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Heat Emergency in Boston
Mayor Wu announced a heat emergency in the City of Boston through Wednesday, July 17. Cooling centers will be open at 14 BCYF community centers Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

City Clerk

We accept, file, record, and maintain all municipal records for Boston. For the public, we issue various licenses and permits and can notarize and attest to documents.

Our office at Room 601 in City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Constituents most commonly visit the City of Boston City Clerk to file for a business certificate, domestic partnership, raffle, or notarized document.

Please noteThe following are NOT reasons to visit the City Clerk's Office:

Contact the Registry Department if you want to file for a marriage license or have requests for birth and death certificates. You can contact the department at 617-635-4175 or

Contact the Parking Clerk's Office if you want to:


Filing a Claim for Injuries/Damages

When filing a claim for injuries or damages related to roadway and sidewalk defects, the City must receive the claim within 30 days of the incident (MGL Chapter 84). Print the claim form along with any related information and documentation. Complete and sign the claim form, and attach any relevant documents. Remember to include a check or money order of $15 for the filing fee, made payable to the City of Boston. 

For more information on how to file a claim with the City, visit our How to File a Claim page.

For questions about this process, call the City Clerk's Office at 617-635-4600

Print the Claim Form

Public notices

We add information on City of Boston public meetings and hearings to the public notices section of our website.

Search public notices

Our office maintains public records, including all information related to the City Council. Learn more about posting notices for public meetings and hearings.

City Council meetings

Please keep in mind:
  • The City Council meets every Wednesday at 12 p.m. You can find agendas for City Council Meetings online, or at our office after 4 p.m. on the Monday before a meeting.
  • City Council meeting minutes are available online or through our office after 4 p.m. on the Friday after the meeting.
  • We recently launched a new legislative management system. Starting August 16, 2021, City Council meetings can be found on that site. Meetings before August 16, can be found on the old site while we work to transfer everything over.
  • Please note: Indexed videos before August 16, 2021, are currently unavailable. Past City Council meetings and livestreams are still available on the Boston City TV YouTube page.
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