The Ashland Select Board consists of five members each elected for three year terms. Specific powers and responsibilities of the Select Board are set forth in the Town's Charter.
The Board serves as the chief policy-making body of the town. It is the local licensing authority for a broad range of activities including sale of alcoholic beverages, lodging houses, blasting operations, automobile dealers, junk dealers, pawnbrokers, parking and traffic regulation, storage of gasoline, restaurants, special events and entertainment.
The Board also has the responsibility to appoint and oversee the work of the Town Manager. They appoint Town Counsel and oversee matters of litigation related to the town. They enact rules and regulations for a wide variety of issues related to the town.
The Board typically meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.