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For information regarding payment of taxes, amounts owed and interest charges, visit the Tax Office in Old Orchard Beach Town Hall or call 934-5714 ext. 1531.

For information regarding valuation of property and ownership information, visit the Assessor’s Office in Old Orchard Beach Town Hall or call the Assessor’s office at 934-5714 ext.1514.

To submit an address change or correction you will need to present to the Assessor’s office a signed, written statement of the necessary changes. E-mail updates are accepted.

The tax rate, which is set once a year by the Town Council, cannot be appealed. Your valuation, which is set by the Assessor, can be appealed by following the appeal procedure.

Pursuant to state statute tax appeals must be filed in writing with the Tax Assessor within 185 days of the commitment of the taxes. Tax appeals must be based upon a claim of over valuation of the property not upon the amount of the tax bill. A taxpayer may only appeal the current assessed value stated on the tax bill. The Application for Abatement of Property Taxes is here.

When market value changes, naturally so does assessed value. For instance, if you were to add a garage to your home, the assessed value would increase. However, if your property is in poor repair, the assessed value would decrease.

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Business Licensing

A year-round rental is one that is properly insulated and equipped to sustain occupancy throughout the year.

A seasonal rental, means any rental unit, including hotels, motels, cabins, condominiums, single-family homes, duplexes or multifamily dwellings which are rented or available to be rented only during the period March 1st to December 1st. (A seasonal rental does not reflect the number of renters you may have during the summer season).

The Code Enforcement Officer will look for life safety issues and code compliance, such as smoke detectors, proper egress, electrical and plumbing installations. The most common problem facing renters is egress windows. Each sleeping room in the rental property requires one egress window. An egress window is a window that has a certain square footage of open area to allow an emergency responder into or out of the building. If you have concerns whether your windows are egress compliant, you can download our egress window handout on the main licensing page or give us a call!

Personal Property Tax is tax on the equipment pertaining to the business such as appliances in a rental unit. The Assessors Department sends out Personal Property Tax bills in August which covers from July 1st of the current year to June 30th of the next year. If your Personal Property Tax bill is unpaid at the time the business application is submitted, or upon renewal, the business license cannot be granted or renewed. Any questions regarding how Personal Property Tax is computed should be directed to the Assessors Department in Town Hall.

Business licenses are divided into two separate groups according to their Map Block Lot number which is attached to the property and each group has two year cycles. All businesses on properties with Map Block Lot numbers up to 305-4-4 are renewed, once licensed, in the even numbered years. All businesses on properties with Map Block Lot numbers 305-4-4 and above are renewed, once licensed, in the odd number years. If the Licensing Department does not receive the renewal fees, either in the office or post marked by April 30th of the year it is due, the licensee will be required to begin the licensing process over, which includes a new application, fees and inspection. Getting your renewal in early or on time eliminates unnecessary inconveniences for your business. Watch for your renewal in the mail come January / February.

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COVID-19 Information Page

With the closure of the BMV, the office of Governor Janet Mills has suspended motor vehicle registration requirements for all MV registrations, ATV’s, Boats, and Trailers.  This order will expire 30 days after the end of the emergency period. 

New vehicle registrations through a dealership or private sale – the temporary plate provided by the dealer will expire 30 days after the end of the emergency period. However, if the sale does not include a temporary registration plate this document will serve as a temporary registration and should be kept in the vehicle until 30 days after the emergency period ends or when you can register normally through Town Hall or BMV.

Trucks with a temporary registration plate – Trucks with temporary registration plates are allowed to carry a load until 30 days after the emergency period ends and this document should be kept in the truck at all times.

With the closure of the BMV, the office of Governor Janet Mills has suspended motor vehicle registration requirements for all MV registrations, ATV’s, Boats, and Trailers.  This order will expire 30 days after the end of the emergency period. 

MV Registration renewals and MV excise tax – the current sticker on your vehicle is valid until 30 days after the end of the emergency period.

You can reregister online here

RSU 23 FOOD DISTRIBUTION CONTINUES WITH SLIGHT PROCEDURAL CHANGES

In an effort to keep both you, our staff, and volunteers safe and healthy during this time, we ask that you follow the procedures below.

Pick-Up at Loranger Memorial- Pick-up will continue behind the school between the hours of 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

1. Drive your car to the pick-up area. Open your window and tell the food service employee how many meals you need.
2. Get out of your car, open your car’s trunk.
3. Return to the inside of your car.
4. Meals will be placed in your trunk by food service staff.
5. Wait for food service staff to walk away.
6. Get out of your car and close your trunk.

