Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Implements Local Two-Week COVID-19 “Pause”

BRISTOL, RI – On Friday, November 20th, 2020, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente announced several actions being taken at the local level to coincide with the State of Rhode Island’s two-week “pause”.

Beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020:

  • Town Hall will be open to the public, but limited to essential services only. The Town of Bristol is urging residents to conduct their business with the Town through its website, by phone (401-253-7000), or by U.S. mail. More information on Bristol’s online and mail-in services is below. 
  • Compost curbside pickup will be discontinued for the year. The last day for weekly compost pickup will be Saturday, November 28th, 2020. Residents will still be able to bring their yard waste to the compost facility located at the Transfer Station. The hours of operations can be found here.
  • Indoor classes and programs at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center will be suspended. 
  • Municipal Court will be postponed until March 2021.
  • Land Evidence recordings will only take place between the hours of 12:00 PM (Noon) and 3:45 PM in the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office.
  • The Rogers Free Library will have no in-person book browsing and restricted computer use.
  • The Town of Bristol’s annual Christmas Festival programs have been modified to limit in person gatherings. Additional information can be found at

The measures above will be in place until December 13th, 2020. At that time, the Town will reassess these preventative measures and determine if further action is required.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we all do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Steven Contente, Town Administrator. “I’d like to thank our employees in the Town of Bristol. They are part of our essential, critical infrastructure here in town, and it’s important that we keep our employees healthy and working so we can continue to serve the public.”

Tax Payments: Residents and businesses can conveniently pay their property taxes online at or by U.S. mail. Checks should be mailed to 10 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809.  A drop box is also available outside Town Hall. 

Building Permits: Residents and businesses can apply for a variety of building permits through the Town’s Viewpoint Cloud platform at

Municipal Court Fees: Constituents can pay traffic and parking tickets online at

File a Police Report: The Bristol Police Department provides a convenient alternative for citizens to report non-emergency situations that have occurred with the Town of Bristol, RI. The online reporting system can be used to report vandalism, identity theft, credit card fraud, lost/missing items, theft of packages, harassment and other non-emergency incidents. To file a report, please visit If you are reporting an incident to Bristol Police that involves an emergency requiring immediate police response DIAL 9-1-1. 

Town Clerk Services: The Bristol Town Clerk’s Office offers constituents several online services including access to the land evidence database, submission of a public records request, and vital records requests. To learn more, please visit the Town website at

More information about the Town’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found online at To view the latest guidance from the State of Rhode Island, please visit

“Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. We look forward to the vaccine being delivered locally in the coming months, and we are hopeful that by this time next year, we will be in a much better place,” said Bristol Town Administrator Contente.