The Town of Clayton provides many services and programs for residents and visitors. If you need information concerning a particular Town function or service, click on the appropriate department from the list below.

For general Town of Clayton information, please call the Town Office at 315-686-3512.

Town Departments


The Assessment Department is responsible for preparing market value estimates for every property in Clayton. The values, or assessments are used for determining the tax burden for each parcel. Annually the Assessor’s officer reviews permits, transfers of property, and deeds to determine if a change in assessment is necessary. The Assessor is also responsible for administering exemptions to taxation. These exemptions include Senior Citizen, School Tax Relief (STAR), Agricultural, and Veterans to name a few. A complete list of exemptions can be found online at


The Town of Clayton is responsible for the maintenance of several cemeteries within the township.

Code Enforcement

The Town & Village of Clayton Code Enforcement Officer is responsible to enforce the International Building and Fire Protection Code, the New York State Uniform Building and Fire Protection Code and local municipal building codes, as well as the provisions of other local laws pertaining to quality of life issues.


The Town Court has jurisdiction over a broad range of matters, including vehicle and traffic matters, small claims, evictions, civil matters and criminal offenses.

Dog Control

Every licensing town, city or village must have a Dog Control Officer (DCO) and municipal shelter services. The DCO and shelter service enforces both State and any local dog laws and ordinances. Further, it is the DCO’s responsibility to pick up lost and stray dogs and humanely care for them until they can be reunited with their owners.

Emergency Management

The Town of Clayton is home to several Fire Departments, as well as the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS).  In case of emergency, always dial 9-1-1. 

Finance & Human Resources

The Finance Department is responsible for the proper collection and disbursement of all Town funds; for providing financial advice to the Town Supervisor and Town Board; and assisting and supporting in the following areas: cash and debt management, procurement of goods and services, operating and capital budgets, and accounting and reporting of financial information. The Human Resources Department is generally responsible for all employee personnel activities.


The Highway Department maintains approximately 128 miles of roads within the town, which consists of 78 Town roads, 38 miles of County roads, and 12 miles of State roads for the safety and welfare of its users.


The Town Historian collects and organizes local history materials and cooperates with other public officials in the preservation of historically valuable Town records. The Town Historian researches, writes, and makes public presentations on aspects of Town history, serving as a resource to the community.


The Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina consists of 49 transient floating slips of various sizes and a 300′ Pier.  Electricity, water, pumpout and other services are available.

Parks & Recreation

The Town of Clayton offers a variety of passive and active recreational opportunities to residents and visitors in our community.

Public Works: Water and Sewer

The Town of Clayton has two water districts and four sewer districts.  For information on each district, as well as emergency contact information, click the link above.

Town Clerk & Tax Collector

Official Town documents are kept in this office and are available to the public, as are vital statistics or records of births, deaths and marriages occurring in the Town of Clayton. The office issues marriage licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, and dog licenses. Free Notary Services are also available. The office also collects Town/County taxes each year.

Trash & Recycling

The Town of Clayton operates a Transfer Site located at 36243 County Route 4, Clayton.  For operating hours and additional information on available services, click the link above.

Zoning & Planning

The Town regulates all uses of land, heights of buildings, building locations and the density or bulk of buildings through its Zoning Law. The Town of Clayton’s Zoning Board of Appeals hears requests for area variances, use variances, temporary permits, special use permits and interpretations of the Zoning Law. The Zoning Board is comprised of seven appointed residents of the Town which have the authority to vary the strict application of the Zoning Law, consistent with the requirements of the New York State Town Law. The Town Planning Board is a five member citizen advisory body to the Town Board. The Planning Board’s duties include advising the Town Board as to planning issues and approval power for Site Plan Review, Special Use Permits and Land Subdivisions. Items considered by the Planning Board are initiated by filing an Application with the Zoning Officer. 

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