are:

Thursday, Jan.  17, 4 – 10 p.m.

Friday, Jan.  18, 12  – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Jan.  19, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan.  20, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan.  21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The box office closes one hour prior to the end of the show each day.

Admission prices are: 

Adults —  $15

Children (6-12) — $6

Children under 6 are free

Tickets requiring identification must be purchased on-site.

Each ticket purchased online is good for one day only.

Ticket purchases are nonrefundable. The show accepts Visa, Master Card and American Express. There is an ATM located in the lobby of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

$1 of every ticket sold is given to the South Boston Community Development Foundation. 

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