Administration Economic Development Press Releases

Weekend High Speed Ferry Returns to Bristol this Summer

BRISTOL, RI– On Thursday, June 18th, 2021, the State of Rhode Island announced the return of the Providence-Newport Ferry for its sixth summer season. For the third consecutive year, the Providence-Newport Ferry will also make weekend stop in Bristol through Labor Day weekend.

“The return of the Providence-Newport Ferry is another signpost on the path to restoring our economy and our way of life as the pandemic eases,” Gov. Dan McKee said. “I urge everyone to take advantage of this great resource to enjoy Narragansett Bay and everything that Newport, Providence and Bristol have to offer this summer.”

“We are pleased to welcome back Seastreak and its passengers to Bristol Harbor,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “Visitors will find many fine restaurants and attractions within walking distance in our historic downtown. We hope riders enjoy their time in Bristol and have a great summer.”

Prior to the pandemic, a survey was commissioned by the State to determine the economic impact of the high speed ferry on the participating communities. Based on survey responses, ferry passengers reported spending an average of $87 per person per day in town.

For more information and to purchase ferry tickets, please visit


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island and the Town of Bristol Announce Continuing Partnership

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Bristol Police Recruitment

July 12th, 2021:

Update: This Bristol Police Department is no longer applications for the Police Officer position. For the latest openings with the Bristol Police Department, please visit:


The Bristol Police Department is actively seeking candidates for the position of Police Officer. The application period opens on June 1, 2021 through July 11, 2021. To apply online, please visit or you may download the “Police Recruitment Flyer” listed below for information, prospective candidates may want to consider watching this recruitment video.

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Bristol Joins 21 Local Agencies on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group

Bristol, RI –On Thursday, April 15th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced its joining of the Rhode Island Purchasing Group which connects 21 existing participating agencies from across Rhode Island to a large vendor pool for bid distribution and management. BidNet’s Rhode Island Purchasing Group provides notification to registered vendors of new relevant solicitations, and any addenda and award information. The Town of Bristol invites all potential vendors to register online with the Rhode Island Purchasing Group to access its upcoming solicitations by visiting

In joining, the Town of Bristol hopes to utilize the system to streamline its purchasing process. The Rhode Island Purchasing Group is a single, online location for managing sourcing information and activities and provides local Rhode Island government agencies the tools needed to minimize costs and time delays associated with the procurement process. The Town of Bristol looks to save time, reach out to more vendors automatically and achieve cost savings over the traditional paper-based bid process.

The Town of Bristol has access to the Rhode Island Purchasing Group vendor pool which will enhance competition without increasing distribution costs. In addition to the existing vendors on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group, all vendors looking to do business with the Town of Bristol can register online: The Town of Bristol invites all current vendors not already registered on the purchasing group to do so today.

Registered vendors can access all open bids, related documents and files, additional addendum, and award information. In addition, the Rhode Island Purchasing Group offers a value-added service to notify vendors of new bids targeted to their industry, all addenda and advance notification of expiring term contracts. A robust NIGP code category list allows vendors registering to find the correct codes in order to receive matched bid information.

“Our goal is to extend the reach of our solicitations. Not only will we increase our vendor pool and competition, but our valued vendors can now save time and access not only our open bids but those from other agencies throughout the state. We invite all of our current vendors to register on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group or contact BidNet’s vendor support team with any questions,” stated Bristol Town Clerk Melissa Cordeiro. Vendors may register on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group: BidNet’s vendor support team is available to answer any questions regarding the registration process or the bidding system at 800-835-4603 option 2.

Other local Rhode Island government agencies looking to switch from a manual bid process, please contact the Rhode Island Purchasing Group for a demonstration of the no-cost sourcing solution.

About BidNet Direct:

BidNet Direct, powered by mdf commerce, is a sourcing solution of regional purchasing groups available at no cost to local government agencies throughout the country. BidNet Direct runs regional purchasing groups, including the Rhode Island Purchasing Group, across all 50 states that are used by over 1,600 local governments. To learn more and have your government agency gain better transparency and efficiency in purchasing, please visit


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Dog Licenses Are Now Available Online

Eliminating a trip to Town Hall for pet owners, the dog license registration is now available online through EGov!

To renew or request a new license, fill out the application, upload your dog’s rabies certificate and make a payment online, and the Town Clerk’s Office will mail the dog tag and certificate directly to you. Please Note: There is an additional fee for this convenience: $1.00 for each dog and .51 cents for each transaction.

For more information, please contact the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office at 401-253-7000 ext. 132 or by visiting the Dog Licenses information page at the link below.


