New Residents

Welcome to Manchester-by-the-Sea

Congratulations on making Manchester-by-the-Sea your new home! 

We want to help you get settled and provide some useful information about living in this community.

Trash Collection

Curbside Pick-up: Manchester has a "pay as you throw" trash program. All trash must be placed in orange bags with the Manchester Seal that can be purchased at Crosby's, Richdale, Allen's Pharmacy, Manchester Hardware and Magnolia Variety. Trash, recycling and compost gets collected on Monday and Tuesday mornings by JRM and Black Earth Compost. Your collection day depends on which street you live on in Town. Contact Ruth Fitzgerald in the DPW office if you need help. 

Transfer Station: The Manchester transfer station is located on upper Pine Street. Open Saturdays from 10 AM - 3 AM for residents to dispose of trash and recycling. Currently closed on Wednesdays for Construction.

Compost Site: Located at 197 School Street and managed by Black Earth. Open seasonally Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM - 3 PM.

Visit the Trash, Recycling, Compost Page

Register to Vote

To be able to vote in local elections change your voter registration through the Town Clerk's office at

Voter Registration Information

Election Information

Resident Parking Stickers

ALL vehicles registered in Manchester-by-the-Sea will receive a RESIDENT STICKER in the MAIL each year (usually in March). These stickers should be placed on the front drivers side windshield. The sticker allows residents to park at Masconomo Park, Tucks Point, Singing Beach, White Beach and allows use of the Transfer Station. Stickers are valid starting on June 1 for one year. 

Singing Beach walk on passes are required for all residents and visitors ages 13-64. Each seasons pass is $35 each and can be purchased through the Town Clerk's office or online Daily walk on passes are also available at the beach for $10. Contact Town Clerk, Dianne Bucco with questions at  Vehicle registration and proof of residency are required. 

About Singing Beach


How do I stay informed about important things happening in Town? The Town uses a variety of mediums to keep residents informed - Town website, email alerts, social media, blue lights, electronic signage on roadways, Reverse 911 (Code Red) phone calls and the Manchester Cricket newspaper. 

Website: The Town website is updated daily. Any vital alerts are posted at the top of the home page in the Alert Center

Email Notification: Visit Notify Me to subscribe to a variety of email lists. The primary lists used are MBTS Alerts (for time sensitive and emergency communications (i.e. Weather Emergency, Water Ban, Water Main Break, Beach Closure, Public Health Updates and The Tide - a weekly news briefing from Town Hall) and MBTS News Updates (for important news and special events happening in MBTS)  

Social Media: Follow us on Facebook @TownofMBTSOfficial, Instagram @TownofMBTS and Twitter @TownofMBTS

Blue Lights: There are blue emergency lights placed at select intersections throughout Town. These lights are turned on during extreme weather emergencies (ie. snow storms). When the blue lights are on, on-street parking is not permitted to allowed for DPW to clear roadways safely. 

Blue Lights are located at the following intersections:
* Police Station
* Pleasant St. at Pine St.
* Pleasant St. at School St. 
* Bridge St. at Harbor St.

Code Red (Reverse 911): We use this system in extreme emergencies. Sign up here to ensure you receive these calls. 

Manchester Cricket: A local weekly paper that covers all things Manchester and Essex. Visit their website to learn more. Manchester Cricket

Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Facilities and Spaces

Discover the beautiful natural resources and parks that you have access to as a resident of Manchester-by-the-Sea. 

Manchester Facilities

Manchester Trails and Natural Spaces

For more information about living in Manchester-by-the-Sea please contact the Welcoming Committee here.