1. News & Notices
  2. Meeting & Events Calendar
  3. Town Meeting Info
  1. Draft 2020 Open Space & Recreation Plan for Review

    The Open Space & Recreation Plan Committee has released for public input a draft of Carlisle’s 2020 Open Space and Recreation Plan (OS&RP). There are links below to the main text, appendices, maps and tables that comprise the plan.... Read on...
  2. Public Records Law & Open Meeting Law Overview

    February 17th presentation by Town Counsel (Miyares and Harrington LLP) on recent changes and developments with the Open Meeting Law (OML) Read on...
  3. 2021 Caroline E. Hill Scholarship Applications are now available online

  4. Avoid Late Fees – License Dogs by March 31, 2021

    The Office of the Town Clerk will begin charging late fees for dogs licensed after March 31, 2021. The late fee is $25 per household in addition to the licensing fee. Read on...
  5. 2021 Transfer Station Sticker now available online

    Online payment and mail-in application forms will be available beginning January 4, 2021 Read more
View All

                                                                    Welcome to the Official Website for the Town of Carlisle

The purpose of this website is to provide information about your community, library, government, and school activities. This is a community endeavor, all are invited to collaborate. Your contributions and suggestions are welcomed.

The Town of Carlisle is a predominantly residential community located approximately 22 miles northwest of Boston. Once called “city of the woods” by Henry David Thoreau, Carlisle is still a rural community with over 30% of the land permanently protected open space. Carlisle residents enjoy the rural charm of a New England farming community with winding roads weaving past stone walls, fields farmed for generations, and unspoiled woods. The incorporation of Carlisle was a long and arduous process taking 72 years. The first recorded intention of incorporation was in 1732. In 1754 the District of Carlisle was approved by the Massachusetts General Court and existed for two years, five months, and 17 days before it was dissolved. In 1780 a new, larger, District of Carlisle was approved. Finally, in 1805, the Incorporation of the Town of Carlisle was approved.


The visual characteristics, combined with its geographical location and the commitment of its residents to providing a quality education for Carlisle children, make this community highly desirable.

For information about the banner photographs used for the web site, click here.