Certificates of Municipal Lien

Mass General Law, Chapter 60, Section 15
The collector of taxes for any city, or for any town having more than five thousand inhabitants, as determined by the last preceding national or state census, shall, on written application by any person, and within ten days thereafter, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, furnish to such applicant a certificate of all taxes and other assessments, including water rates and charges, and other charges due.

Obtaining a Certificate
The Treasurer's Office, upon written request, will provide a Certificate of Municipal Lien for properties located within the Town. The following information is required with your request:

  • Record Name of the property owner
  • Property address
  • Parcel identification

You must also include with your request:

  1. A check made payable to the Town of Shrewsbury in the amount of $50.00 per parcel.   Please be aware that many residences are made up of two or more contiguous parcels.  If the property owner receives more than one tax bill for the residence, then more than one Certificate of Municipal Lien may be required.
  2. A stamped, self-addressed envelope

Requests should be sent to:  Office of the Treasurer/Collector, 100 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA  01545

By Massachusetts law, we have 10 business days from the time the request is received in this office to generate the Certificate of Municipal Lien.  Every attempt is made to shorten that turnaround time, but particularly during vacation and holiday times, or other busy times of the year, it may take the entire 10 days allowed by law to process your request.

PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REQUEST YOUR CERTIFICATE OF MUNICIPAL LIEN.

Certificate of Municipal Lien Request Form