Monday, April 27, 2015        

Town Ordinances & Town Charter

 New Town Ordinances • Proposed Town Ordinances

The Town of Smithfield Town Ordinances and Town Charter are available online through our vendor, General Code, at the following link: 

Smithfield Town Ordinances and Smithfield Town Charter online

The following documents are available in .pdf format by clicking the respective link:

Town of Smithfield – Town Charter  (updated online 12-18-2014)
Town of Smithfield Zoning Ordinance    (updated 7-15-2014)


Proposed Town Ordinances & Amendments:

  • 2015-01 – Chapter 325-10 – Lease to Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless –  The Smithfield Town Council considers authorizing a lease to Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless of a portion of that certain parcel of property located at 607 Putnam Pike. Public hearing on February 3, 2015.

Newest Town Ordinances & Amendments:

YEARS:  2012 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015

Ordinances are effective thirty (30) days after adoption.

Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Smithfield, pursuant to the provisions of Article II, Section C-2.13 (b) of the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Smithfield, has adopted the following Ordinance Amendments:

Year 2015

2015-02 Section 321-11.3 Renewable Energy Tax Exemption/Stabilization for Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas,  Wind, Biomass , Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric and  Fuel Cells  using Renewable Fuels. Adopted 4/7/2015.

Year 2014

2014-01 – Chapter 118 – Alcoholic Beverages, Article II, Licenses: Ordinance Amendment: Section 118.2 Number of Licenses The Ordinance Amendment would increase the authorized number of Class B Full Privilege Liquor Licenses from 30-35. Adopted 1/7/2014

2014-02 – Chapter 325-9 – Greenville Water District Lease:  Ordinance Amendment: This Ordinance Amendment will amend the existing Greenville Water District Lease to provide for the conveyance of Plat 17, Lot 10 to the Town. Adopted 1/7/2014

2014-03 – Chapter 321: Taxation Amendment Amendment,  Chapter 321-7 Veterans,  Chapter 321-8 Gold Star Parents, Chapter 321-10 Prisoners-Of-War. The Ordinance Amendment would bring the Town Code of Ordinances into conformity with State law and the current practices of the Assessor’s Office concerning Veterans’ Exemptions.  Adopted 2/4/2014

2014-04 Municipal Court Ordinance Amendment This Ordinance Amendment would establish the initial term of the Municipal Court Judge; the date, time and place of regular municipal court sessions; and the amount of court costs for each offense charged. Adopted 6/3/2014

2014-05 – Chapter 236.  Licensing, Business, Article III.  Registration of Businesses – Ordinance Amendment Chapters 236-11, 236-12, and 236-13 are hereby repealed in their entirety and the following ordinance is enacted in place thereof. This Ordinance Amendment provides for a $5.00 registration fee and an annual renewal of the Registration Certificate by the Tax Assessor of the Town of Smithfield. It shall be unlawful for a person to own or operate a business described in the Ordinance within the Town of Smithfield without a registration certificate. Adopted 8/5/2014.

2014-06 – Chapter 54 – Economic Development Commission – This Ordinance provides that the Economic Development Commission is needed to encourage and enhance the business climate within the Town by promoting a variety of incentive programs and support services for both new and existing businesses consistent with the goals of the community.

Year 2013

2013-01 Affordable Housing Advisory Board Amended Ordinance, Chapter 51, Section 51-2 Membership (changes from seven to five members) , and Section 51-4 Quorum (changes from four members of the Board to three members). Adopted by Town Council on April 2, 2013.

2013-02 Emergency Medical Services Chapter 193: Fees, Article II – Charges for Emergency Medical Services, Ambulance Fee Schedule (Fire Department). Authorized by Town Manager on May 9, 2013.


Year 2012

 2012-01 – Ordinance – Chapter 294, Section 294-36, Sewer Improvement BondsOrdinance of the Town of Smithfield, RI, approving and authorizing the issue of not to exceed $7,700,000 Sewer Revenue Bonds for the purposes of financing improvements to the Town’s Sewer System for the planning, construction, transportation, pumping, treatment and final disposition of sewer in the Town of Smithfield.   Whereas, the Town has previously developed a program under which to structure its borrowings with the RI Clean Water Finance Agency, and, Whereas, the Town is proposing the upgrades of the Wastewater Treatment Facility to Tertiary Treatment, and, Whereas, the Town will finance these projects with a borrowing from the RI Clean Water Financing Agency.  The period of usefulness of the Project is expected to be not less than twenty-five (25) years.  Adopted by Town Council on January 17, 2012.  

