The St. Lawrence County Seat

Town Clerk

Canton Town Clerk’s Office
Karin Blackburn, Town Clerk
Monday – Friday, 8:30AM to 4:00PM (except holidays)
Municipal Building
60 Main Street, Canton, NY 13617
Phone: 315-386-3735  |  Fax: 315-386-4881
townclerk@cantonny.gov
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Town of Canton Department Listing
Town of Canton Boards and Committees

Paying taxes?  The Municipal Building is closed, but we are still accepting payments for 2021 Town/County Taxes:

  • Mail your payment.
    Mail your check with your payment stub to:  Town of Canton Tax Collector, 60 Main Street, Canton, NY  13617.  If you want a receipt mailed to you, please be sure to mark the box on the payment stub indicating that you want a receipt mailed to you.
  • Drop off your payment.
    Drop your payment off with your payment stub (in a sealed envelope) in the locked, secure drop box in the entry way of the Municipal Building.  This drop box is hanging on the left side as you walk into the entry way – it is white, and labeled with a green piece of paper.  This box is check daily.  If you want a receipt, please be sure to mark the box on the payment stub indicating that you want a receipt mailed to you.

All Village and Town applications, forms, and permits can be found here.

All applications, forms, and permits are in PDF format. Click here to download the free Adobe Reader.

  • Birth & Death Certificates:

Birth and Death Certificates are on file in the Town Clerk’s office.
For certified copies, an application is needed.

Mail completed form to the Town Clerk’s office with a check.  The certificate you are requesting will be mailed to you unless you’d like to make an appointment to pick it up.  Please call the Town Clerk’s office with any questions you may have.

  • Building Permits:

Application for building permit

Building Permit Applications MUST be submitted prior to commencement of work. Upon issuance of permit, the applicant must contact the Code Enforcement Officer upon completion of each stage of work and for final inspection.

A permit is valid for 12 months and must be renewed if the work is not completed within that time.

Applications for residential structures over 1500 sq. ft. and all commercial projects require New York State engineered drawings.

Questions?  Need more information?  Please call the Code Enforcement office at 315-386-2871 ext. 9208.

  • Dog Licenses & Renewals:

Dogs four months of age and older MUST be licensed according to NYS Law.

Fees for a 1- year license:
Spayed/Neutered:  $7.00
Unspayed/Unneutered: $14.00

**Current rabies certificate is required to process a dog license or renewal.  This certificate should include the date of the vaccination, the vaccinatiion manufacturer, vaccination serial number, and the rabies tag number.**

  • Geneology Searches:

The Town Clerk’s Office also offers genealogy searches and general information.  Please use this form to begin the process.

Please call the Town Clerk’s office with any questions you may have.

  • Handicap Parking Permits:

Issued at the Police station located in the Municipal Building. Hangers issued with application signed by doctor.

  • Marriage Licenses & Marriage Certificates:

Marriage License:
Must be purchased at least 24 hours before marriage, and can be purchased up to 60 days in advance.
Please call to make an appointment to purchase a marriage license as the Municipal Building is currently closed due to the pandemic.
Fee: $40.00

Marriage Certificate:
If you are requesting a copy of a marriage certificate, please send this completed form to the Town Clerk’s office with a check.  The marriage certifiace will be mailed back to you unless you’d like to make an appointment to pick it up.

Please call the Town Clerk’s office with any questions you may have.

  • Sporting Licenses:

All DEC approved hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office.

  • Taxes:

Town and County Tax Bills are mailed December 31st and payable through the Town Clerk’s Office.
The Municipal Building is closed, but we are still accepting payments for 2021 Town/County Taxes:

  • Mail your payment.
    Mail your check with your payment stub to:  Town of Canton Tax Collector, 60 Main Street, Canton, NY  13617.  If you want a receipt mailed to you, please be sure to mark the box on the payment stub indicating that you want a receipt mailed to you.
  • Drop off your payment.
    Drop your payment off with your payment stub (in a sealed envelope) in the locked, secure drop box in the entry way of the Municipal Building.  This drop box is hanging on the left side as you walk into the entry way – it is white, and labeled with a green piece of paper.  This box is check daily.  If you want a receipt, please be sure to mark the box on the payment stub indicating that you want a receipt mailed to you.

School Tax Bills are mailed August 31st and are payable at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Please call the Town Clerk’s office with any questions you may have.

The Property Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (PDF)

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