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City Clerk Department


City Clerk & Registrar                                                                
Michele L. Hughes                                                                               

Deputy Voter Registrar
Judy Tripp

Assistant City Clerk
Ronald Rochefort

Office contact numbers:
v:  (207)284-4831
f:  (207)282-8202


Business registration renewals were sent out last week.   The renewal fee is $20. 
Individuals or entities who secure a license with the State pursuant to Title 32 of Maine’s Revised Statutes (e.g. accountants, physicians, social workers, etc.) or Maine Corporations which are registered with the Secretary of State and which have an agent for service of process, need to file an application, and send along proof of due licensing with the State of Maine.  NO FEE is required.

If you are no longer conducting business in Saco, please contact our office so that we can remove your business name from our listing.


Dog licenses expire on December 31st each year. 

Fees:  Neutered/Spayed = $6, Un-Neutered/Un-Spayed = $11,  Late Fees start January 31st $25

Renewal registrations:   Please bring in your pets current rabies certificate.   
New registrations:  Please bring in your pets current rabies certificate & if the dog has been neutered or spayed, that certificate as well.

For more information on dog licensing selct the link under "Frequently Asked Questions" below.  


The State of Maine will be participating in Super Tuesday on March 3, 2020.

Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party certified with the Secretary of State that there was a contest for the party's presidential nomination.  Candidates are now circulating petitions and must submit these petitions to municipal officials for certification and once certified, send the petitions to the Secretary of State by December 23, 2019.

Follow this link to view a list of all the candidates that qualify to be on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

The following referendum question will also be on the ballot:  "Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?"

Note:  There will also be a June 9, 2020 State Primary Election & School Budget Validation Referendum Election.

Offices included in the June Primary Election are United States Senator, Representative to Congress, State Senate, State Representative, and the following county offices, which vary depending on the county:  Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, District Attorney, and County COmmissioner.


The Center for Voter Information 

The "Center for Voter Information" is a non-profit, non-governmental organization.  They are currently sending out voter registration forms to people who may not be registered at their current address.  The envelope will say "Current Resident" and it will have your address listed.

If you have not registered to vote or have had an address or name change, you can complete this form and mail it to the city office in the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope that was provided by this organization and we will update your voter record.  

If you would prefer to stop by our office to complete a voter registration card you can do so during our regular business hours Mon. - Th. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Fr. 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., extended hours till 7:00 p.m. on October 30th, or you can also register to vote at the polling location, 75 Franklin Street on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

If you are currently registered to vote in Saco and have no updates, you can just discard the form that was sent in the mailing.

Press Release from Secretary Dunlap:  Voter Registration Mailing is not from State Elections Division

The Maine Division of Elections is responding to complaints about a recent voter
registration outreach mailing that is being sent to Maine households by an
independent organization.

"Our office has received numerous complaints from relatives of deceased
voters who have received mailings," said Secretary of State Matthew
Dunlap, and we want to assure the public that our office is not involved in
this effort.

The mailing is being sent by an organization called Vote Forward, a volunteer
organization based in Alabama that enlists individuals to send handwritten
letters to potential Democratic voters, asking them to register and vote. Along
with the letters, the organization is sending pre-filled voter registration
applications as part of a voter registration drive.

The Maine Division of Elections has no connection to this organization and did
not collaborate in any way on the mailing, even though the address of this
office is printed on the return mailer. The names and contact information for
the individuals receiving the mailings are not being provided to Vote Forward
by this office. Thus, both the voter list and Maine Voter Registration Application
form they are using is outdated.

While it is very upsetting for family members to receive letters addressed to
deceased relatives, accessing public records is legal and no Maine election
laws are being broken, said Secretary Dunlap.

Those who receive these mailings addressed to a deceased family member are
advised to discard it and do not need to correct any information on file with
the Elections Division.


Dogs & Horses on Beaches:


Note:  Ferry Beach State Park does not allow dogs on the beach from April 1 to September 30, but from October 1 to March 31 they are allowed on-leash.


The city is currently looking for a Warden & Ward Clerk to represent Ward 3 & Ward 7 at municipal and state elections which are currently held in June and November each year.

You must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 18 years of age and a registered voter of the municipality.   You do not need to be enrolled in a party and you may not be an officer of a municipal committee of a party.

Duties are as follows:  The Ward Clerk assists the Warden.  You must be available to work and remain at the polling place the entire time the polls are open and during the counting of ballots.  You would assist in overseeing the voting area for your ward.  Ensure compliance with laws pertaining to voting and counting procedures and assist in supervising election officials and assigning their duties.  Training is provided before each election.

This is a paid position.  If you are interested in this position but not sure which ward you live in, give us a call at 284-4831 and we can look that information up for you and answer any questions that you may have. 

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and get involved in your community.


Marijuana Cultivation, Harvesting, Distribution, Etc.

On March 25, 2019 the city amended Chapter 135 Cultivation and Distribution of Marijuana.  Below is a link to the new laws and the new application.  Applications and fees need to be submitted to the CIty Clerk's Office.

New laws
New application


The following forms can be downloaded from this site. They are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and print them. If you don't already have the program, you can find it by following this link.