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Boards and Commissions – Vacancies

Conservation Commission

Cumberland Conservation Commission has two vacancies due to resignations.  Members are appointed for a three-year term by the Town Council.  The Board makes recommendations to the Town Council for the preservation of the natural resources of the Town with respect to future development.  They meet the second Thursday of each month at 7p.m.

Juvenile Hearing Board

Cumberland Juvenile Hearing Board has a vacancy for a District 1 member due to a resignation.   The Board shall hear all cases referred to it by the juvenile division of the police department or the Chief of Police with respect to persons under the age of 18 who are charged with violating the laws of the state, or the Town. Members must be over the age of 18 and have a background in the related fields of education, probation, parole, human services, community youth services, members of the clergy, law enforcement or judicial officials, or a citizen who the Council deems has the credentials that would be an asset to the board. No member shall be an elected official in any capacity or belong to or be appointed to any partisan organization in any city or Town. No member of the board shall be entitled to receive any compensation by reason of his or her service on the board.  Please contact the Board of Canvassers at 728-2400, ext. 131 to verify your Council District.

Parks and Recreation

Cumberland Parks and Recreation Commission has three vacancies due to resignations of three of its members. Members are appointed for a two-year term. They meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00p.m.

Interested individuals should send letters and resumes no later than February 8, 2023 to the Town Clerk’s Office, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 or sgiovanelli@cumberlandri.org.


The Town Council has directed $500,000 from the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to support a local business grant program to assist the local economy in regaining its pre-pandemic strength. A one-time grant program has been created that will award funds directly to Cumberland businesses that can show a loss due to the pandemic.


Applying for a Marriage License – Appointment Required


Please upload/email the below-required documents to start the marriage license application process.  The email address is vitalrecords@cumberlandri.org.  Once we receive the required documents, we will review and contact you to schedule an appointment for you both to come into Town Hall with all your original documents.

  • Complete the MARRIAGE WORKSHEET. Please do not sign until you are here, and we witness your signature.
  • Valid Driver’s License or valid passport. If the driver’s license shows an address other than your Cumberland address, you will be required to provide an alternative document showing your Cumberland address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, etc.
  • Long form Birth Certificate, original no copies. If the birth certificate is in another language, we require a translated copy translated by an accredited translation company.  (LIST OF ACCREDITED TRANSLATION COMPANIES).  If born in Rhode Island and a new birth certificate is required, please complete the BIRTH CERTIFICATE REQUEST FORM and include it in your email, and we will process and have it ready when you come in for your appointment.  $22 for a certified copy.
  • A certified Final Divorce decree from the Court is required if either party has been divorced.
  • The license is good for 90 days from the day you both sign here at Town Hall.
  • $24 for the marriage license (cash, check, or charge)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Clerk’s office at 401-728-2400 x160

Dog & Business License Online Portal

Use the following link for your general business or liquor licenses!


Designating the Driveway Between Town Hall and 16 Mill Street

Pursuant to Sec. 2-131 and 2-132 of Division 8, Article IV, of Chapter 2 of the Town of Cumberland Code of Ordinances entitled “Naming of Town Property to Honor Person, Group, or Family,” the Town Council has recommended designating the driveway between Town Hall and 16 Mill Street as “Ray Lane.”

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