Dog License Information

You may license your dogs(s) online, by mail, or at the Town Clerk's Office. We are only able to process dog licenses if we have a current rabies certificate and evidence of spay/neuter on file for your dog. If in doubt, call us at 978-640-4355 or by email.

Dog license renewals are due by March 15th, after which late fees will be assessed.

If your dog(s) should have been licensed in the prior year, an additional overdue fine of $30.00 per dog is owed ($35 if your dog is not spayed or neutered). Dogs that are new to the Town may be licensed at any time throughout the year without incurring a late fee.
Dog Type January 1 to March 15 March 16 to July 1 July 2 to December 31
Spayed or Neutered $15 $20 $30
Not Spayed or Neutered $20 $25 $35

View the Dog Bylaws (PDF).

Highlights of Dog Bylaws

  • Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter (ch).140 Section (sec).137 and Town Bylaws Chapter 6.04 (PDF) Dogs: A dog six months old or older shall be licensed yearly.
  • The license is valid for one (1) year, January 1 to December 31, and must be renewed annually.
  • Certificate of current rabies vaccination required (unless currently on file).
  • Certificate of spaying or neutering required (unless currently on file).
  • Leash Law: No owner or keeper of any dog shall permit such dog to be at large at any time.
  • There is a fine for impoundment of dogs picked up “at large”.
  • Copies of the Dog Bylaws are available on the Town’s Website or at the Town Clerk’s Office.