COVID-19 ALERT - Public Facilities Notice and Other Information

The Town will be using this page to add up-to-date information and links where applicable, that may be beneficial to the community.   **Take this opportunity to enroll in CodeRED to stay up-to-date with important town announcements and other general community information.*Please observe Social Distancing recommendations - stay home if you can, and observe 6-ft distance from others if you must enter public situations.   It is now recommended that individuals wear face masks (or some type of face covering) and gloves if you must go in public areas and wash your hands frequently. 
  • NEW UPDATE for week of April 6th - Community Resource Line for Franklin County Residents for answers to questions about COVID-19 or to find a list of resources available to support them during this event.- Please Call: 413-775-6411
  • NEW UPDATE for week of April 6th - Veterans Services Press Release during COVID-19
  • NEW UPDATE for week of April 6th - Please be advised effective immediately by the recommendation of the Board of Health and vote of the Selectboard, the Sunderland Elementary School playgrounds AND Basketball Courts or other open structures are CLOSED until further notice.  We appreciate your cooperation during this time.  
  • COVID-19 Guidance and Directives
    • LATEST UPDATE: Governor Baker extends business closure and stay-at-home advisory to May 4 (March 31, 2020).
  • COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses
  • Visit the Board of Health page links related to COVID-19, click HERE

Sunderland Public Buildings Closed to Public in Response to COVID-19TOWN OF SUNDERLANDOFFICE OF THE SELECTBOARD12 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375PHONE:  (413) 665-1441FAX:  (413) 665-1446

March 16, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Sunderland public buildings will be closed to the public, except for emergencies. Emergency police, fire, and ambulance service remain available 24/7 and are accessible by calling 9-1-1. Public buildings include the Town Office Building (12 School Street), the Highway Department (111 River Road), and the Public Safety Complex (105 River Road). The Sunderland Public Library has already closed to the public as of 6:00PM, Monday, March 16, 2020. Sunderland Elementary School has also been closed to both students and the public for three weeks, per Governor Baker’s   order.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, currently there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County, or neighboring Hampshire County. However, it is important that we all take steps to limit the spread of the virus to ensure that the healthcare system can treat those most in need.

In order to maintain operations to the greatest extent possible, town employees will continue to work during this time. If you have business to conduct with the town, please see the following recommendations.

Town Board & Committee Meetings: Boards and Committees are encouraged to cancel or postpone meetings. If meetings must be held, public meetings should be conducted by remote participation as outlined in Governor Baker's Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §20 effective March 12, 2020, which nullifies the previous procedure on public meetings. Recordings or transcripts of these meetings will be available on the town website. The town has procured a conference line for this purpose. Please contact the Town Administrator if you would like access to the conference line.

  • Applications & Payments: Applications for licenses, business certificates, tax abatements, etc. and payments to the town may be made by mail or deposited the black drop box located to the right of the front door to 12 School Street.
  • Tax payments may be made online from the Town of Sunderland website (
  • Building and electrical permits can be applied for online from the Building Inspector and Electrical Inspector’s page on the Town of Sunderland website (
  • To schedule a fire inspections, please contact
  • Please contact the Board of Health at 413-665-1438 or 665-1441 x6, or other relevant department as noted below, to schedule a time to drop off applications that will not fit into the drop box.
  • Other Business: For other, non-emergency business, please contact the appropriate department by phone or email.
  • Applications & Payments: Applications for licenses, business certificates, tax abatements, etc. and payments to the town may be made by mail or deposited the black drop box located to the right of the front door to 12 School Street.





413-665-1441 Ext. 1

Town Administrator


Board of Health

413-665-1441 Ext. 6

Emergency Management


Town Clerk

413-665-1441 Ext. 3


413-665-1441 Ext. 2

Board of Assessors

413-665-1441 Ext. 5

Building Inspector


Highway Department


Fire Department


Police Department


413-625-8200 (Dispatch)

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. We will continue to provide updates on the Town of Sunderland website and hope to resume normal business operations as soon as the state of emergency ends.

Geoff KravitzTown Administrator