Government of Guilford

The Borough of Guilford, incorporated in 1815, was consolidated with the Town of Guilford by a special act of the General Assembly in 1939. At that time the borough as an entity ceased to exist. The Current Charter of the Town of Guilford was last revised in 2001 and included updating the legislative and executive functions of the town government.

Form of Government

Board of Selectmen/Board of Finance/Town Meeting

Town Meeting

Town meeting is the legislative body of the town. To vote at a town meeting, one must either be:

  • A registered voter in the town
  • A citizen of the age of 18 or more who, jointly or severally, is liable to the town for taxes assessed against him on the assessment of not less than $1,000 on the last completed grand assessment list. This includes motor vehicle as well as real and personal property.

The Annual Town Meeting takes place on the second Monday in May. The Annual Budget Meeting/Referendum takes place in April. In addition, special town meetings can be called by the Board of Selectmen when they deem it necessary or upon application of at least 50 people qualified to vote in a town meeting.

Board of Selectmen

The Board of Selectmen consists of a full-time salaried first selectman and four part-time salaried selectmen. The board meets twice a month, with three members constituting a quorum. Reviewing the town’s present and future needs lies with this board.

Town Hall – 31 Park Street

Contains offices for the Board of Selectmen, Tax Collector, Tax Assessor, Town Clerk, Finance, Facilities/Maintenance and Probate.

Directions:

Travelling on I-95 North:

  • Take Exit 58 and at the end of the exit take a right onto Route 77.
  • Follow Route 77 to the Town Green, take a left onto Broad Street and a right onto Park Street.

Travelling on I-95 South:

  • Take Exit 58 and at the end of the exit take a left onto Route 77.
  • Follow Route 77 to the Town Green, take a left onto Broad Street and a right onto Park Street.

Town Hall South – 50 Boston Street

Contains the offices of Building and Engineering, Health and Planning and Zoning. Directions:

Traveling on I-95 North

  • Take Exit 58 and at the end of the exit take a right onto Route 77.
  • Follow Route 77 to the Town Green, take a left onto Broad Street and a right onto Park Street.
  • At the end of Park Street take a left onto Boston Street. Town Hall South is about three buildings on your left, number 50.

Traveling on I-95 South

  • Take Exit 58 and at the end of the exit take a left onto Route 77.
  • Follow Route 77 to the Town Green, take a left onto Broad Street and a right onto Park Street.
  • At the end of Park Street take a left onto Boston Street. Town Hall South is about three buildings on your left, number 50.

All Town Offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.