COVID-19 Municipal Services

Updated 6/21/2021

Important things to know before visiting:

The Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction buildings are now open to the public with in-person services, with the exception of the Village Office at 2 Lincoln Street, where Community Development and Zoning services remain by appointment.  The municipalities encourage residents to adhere to social distancing guidelines when visiting municipal facilities. Effective 8/17/2021, masks are required when entering buildings that are open to the public.  

View: Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction COVID-19 Work Place Protocols Effective 8/17/2021


Unified Manager’s Office- 81 Main St.

Open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Contact: phone (802) 878-1341 or email


The state of emergency declared in 2020 in response to COVID-19 has expired along with the temporary measures enacted by the Vermont Legislature and tied to the declared emergency. Among them are Act 92 and Act 113 of 2020, which had temporarily amended the Vermont Open Meeting Law to allow for fully remote public meetings.  

Beginning in June 2021, Town Meeting TV installed a pilot hybrid system for the Town of Essex. This allows continued remote access and offers a new alternative for attending public meetings. Under the new model, board members, staff and the public can either participate in person at the location of the meeting or attend remotely via phone or laptop. 

The hybrid approach aims to ensure that residents have continued access to meetings in a format that is most comfortable for them. Those participating via Microsoft Teams do not need to download the application and can join using their internet web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.). 

 The Town and Village remain committed to bringing residents access to public meetings. To learn more about joining a Microsoft Teams meeting, please visit the Selectboard page.

Police and Fire Departments

Emergency services (police, fire & rescue) continue to deliver all emergency services to our community. The Police Department is back to full service to include VIN verifications and car seat checks.  The department lobby and community rooms are open.
For general non-emergency questions, you can call 802-878-8331 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Clerk/Treasurer - 81 Main St. for Village and Town services

Open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Contact: phone (802) 879-0413, option 6, or email
Outside drop box locations: 81 Main St. and 2 Lincoln St.
The Clerk’s Office is open to the public. Online options for service are encouraged and drop boxes outside of the buildings at 81 Main St. and 2 Lincoln St. are available for payments. Online access to land records is now available. Please contact the Clerk’s Office for more information. 

Finance - 81 Main St. for Village and Town services

Open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
For general questions: (802) 878-1359 or
For Village water/sewer questions: (802) 857-0073 or
For Town water/sewer questions: (802) 878-1359 or
For accounts payable questions: (802) 878-1359 or or
The Finance Department at 81 Main St. is now available to the public and continues to be available by telephone or email. Online options for service are encouraged. All regular finance activities continue to function as normal. This includes payroll, accounts payable, invoicing, water/sewer billing and collections, tax billing and collections, audit and budget functions. If you have any questions please reach out by telephone or email. If you need to make a payment you may do so by mailing a check, leaving a payment in the drop box at 81 Main Street or 2 Lincoln Street, or by paying online. Please do not leave cash in the drop box. 

Assessor - 81 Main St.

Open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Contact: phone (802) 878-1345 or email
Visit our online property card system (for commercial property record cards please call or email for a copy), or our online tax maps.

Essex Free and Brownell Libraries

Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, in public areas of both libraries, for the safety of younger patrons and others who cannot be vaccinated.

Visit the Essex Free Library website for hours. Staff can be contacted at 802-879-0313 or  

Visit the Brownell Library website for hours. Staff can be contacted at 802-878-6955 or

Community Development

Town: Open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Village: Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by appointment
Town: phone (802) 878-1343 or email
Village: phone (802) 878-6950 or email
The Planning Commissions and Zoning Boards of Adjustment continue to meet as needed to process applications.  

Parks and Recreation - 75 Maple St.

Visit the Essex Rec web page for hours and the most up-to-date information.
Contact: phone (802) 878-1376 or email or 

Public Works and Water-Sewer

The Town Public Works offices are now open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am until 4:30 pm.  Online service and inquiries are encouraged. Requests for service can be submitted via the See-Click-Fix app or by contacting the office. All COVID safety precautions remain in effect.

The Town Highway Department and water sewer crews are currently working full shifts with normal working hours from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. Water and sewer operations continue as normal but with conditions for in-house requests for service.

The Village Public Works Department is maintaining normal, full work shifts. 

Employees are practicing social distancing and wearing face masks if they need to share vehicles, if they are inside a building working with employees in close proximity or if they are outside working in close proximity to other employees and the public.  

To contact staff:

Town of Essex Public Works staff can be contacted at 802-878-1344 or to

Village of Essex Junction Public Works can be contacted at 802-878-6944 or

Senior Services

Visit the Senior Center website for hours and programming information.

Community Justice Center

Visit the Community Justice Center website for the most up-to-date information. For questions or assistance call (802) 872-7690.

Wastewater Treatment Facility

All operations continue as normal and the facility building is open. Contact by phone at (802) 878-6943 or email