Established in 1664 and incorporated by Home Rule Charter on October 30, 1672, the Town of New Shoreham (named after Shoreham in Sussex County, England) has a Council-Manager form of government.  All powers of the Town, except those vested in the Financial Town Meeting, are vested in an elected Town Council that determines policies and enact local legislation, and in a Town Manager employed by the Town Council who is responsible for execution of the policies and laws and for the administration of town government.

The electors of the Town of New Shoreham hold an annual Financial Town Meeting on the first Monday in May of each year for the purposes of imposing a tax, providing for the expenditure of money to pay the Town's debts and interest, for the support of town services for the ensuing fiscal year, and for all other lawful purposes, and transacting such other business as may lawfully come before the meeting.

The current Town Rule Charter and other Town government documents listed below are available on the Town's ClerkBase page:

  • Code of Ordinances
  • Town Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  • Planning Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  • Zoning Board of Review Agendas and Minutes
  • Historic District Commission Agendas and Minutes
  • Conservation Commission Agendas and Minutes
  • Police Advisory Committee Agendas and Minutes
  • Agenda Archives for past Town Council, Planning and Zoning Board of Review Meetings
  • Council Resolutions

For more information on functions and operations of Town of New Shoreham government, visit the Town Council and Town Manager pages, as well as the many Department pages.  Also visit the Boards, Commissions and Committees that support Town departments, activities and/or projects.

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