Contact Information

Laura Swistak - City Clerk, CMC

General Inquiries
(401) 845-5341 or (401) 845-5342
Property Records/Land Evidence
(401) 845-5334

We're located on the Ground Floor of City Hall, 
43 Broadway, Newport

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - M-F
Land Evidecne Recordings are done bewteen 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m

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Contact Information

Laura Swistak - City Clerk, CMC

General Inquiries
(401) 845-5341 or (401) 845-5342
Property Records/Land Evidence
(401) 845-5334

We're located on the Ground Floor of City Hall, 
43 Broadway, Newport

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - M-F
Land Evidecne Recordings are done bewteen 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m

View City Clerk's Office Directory »

City Clerk

Our office serves a number of important roles within the community, including acting as the recorder of deeds, the registrar of births, marriages, civil unions and deaths, the clerk of the probate court, and the clerk of the City Council. Along with these pivotal roles,we keep a record of all council meetings and processes all business registrations and licenses in accordance with established City ordinances or state law.  

  
 




2024 City Council Meeting Schedule 


Christina Alvernas- 845-5342,calvernas@cityofnewport.com
Caleb Trainor- 845-5341 ctrainor@cityofnewport.com
Eileen O’Brien- 845-5334, eobrien@cityofnewport.com
Carlos Alaan, Deputy City Clerk, 845-5349, calaan@cityofnewport.com
Laura Swistak, City Clerk, 845-5351- lswistak@cityofnewport.com

Property Records

The Property Records office is responsible for recording all deeds, mortgages, leases, affidavits, condominium declarations, certified copies of documents and other similar instruments.  
 

Marriage Licenses

Effective June 8, 2020 Marriage Licenses will be granted by appointment only. Please click here to schedule an appointment 

If you're planning on getting married in Newport, be sure to visit us to apply for a marriage license before you say "I do"
 

Open Meetings

Review upcoming City Council Dockets, apply to serve on a Board or Commission, and review the City's Ordinances and City Charter
 

Vital Records

The City Clerk's office is responsible for maintaining and filing marriage, birth, and death certificates. Make your request online or in person. 
 

Probate Court

Probate Court has jurisdiction over the probate of wills;  appointment of custodians; the adoption of persons 18 years of age or older; change of name, and other matters 
 

Helpful Links


Watch City Council Meetings Online

City Council meetings are streamed online as they happen, or you can catch up any time through our video archives

Municipal Ordinances

Browse the City's municipal ordinances & City Charter through our searchable database 

Search City Council Agendas & Minutes 

Missed a meeting? Interested in an upcoming agenda? Search current and past City Council meeting minutes and agendas online

Short Term Rental Information

Learn about the do's and don'ts of short-term rentals in the City

Access Public Records

We're committed to open government. Request public records. 

Probate Court

Access forms, understand fees, and learn more about Probate Court

From the Vault

Dog License Renewals

Dog License Renewals

🐕‍🦺🦮 It's that time of year again! If you count a pup as a member of your family, then please don't forget to renew or apply for your annual Dog License. 

Rhode Island State law requires that every dog owner get a license for their dog each year in the municipality in which they live. If your dog is 6 months or older, you also need to get them a rabies vaccine, proof of which is required to get a license.

To obtain a license, please apply online, visit the City Clerk's Office, located on the Ground Floor of City Hall, 43 Broadway, or download a copy at www.CityofNewport.com/PetFriendlyNewport

Licenses costs $9 for dogs that are spayed or neutered, and $14 for those that are intact.

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In Detail: The City's Capital Improvement Plan

In Detail: The City's Capital Improvement Plan

The City's Capital Improvement Planning process is designed to be dynamic and responsive to changes in service demands, infrastructure condition, and emerging goals and priorities. 

City Councilors recently met to discuss this important planning document, and if you you're interested in learning more, please be sure to click below for a brief overview of the City's proposed Capital Improvement Plan
 

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Volunteer to Serve through the City's Talent Bank!

Volunteer to Serve through the City's Talent Bank!

Are you interested in getting more involved in the community? We're always on the lookout for volunteers to serve on our various Boards, Commissions, and Authorities!

Whether you're interested in bike and pedestrian safety, Newport Harbor, or Historic Preservation, there's more than likely a board or commission that could benefit from your involvment. Click below to learn more about our Boards and Commissions and to download an application.  

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