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Do you sponsor tennis?

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Adult and youth tennis lessons are available in the spring, summer, and fall under the direction of a USPTA certified instructor. Camp style programs are offered as well as week to week programming which is very popular. Lessons are give...Read more »

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Do you have summer sports/specialty camps?

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Yes! We have a great offering of both sports and specialty camps! We usually have a Dance Camp, Tennis Camps, and Soccer Camps offered for ages 4-17. Please view this Recreation Spring and Summer Brochure for an idea of the types of prog...Read more »

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How is property tax calculated?

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Property tax is calculated by dividing the assessed value of your property by 1,000, then multiplying this number by the applicable tax rate. For instance, the following formula would apply if your residential property is assessed at $45...Read more »

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How can I register my bicycle?

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City Ordinance 10.72.030 states that a bicycle license is required.

No person residing in the city for a period of thirty (30) days or more shall ride or use a bicycle without first obtaining from the police department a license as pres...Read more »

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What are the current tax rates?

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The real estate tax rate is $12.06 per thousand of assessed value for residential property and $16.72 per thousand for commercial property. The motor vehicle tax rate is $23.45 per thousand of assessed value. The personal property tax ra...Read more »

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When should I expect a tax bill?

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The City of Newport mails tax bills once a year, usually in July. Payments are due on a quarterly basis beginning August 5.

The Tax Collector's office can provide duplicate copies of bills upon request. Please e-mail the request to: lke...Read more »

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Representatives and Senators?

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District 73: Marvin L.Abney
District 75: Lauren H. Carson

The District Senators representing Newport are: District 13: M. Teresa Paiva-Weed; District 12: Louis P DiPalma

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How do I obtain an absentee ballot?

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You may call the Canvassing Office at (401) 845-5386 to request an application or http://cityofnewport.com/departments/canvassing. Absentee ballot applications are also available at the Canvassing Office located on the first floor in New...Read more »

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How is a COA granted?

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Requests for COAs are reviewed by the HDC at a public hearing. If a project is deemed appropriate, the HDC grants the COA.

HDC review includes an assessment of the overall effect of any proposed alterations, constructions, relocations, ...Read more »

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What types of youth baseball and softball programs are available?

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In the spring, youth baseball is run by Newport Little League. The one league serves both the north or south section of the city. Both boys and girls are eligible. Click here for more information: http://www.newportlittleleague.com.

The...Read more »

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What is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?

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A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is the Historic District Commission (HDC) document attesting that specified work has been approved by the HDC.

A COA is required before most exterior work can begin, before a building permit can be...Read more »

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Can I register to vote on-line?

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The Rhode Island General Laws do NOT permit persons to register to vote online.

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How do I obtain my property appraisal information?

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Property appraisals can be viewed at: http://www.vgsi.com/vision/Applications/ParcelData/Home.aspx or can be obtained by contacting the Assessor's Division at (401) 845-5365 or jhocking@cityofnewport.com.Read more »

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How can I volunteer to work at the polls during an election?

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You may sign up at the Newport Canvassing Office on the first floor of City Hall, 43 Broadway or call the Canvassing Office at 845-5386 for more information.

Mandatory training classes for all Newport poll workers covering the elections...Read more »

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How do I reserve a sports facility for an event?

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Many of the indoor and outdoor sports facilities in Newport are actively used by local leagues during the season.

Often, they can be rented out for special events or private outings (no alcohol permitted). Fees vary depending on staffin...Read more »

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What types of adult baseball and softball programs are available?

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American Legion baseball is an independent league run for high school aged players in the summer at Cardines Field. Click here for more information: http://www.leaguelineup.com/teams_baseball.asp?url=risralb&sid=1019937757&divisi...Read more »

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What are the tax payment due dates?

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Tax payments are due quarterly on August 5, November 5, February 5 and May 5.

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How do I register to vote (where do I get a voter registration form)?

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If you wish to register to vote in Rhode Island you should request a Rhode Island registration form either through the local canvassing authority, at the Canvassing Office of Newport City Hall, or http://cityofnewport.com/departments/can...Read more »

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Are scholarships available and are sponsorships permitted? Can I volunteer as a coach or official?

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Scholarships are available for any program run solely by the Recreation department.

Sponsors for leagues and tournaments are always needed to offset costs and provide better equipment or prizes. Anyone interested in helping the Recreati...Read more »

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What do I do if I won't be in the state of Rhode Island on Election Day?

