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The City Council determines the annual amount of revenue to be raised from property taxes to fund all municipal services. The Assessing Department determines the total taxable valuation of all real estate and personal property in the City. The tax rate is calculated by dividing the total amount to be raised from property taxes by the total taxable valuation of the City.
Lewiston has an elected mayor and seven (7) elected city councilors, the latter of whom respectively each represent one of Lewiston's seven wards. A list of Lewiston's current elected officials can be found here.
You may reach the Mayor's Office by calling (207) 513-3121.
Lewiston City Hall, 27 Pine Street, is open from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm M - F. Phone calls are answered 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
We observe several holidays whereby municipal offices are closed--with the exception of uniformed emergency personnel.
For a list of holidays observed and to see individual departmental hours of operation, please click here.
Online services are available 24/7.
You may access a City of Lewiston municipal staff directory here.
Welcome in advance! Visit our relocation informational link: We'd Love to Have You Become Part of the Lewiston Community!
Information about Lewiston public records and the Freedom of Information Act is available here.
Information about winter parking bans and alternate parking can be accessed here.
NOTIFY ME is a great way to sign up for text or email notifications as to when there is a parking ban.
Lewiston City Hall's tower will also be blinking when there is a parking ban, and outreach is done through social media, press releases, and some local message boards.
Access to the Lewiston School Department's web site can be reached here.
Information on Lewiston's Ethics Police and Whistleblower Policy, please click here
LYAC members serve a one-year tenure from July - July, and annual applicants must be going into 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the forthcoming fall.
The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council was established by the Lewiston City Council in 2001, with the Charter membership first meeting in September 2002. Each spring renders a new application/interview process, with each year running from July to July.
The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) was established by the Lewiston City Council in 2001, with the Charter membership first meeting in September 2002. Each spring renders a new application/interview process, with each LYAC year running from July to July.
The mission of the LYAC is to "serve as an advisory council to the Lewiston City Council in regards to community issues affecting youth and shall serve as a liaison between the youth of the community and the City. The LYAC shall enable youth to work toward goals that empower all of the community’s youth and to undertake service projects that enhance the community."
Please visit the Secretary of State's Online Services webpage to re-register your vehicle. To expedite the re-registration process you will need your expiring registration, insurance card, and odometer reading.
If you have purchased a new or used vehicle from a Maine-licensed dealer, you may pay excise tax and complete the registration process through the Finance Department office (27 Pine Street). You may also purchase new license plates or transfer license plates from another vehicle you own.
You may re-register your boat, ATV, or snowmobile online through the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife or come to the City Hall tax collector’s office for a new transaction (27 Pine Street).You will need to bring in your bill of sale for a private or dealer sale.
Payment by mail: Check payable to the City of Lewiston VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover credit/debit cards accepted *please note that there is a 2.5% portal processing fee added to the tax payment amount.
Mail payment to: City of Lewiston Tax Collector’s Office 27 Pine Street Lewiston, ME. 04240
Payment in person: Cash accepted Check payable to the City of Lewiston VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover credit/debit cards accepted * please note that there is a 2.5% portal processing fee added to the tax payment amount.
Payment by escrow: Please note that, if you have a tax escrow account with your mortgage lender, the bank will make your tax payment. Therefore, you do not have to make a tax payment directly to the City. If you are unsure, please call your mortgage lender.
You may now print out your duplicate bill from the City’s website from the link on the Treasury Division’s page under the Finance Department. There is a link there that will access the tax bills. There is also a link on the front page of the City website. It will take a few minutes to download because of the size of the files. Click on the alphabet of the last name and scroll to the bill you want or on the top of the search engine tool bar page click on “EDIT” and than “FILE”. A box will come up and all you have to do is type in the last name or the location of the property and click on “ENTER” and you will be brought to the page.
If you have misplaced your bill, simply go to the City website as instructed above.
If you are the owner of a single family home or a two unit home in the City of Lewiston you are eligible for a free a Solid Waste ePass. If you own more than one single family home or a two unit you may obtain 1 free pass per every building you own. The 1st ePass you purchase will expire 1 year from the time it is received or when the limit of 1,000 pounds is reached, if you obtain a second dump pass it will take the same effective expiration date.
Tenants living in rental property are entitled to purchase one ePass, per year, at a cost of $20.00 which is good for 1 year from date of issue or when the 1,000 pound limit is met. You may obtain these passes at the Solid Waste Facility.
If you are a three unit owner occupied or a three unit or more and participate in the curb side pickup you are allowed 1 pass for every 3 units you own. Each pass will cost $20.00 and will expire at the end of our Fiscal year which would be June. If you are a 3 unit ore more please contact Laura LaBelle in Accounting at (207) 513-3123.
For vehicles purchased private sale or out of state, only the excise tax will be collected at the Treasurer's office. The remainder of the registration process will be completed at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
*Monroney Label is the Factory Window Sticker which is applied to the vehicle at time of manufacture. It needs only to be provided when registering a new vehicle.
Although it is not required for Registration purposes, please be aware that Maine has a Motor Vehicle Inspection Law for ALL Motor Vehicles and a requirement that you obtain a Maine Operators License within 30 days of becoming a Maine resident.For more details and information about these and other laws please see the State Of Maine Motor Vehicle Laws Online.
1. For Lewiston residents proceed to City Hall Treasurer's office for a duplicate registration. Cost - $6.00 2. Or proceed to Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a duplicate registration. Cost - $5.00
Full and partial payments may be made by phone. We accept all major credit/debit cards*. If paying by check, please make it payable to "City of Lewiston" and mail it to 27 Pine Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240.
* All credit/debit card payments are assessed a 2.5% third party surcharge.
Full and partial payments may be made by phone. We accept all major credit/debit cards*. If paying by check, please make it payable to "City of Lewiston" and mail to 27 Pine Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240.
* All credit/debit card payments as assessed a 2.5% third party surcharge.
All credit and debit card payments are processed through a third-party processor, Maine PayPort. The 2 ½% is the fee assessed by Maine PayPort and the entire amount of that fee goes directly to them.
If you are a vendor and have been asked to provide a W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, the form can be downloaded and completed from the IRS website, www.irs.gov. Please email the completed form to Laura LaBelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of LewistonTreasurer27 Pine StreetLewiston, ME 04240
Or by credit card via telephone by calling (207) 513-3131, a 2.5% credit card portal processing transaction fee applies.
Please reference invoice number or customer number on check when mailing payments.
You can park at the daily rate of $1.00 per hour, with a maximum of $6.00, or you can utilize the monthly parking program, see rates below.
Rates (per pass/tag):
Monthly$55.00 a month $42.00 a month Downtown Residents Only$42.00 a month Downtown Small Business (limit of 2 passes)
Yearly/AnnualNon-Downtown Residents$600.00 Paid in 3 installments or in full July $300.00 due July $150.00 due October$150.00 due January
BusinessAnnual 50+ $540.00 due July 1st
If an applicant enrolls on or before the 5th of the month, that month’s parking fee will be prorated as needed and a non-refundable card fee of $5.00 will be due at time of application, thereafter you will be billed monthly. After the 5th of the month, the prorated amount for the current month, the full amount of next month’s parking fee, and the non-refundable ca
Municipal Parking Information
The Apartment Building Solid Waste Program is for new owners of multiple unit apartment buildings with three (3) or more dwelling units who elect to receive or continue provided solid waste collection services by the city. The fees are $170.00 per unit per year for this service. The only exemption from this fee is for three unit, owner occupied buildings. The owner must establish and maintain residency to be eligible for this exemption. An owner that demonstrates occupancy of their four or more unit building will receive a trash disposal credit for his/her dwelling unit on their annual bill. This fee will be billed and paid annually in advance with the option to make semiannual payments due June and December. At time of application the first payment will be due as well as a one-time $100.00 application fee per owner. To review the Solid Waste Ordinance, go to the City Clerk's page under the "Code of Ordinance" and go to Chapter 62 Section 13 link. For further information or to submit application please call Laura LaBelle, Staff Account at (207) 513-3123. To download and review the application click the following link:
The City of Lewiston provides electronic versions of the annual budget, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the annual Lewiston Capital Improvement plan for the current and past nine years on the Finance Department’s webpage. Hardcopy versions of these financial documents are available for public viewing at the City Clerk’s Office – City Hall and at the Lewiston Public Library. Individual hardcopies are available for a fee by contacting Heather Hunter at email@example.com or 207-513-3017.
1. Print out “Incident Report” (located on the Finance Dept. page) 2. Fill in the information 3. Get estimates for damages4. Include pictures (optional) 5. Bring to appropriate department: (if unknown which department, call Marian Ryerson at 207-513-3127 to help determine who should receive the claim) a)Public Works – Cheryl Morin (at the armory) b)Fire – Sherri Castonguay (at Central Fire Station) c)Police – Sandra Brown (at Police Station) d)Recreation – Cheryl Morin (at the Armory) e)Library – Marcela Peres (at the Library)
The Purchasing Agent is responsible for the sale of City property once authorized by the City Council. All sales are authorized by either the City Council or Finance Committee depending on the type of transaction. Once the sale of property, both real and personal, are authorized, a bid will be posted under "Bids & Awards" under the Finance Department. Once on the Bids & Awards page, you will find any bids for the sale of City property under the "Sale of City Property" category. To receive notification via e-mail that there is a bid for the sale of property, either real or personal, register at "Notify Me" on the City webpage.
At this time, vendor registration requests are sent to the Purchasing Agent with a listing of the types of items or projects of interest. Send your request to Allen Ward attention at: Ph: (207) 513-3040 Fx: (207) 784-2959 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: City Building, 27 Pine Street Lewiston, Maine 04240
If you are a tenant, you will need to complete and application for services and pay a $100 security deposit to the Utility Services Division at City Hall.
An Application for Service can be obtained by the link below, at the Utility Services Division at City Hall or by contacting the Utility Services Division at (207) 513-3140. Utility Service Application
There are currently several convenient ways to pay your utility bill. Pay by Mail Use the return envelope included with your bill to send payment. Payments can be mailed to: Lewiston City Hall 27 Pine Street Lewiston, Maine 04240
Pay by Phone Please call the (207) 513-3140 Pay in Person Lewiston City Hall, 2nd Floor 27 Pine Street, Lewiston Drive Up and Drop It Off A drive-up drop box is located at the Lewiston City Hall Building to offer Lewiston residents more convenience when making their utility bill payments. Utility payments can be deposited in the drop box located at the Park Street entrance at City Hall. Pay Online Visit the Lewiston Citizen Self Service Portal.
Once you are on the program, you are on it for the life of your account. You do not need to be placed on the program every year. The program begins on June 1st and ends on November 1st. In order to make sure you receive the credits, make sure not to water your lawn/garden or fill your pool before Memorial Day every year!
You can complete the attached application and bring it to the Utility Services Division at City Hall. Sewer Summer Usage Application
You need to go to the Accounting Division at City Hall to apply for a permit. For an Excavation Permit, print and fill out the application at the link below and bring it along with a Certificate of Insurance to the Accounting Division. Once the permit is complete and the fees have been paid, you will receive your permit.
For a Street/Sidewalk Occupancy Permit, you will need to print and complete the application below as well as submit a traffic review plan showing the area to be occupied as well as signage and traffic control. Bring all documents to the Accounting Division at City Hall. There are several departments that need to approve the occupancy before the permit process can be completed so the City requires 48 hours to approve the permit request. There is a fee of $58.00 as well as a daily charge up to $232.00 for each occupancy permit. Also the STREET AND SIDEWALK OCCUPANCY POLICY may assist you further.
Sec 1 Title 30-A M.R.S.A., § 3406 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Place Liens for Failure To Pay Stormwater Assessments Be advised, effective October 15, 2013, the City of Lewiston will begin pursuing delinquent stormwater charges through the lien process. In accordance with Section 1 of Title 30-A M.R.S.A., § 3406, any person failing to pay the stormwater service fee when due shall be subject to having a stormwater lien recorded against their property, to secure the payment of the outstanding charges. Said lien will be filed at the Androscoggin Registry of Deeds. To prevent the recording of the lien, all past due stormwater and interest charged must be paid. This lien takes precedence over all other claims on the real estate, excepting only claims for taxes and sewer. If a lien is filed, you may lose your property unless you pay the charges, plus interest and the costs of securing and enforcing the lien.
To be posted soon.
Use the search by address tool to find your subject property in the city map viewer, then use the ’Print Tax Map" or "Print Lot" on the info window that pops up. One is the complete Tax Map, 24"x36".map, the "Print Lot" creates a letter size map of that subject property only.
We offer certain GIS layers and CAD data when requested for surveyors, engineers, developers. Please use contact information above.
Library cards are provided free to anyone living in, paying property taxes in, or going to school in Lewiston or Auburn. Simply bring your photo ID and something that contains your current street address (i.e., driver’s license, utility bill, lease, or any piece of recently delivered mail).
For additional information, contact the Lending Services Department at 207-513-3134 or email@example.com
Learn about the library’s newest purchases by signing up with your email address. We send information according to your choice of genre, age, and format. You can also view the newest additions on our online catalog.
Most signs require approval of a sign permit from the Department Planning and Code Enforcement. However, some signs do not require a permit, though they are often limited by size, number, or length of time. For more information see below.
Which signs do not require a permit?
Full information on all sign requirements may be found in Appendix A of the Zoning and Land Use Code, Article XII, Section 16 Signs Sec (lewistonmaine.gov)
Yes. A permit is required from this department. We need to know the length and height of the proposed fence when applying for the permit. A fence may be located on the property line. However, it is recommended that you off set the fence from the property line to provide enough space to access both sides of the fence for maintenance without having to cross the neighbors property.
Please visit the Lead Paint Resources page on our website.
Information may be found on our "Keeping Chickens in Lewiston" Quick Info. Sheet.
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Please review the following requirements when placing temporary signage, tables, chairs, benches, and merchandise on sidewalks or public ways.
Sec. 66-36. Tables, chairs, benches, and merchandise on sidewalks or public ways.
(a) Any business holding a valid city food service establishment business license issued by the City of Lewiston is permitted to place tables, chairs, benches and barriers not to exceed 42" in height or any business displaying goods and articles or merchandise that may be displayed or exhibited for sale on or above any city sidewalk or public way (not used for vehicular traffic) and must comply with the following conditions:
(1) Be situated in front of the physical boundaries of the authorized business so as not to exceed the physical dimensions of the facility exterior as it is situated within the structure or building, or that of the adjoining property upon written permission from that property owner(s), or unless specifically authorized to do so by the city;
(2) Tables, chairs, benches and barriers must be consistent and compatible in style and color, be easily cleanable, made of metal or wood which may be painted, stained or covered with a plastic coating, and be of sufficient weight so as not to be moved by wind gusts of 40 miles per hour;
(3) Notwithstanding Appendix A, Article XII, Section 16 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lewiston, the business name may be placed one or more times on barriers without a sign permit; however, may not display any other commercial logo or business other than the name and logo of the authorized establishment and those items being sold by the establishment;
(4) Be temporarily removed in any instance where the objects or devices: restrict or prevent the city from conducting normal or emergency sidewalk maintenance operations or under any condition in which there is a request for temporary removal from the police department, fire department, public works department relating to maintenance or public safety activity; or removed in conjunction with special events; or removed per request or special order from the city administrator or city council to temporarily remove items in conjunction with special events;
(5) Provide adequate trash receptacles;
(6) Ensure that there is no less than four feet of passable area along the curb line of the street, clear of any obstructions, for pedestrians;
(7) Comply with all applicable provisions of the City Code;
(8) Any damage to public property, including but not limited to grease stain, shall be repaired by the public works department at the expense of the business at issue.
(9) The police department, fire department, or public works department may prohibit any business from placing tables, chairs, and benches or displaying goods, articles, or merchandise on sidewalks or public ways in situations whereby such activity results in adverse impacts to adjoining businesses, pedestrians or motorists.
(10) Whenever, in the opinion of the police department, fire department, public works department or designee, the obstruction does not conform to the conditions of this ordinance, the City shall order such establishment and property owner to conform to such conditions or to remove such obstruction and charge the cost thereof to the person responsible for the obstruction.
Sec. 66-38. Temporary signage.
Any commercial establishment is permitted to place one temporary sign per business location on or above the sidewalk or public way (not used for vehicular traffic) that must:
(1) Not exceed, relative to the entire sign structure, eight square feet per side consistent with the city sign ordinance, Appendix A, Article 12, section 16(C)(2) a.2;
(2) Not display any other commercial logo or business other than the name and logo of the authorized establishment and those items being sold by the establishment;
(3) Be placed in a manner which provides for no less than four feet of passable area for pedestrians nor in a manner which creates an obstruction interfering with vehicular traffic site lines;
(4) Must be of sufficient weight so as not to be moved by under normal meteorological conditions;
(5) Be temporarily removed in any instance where the objects or devices: Restrict or prevent the city from conducting normal or emergency sidewalk maintenance operations or under any condition in which there is a request for temporary removal from the police department or fire department relating to public safety activity; or removed in conjunction with special events, or removed per request or special order from the city administrator or city council to temporarily remove items in conjunction with special events;
(6) Comply with all applicable provisions of the City Code;
(7) Shall only be placed during operational hours and must be removed at the end of operational hours each day.
Ordinance may be reviewed at https://www.lewistonmaine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/226/Chapter-66?bidId
Any building that is defined by Lewiston City Code of Ordinances Sec. 18-201. Multi-Family Building: A detached building in common ownership interest containing three (3) or more dwelling units designed for residential use and occupancy by three (3) or more families living independently of one another, including mixed use buildings, that is not a single-family dwelling, excluding Boarding and Lodging Houses or such other buildings that are separately licensed by the City or the State of Maine. Online version can be found here: Chapter-18 (lewistonmaine.gov)
Within 60 days of purchasing or transferring the ownership of such building or converting a building into a multi-family property including through the addition of more units, the Legal Owner, the Business Operator, or the Property Manager shall register the building. Newly constructed multi-family buildings must be registered within 30 days of the date the city issues a certificate of occupancy. Lewiston City Code Sec. 18-204.
Yes- All Rental Registrations Expire the End of February each year. Lewiston City Code Sec 18-204
You can find your building's parcel ID # by putting the address of your building into the City of Lewiston's GIS mapping system. City of Lewiston's GIS parcel viewer can be found here: Lewiston Parcel Viewer (cgis-solutions.com)
Yes - Each multi-family building with 3 units or more must have it's own Rental Registration Certificate. However, if one multi- family building has less then 3 units ONLY the one with 3 or more units must be registered. Lewiston City Code Sec 18-203
There is no fee to register your multi-family building, however failure to do so by the timelines outlined in Chapter 18 Article IV of the Lewiston City Code will result in civil penalties fines and multi-family buildings with 3 units or more not registered will be deemed not eligible to receive any City administered state, federal, or city-sponsored loans or grants or other city-sponsored or provided programs that are available.
There may be some grants available to you. To see if you qualify and find the applications please click this link: Commercial Loans & Grants | Lewiston, ME - Official Website (lewistonmaine.gov)