City/Town Clerk

About our Office

We take custody of and processes all public documents, including claims and garnishment suites against the City.

Our office records and processes land records such as mortgages, releases, quit claims, liens, etc. We record all notaries and justices of the peace, as well as process dog licenses, liquor permits and trade name certificates. 

The City/Town Clerk complies and maintains the Board of Alderperson’s’ legislation and oversee the codification of all legislation enacted to the City’s Code of Ordinances as well as the Zoning Ordinances.

We also prepare and distributes absentee ballots for primaries and elections and file all city contracts, tax liens, sewer liens. Finally, we record the Mayor’s appointments to the City’s Boards and Commissions.

The complete text of the Code of General Ordinances or the New Haven Zoning Code for the City of New Haven is available now.

Latest News

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August 27, 2020 

• WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE voters to use either of the TWO (2) State of Connecticut official Absentee Ballot mailboxes (white & yellow with official state seal), which are installed in front of both entrances at Hall of Records, 200 Orange Street. Please utilize boxes for absentee applications and ballots.

• The Office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State will be sending out applications for absentee ballots to all eligible (active, registered) voters on a rolling basis between Tuesday September 8th and Friday September 11th. If you have not received an application by September 18th, please use the link to print or call to request an application- CLICK HERE

Absentee ballot applications are also available on our webpage under “Election Information” or Secretary of State (SOTS) website.

• List of official General Election candidates will be available after September 15th, and Absentee ballots become available October 2, 2020.

• The City Clerk’s staff is working very hard to accommodate all requests and phone calls, we ask that you be patient during this upcoming election season.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Secretary Merrill Outlines Process and Timelines for November General Election

August 26, 2020 


Secretary Merrill Outlines Process and Timelines for November General Election

Every Connecticut voter will have the opportunity to safely and securely cast their ballot by the method of their choosing and make their voice heard

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today outlined the process and timeline for the November general election in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every Connecticut voter must and will have the opportunity to safely and securely cast their ballots, by the method of their choosing, and make their voice heard,” said Secretary Merrill. “My staff, and our partners at the local level, the hard-working registrars of voters and town clerks in each of Connecticut’s 169 towns, are busy ensuring the most important goal of every election – that every Connecticut voter who wants to participate has the opportunity to easily register and conveniently cast their ballot, and that every valid vote cast is a vote counted. Our efforts to expand absentee balloting, to deliver secure drop boxes to every town, to protect the health and safety of voters and poll workers in polling places, and to protect the cybersecurity of our election infrastructure from the foreign actors attempting to compromise it, are all designed to provide an election that is safe, secure, and accessible for every voter in Connecticut.”

Please click VIEW PDF to read the full announcement

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Contact Us

City Clerk
Michael B. Smart

(203) 946-8349

200 Orange Street Room 202
New Haven, CT 06510

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Recording Hours
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.