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If you have a valid reason for not having applied for an absentee ballot in advance, you may visit the Canvassing Office at Newport City Hall and fill out an emergency ballot only if the emergency arose during the emergency period.

Emer...Read more »

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What other types of sports programs are sponsored by the Recreation Department?

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Fall and spring youth soccer programs are held outdoors at Braga Park and winter indoor youth soccer at the Hut.

Youth basketball is held outdoors at Murphy Park in the summer; indoors at the Hut in the winter. Programs are open to all ...Read more »

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How can I get information about lost or stolen property?

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The department encourages citizens to report lost or stolen property.

When a report is made, the Records Division enters a description of missing items into the Lost/Stolen Property file in our Records Management System.

When a citizen...Read more »

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What is recycled in Newport?

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As of June 2012, Newport and the entire state of Rhode Island now participates in the Recycle Together RI program, which allows all recyclable materials to be mixed in one bin and allows more plastics to be recycled: http://www.recycleto...Read more »

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What are the permit fees?

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For excavation permits, there is a $60 fee for the first 15 feet of excavation, and an additional $8 for every five feet of excavation, regardless of width.

For example, a 20' trench dug in the grass shoulder of Ocean Drive for an elect...Read more »

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When is yard waste collected?

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Yard waste is collected one week in January with Christmas trees, one week in March, four weeks in April, every other week through the spring and summer and for four weeks in November & December combined. Yard waste is set out in brown p...Read more »

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When is a COA required?

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Activities that do not require a COA:

Interior projects (provided they do not result in exterior changes); Routine maintenance or repair to exterior features (provided there is no change in material or design); Ordinary landscaping, inc...Read more »

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No one has plowed my street yet. When will it be plowed?

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Snow plowing operations are in effect for snowfalls of approximately two (2) inches or more. The city is divided into seven (7) plowing areas with personnel assigned to each area.

Plowing in each area is prioritized with main roads, hil...Read more »

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How do I recycle cardboard boxes?

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Cardboard boxes must be emptied, flattened and placed in your blue recycling cart. For large amounts of cardboard, there are two free drop-off programs available. Visit the Recycling page for details: http://www.cityofnewport.com/departm...Read more »

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What do I do with paint?

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PaintCare is a new program available to accept architectural paint. Visit their website and use the site locator tool for a local drop-off site.

If latex paint is dried out completely, it can be disposed of through the curbside collecti...Read more »

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How do I obtain a local records check of my criminal history?

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You must come to the police department in person to request your criminal history. You must provide your date of birth, social security number and picture identification.

There is a $5.00 charge for this service. Fees are subject to cha...Read more »

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Do I need to apply for a variance? What are my zoning parameters?

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Do you meet the above setbacks, lot coverage, and height restrictions? If the property does not meet these currently or will not meet with the new construction, then an application will need to be filed to be heard by the Zoning Board of...Read more »

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Why am I being billed for Emergency Medical Services?

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The Newport Fire Department is pleased to offer emergency medical and transport services to Newport's citizens and visitors. This service is not supported fully through taxes. Direct costs are a reimbursable service, payable through insu...Read more »

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When is the records office open?

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The Records Office is open 8 A.M. to 7 P.M., seven days a week.

Although requests may be accepted at any time, certain requests can only be processed during normal business hours of 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

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How can I become a police officer?

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Minimum Requirements:

Must be at least 21 years of age on the date of the examination announcement; Must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Diploma (GED) or equivalent at the time of application; Applicants claimin...Read more »

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What do I need to secure a permit?

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For all excavation permits, a completed application and plans are submitted to Engineering, then to the Director of Public Works for review. If approved, the applicant must post a $5,000 performance bond and a minimum of $500,000 in liab...Read more »

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What do I do with household hazardous waste?

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Household hazardous waste must be disposed of through a household hazardous waste disposal program and cannot be collected through the regular curbside collection program.

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation offers a hazardou...Read more »

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Can I put a fence on my property?

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You may erect a fence on your property without a permit or Zoning approval if the fence does not exceed seven (7) feet in height. Any fence that measures more than seven (7) feet, zero (0) inches in height will require a building permit ...Read more »

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Who is responsible for shoveling the sidewalk in front of my property?

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City ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks within the first five (5) hours of daylight after a snowfall.

It is also requested to assist in keeping streets clear, that snow not be shoveled from a driveway or sidewalk into...Read more »

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How do I obtain a rescue report?

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To obtain a rescue report, contact Captain Paul Faerber at (401) 845-5914 or email at pfaerber@cityofnewport.com.

