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1. I have saved some money for a down payment but it’s not enough. Can you help?
2. Is your First-time Buyers Loan Program limited to those who have never owned a home before?
3. Do you have funds to help with repairs to my home?
4. What sorts of incentives do you offer to developers of housing, including financial assistance?
5. What are the options open to property owners who wish to create an accessory apartment or a residential dwelling in an outbuilding?
6. When you refer to low and moderate-income individuals or families, what exactly does that mean?

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1. When do I get my tax bills?
2. How can I apply for an abatement on my tax bill (real estate, personal property, motor vehicle excise, boat excise)?
3. How often does the value on property change?
4. How does the Assessor determine the value of my property?
5. What is fair market value?

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1. When is a building permit required?
2. Can I do the construction myself? If so, do I have to be licensed?
3. Can I apply for a permit application? My contractor told me to apply for the permit.
4. How do I apply for a permit?
5. Can I begin work once I submit my online permit application?
6. How long does it take to obtain a permit?
7. How do I schedule a plumbing/gas inspection?
8. Can I do my own wiring, plumbing or gas work on my own residence?
9. Do I need a permit for an above ground swimming pool?
10. When are wiring inspections performed?

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1. How much does a cemetery plot cost?
2. How do I purchase a plot?
3. Who can purchase a cemetery plot?
4. I'm looking for a deceased relative. How do I find out where they are buried?

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1. Why does my child need a booster seat?
2. What does the new booster seat law say?
3. When did the law go into effect?
4. What is the fine if my child is not riding in a booster seat?
5. How do I know when my child needs to move from a car seat to a booster seat?
6. How do I put my child’s booster seat in my vehicle?
7. What is the best kind of booster seat to buy?
8. How much do booster seats cost?
9. What if I can’t afford a booster seat?
10. When can I take my child out of a booster seat and have them use a seat belt?

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1. How does the Ipswich Conservation Commission administer the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Ipswich Wetland Protection Bylaw?
2. How can I find out if my project is allowable under the Wetlands Protection Act and the Ipswich Wetland Protection Bylaw?
3. What types of permits does the Ipswich Conservation Commission issue?
4. Can the Commission’s decisions be appealed?
5. What is the Conservation Commission’s jurisdiction under the Wetlands Protection Act and the Wetland Protection Bylaw?
6. Can the Conservation Agent approve my project?
7. Why does the Conservation Agent have to approve my building permit, and what is the process?
8. What is a Buffer Zone to a Jurisdictional Resource Area?
9. What is Riverfront Area?
10. What is an Area of Critical Environmental Concern?
11. What are the Commission’s mandatory setbacks?
12. What can I do in the Commission’s Mandatory No-Disturbance Zone?
13. What can I do in the Commission’s Mandatory No-Build Zone?
14. May I request a waiver of the No-Disturbance Zone or the No-Build Zone?
15. Do I have to file with the Commission for a deck that will be the same size and on the same footings on my property?
16. Do I have to file with the Commission for a temporary (seasonal) pool on my property?
17. Do I have to file with the Commission for a seasonal dock?
18. Do I have to file with the Commission for an addition to my house?
19. Do I have to file with the Commission for a shed on my property?
20. Do I have to file with the Commission for a chicken coop or a dog pen on my property?
21. Do I have to file with the Commission for a non-permanent / temporary structure, such as a Quonset hut or hoop house on my property?
22. Do I have to file with the Commission for a gravel / stone walkway on my property?
23. Do I have to file with the Commission to cut down one or more trees on my property?
24. Do I have to file with the Commission to prune trees and shrubs on my property?
25. Do I have to have my wetland delineated by a professional wetland scientist?
26. Do I have to submit plans prepared by an engineer or can I submit a hand-drawn sketch of my project if I file a Request for Determination of Applicability?
27. Do I have to submit plans prepared by an engineer or can I submit a hand-drawn sketch of my project if I file a Notices of Intent?
28. When do I have to file a Notice of Intent and when can I file a Request for Determination of Applicability instead?
29. Are there fees for submitting permit applications under the Wetlands Protection Act and the Ipswich Wetland Protection Bylaw?
30. Do I have to be present at the public hearing?
31. Is my home in a floodplain?
32. Are there wetlands on my property?
33. Can I plant shrubs and herbaceous plants in the buffer zone to wetlands or the Riverfront Area?
34. Can the expiration date of my order of conditions be extended?
35. Can the expiration date of my Determination of Applicability be extended, or the project approved by my Determination of Applicability be amended?
36. Can the expiration date of my Order of Resource Area Delineation be extended?
37. Do I have to notify abutters to my project?
38. Since they are biodegradable, can I throw leaves, brush, and grass clippings into the wetland?
39. How do I close out an Order of Conditions (OOC)?
40. Can the Conservation Agent approve my Request for a Certificate of Compliance?
41. How soon can the Conservation Commission approve my Request for a Certificate of Compliance?
42. Can I make changes to a Negative Determination of Applicability?
43. Can I make changes to my Order of Conditions?
44. What is a minor project change?
45. How does the Commission determine if a change is a substantial project change?
46. Can I appeal to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) if the Commission denies my request for a minor modification or amendment?
47. What is the procedure to request a minor modification of my Order of Conditions?
48. What is the procedure to request an amendment of my Order of Conditions?
49. Do I have to file with the Commission to install test pits for a new or replacement septic system on my property?
50. How many copies are required to be submitted with my application?