2012-02 – Ordinance – Chapter 350, Water Supply Board Requirements for the Extension of Water Lines and Related Capital Equipment: Article 1 – Construction of Water Lines;  Article 2 – Town Construction of Water Line Extensions by Petition;  Article 3 – Assessment Charges;  and Article IV – Out-of-District Extensions.  Adopted by Town Council on March 6, 2012.

2012-03 – Ordinance – Chapter 46 – Historic Preservation Commission, Section 46-10: The Smithfield Fire Department shall not participate in or assist with the demolition of an historic structure or conduct live fire training exercises in any of the following circumstances:  1. If structure is listed on the Smithfield Register of Historic Places;  2. If said structure is listed on the National Register or State Register of Historic Places;  3.  If the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission finds said structure has important historical significance.  Adopted by Town Council on May 15, 2012.

2012-04 – Ordinance – Chapter 81 – Purchasing Policy, Sections 81-1 through 81-9: This Chapter represents the official Town policy for all purchases by and on behalf of the Town of Smithfield to include purchases by the Smithfield Water District, Smithfield Sewer Authority and Smithfield Ice Rink.  81-1 through 81-9 includes:  Scope; purpose, duties of the purchasing agent and others; cooperative purchasing; School Department purchases; large purchases; exemptions; local purchasing; contracts; requisition procedures; purchase order processing; invoicing; competitive bidding, surplus and obsolete property.  Adopted by Town Council on June 19, 2012.

2012-05 – Bond Ordinance – Chapter 345, Section 345-1: Water Improvement Bonds – Approving and Authorizing the Issue of not to exceed $227,000 General Obligation Bonds for the purposes of financing Water Meter Replacement:  The Town of Smithfield will finance this project to replace approximately 1,200 existing water meters with radio-based water meters with automatic meter read modules in the Smithfield Water Supply Board service area, and will finance this project with a borrowing from the RI Clean Water Financing Agency.  Adopted by Town Council on June 19, 2012.

2012-06 – Ordinance – Chapter 325-7 Lease to Greenville Water District: In accordance with Home Rule Charter Section 2.12(5), the Town Council hereby authorizes the lease to the Greenville Water District of a parcel of land as described in the attached Lease for a period of ninety-nine (99) years.  Adopted by Town Council on August 7, 2012.

2012-07 – Ordinance Amendment – Chapter 177 Private Detectives – Section 177-9:  An application for a private detective license must provide satisfactory medical releases authorizing the Smithfield Police Department to determine if the applicant has any history of psychological disorder.  This amendment removes the requirement of a psychological exam to be performed by URI, which no longer offers this type of psychological testing service.  Adopted by Town Council on September 4, 2012.

2012-08 – Ordinance – Chapter 69, Other Post-Employment Benefits Trust Fund, Section 69 -1 through 69-10, to include: Establishment of Fund, Composition of the OPEB Board, Responsibilities of the OPEB Board, Fiscal Powers, Consultants, Liability, Encumbrances of fund assets void, overpayments, statements of payments from fund, and severability. Adopted by Town Council on September 4, 2012.

2012-09 – Ordinance Amendment – Chapter 252, Noise – Article 1 – Noise Regulations, Section 252-9: Exemptions, which states:  The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to: Lawn care equipment, such as: leaf blowers, lawn trimmers, lawn mowers, chain saws, and the like operated between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and the later of 8:00 p.m. or sunset, or in the case of an emergency.  The remainder of this Ordinance shall remain unchanged.  Adopted by Town Council on October 2, 2012.

2012-10 – Ordinance – Chapter 325-8 Conveyance to Smithfield Land Trust: In accordance with Home Rule Charter Section 2.12(5), the Town Council hereby authorizes the conveyance to the Smithfield Land Trust of a certain parcel of land containing 15.35 acres of land, more or less, that is further described on Document No. 20090016, Ridgeland Hills Subdivision – Open Space, as recorded in the Land Evidence Records of the Town of Smithfield.  Adopted by Town Council on October 2, 2012.


To view full-text of new ordinances and ordinance amendments, please visit the Town Clerk’s Office or click the linked titles above – documents are in .pdf format.

By order of the Town Council:   Carol A. Aquilante, Town Clerk

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