Reports will be provided to an individual, with proper identification, or to another party who has a signed release form. ...Read more »

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I need a sign for my business, where do I go and what do I do?

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The Newport Sign Ordinance, Chapter 17.76, is highly complex and detailed; therefore, we strongly suggest viewing the ordinance by accessing this link: https://www.municode.com/library/ri/newport/codes/code_of_ordinances.

However, in br...Read more »

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How do I get water service or renew an existing service?

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The process begins by contacting the Newport Water Division, located at 70 Halsey Street, Newport, RI, at (401) 845-5600. A water service application must be completed and submitted with a drawing for review.

The Water Division will req...Read more »

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I have had a fire and need a fire report. How do I get this report?

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To obtain a fire report please send a written request, including the property address and date of the fire, a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for $5.00 made out to the City of Newport to:

Newport Fire Department
Attn: Fire P...Read more »

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I have low water pressure. Can you help?

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Our distribution system pressures are dictated by the elevation of water levels in our three storage tanks. The elevation of these tanks varies in our three pressure systems. The lower you are in relationship to you storage, the greater ...Read more »

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How can I get a copy of a police report?

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To obtain a copy of a police report you must contact the Newport Police Department Records Office twenty-four (24) hours prior to picking up the report.

The charge for a motor vehicle accident report is $3.00. The charge for other types...Read more »

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Can you tell me what my account balance is?

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For your convenience, you can now view and pay your water bills online. If you look on the front of your monthly water bill, you will see the Account number and PIN number. This is the information you will need to pay the bill online. Th...Read more »

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How can I find out about parking regulations?

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In general, parking regulations are covered by City ordinance 10.20.

Most areas in Newport are covered by parking signage. For questions outside of those covered by ordinance or public signage, the city's Traffic Enforcement team may be...Read more »

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How can I obtain a hackney (taxi) license?

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Hackney licenses are required in Newport and must be renewed annually by May 31st. For a routine renewal there is a $20.00 charge. For new licenses or for renewals over a year old, the cost is $25.00.

Note: Fees are subject to change wi...Read more »

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How do I become a member of the Newport Fire Department?

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The Newport Fire Department conducts tests for prospective firefighters every two (2) years. The testing process consists of a written test, a physical ability test, a complete physical examination, an oral board and a psychological test...Read more »

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Do you have a copy of a map that shows my property lines?

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The Zoning and Inspections Department does not have any maps that show property lines. Our plat maps show lot approximations in order to determine zoning information only.

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How do I get a curb cut for my property?

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First, a plan or sketch of the proposed curb cut showing dimensions should be submitted to the Engineering Division for review.

An area of nine feet wide by twenty feet long (9' x 20') per vehicle is required on the property for each ve...Read more »

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Is there a place where I can drop off trash?

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Newport residential property owners are allowed two (2) trips to Waste Management Inc.'s Newport transfer station per fiscal year (July 1- June 30) at no charge. The maximum weight allowed per trip is 500 lbs.

In addition to the two (2)...Read more »

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When do I need a permit from the Engineering Division?

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An excavation permit is required for digging in the city right of way, which includes roadways, sidewalks and shoulder areas.

Usually, they are issued to excavation contractors to work on underground utilities (gas, water, electric, tel...Read more »

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My water is discolored. What can I do?

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First, determine whether the problem is hot or cold. Run them individually. If the problem occurs in the hot water only, it may be a hot water heater problem. If the discolored water is in the cold line, it may be your service line or th...Read more »

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What day is my trash and recycling collected?

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Trash and recycling are collected once a week, on the same day. To find your collection day, you can download our collection schedule: http://www.cityofnewport.com/home/showdocument?id=428 or visit our GIS page: http://www.cityofnewport....Read more »

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How can I get a VIN check for my new vehicle?

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Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections are necessary prior to registering a car if the car is bought out of state or has previously been registered out of state.

VIN Inspections are done from 8 A.M until 3 P.M., Wednesdays, for...Read more »

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Who do I contact regarding a problem with a public building?

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If you wish to report a damage or safety issue of a public property, please call (401) 845-5840, during normal business hours.

For reporting issues after hours contact Police Emergency: (401) 847-1212

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Are there any parking bans in Newport during snowstorms?

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Yes. City ordinance marks the following streets as tow zones for emergency snow removal work:

Bellevue Avenue: Kay Street to Bowery Street
Broadway
Friendship Street
Spring Street
West Marlborough Street
Washington Square
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What do I do if I receive a parking ticket in error?

