Links & Forms:
• Dog Bylaw – Chapter 104
• MGL Chapter 140 - Licensing
• Dog Licensing Form (only needed if licensing by mail)
• License Online (we must have a current rabies certificate on file)
Who must License?
All dogs in the Town of Easton must be licensed annually once the dog reaches 6 months old. New dogs arriving to the Town of Easton have 60 days to be licensed.
Please note, that Veterinarians, by law, send a dog’s rabies information to the Town Clerks Office of the community for the address they have on file for that dog.
The annual licensing period runs from January 1st to December 31st, both dates inclusive. Late fees will be assessed beginning on March 1st.
The annual fees for licensing your dogs are as follows:
Spayed or neutered $10.00
Unaltered (male or female) $15.00
Fees are NOT pro-rated and the licensing dates do not change based on the date a license was purchased.
Owners with four dogs or more must apply for a kennel license (see below for additional information).
Applications for a license renewal received after February 28th will be assessed a late fee of $5 per month / per dog, along with the license fee. The late fee is applicable from the 61st day after arrival of a new dog to the Town of Easton.
All dogs, ages six months and older, must be licensed each year before March 1st, or within 60 days upon arrival to the Town. Failure to do so, may result in a $25.00 citation issued by the Animal Control Officer, in addition to the license and late fees, for each unlicensed dog.
No longer own a dog?
If you no longer own a dog you must notify the Town Clerk’s Office to avoid future notices and late fees. Please email email@example.com with the owners name and address, dogs name and breed and indicate that you no longer own this dog to be removed from the active dog list.
Dog Licensing Reminders
A reminder to license your dog is sent with the annual town census in January. This acts as notification of reminder for renewals for currently registered dogs. Please note that NO other renewal notification will be mailed. Do NOT delay in returning your annual census as state law requires annual census forms to be signed and returned to the Town Clerks office within 10 days of receipt.
Dog owners are asked to keep an up to date email on file with the Town Clerk’s Office in order to receive email reminders and notifications.
Licensing your Dog Online
You may use our online dog licensing service if the rabies certificate that is on file in the Town Clerks Office is current at the time of licensing, you do not need to wait to have a new rabies certificate that covers the rest of the licensing year. To update your rabies on file please email us a copy and allow time for internal processing before attempting to license online.
To license online, simply click the link, enter the Dog ID# (can be found on a previous years license) and have your payment information (.25 charge to pay by electronic check) ready. For each online license issued, you will be charged $1.00 postage & handling fee and your tag and the license will be mailed directly to you.
Licensing by Mail
A Dog Licensing Form is ONLY required if registering your dog by MAIL.
In order to license your dog (s), you will need the following:
• A copy of a valid rabies certificate & certificate of spaying/neutering
• Appropriate License Fee & Late fees (per dog)
* Checks should be made payable to the Town of Easton
• Completed Dog Licensing Form
• Self-Addressed .68¢ Stamped Envelope to have the tags mailed to you (you may also stop by the Town Clerks office during normal business hours to pick up tags)
Licensing in Person
You may stop by the Town Clerks Office to license you dog during normal business hours (Mondays 8:30AM – 7:30PM, Tues/Wed/Thur 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Fri 8:30AM-12:30PM).
Licenses for the next calendar year are NOT available in person until December 15th of the preceding year. Online licensing opens by December 1st each year.
Please note that you can license your dog as long as the rabies certificate that is on file in the Town Clerks Office is current at the time of licensing, you do not need to wait to have a new rabies certificate that covers the rest of the licensing year. However, it is expected that you will provided the Town Clerk’s office with an updated rabies certificate when it is available.
Kennel LicensesOwners with four dogs or more must obtain a special permit from the Easton Zoning Board of Appeals (508) 230-0591 prior to licensing the Kennel with the Town Clerks Office.
The annual fees for Kennel licenses are as follows:
4 dogs $ 25.00
5-10 dogs $ 50.00
More than 10 dogs $100.00