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Town to Begin State-Mandated Statistical Update Revaluation Project

Bristol, RI-The Town of Bristol has announced the start of the state-mandated statistical update revaluation project for the year 12/31/2021. The State of Rhode Island mandates that Cities and Towns revalue all property every three years, and perform full inspections every 9 years (RIGL 44-5-11.6). The Town has hired Northeast Revaluation Group, LLC, a municipal revaluation vendor located in Warwick, RI, to assist with the project.

The purpose of the revaluation is to update all real property values in the Town and is performed using sales and market data since the last revaluation of 2018. During the first phase of the project, Northeast Revaluation and the Town of Bristol will send notices to the property owners of real estate sales that have taken place from 1/1/2019 thru 12/31/2021. The notices will inform new owners within 2019 thru 2021 that the revaluation is underway, and that a data collector from Northeast Revaluation will be stopping by to inspect the property. {Please note only properties that have sold within the stated 3 year period}. The data collector will measure the exterior of the property and update physical characteristics, no interior inspections will be made. This inspection of the sold properties is very important since having accurate data on those properties is critical to any assessment changes that are made in the Town.

Northeast Revaluation employees will carry identification badges and their vehicles will be registered with the police department. The revaluation update for the 2021 year will be reflected in the 2022 tax year.

For any questions regarding the project, property owners may call Northeast Revaluation at 401-737-0300 or the Bristol Tax Assessor’s Office at 401-253-7000 or by email at [email protected].


COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Provides Update on Local Vaccination Effort, Sets Final Testing Clinic Date

COVID-19 Vaccinations- Bristol-Run Vaccination Site

On Saturday, March 13th, 2021, the Town of Bristol successfully completed the first dose delivery of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to residents primarily 75 and older. Over the next four weeks, the Town will be working to administer the second dose of the vaccine to the same population. Residents at Benjamin Church Manor and School/Childcare personnel will also receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March.

To date, the Town clinics has administered 5,496 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

With the State’s moves to a regional vaccination distribution model, there are no further allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Town at this time. The Town of Bristol will continue to work closely with RIDOH to ensure all residents can get vaccinated.

Moving forward, all new vaccination appointments should be done through the State-Run Vaccination Sites, Select Local Pharmacies, or Select Hospitals.

For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine or view eligibility, please visit

COVID-19 Testing – Bristol Town Beach Site

As of April 1st, 2021, the Town of Bristol will cease its weekly testing clinic at the Bristol Town Beach. With the increased availability of COVID-19 tests, there has been a reduced need for the Town’s site.

The final testing clinic will be held on March 27th, 2021 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.

As of Saturday, March 13th, 2021, the Bristol Test Site has conducted 4,079 rapid tests.

Moving forward, Bristol residents are encouraged to visit the asymptomatic pop-up COVID-19 test site, located inside the former Jos. A. Bank storefront at the Barrington Shopping Center (180 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806). That testing site is operated by the Rhode Island National Guard and runs on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Eastbay Community Action Program is also operating a testing site in Warren, in a modular unit on Railroad Ave. near the post office. Appointments are required and can be made at or by calling 401-222-8022 and selecting option 4.

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For a full list of rapid & PCR testing sites in the State, please click here.


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Bristol Named Safest Community in Rhode Island by SafeWise

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Bristol Lists 10 Naomi Street for Sale, Invites Sealed Proposals

The Town of Bristol invites sealed Proposals for the purchase of certain real property owned by the Town of Bristol. The property comprises 15,489 sq. ft. of land and improvements, including a single-family home and a shed, located at 10 Naomi Street, Bristol, Rhode Island.

The minimum acceptable bid is $318,000.00 (Three-Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Dollars).

All inquiries, questions, and requests for information related to the property or related to the preparation of the response to the Request for Proposals should be directed in writing to Diane Williamson, Director of Community Development, 9 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island, or via email to [email protected].

Persons who desire to purchase the subject property must submit 2 copies of their proposal along with completed Forms from this document to Melissa Cordeiro, Town Clerk, 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809 on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, before 12:00 noon. Proposals must be submitted in writing and all proposals shall be sealed and clearly labeled on the outside: Request For Proposals #950 – 10 Naomi Street.

A detailed property description and instruction to proposers are contained in the attached documents.


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Dog License Renewals due by April 30th

It’s Dog License Renewal Time!

Dog licenses must be renewed annually before April 30th. Dog licenses have been mailed and should be arriving in your mailbox soon!

Dog licenses may be renewed in person at Town Hall (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) or through the mail. 

If the rabies date on the renewal form is highlighted, you must also provide a certificate from your veterinarian proving that the dog’s rabies inoculation is up-to-date (we will return the certificate to you). The 2021 dog tag will be mailed to you.

If any of the information provided on your renewal form is incorrect, please make the appropriate changes. 

Should you no longer have your dog(s), please indicate this on the renewal form and return it to the Town of Bristol at 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809.

For questions, please call Melanie Wolfe, Senior Clerk at 401-253-7000 ext. 132.