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To contest a parking ticket, complete the form on the ticket, providing an explanation of why the ticket may have been issued in error. Tickets of this nature are handled by a Municipal Court which convenes each Monday at 1:30 p.m. in th...Read more »

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There is water bubbling out of the ground. What should I do?

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Water bubbling out of the ground could indicate a water main break. Please call (401) 845-5600 to report the location.

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Who do I contact if my car has been towed?

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All vehicle tows, whether towed by the police department or by local towing companies under contract with the city, are logged at the police department.

To verify that the vehicle was towed, contact the police department dispatch desk a...Read more »

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How do I get bulky waste items collected?

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Bulky waste items requite a pre-paid bulky waste sticker and an appointment in order to be collected on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Visit our Bulky Waste Disposal page for complete details: http://www.cityofnewport.com/de...Read more »

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How many water bills do I receive each year?

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Beginning in Fiscal Year 2015 all customers will be billed monthly with payment due on or before the last day of the month.

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I have a fire safety system(s) in my building. How often do they need to be tested?

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RILSC 9.6.11.1 states: All fire alarm systems shall be tested at least once every three (3) months with twenty-five percent (25%) of all initiating devices operated with each test. A different twenty-five percent (25%) of the above-menti...Read more »

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What do I do if I wish to complain about noise?

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The first call you should make is to the Newport Police Department (847-1212). Calling the police helps to document your complaint and gets a response initiated. You should call when you are experiencing the noise problem. Police officer...Read more »

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How do I get my trash picked up?

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The City of Newport provides weekly, curbside trash collection to residential dwellings containing not more than eight dwelling units. Collection is limited to the set of city-issued carts, which is comprised of one trash cart and one re...Read more »

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How do I make a complaint about an officer?

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The Office of Professional Standards investigates the conduct of officers. Please visit their page: http://cityofnewport.com/departments/police/standards

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I am selling my house and I need a smoke detector inspection. Who do I call?

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Call the Fire Prevention office at (401) 845-5922 or you may email fire prevention Capt. Kevin Garcia at: kjgarcia@cityofnewport.com.

The Fire Prevention Captain will schedule an inspection date and answer any questions that you may have.

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What items are not collected through the residential collection program?

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In addition to hazardous waste, the residential curbside collection program does not collect brick, concrete blocks, dirt or automobile parts. Many materials yards in the Newport area accept these items free of charge.

Business waste an...Read more »

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My building needs a sprinkler system because of new fire regulations. How do I get a fire service?

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The process begins by contacting the Newport Water Division, located at 70 Halsey Street, Newport RI, at (401) 845-5600. A water service application must be completed and submitted with a drawing for review. If you are applying for a Fir...Read more »

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How do I obtain a state records check of my criminal history?

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You can request a state criminal history from the Attorney General's Office, BCI unit, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. The telephone number is (401) 274-4400.Read more »

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What is the best way to have a zoning question answered?

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The most efficient way is to e-mail the Zoning Officer, Guy Weston directly at gweston@cityofnewport.com or call directly to (401) 845-5452.

You can also request a zoning certificate which will provide general use and zoning information...Read more »

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I have questions regarding my fire protection system. Who should I contact?

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Fire Alarm questions, please contact the Superintendent of Fire Alarm Steven LaCroix: slacroix@cityofnewport.com at (401) 845-5916

Sprinkler system questions, please contact the Lieutenant Robert Dufault: rdufault@cityofnewport.com at (...Read more »

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I am a landlord and I would like to switch the account over to my tenants name and service address. Is this possible?

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No. It is the policy of the Newport Water Division to keep the water/sewer utility in the name of the owner of record. The bill is mailed to the owner and it is the responsibility of the owner to forward the billing along to their tenants.

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There is a water valve box/meter pit sticking out of the sidewalk that looks dangerous. How will this get repaired?

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Please contact the Newport Water Division, located at 70 Halsey Street, Newport RI, at (401) 845-5600.

Please be prepared to provide basic details of the hazard's location, like street name and nearest house number.Read more »

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How do I schedule a building, electrical, or plumbing inspection?

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You may schedule an inspection by contacting the inspectors via the Contact Information page where telephone numbers and email addresses are listed.

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How do I report trash and/or debris on (in front of) my neighbors yard?

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The Minimum Housing Inspector will need to be advised. Select the Contact Information page to get the telephone number or the email address of the Minimum Housing Inspector.

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My water account has a number of estimated water readings. How can I get an actual reading done and how do I apply for an outside remote reader?

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You may contact the Meter Section at 845-5606 for assistance with your water meter.

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