Welcome to the Town of Pawlet, Vermont!

We are located in the beautiful Taconic Mountains 25 miles southwest of Rutland on Vermont’s western boundary. The closest urban concentration is the Village of Granville, just across the New York State line to the west. Adjacent towns to Pawlet are Wells on the north, Danby on the east, Rupert to the south and Granville and Hebron, New York, to the west. Our town is rural, with two major population centers in Pawlet Village, located at the junction of Routes 30 and 133, and West Pawlet, located at the junction of Route 153 with Railroad Street and Egg Street, close to the Town border with Granville, New York. In December 2019 the population of Pawlet was approximately 1,300. The Town offices are located in Pawlet Village. West Pawlet developed around the former railroad depot and the slate industry, with numerous quarries in the vicinity.

The Town of Pawlet is proud of our long history of diversity and inclusion. We affirm our commitment to welcome people of all backgrounds, status, and identity to live, to work, and to visit our Town. We stand for kindness, understanding, neighborliness, peace, tolerance, and respect for and toward all. We stand against racism, bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, violence and hatred in all of their forms. Together we share a commitment and a responsibility for everyone in our Town to be honored, and valued.


Upcoming Town Clerk office closure dates/times:
Monday, August 21, closing early at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, August 23, closing early at noon
Monday August 28, closing early at 2 p.m.
September 5th – 8th open daily 10-noon, 1-4
Monday, September 4: Labor Day
Monday September 11, taxes due – open 9-4
Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12 and 13: VMCTA Conference



Town Meeting Day 2023

Certificate of Votes: Town and Town School District Officers

Certificate of Votes: Articles

Town Report 2023

The Town Report is now available. To view it, please click HERE.

West Pawlet water payment assistance program

The Town of Pawlet is now participating in the Household Water Assistance Program through the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division. If you make less than 60 percent of the median state income and are having a hard time paying your water fees, this program may be able to help out. Visit https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/hwa to get instructions and an application. You must include a copy of your water bill with the application. For questions about the Water Assistance Program, call 1-800-339-6433.

Notice: National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline update
According to Consolidated Communications, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted “988” as the new 3-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline starting July 16, 2022. Until then, the number will remain 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In order for this change to work, a new 10-digit dialing procedure must be implemented. This means that anyone in VT must begin using the 802 area code for all local calls. This is effective as of April 24, 2021.

The Select Board has adopted a fraud prevention policy. The policy can be read here: Fraud Prevention Policy

Quick reference:
First Constable – David Ricard, Sr. – 802-645-0344
Second Constable – Tom Covino 802-325-9650
Animal Control Officer – David Ricard Sr. – 802-645-0344

Memo to contractors within the Town of Pawlet from the Select Board regarding conditional use of the Town slag pile
Please follow these guidelines: SlagPileUseJune2023.

Free public WiFi

Free public WiFi is available at the rail trail parking lot across from the wastewater facility. It also reaches down to the parking lot on the monument circle. When you’re at the location, you’ll be able to find and connect to the WiFi – it’s named “West Pawlet Public Wi-fi”

This website is updated regularly. Please let us know what we’ve missed or mistaken, and what else you want to be able to find: email us here.



When are taxes due?
Tax payments are due in two equal installments; the first in September and the second in February. In the current tax year, the payments are due September 12, 2022 and February 10, 2023. Taxpayers only receive one bill for both payments. Payments must be made on or before the due dates to avoid 1.5% monthly interest charges and, in the case of the second installment, an additional 8% penalty.

How can I get a copy of my tax bill?
Please stop by to get a copy of your bill from Town Treasurer Julie Mach during regular office hours at the Town Hall.
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Contact & Hours

Town Clerk: Deb Hawkins
Phone: 802-325-3309, ext 1
Fax: 802-325-6109
e-mail: pawletclerk@vermontel.net

Monday: 10 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 3 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 3 PM (office/home)
Thursday: 10 AM – 1 PM
Friday — closed

Physical Address: 122 School St., Pawlet, VT 05761
Postal Address: PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761
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Recent News

Pawlet eNews September 21, 2023

September 21, 2023
In this Newsletter (Scroll down for details). Job Opening: Seeking Road Foreman Pawlet Public Library Raffle Fundraiser Pawlet Public Library welcomes back Freddi Shehadi Nature Club Afterschool Program Pawlet Little Free Food Cupboard Pawlet Emergency Team emergency shelter announcement Town clerk office hours Library Hours Did you know? Highway Department —…  read more

Pawlet eNews August 10, 2023

August 9, 2023
In this Newsletter (Scroll down for details). Pawlet Little Free Food Cupboard Pawlet Emergency Team emergency shelter announcement Town clerk office hours and upcoming closed dates Library Hours (new as of July 1) Did you know? Highway Department — contact information Upcoming Events & Important Dates (scroll down toward the end…  read more

Pawlet eNews July 11, 2023

July 10, 2023
In this Newsletter (Scroll down for details). Pawlet Emergency Team emergency shelter announcement Town clerk office hours and upcoming closed dates Library Hours (new as of July 1) Summer Day Camps (updated list) Pawlet Library Summer Reading Camp Summer Music Camp and the Pawlet Library Did you know? PSA from Health…  read more

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