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1. What is the Curbside Collection Program?
2. What is the cost?
3. Who can participate? Is it too late to join?
4. What are organics?
5. Is it too late to join the Curbside Compost Program?
6. What is accepted?
7. What is not accepted?
8. Why is Ipswich promoting this organics program?
9. What is my fee paying for?
10. When is my payment due? Whom do I make the check out to?
11. Who do I make the check out to?
12. How will the food waste be collected?
13. Can I put my food in plastic bags and then put it in the organics cart?
14. I go away in the winter. Can I get a reduced rate?
15. Where will the organics be composted?
16. How can I minimize odors in my collection cart?
17. Can I compost my biodegradable/compostable plastic foodware?
18. Is there a limit to the accepted food waste that I can put out?
19. Can I put paper yard bags out with the cart for pickup?
20. Why aren’t leaves accepted? They’re organic.
21. Kitty litter?! With or without poop?
22. Why is dog waste not accepted?
23. Can I pay to just have acceptable yard waste picked up?
24. What about shellfish shells?
25. Can I continue my backyard composting?
26. What if I don't want to participate?
27. I use 100% natural biodegradable diapers for our baby. Can I put them in my green cart?
28. How long is the composting process from the time delivered to the finished product?
29. How many tons of organics are processed per week?
30. When and where can I pick up my free compost?
31. How will diverting my food scraps save the town money?

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1. How do I apply for Electric Service?
2. How do I report a street light outage?

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1. Are all Town of Ipswich employment opportunities listed on this site?
2. I searched your site but didn’t see the right position for me; should I submit a resume anyways?
3. What is the best way to apply for a position at the Town of Ipswich?
4. May I mail or fax my resume to the Town of Ipswich?
5. I applied for an available position, what happens next?
6. Can I ask questions about working for the Town of Ipswich?

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1. How do I report a fire?
2. How do i want to install my Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?

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1. I would like to use a field at Bialek Park, how do I go about it?
2. Can I play a game under the lights?

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1. How do I contact the Planning office?
2. How can I find a map of my parcel?

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1. I was involved in an accident. Do I have to report it?
2. If I have been involved in an accident described above, what should I do now?
3. Do I have to complete an accident report?
4. When does the accident report have to be finished?
5. How do I get a restraining order?
6. What can I do about the annoying or harassing phone calls I have been receiving?
7. How do I report a crime or suspicious activities?
8. What can I do about speeding vehicles on my street?

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1. How do I properly dispose of prescription medication?
2. Where can I properly dispose of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps)?
3. Where can I dispose of household chemicals?

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1. My trash wasn't picked up. What should I do?
2. Some of my trash was not picked up. What happened?
3. What is the Curbside Organics Collection Program?
4. How often is recycling?
5. How much do Ipswich’s Overthrow trash bags cost?
6. Where can I purchase these special Overthrow bags?

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1. Where does the Town of Ipswich advertise for bids?
2. Will you put my company on the approved bidder list?
3. Who do I contact to make a presentation about our products or services?
4. Do I have to pay prevailing wages when I bid on a project?
5. Where are the rules to determine if a project is subject to bidding rules.

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1. What is Friday Noon Dance?
2. What is Lifelong Learners?
3. Support Services

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1. How often is recycling?
2. My trash was not picked up. What do I do?
3. Can I recycle plastic bags in my curbside bin?
4. Is there a limit to the amount of recycling I can put at the curb?

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1. What are the smoke detector requirements?
2. What is the difference between ionization and photoelectric technologies?
3. What are the carbon monoxide alarm requirements?
4. What is fossil fuel burning equipment?
5. How will I know what I need?
6. What are the requirements if your 1 or 2 family house was built before January 1, 1975?
7. What are the requirements if your 1 or 2 family house was built between 1975 and August 27, 1997?
8. What are the requirements if your 1 and 2 family house was built after August 27, 1997?
9. What are the requirements if your 1 and 2 family house was built on or after January 1, 2008?
10. How will I get a certificate of compliance?
11. How do I know which kind of smoke detector I have?
12. Can I still have ionization smoke detectors if I am not selling or transferring my home?
13. Are combination carbon monoxide smoke detectors permitted?
14. Are there other recommendations?

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1. When are taxes due?
2. How do I get a copy of my tax bill?
3. Where can I pay my tax bills?
4. How do I get a Beach Sticker?
5. How do I receive my beach sticker if I purchase one online?
6. What do I do if I received an Excise Tax bill but I no longer live in ipswich?
7. How do I change my mailing address on my Real Estate Tax bill?
8. How do I change the mailing address on my Excise Tax bill?

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1. Why is trash limited to 1 barrel in Ipswich?
2. What is Ipswich’s Waste Reduction Program all about?
3. How does the Waste Reduction Program work?
4. How much do Ipswich’s WRP trash bags cost?
5. Why do I need to pay so much for these special bags when I can purchase a regular bag for much less?
6. Where can I purchase these special WRP bags?
7. What if I live in a multi-family home?
8. How will I dispose of couches, mattresses or other large items that won’t fit into a bag?
9. What about animals getting into the bags?
10. How will the town deal with illegal dumping?
11. Is there a weekly recycling limit?
12. Will this program cost me more money?
13. Do other cities and towns in Massachusetts have Waste Reduction Programs (WRP)?
14. Do residents in other municipalities like WRP?
15. What can residents do to make this program work?
16. Who can I contact if I have any questions?