Join the Polar Plunge

Participants will raise money for the Essex Elementary Parent Teachers Organization by taking a brisk dip in the waters of Essex Bay at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 12 at Front Beach at Conomo Point. Donation is $20 to plunge, $15 to nominate friends, family and teachers, and $40 to still have bragging rights if you're nominated and don't want to plunge! Event website is and all proceeds go to the EES PTO. A signed waiver is required for participation. 

New Transfer Station Operating Hours

Starting January 14, the Essex Transfer Station hours will be changing to 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The days the Transfer Station is open will stay the same at Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. If you have any questions, please call the DPW Office at (978) 768-6262. 

Essex Open Burning Season

Open burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the Essex Fire Department. Open burning season runs from January 15–May 1. A valid permit obtained from the local fire department is required. The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny or cancel open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions.

The cost of a burning permit for a homeowner is $20.00; for seniors age 60 and over, it’s $10.00. We offer and encourage online purchase of burning permits and daily permit activation. You may also go to the Fire Station during regular business hours and we will be happy to issue a permit in person payable by check only. No cash will be accepted! Visit the fire department’s page on the Essex town website to purchase and activate your burning permit online. 

Notice of Elected Offices Available at Annual Town Election

2020 nomination papers for local municipal office holdings will be available beginning January 20 for the annual Essex town election on May 11. The elected offices available include: one assessor for three years, one moderator for one year, one Selectmen for three years, one Board of Health member for three years, two constables for one year, one School Committee member for three years, and one Planning Board member for five years.

The deadline to obtain nomination papers is March 19 at 5:00 p.m. The deadline to submit nomination papers for certification is March 23 at 5:00 p.m. Interested parties can visit