Dog Licenses

Animal Control
Dog Control Bylaw
Annual Census Form
Dog Licensing Form

Who must License?
All dogs in the Town of Norton must be licensed annually once the dog reaches 6 months old or within 30 days upon arrival to the town.  

Veterinarians by law send the Town your Dog's rabies Information.  Dogs that have rabies vaccinations on file but are not licensed will be assessed a $50.00 citation.

Licensing Period
The annual licensing period runs from January 1st to December 31st, both dates inclusive.

Licensing Fees
The annual fees for licensing your dogs are as follows:
Spayed or neutered                   $10.00             
Not Spayed or Neutered           $15.00

Fees are NOT pro-rated and the licensing dates do not change based on date license was purchased.

Owners with four dogs or more must apply for a kennel license and they must first verify with the building inspectors office that their residence is zoned where kennel licenses are permitted.

Late Fees
Applications for a license renewal received after March 1st will be issued a $5.00 late fee along with the license fee and an additional fee of $1.00 per month for each subsequent month. Licenses not renewed by June 1st will also be subject to a $50.00 citation issued by the Animal Control Officer.   

If you no longer own a dog you must notify the Town Clerk’s Office to avoid future notices and late fees.  Call 508-285-0230 or send email with the owners name and address, dogs name and breed and indicate that you no longer own this dog.  
 
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Licensing Forms
Dog licensing forms are 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.  Additional dog licensing forms are available if you are not prepared to renew your dog on the form provided with the annual census form.  

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 (per dog)   * Checks should be made payable to the Town of Norton
  • Completed Renewal / Request form
  • Self-Addressed .66¢ 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)