Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 6:00pm - Select Board Meeting at Canaan Town Office
See full schedule here
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 6:00pm - Planning Board Meeting at Canaan Town Office
The Canaan Maine Fire Department is Actively Seeking Volunteers
Canaan is a quiet suburban town located between Skowhegan and Pittsfield in Somerset County. The town’s makeup is a combination of residential, agricultural and small businesses with a population of around 2,300 and is rapidly growing.
There are two lakes, Sibley and Lake George, for those that enjoy Maine’s waters. We offer our residents the best of both worlds, a gateway to natural beauty and the opportunity to grow a business within a community of support.
This website contains useful information related to town operations, services, fees, meetings, points of interest, and local events. We also have links to the state, county and other relevant websites.
Our General Assistance Administrator is here by appointment
Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd beginning at "to be determined".
Registered voters will check in with the ballot clerk at the door, receive a resident voting card. If you wish to register to vote, the clerk will have voter registration cards. Be prepared to show proof of residency and proof of identification if you are a new voter.
TOWN MEETING WILL BE HELD AT CANAAN FARMERS HALL, 296 MAIN STREET. Parking available across the street at Canaan Calvary Church.
Municipal Election is scheduled for Monday, March 25th. Polls open 8:00am to 7:00pm at the Canaan Town Office, 277 Main Street, Canaan
NOMINATION PAPERS AVAILABLE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2023 for the following positions:
(3) Select Board for 1 year term; (1) Road Commissioner for 1 year term;
Deadline to submit nomination papers to Town Clerk is January 25th, 2024 by 4 pm.
There is going to be a town wide review and revaluation of the land and building values used for tax assessment purposes. Those new values will be effective for the tax billing in August of 2024. The last revaluation was in 2006 and the town is in need of a comprehensive review.
For the tax year 2023, Maine Revenue Services certified Canaan at a ratio of 67% meaning that most properties, on average, are selling for significantly more than the assessed value. Maine Revenue requires towns to be above a 70% ratio. The goal of the revaluation is to update assessed values to 100% and to assure that we have accurate information on all property record cards.
Revaluations can bring up a lot of concerns and questions, so below you can find some answers to questions you may have.
Revaluation Questions and Answers
The Town Office may have septic designs on file. We would need your property's Map and Lot # in order located the design in our files. If the Town does not have a copy, you can check the State website.
Click here for a list of local site evaluators.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN MAINE
Information you will need prior to scheduling your Marriage License appointment (plan 1/2 hr):
Residents of the Town of Canaan may register their vehicle or trailer at the Town Office during regular business hours
M, T, Th, F 8am - 12pm, 1pm - 4:00pm W 11:00am - 7:00pm
OR Online Re-Registrations at: https://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/
The Town of Canaan now offers online requests for Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates. If you are in need of one of these records and are unable to come into the office, click here and select Canaan in the Issuing Municipality drop-down menu. We will receive a notification of your request, and will process accordingly. If you have any questions, contact us at the town office.
If you are doing historical research please submit this application either by email, mail or fax
As required by Maine State law, every dog over 6 months of age shall be licensed by its owner in the Town/City where the dog resides within 10 days of ownership. Licenses are valid until December 31st of each year. Please bring a certificate of spay/neutering (if applicable), and a current rabies certificate. The fee for spayed/neutered dogs is $6.00 per year, and for unaltered dogs the fee is $11.00 per year.