Town of Barrington, RI

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Solar Homes Open House Event - 10 am to noon on Saturday, March 24


Learn whether solar is a good fit for you at the Solarize Barrington Open House on Saturday, March 24 (10 a.m. to noon).

Pick up your map at Tiffany's Salon, 21 West Street, anytime between 9:45 and 11:30 am

The self-guided Open House event will take place at three houses that have gone solar since the Town first participated in the Solarize program in 2015.

Participants may visit as many homes as they like during event hours. Sola​r ambassadors, homeowners and Sol Power technical experts will be at each site to answer questions about solar power.


Go Solar: Solarize Barrington Reaches "Tier 2" Pricing

Solarize Rhode Island seeks to expand the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more home and business owners sign contracts. The Town of Barrington was selected as a Solarize community as part of the fall 2017 round of Solarize Rhode Island. When the Town participated in the fall 2015 campaign, more than 40 residents took advantage of the incentives offered through the Solarize program.

Sol Power, a Providence company, has been selected as the solar installer under Solarize Barrington. As of Feb. 25, 2018, total capacity of systems under contract through Solarize totaled 129.6 kW - which means Tier 2 pricing is in effect. The next tier, resulting in lower pricing for Solarize participants, will be reached at 150+ kW.


The signup period began on October 26th; the program ends on 4/27/18.

To find out more, go to


How Solarize Works

1. Find out if your home is good for solar by signing up.

2. Request a free no-obligation site visit.

3. Receive a quote from a participating solar installer.

4. Ask about $0 down financing.

5. Sign a contract, and enjoy solar savings for years to come.


E-Permitting Now Available in Barrington

E-permitting is now available online in Barrington through Rhode Island's state web-based system.

Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:

This streamlined permit process allows for better communication with:

  • Easy access: Log in anytime, any place

  • Intuitive setup: Simple to use

  • Passive updates: Status emails and notifications from the start through final inspections , and news

  • Enhanced data management: Submit electronic payment, upload certain documents, monitor application status, and request inspections.  Building plans must still be dropped off in the Building department for review as well as with the Fire Chief, if applicable.

New users must register for a ViewPoint Cloud account in order to submit permit applications electronically and is valid with any Rhode Island town utilizing the ViewPoint e-permitting system.  You may still apply for a permit in the Building office via a public computer should you need assistance and/or wish to pay by cash or check.  These forms of payment and immediate processing can only be done from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Mary Ann Rosenlof at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or via email at for additional information. 

Click here ( for the statewide e-permitting system tutorials.

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Email to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar


Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2018-2019 attachment



  • Barrington Budget Hearing: WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 7:00 PM BHS

  • Barrington Financial Town Meeting (FTM): WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 7:00 PM BHS

  • Statewide Primary: WEDNESDAY, September 12, 2018 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM All Precincts open.

  • General Election: TUESDAY, November 6, 2018 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM All Precincts open.


Opening a Business in Barrington page provides a step-by-step guide walking you through the Town approval process.

E-permitting is now available online in Barrington through the Rhode Island's state web-based system. Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:


Reminder: Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance

Sec. 164-5 Removal required; enforcement; exceptions.

A. Generally. The owner, occupant or any person having the care of any building or lot of land bordering on any street, highway, square or public place within the Town where there is a sidewalk shall, by 6:00 in the afternoon on the day following any snowfall, cause such snow and/or ice to be removed from the sidewalk as well as areas surrounding any fire hydrants.This section shall also apply to the falling of snow and/or ice from any building.

NOTE: DO NOT use deicers (for example salt or ice melt) this winter on any of the new cement sidewalks constructed within the past year, on Maple Avenue, Cottage Street, Wood Avenue or West Street. Deicers can damage the surface. As an alternative, sand can be used for traction. Deicers can be used next winter, as the concrete will have had sufficient time to cure. Thank you for your cooperation.

B. Enforcement. If such snow and/or ice is not removed by 6:00 in the afternoon on the day following the snowfall, such owner, occupant or any person having the duty to care for the property shall pay a fine of $50, except that a warning may be issued for a first offense. The Police Department shall be charged with the duty of enforcement.

C. Hardship. Individuals who are physically incapable of removing the snow and/or ice or who lack financial means to pay for such removal may apply to the Director of the Department of Public Works for a hardship waiver from this article.


Second Phase of Bay Spring Zoning Project Underway

Go to the Bay Spring Zoning Study website for all the latest information on the project.

The second phase, which kicked off with a public workshop in late September, is evaluating the corridor more broadly, and will include recommendations for more flexible zoning to achieve the mix of uses desired by the Town and residents while reducing the number of non-conforming uses and lots.

Barrington Public Schools Strategic Plan Focus Groups

All are welcome to participate in the Barrington Public Schools Strategic Plan Focus Groups. Part of developing our next strategic plan is to gather as much information as possible from our community. Your insight and feedback is an important part of developing our strategic goals.



NOTICE TO TAX PAYERS: 3rd Quarter taxes are due March 30, 2018. The Town Hall is open until noon, due to Good Friday.

Emergency Preparation

  • Web Resources: - Functional Needs - Senior Citizen Preparedness

RIEMA - Preparedness

Barrington has two options for shelters.

In the case of a state-wide event, East Providence High School is the designated shelter for Barrington.

In a localized event, Primrose Hill Elementary School would be the designated shelter.

These would be announced over the local media outlets and the website.

Warming Shelters

The Library, 281 County Road, is available as a warming shelter during their normal hours.

Also, the Public Safety Building, 100 Federal Road, has a generator and the lobby is always available for warming.


  • Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation Public Schools Revenue Bond Financing Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2017 C Please view attachment

  • Town Budget information available on the Finance Department page

  • Everyone loves a parade! 2018 Memorial Day Parade, held on MAY 28, 2018 from 9:00AM TO 11:00AM Attachment

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