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Welcome to the official web site of the Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island!

New Shoreham has the distinction of being the smallest town in the smallest state. The municipality encompasses the entire geographic area of Block Island, an island of just under 10 square miles located approximately 12 miles south of mainland Rhode Island across Block Island Sound.  Block Island was known as Manisses (the Little God’s Island) by the Narragansett Indians.

Whether you are a resident, business person or visitor, we hope you find this web site helpful and informative.  It represents an ongoing collaboration of many, and we are committed to its continuous improvement.  We value your opinion and will appreciate all constructive suggestions for improvement.

Latest News


Public Hearing on proposed amendments to Capital Improvement Program Ordinance will be December 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM « More

The Town Council passed an emergency ordinance on September 1, 2021. Beginning noon September 3, 2021 facemasks are required in indoor public spaces. Face masks are not required for those whose health would be damaged or are developmentally unable to co « More

Proposed Two Lot Subdivision of the Overlook Property 8-24-2021 « More

With Fraud Alert, you can sign up to receive alerts whenever a document, such as a deed or mortgage, is recorded under your name. Documents can be viewed online or at the Clerks Office. « More

also Town Charter and Resolutions « More

Land Evidence Recording and Research under COVID-19 « More

Essential information on Town, State and Federal efforts to reduce or eliminate risks to the people and property on Block Island from the impacts of future hazards and disasters. « More

Requirements for production companies filming on Block Island « More

Final Draft of the New Shoreham Community Resilience Building Summary of Findings « More

Annual Vacancy Notice « More

Town of New Shoreham | PO Box 220 | Block Island, RI 02807 | Telephone: (401)-466-3200 | Copyright © 2007