The Town of Provincetown was incorporated on June 14, 1727 but had been self-governing since the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. The ordinances and by-laws of the Town are enacted by an Annual Town Meeting in the spring and Special Town Meeting in the fall. In between a five-member Board of Selectmen oversees the administration of the Town’s business by the Town Manager and her staff.
The Town must provide all the services of a small city in the summer (30-40,000) based on a local population of 3,300 people year-round. Quite a challenge but the Town takes good care of its visitors and residents alike!
The Provincetown Town has just been completely gutted and renovated to provide modern office space for many of the administrative staff. The exterior of Town Hall was restored to replicate closely its original appearance when it was built in 1885, right down to the paint scheme. Valuable pieces of the Town’s extensive art collection are displayed in Town Hall, which is well worth a visit.
The Provincetown Schools provide good public education from pre-school through high school ~ the high school however is being phased out in favor of a large regional school system in Eastham.
TOWN OF PROVINCETOWN
Town Hall 508 487-7000 – www.provincetown-ma.gov
Airport 508 487-0241
Car Rental 508 487-0009
Council on Aging 508 487-7080
Community Recreation Center 508 487-7097
Dep. of Public Works 26 Alden Street, 508 487-7060
Harbormaster 508 487-7030; Pier Corporation 508 487-7030, MacMillan Pier
Library 508 487-7094
Licensing 508 487-7020
Municipal Tourism Office 508 487-3298 – www.provincetowntourismoffice.org
Parking Department 508 487-7050
Parking Regulations 508 487-7050
Pets/Animal Control 508 487-1213
Schools 508 487-5000
Town Clerk 508 487-7013