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Town Clerk 

The Town Clerk is responsible for recording, filing and securing all land records and vital statistics.  In addition to filing and recording all land records, it also is responsible for the collection of all municipal fees and state conveyance taxes with property transfers.

The Town Clerk’s purview over vital statistics includes issuing marriage licenses and recording both birth and death certificates.  The office also issues state and local permits, such as dog licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, shellfish permits and business name registration.

By state statute, the Town Clerk is also responsible for the administration and direction of all elections and referenda.  In this regard, town residents may register to vote through the Clerk’s office, as well as through the Registrar of Voters.

The Town Clerk is an ex-officio member of the R.T.M., Branford’s legislative body by town charter, and also serves as clerk to the Board of Finance.

Documents and Applications

Listing files in 'Town Clerk Documents'

 

Listing files in 'Voters'

  

 

Click here for the current Absentee Ballot application

Annual Dog Licenses Expire on June 30

Per Connecticut state law, all dogs, six months and older and living in the Town of Branford are required to have a license and rabies vaccination. Licenses expire on June 30th and must be renewed annually.  Please provide proof of current rabies vaccination and proof of spay/neuter, if applicable,  Click here for details. 

Dogs licensed during the month of June are eligible for a chance at the esteemed 2016 Branford Top Dog contest.  The winner is chosen at random on July 1st and wins tag #1, a donated gift basket of toys and goodies, and a photo op at Town Hall!

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WE ARE HAPPY TO CONGRATULATE  "2016 BRANFORD's TOP DOG" WINNER:          

 "SIMON" A 7-YEAR OLD CHIHUAHUA MIX

  OWNED BY DORIS GILKEY (TAG #76)

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2015 Top Dog Contest Winner

2014 Top Dog Contest Winner

Copies of Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates

You must provide a photocopy of a government-issued photo I.D. to your order to receive any certificate copy whether you order in person or by mail.

If you order in person or by mail, you can pay by cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to BRANFORD TOWN CLERK. Orders by mail must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (#10 size).  We do not accept debit or credit cards at this time.

Birth Certificates  $20
Birth Certificates may be issued on one of the following conditions:

  • By order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Upon written request of the person whose birth is recorded, if of age.
  • Upon request of a state department or the Federal government, when approved by the state department of health.
  • Upon written request of a parent or other lawful representative of such person (with proper identification).
  • Spouse.
  • Children, if of legal age.
  • Grandparents of minors.

Death Certificates $20
For persons who died in Branford or living in Branford at the time death.  Filed by funeral homes for persons who have died in Branford.  We accept cash or checks.  No debit or credit cards are accepted at this time.

Marriage Certificates $20
Persons who were married in Branford or living in Branford at the time of marriage can obtain certified copies--please bring photo identification.

Land Records

DRS Update 4/20/2017:  CT Real Estate Conveyance Tax Return Information

Real Estate Conveyance Tax Return-Fillable Forms

Land records indicate the ownership of real property within the Town. When a property transfers ownership from one entity to another, the recording of that transaction takes place in the Town Clerk's office. Mortgages, financing statements, liens, attachments, releases of mortgages, and other related documents are also filed on the Land Records.

To find the owner of a property where only the address is known, begin at the Assessor’s office to obtain the field card which will provide the "Book and Page" where the transaction was recorded, then come to the Town Clerks office for a copy of that deed.

Some properties may be included in a subdivision map or other survey. To see if your property has been surveyed, come to the office to look at the index to maps and surveys.

Documents for recording should be presented between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Recording fees are $53 for the first page of any document and $5 for each additional page of that document.  Fees for recording are set by State Statute.

Copies of deeds, mortgages, liens, etc, are $1 per page, with an additional $2 for certification.

Armed Forces Discharges

The Town Clerk handles recording of Armed Forces Discharges (original DD-214 or certified copy or original discharge papers) which will establish eligibility for veteran’s exemptions for property tax. Discharges become permanent records of the Town, and are considered confidential records. There is no charge for recording Armed Services Discharges.

Trade Name Certificates for businesses

State Statutes require that a Trade Name Certificate be filed by anyone doing business in the Town of Branford under a "fictitious" name. Banks require a copy of a trade name certificate in order to open a business account.  The charge for filing is $5, forms should be complete and notarized for recording with the Town Clerk.

Contact Information

Town Clerk
Branford Town Hall
1019 Main Street, P.O. Box 150,          Branford, CT  06405

Phone: (203) 315-0678
Fax: (203) 889-4807
Town Clerk: Lisa E. Arpin
Email: townclerk@branford-ct.gov
Hours of Operation: 8:30-4:30 M-F
Deeds recorded: 9:00-4:00 M-F
Marriage Licenses issued: 8:30-4:00 M-F

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Town Hall Address: 1019 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 Phone: (203) 488-8394 Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday