City of Lynn

Welcome to The Lynn City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk is the historian of the community, for the entire recorded history of the City and its people is in his or her care.

The eminent political scientist, Professor William Bennett Munro, writing in one of the first textbooks on municipal administration (1934), stated:

"No other office in municipal service has so many contacts. It serves the mayor, the city council, the city manager (when there is one), and all administrative departments without exception. All of them call upon it, almost daily, for some service or information. Its work is not spectacular, but it demands versatility, alertness, accuracy, and no end of patience. The public does not realize how many loose ends of city administration this office pulls together."

What is a City Clerk?
The City Clerk functions much like the Secretary of State. The City Clerk is a Department Head responsible for the legislative operations of the City and directly accountable to the City Council. The City Clerk has direct signature authority and his/her signature is required on all Ordinances, Resolutions, and other official documents of the City. The City Clerk's office is a citywide information and document resource, and is the official records management office for the City. Every municipality in the United States has a City Clerk or someone who functions as one.

*We are pleased to have over thirty applications for Licenses and Permits available on this website to assist the public. Each link provides the application, instructions and the Ordinance or Massachusetts General Law that applies to the permit or license. Please click on Forms and Documents to choose a permit or license application. If you need further assistance, our staff is always available to answer any of your questions and concerns.

* Please note the Forms and Documents pages are currently being updated.

City Clerk's Office

List Our Office Information
Janet L. Rowe | City Clerk and Elections Chief
(781) 598-4000
(781) 477-7032
Emily Mercado
(781) 586-6726
(781) 477-7032
Mary L Gokas | Head Clerk
Loralee Shinnick | Head Clerk
Emily Mercado | Head Clerk
Wendy Prudencio | Spanish Speaking Clerk
Our Office Room 201 | Lynn City Hall


8:30 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday 8:30 AM to 8 PM
Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

City Clerk Staff with City Hall 2019 Super Bowl Fans!

Meet Our Staff

City Clerk and Election Department
2023 - Organizational Chart
Janet Rowe
City Clerk
Election Chairperson
Emily Mercado
Assistant City Clerk
Karen L. Richard
Election Administrative
Sarah M. Bullock
Mary Gokas
Head Clerk
Loralee Shinnick
Head Clerk
Wendy Prudencio
Head Clerk
Debora Santos
Spanish Speaking Clerk

City of Lynn Charter

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  City of Lynn Charter
  City of Lynn Charter (December 2018 Update)

City Information and Ordinances

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  City of Lynn Ordinance Code

The Ordinance Code is posted as a convenience to the public.  The posted Ordinance Code is not the official Ordinance Code of the City of Lynn. Ordinances are amended regularly. In order to obtain the most current, official version of Ordinances for the City of Lynn, kindly visit the Lynn City Clerk’s Office, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901.

  Ordinance Amending Zoning/Map - February 2020
  Ordinance Amending Snow and Ice Removal - 2015
  Ordinance Creating Public Arts Commision - November 2019
  Ordinance Regulating Signs - November 2019

Birth and Death Records

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF) | Updated January 2018
  Birth Certificate Request Form
  Death Certificate Request Form

Marriage and Divorce Records

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF) | Updated January 2018
  Marriage Certificate Request Form
  Marriage License Instructions| English and Spanish
  Divorce Filing Instructions

Requests for Family Research/Genealogy

Requests for family research and/or genealogy will be accepted by e-mail, fax and mail however, you must include your phone number so we can contact you with the research fee and any additional fees incurred for research.  We must receive payment before processing the records. 

We welcome the public to visit our office and research records during regular business hours at no charge.  If you need copies or certified copies, the fees below will apply.

Research/Genealogy Fee's
Certified Birth, Marriage, Death Records
$10 (At Office) | $25 (By Mail)
Hand Written Non Certified Record $5
Per Hour Research          $18.16

Forms, Documents and Instructions

A majority of the most common City of Lynn License and Permit Request documents are available for download below. Whenever possible we have included the Application, Instructions and the applicable City Ordinance. These documents have been combined into one download packet and are labeled with a "P".

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
P Auction Permit Application
P Auto Body License Application
P Auto Repair/Flammable License Application
P Auto Second Hand Vehicles Application
F Birth Certificate Request | Form
P Block Party Permit Application - August 2023
P Bowling Alley License Application
P Business Certificate Application
P Christmas Tree and Wreath Sales Application
P Coin-Operated Devices Petition Application
P Common Victualler Petition Application
P Constables
F Death Certificate Request | Form
P Divorce Filing Instructions
P Dog License Application
P Barkland Dog Park Application
P Door-to-Door Sale Permit Application
P Entertainment License Petition Application
P Extended Hours License Application
P Flammable License Application
P Junk Dealer License Application
P Kennel License Application
  Liquor_Licence - One Day
P Liquor-Alcohol License Instructions
  Livery License To Operate A Vehicle
P Livery Service License Application
  Livery Service Additional Vehicle Application
P Lodging House License Application
P Marriage Certificate Request Form
P Marriage License Instructions | English and Spanish
P Old Gold and Silver License Application
P Pawn Broker License Application
P Pay Telephone License Application
P Physician Registration Form
P Promoter Registration Form
P Public Records Request Form
P Raffles and Bazaars Permit Application
P Second-Hand Article License Application
P Special Events Permit - August 2023
P Special Permit Sign
P Taxicab License To Operate A Vehicle
P Taxicab Service License Application
  Taxi Medallion Renewal Application
  Taxi Service Business Instructions
P Transient Vendor License
P Yard Sale Permit Application - 2021

Rabies Vaccine Clinic for Dogs and Cats

Date: TBA, May 2020
Time: 4 PM until 6 PM
Where: Broaway Fire Station - Wyoma Square
Fee: $10 Fee for Dogs and Cats

All Dogs Must Be Licensed in the City of Lynn
(Up-To_Date Rabies Certificate Is Needed To Be Licensed)

The Veterinary Association of the North Shore, a non-profit organization, is holding Rabies Vaccination Clinics for Dogs and Cats in Lynn on Wednesday, May 4th, 4-6 PM at the Fayette Street and Tower Hill Fire Stations. The vaccination clinic is open to the general public. The cost for the rabies vaccination is $10.0 per pet. The clinic proceeds go towards veterinary student scholarships. Please have dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Bring proof of previous rabies certificate to qualify for three year rabies vaccine: otherwise a one year rabies vaccine will be given. All dogs and cats are required by law to have a current rabies vaccination.

Annual Dog Licensing Reminder!

Annual Dog Licenses
Are Due on March 31, 2019.

Dog License Graphic

We are currently taking applications for new and renewed licenses. The fee for all dogs is $10. This is no charge for owners age 70+. Up to date rabies certificate needed.

Barkland Dog Park Licenses are also available
for a $25 per year for each of your dogs.

Download The Barkland Dog Park Application

Cats DO NOT have to be licensed they can do whatever they want…..meow!

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Incorporated 1629 As A Town
Incorporated 1850 As A City
Gov Type City Government
Land Size 10.47 Square Miles
Population 89,050 People - 9th Largest in Massachusetts
Pop/Land 8,505.25 People Per Square Mile - (10th in Massachusetts)
Longitude -70.95
Latitude 42.46667
County Essex County
ZIP Codes 01901, 01902, 01903, 01904, 01905, 01910
Neighbors Lynnfield, Malden, Marblehead, Melrose, Nahant, Peabody, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Wakefield
Additional Website Resources
Websites Office of Community Development | Resource Center Webpage
  Lynn Economic Development and Industrial Corporation Website
  Lynn Housing Authority Website
  City of Lynn Information From The Commonwealth of Mass
  U. S. Census Information | (Search In Right Hand Box)
  Detailed Lynn Demographics From Area-connect Website
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