Dog Licenses

Licensing and Registration

Massachusetts General Law requires that all dogs aged six months and older be licensed each year. Currently, your dog license is due one year from when it was purchased last. A current rabies certificate is required at the time of registration for ALL new licenses and renewals. A spayed/neutered certificate is also required (unless noted on rabies certificate). Licensing helps prevent rabies outbreaks by requiring a certificate of vaccination for all dogs. It also increases the chance that you will be reunited with your pet in the unfortunate event they are lost. Dog licenses can be traced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Animal Control or the Police Department. 

Licensing Fees:

  • $15.00 license fee for dogs that are neutered/spayed  
  • $30.00 license fee for dogs that are unneutered/unspayed 
  • Important notice: Failure to license after a written warning, will result in a fine of $50.00 per City Ordinance. To review the City Ordinances pertaining to dog licenses, please click here.     

Licenses are available for purchase in person at the License Division of the City Clerk's Office, 59 Court Street, Room 217, Westfield, MA. 01085 (Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM) or by using the mail-in registration form. Please include payment and self addressed, stamped envelope if ordering via mail. 

For any additional questions on dog licenses, please call the Licensing Division, 413-642-9394. 
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