Short Term Rental Survey

Input Sought on Short Term Rentals in Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable invites Barnstable residents, both year-round and seasonal, and other local stakeholders, such as business owners, to share their opinions regarding short term rentals through an online survey.  The survey can be accessed online at The survey will be open through November 1st.


A short-term rental is a home or a portion of a home (such as a room) that is:

  • rented for stays that are less than 31 days
  • rented for more than 14 total days a year

Short-term rentals are advertised in a number of ways: privately, managed by leasing/rental agents, or done online, through sites such as Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway.  Short-term rentals are not hotels, motels, lodging houses or bed and breakfasts.  In Massachusetts, short-term rentals must now register with the Department of Revenue, and are charged state and local room occupancy tax.

The survey should take less than 5 minutes.  Responses to this survey are confidential and will be used for research purposes to assist in policy conversations about short-term rentals in the Town of Barnstable.  The survey seeks input people’s personal experiences with short-term rentals, thoughts about potential regulations, and opinions on the benefits and drawbacks to our community.

For more information about short term rentals in Barnstable visit

Road Work & Closure Notice

ATTENTION Drivers using the Santuit River Bridge on Old King’s Road.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday, August 12, 2019, and will continue through Friday, November 15, 2019.

Sampson’s Mill Road/Old Kings Road will be closed to traffic in both directions for the duration of the project.  The road closure will be between Willowbend Drive in Mashpee and at Abbey Gate Road in Barnstable.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured in Mashpee onto Cape Drive to Route 28.  Westbound traffic in Barnstable will be alerted via message boards to utilize Route 28 via Main Street.
Questions on the project can be directed to Mashpee DPW at 508-539-1420 or Barnstable DPW at 508-790-6400 or

Santuit River Culvert Under Construction September 2019

Old King’s Rd., Cotuit Looking West to Sampson’s Mill Rd., Mashpee

Site Video Showing Diverted River 



The Barnstable Health Department will hold flu shot clinics at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, Route 28, Centerville on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost to town residents is $3. Drive up service available!

Call Health Dept. (508) 862-4644 for more Information

Public Input Wanted for Shellfish Initiative


A comment period and four public meetings to solicit preliminary public and stakeholder feedback to inform The Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI) Taskforce’s Strategic Plan have been scheduled. Anyone interested in participating in the development of a strategic plan focused on protecting public access to, and ensuring the sustainability of, the Commonwealth’s shellfish resources are encouraged to submit written comments and/or attend one of the four scheduled public hearings.

The deadline for written comments has been extended to 5pm on October 21, 2019. Public comments will also be accepted verbally at one of the four scheduled public meetings. Comments should directly address shellfish management in the Commonwealth or one or multiple MSI Strategic Plan thematic areas of interest:

  1. Building public and stakeholder capacity and support for shellfish.
  2. Management, research, and industry resource development.
  3. Supporting and promoting cultural and historical uses of shellfish.
  4. Supporting and promoting balanced and sustainable economic opportunities around shellfish.
  5. Fostering communication and coordination between local, state and federal managers and developing improved guidance.
  6. Ensuring ecologically sound management/enhancement of shellfish resources and coastal ecosystems.

7pm–8:30pm September 18, Chatham Community Center, 702 Main St. Chatham

7pm–8:30pm September 23, 2019 DMF Gloucester Marine Station 30 Emerson Ave. Gloucester

 7pm–8:30pm September 30, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Tisbury Town Hall,51 Spring St., Tisbury

7pm-8:30pm October 17, Mass Maritime Academy, Admiral’s Hall, 101 Academy Dr. Buzzards Bay

For more information and to submit written comments please email:

Background: The MSI is an initiative developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and shellfish stakeholders from across the State. The MSI is intended to bring state and local shellfish resource managers, commercial and recreational harvesters, aquaculturists, researchers, and the general public together to develop a strategic plan aimed at optimizing the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the Commonwealth’s shellfish resources.  MSI is not a regulatory body and cannot change regulation or policies. Partial funding for the MSI has been provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. To learn more about the MSI and see the draft Assessment report please visit