Pick-Up at Bus Stops- 11:15-11:25 The Ledges, 11:30-11:45 Smithwheel Farms, 11:50-12:00 Pinebrook Terrace, 12:05-12:15 Memorial Park, 12:30-12:40 Beaver Creek Condos

1. Wait for the bus to stop, set up the table, and load meals onto the table. Please remain at least 6 feet away at all times.
2. Once food service staff signals it is okay to receive meals, approach table 1 at a time. Take 1 breakfast (paper bag) and 1 lunch (plastic bag) per child.
3. Wait for the person in front of you to be completely out of the area before approaching the table.

House Drop-Offs- Van driver will bring meals to your house and leave at the doorstep. Please do not come to take the meals until the driver is back in the van.

Call the information line at 934-0860 and you will be connected with someone who can help.

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Planning Department

This could be classified as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) which requires review as a Conditional Use by the Planning Board. Please click on the link above for five conditions that your proposal must be to be classified as an ADU. As always, please contact Planning Staff with any questions and to see if your proposal qualifies.

When a project is brought before the Planning Board and it requires a site walk and public hearing, you as an abutter will be notified. The Notice of Public Hearing includes the date, time and place, as well as the development proposal that will be the subject of the Public Hearing. Prior to the meeting, you are welcome to review the materials that have been submitted to the Planning Department. They may include a survey, plans, soils information, stormwater drainage plans, erosion control measures, etc. You are welcome to submit a letter to the Planning Board (email it, send it or drop it off to the Planning Office prior to the meeting) that explains any of your concerns about the development that is proposed. And, of course, you will have an opportunity to speak at the public hearing to voice your concerns.  

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Police Department

Yes. Many projects proposed in our downtown districts require review by the Design Review committee. There are seven design review performance standards that may or may not apply to your proposal. For more information on the DRC process and to find out if your project requires review, please contact planning staff. 

Yes. This could be considered a home occupation, which is classified as a conditional use by the Zoning Ordinance (§78-1267). Home occupations require review by the Planning Board as a conditional use (§78-1238). This process includes a public hearing and site walk and typically takes three months, but may take longer depending on the complexity of your proposal.

Please contact the Planning Department for more information and to obtain a Conditional Use application.

You may obtain a permit to move an uninspected motor vehicle from the police department.  A 1-day permit may be issued to you to move an uninspected motor vehicle to an inspection station only.  When you come to the station, please have your license, registration, and insurance card.

Requests for criminal/driving records must be directed to:

State Bureau of Identification
Maine State Police
36 Hospital Street
Augusta, ME 04330

When you experience a power outage in your home, please contact Central Maine Power.  The Old Orchard Beach Police Department is unable to provide assistance as to when the power will be restored.

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Public Works

You should call the Public Works Department at (207) 934-2250 during office hours and the Police Department after hours at (207) 934-4911.  We will go on-site immediately to assist you.

The Public Works Department does not handle the towns water billing or any water related problems. You should call Maine Water at (207) 282-1543. You can also visit their website.

You should call BBI Waste Industries at (207) 934-2525. The Public Works Department does not collect trash/recycling.

Open Wednesdays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm; and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed All Federal Holidays.

Please feel free to call our office during business hours at (207) 934-2250 or you can fill out a Service Request Form online. This form will be sent to DPW and we will fix it as soon as possible.

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Tax Collector

Only within one month is allowed.

If you are moving from one town to another within Maine, you have 10 days to change your address on your registration and or license.

If you are coming from out-of-state to Maine, you have 30 days to change your registration and or license.

Necessary documents are required to show proof of address. For example: Utility Bills, Lease Agreement, License, Insurance Policy, etc;

No, you will have to visit Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

No, unless they have Power of Attorney.

Cash, Checks & Debit cards only.

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Voter Registration

Please visit the Secretary of State’s website to download the forms necessary to obtain data from CVR.

If you are 17 and will be 18 by the November election, you may vote for candidates in the State Primary Election in June of each even-numbered year.  You must enroll in a party in order to vote for a candidate on the State ballot.

The polls open at 8:00 am and remain open until 8:00 pm.

The Town Clerk’s office holds the absentee ballots until the Saturday before Election Day when they are opened, run through the machines and counted like all the other voted ballots.

You may call or write the Town Clerk’s office, and we will mail the ballot to your school address, or an immediate family member may request in writing that we mail you a ballot at school.  Parents visiting you may also request your ballot in writing and bring it to you.  Send it back with your parents after you have voted and have them return it to us, or you may put two stamps on the envelope and return the ballot by mail.

You may also download an application and mail or fax it to us at (207) 934-7967.  Applications are available 90 days before the election.  Please visit the Secretary of State’s website to request a ballot through the Secretary of State’s Electronic Absentee Ballot Request Service.  It will be received by the Old Orchard Beach Town Clerk’s Office and we will send you your ballot at the address requested.

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