About the Office of the Town Clerk
In fear that the King would take their land, the General Court in Hartford in 1638 ordered each town to be provided with a ledger book and choose a Town Clerk who would immediately register every man’s land. “No bargains or mortgages would be of value until they were registered by the Town Clerk.”
Recording of Land Records
Title to property was as important to the first settlers as it is today, and the recording of land records continues as a vital function of local government. The Town Clerk's office provides a valuable service to attorneys, title companies, lenders and our residents that ensures the proper encumbrances of property. More information on Land Records here.
The Town Clerk is the State’s agent for permits and certificates, and the Registrar of Vital Statistics. On an annual basis, the office issues, records and maintains liquor permits, notary public certificates, hunting and fishing licenses, Trade Name certificates, birth, marriage and death certificates, burial permits, and dog licenses. They collect the special state and local taxes when properties are sold in Fairfield. Absentee ballots and referendum and primary petitions are disbursed by the Town Clerk’s Office.
In cooperation with the Registrars of Voters, the Town Clerk administers election law. The office retains voting statistics for general and special elections. Absentee Ballots and primary petitions are issued by the Town Clerk’s Office.
Clerk of the RTM
As Clerk of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the Town Clerk publishes notices of meetings, compiles, copies and mails the Warning along with background material. The Town Clerk records the votes and keeps the Town Code up to date.
Terms and dates of elected and appointed officials are kept by the Town Clerk. The Office produces the Boards and Commissions Book annually, which is a valuable reference for residents and other departments.