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Castine by the Numbers•Education
Emergency & Public Services •Recreation
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Town Contact Information
Town of Castine, P. O. Box 4421, Castine, ME
Historically, the flags of four nations have flown over Castine. With the village listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Castine has worked to keep her storied past vivid, with an active historical society, signs indicating locations where notable events occurred, and continuing efforts to maintain the elegant elm trees which still line many streets.
On Main Street, the Post Office, opened in 1814, is the oldest in continuous operation in the United States. The post office is situated in a building that originally housed the town’s Customs House.
Castine has 7.9 square miles of land. Though small in size, the town has been the prize sought in a number of military engagements, beginning with a raid by the English in 1613, which was the beginning of disputes over the boundary between French Acadia and the English colonies.
Clerk, Registrar of Voters, Deputy Tax Collector
Finance Officer, Tax Collector, Treasurer
Code Enforcement Officer
Animal Control Officer
Board of Appeals
Historic Preservation Commission
Types of properties assessed and subject to tax: land, building and personal property. Bills are mailed mid-July and are due mid-Sep.
Rules used to determine value: state statutes.
Tax exemptions: homestead, veterans, blind, state, federal, municipal properties, churches, hospitals, etc.
To calculate property tax: assessment multiplied by mill rate. Mill rate: changes annually.
Zoning, subdivision, historic preservation, entrance and excavation, flood plain management, sewer, solid waste, waterfront, E-911.
Types of permits needed: building, flood plain, subdivision, sewer connection, plumbing, historic preservation (if applicable) and fire permits. Available at town office. Burning permits available from fire chief and asst. chief.
Castine by the Numbers
Total area: 5,053 acres (7.9 sq. mi.)
Education Contact Numbers
Emergency & Public Services
FOR ALL EMERGENCIES
Trash & Recycling
Transfer Station hours: Tue.-Fri. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon, closed Sun. and Mon. Curbside pick-up of stickered, non-recyclable waste is each Mon. These items should be out by 7:30 a.m. When a holiday falls on a Mon., pick-up will be on Tue. Notice of this will be posted. Recycling days are on the first and third Tue. of each month. All recyclable items must be placed by the curb by 8 a.m. to ensure pick-up. In case of inclement weather, hold materials for the next scheduled recycling day. Recycling guides are available at Emerson Hall.
To report a fire: 911
A town walking map is available from Castine Merchants Association members or the town office.
Witherle Woods Preserve, 132 acres of old-growth woods maintained by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, offers a network of trails, including 300 feet of ocean frontage along Blockhouse Point.
Hatch Cove Preserve, Castine Road.
Rene Henderson Natural Area, The Shore Road.
Starr Virginia Lampson Preserve, Rte. 199, just off Rte. 166A.
Town dock, ramp, float, launch and tie-up, parking is also available.