The patriotic song America was written in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith while attending the Andover Theological Seminary. Andover is often referred to as the "Home of America".
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Business Address & Hours

Mailing Address:
Town Offices, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810
Business Hours at the Town Offices:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
(Building Division - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Demographic Information

Andover's Population:
Square Miles:
Number of Acres:
1,500 (7.5%) controlled by Conservation Comm.
1,000 (5%) owned by A.V.I.S.
889 (4.5%) owned by Commonwealth - Harold Parker State Forest
For additional Demographic information provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts click here.

Town Clerk's Office

See the elections page for more information: Elections.
See the Town Meeting and Election Calendar for dates, locations, and registration information for upcoming Town, State or Federal elections.
The Town Election is held the fourth Tuesday of March.
Voter Registration Information:
Click Voter Registration
Town Meeting:
Andover has an Open Town Meeting which is generally held three weeks following the Town Election.
For information about Town Meeting procedures see: Town Meeting. See the Town Meeting and Election Calendar for the time and location of the next scheduled Town Meeting.
Licensing - For information on obtaining licenses and permits from the Town Clerk's Office including dog license and business certificates.
Vital Records
For information on obtaining certificed copies of Birth, Death, and Marriage records click here: Vitals.

Department of Public Works

Waste Disposal and Recycling


Curbside Pickup:
Every other week - recyclables (glass - all colors - newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, computer paper and paper board [cereal & cracker boxes], steel & tin cans, aluminum containers, #1 thru #7 plastics. Cardboard is a recyclable material and will not be picked up with your trash. Please break down, flatten and fold boxes, cartons & other pieces of cardboard into 4 x 4 x 2 bundles ~ then tie or tape them together and place next to your bin! Whole boxes will not be accepted. Styrofoam, packing peanuts, plastic bags and films are not recyclable curbside. Recycling will be collected on the same day as the trash collection. Place recycling bin curbside by 7 a.m. on your pick up day. Recycling and Trash Collection Guide

Recycling information:
Call Republic Services at 800-442-9006.
For curbside recycling schedule, call 978-623-8700 or click the link above.

Changes to Curbside Pickup due to Inclement Weather

Information in regards to trash/recycling delays will be posted on the Town's website in addition to the Andover DPW Facebook and Twitter pages. Information will also be available on the outgoing voice mail message at 978-623-8700.

In the event of a delay in collections, a Code Red call will be placed. Code Red automatically dials all listed land line numbers along with cell phones to those that have signed up. If residents have a land line that is unlisted, we suggest you sign up so you are included in notifications.

If you have not signed up, you may do so from the Code Red icon listed on the front page of the website, Code Red calls are not placed if collections are on their regular schedule.

Computer & Television Recycling:

Curbside Leaf Collection:
The Town will collect leaves curbside the five weeks before Thanksgiving week and the week following Thanksgiving and again in the spring the six weeks before Memorial Day weekend. Put leaves out on your regular rubbish day in barrels, boxes, or brown paper leaf bags. No plastic bags are allowed. Brochure

Compost Site:
Bald Hill Compost Site

Large Household Appliances are not Recyclable. They include but are not limited to: refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, heaters, air conditioners, humidifiers/de-humidifiers, etc. Residents are responsible for their disposal. A list of Private Disposal Options is available on page 6 of the Recycling and Trash Collection Guide. In addition, check local advertisements and the yellow pages for disposal services and/or handyman services.

Bulky Items
Residents are allowed one bulky item per week in their regular trash. Bulky items include: mattress & boxspring set, sofa, loveseat and chair. If you are unsure if you have a bulky item or not, you may either call 978-623-8700, or e-mail at .

Rubbish Complaints or Inquiries:
Place trash curbside by 7:00 A.M. on your pick up day. Truck routes and schedules are subject to change without notice and times of pickups are not guaranteed on a weekly basis. Trash on private property will NOT be picked up - must be curbside. Household rubbish subject to limitation of 4 bags or barrels, no more than 50 pounds each (or the equivalent of 135 gallons) per residence.
Questions or Grievances for Solid Waste and Recycling:
Household Hazardous Waste Collection:
Mercury Disposal
Mercury won't harm you or the environment as long as it stays inside the product and is handled properly when you're finished with it. Andover currently has two drop off sites available, in addition to collection at the spring and fall CRT & HHW collection events: (Health Division at Town Hall and Water Treatment Plant on Lowell Street). Please bring any unbroken items containing Mercury to these locations, except for fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). Mercury products include, but are not limited to: glass thermometers, old thermostats, blood pressure machines, barometers, rechargeable & lithium batteries (DO NOT BRING ALKALINE BATTERIES TO THESE LOCATIONS, THEY ARE TO BE DISPOSED OF IN YOUR REGULAR HOUSEHOLD TRASH). Please bring your Mercury items inside a unbreakable plastic container or clear plastic sealed bag. If you think you have a large quantity of Mercury, please call 978-623-8700 - DO NOT TRANSPORT to the collection sites! For more information on Mercury, please visit Button batteries (which contain large amounts of mercury) can be dropped off for recycling at several downtown locations. Look for boxes labeled "RECYCLE BUTTON BATTERIES".


Pothole or Snow Removal Complaints:
Highway Division or Dept. of Public Works at 978-623-8700.
Frequently Asked Snow Removal Questions


Andover's FY2016 Tax Rate:
$ 14.82 - Residential and Open Space
$ 25.99 - Commercial/Industrial & Personal Property
When are taxes due:
Taxes are due quarterly on the following dates: August 1st - November 1st - February 1st - May 1st
Excise tax information:
Call Assessor's Office at 623-8265.
For information on appealing your assessment or eligibility for property tax relief visit the Assessor's Office FAQs

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