Important Information

Accident Reporting

All Shrewsbury accidents where damage to any 1 vehicle amounts to more than $25 must be reported to the police within 24 hours. State law requires that accidents resulting in property damage in excess of $1,000 or personal injury be reported within 5 days. Report forms are available at the Police Station or online (PDF). (Town of Shrewsbury, Traffic Rules and Orders (PDF), Article 8, Section 1)

Alarms, Commercial & Residential

All alarm systems must be registered with the Police Department within 30days of installation. Alarms may not automatically dial the Police or Fire Departments. Audible alarms must reset within 15 minutes. Violators are subject to a $100 fine. The 4th alarm during a 12-month period will result in a $50 penalty. A 5th or subsequent alarm will result in a $100 penalty. Please contact the Police or Fire Departments before testing alarms. (Town of Shrewsbury, General Bylaws, Article 19)


Alcoholic Beverages, Open Containers

The consumption or possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages on public streets, parks or property is prohibited. Violators are subject to a $50 fine and/or arrest. (Town of Shrewsbury, General Bylaws, Article 8, Section 1)

Burning Permits

Residents may burn brush only from January 15 to May 1 with a permit issued by the Fire Department. This does not apply to cooking fires. Violators are subject to fines of up to $500 plus the cost of suppressing the fire. (Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 48, Section 13)


Construction Hours

Construction may not begin before 7 a.m. Private contractors may not work on Sundays and some holidays as regulated by state law. (Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 136, Section 5)


Dogs kept in Shrewsbury must be licensed before reaching 6 months of age. License period is January 1 to December 31. Each dog owner who fails to license his dog on or before March one of any year shall be fined the sum of $10. Licensing is done at the Town Clerk's office. new residents must license dogs within 30 days. A valid rabies certificate is required for licensing. Dogs must be leashed or under the control of a responsible person when not on their own property. The owner or keeper is responsible for immediately cleaning up after their dog when the dog defecates on other than the owner's property. Violators are subject to fines from $15 to $40. Town of Shrewsbury, (General Bylaws, Article 14)


Emergency Calling

The emergency telephone number for police, fire and ambulance is 911. Whenever a call is made to this number, the name and address of the subscriber appear at the police dispatch center. If you call and are unable to speak, stay on the line with the dispatcher. If you dial 911 in error, stay on the line until the dispatcher speaks with you. Police respond to all 911 hang up calls. (Town of Shrewsbury, General Bylaws, Article 19)


The sale or possession of fireworks is prohibited by state law. (Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 148, Section 39)

Game Playing on Streets

Playing on streets is prohibited (and unsafe). Examples are playing basketball, street hockey, etc. (Town of Shrewsbury, General Bylaws, Article 9, Section 10)

Handicap Parking

Parking lots of 15 or more spaces are required to reserve parking spaces for vehicles owned and operated by handicapped persons. Persons parking in these spaces must have a handicapped placard issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, or an out of state RMV. Violators are subject to a $100 fine. (Town of Shrewsbury, General Bylaws, Article 10)


Numbering Houses

Ambulance, police and fire personnel responding to emergencies have difficulty finding unmarked or inadequately marked houses. To insure that emergency responders find your home in the event of an emergency, you must mark your home with your address number. The numbers should be large enough to be easily seen from the street. (Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 148, Section 59)

Overnight Parking Ban

The town has a year round, overnight parking ban. No vehicle may be parked on any street for a period of more than 1 hour, between the hours of 1-5 a.m., except in case of an emergency. If you have such and emergency, you must call the Police Department at 508-841-8577 prior to leaving your car on the street. (Town of Shrewsbury, Traffic Rules and Ordinances (PDF), Article 5, Section 4)

Public Library

The Shrewsbury Public Library can offer you a wide range of services.

Items Available for Loan

Items available to loan include:
  • Art prints
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Movies
  • Museum passes


We offer educational and cultural programs for:
  • Adults
  • Babies
  • Children
  • Teens

Library Card Services

Your library card can also give you access to a variety of electronic services such as:
  • Downloadable audios
  • Free online reference databases
  • Online homework support
  • Online requests and renewals
And our reference service staff is happy to help you locate information you need as you get accustomed to your new town. To get your library card, merely stop by with 1 picture ID with your current address.


Solicitors and canvassers must have a permit issued by the Chief of Police. Those soliciting or canvassing without a permit should be reported to the police. (Town of Shrewsbury, General Bylaws, Article 11, Section D)


Unregistered Vehicles

Having more than 2 unregistered vehicles or major parts or unregistered vehicles on private property without a proper license or permit is prohibited. Vehicles stored in outbuildings do not apply. Violators are subject to a $50 fine for each offense. Each day of violation is considered a separate offense. (Town of Shrewsbury, General Bylaws, Article 9C)