According to Massachusetts General Laws, the owner or keeper of a dog over the age of 6 months shall obtain a license for the dog from the Town Clerk. The owner of the dog needs to provide the Town Clerk with a veterinary certification that the dog was vaccinated for rabies. If the dog has not been registered in Lakeville prior to this year, or is newly altered, a copy of the certificate or receipt from the veterinarian who spayed or neutered the dog must also be included. Please refer to M.G. L. Chapter 140, Sections 136A – 174E for more details regarding these requirements.
Dog licensing may be completed at the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours, by mail or online. Please provide a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate showing the expiration date and proof of spaying/neutering (if applicable and not already on file- WE WILL NOT PROCESS THE DOG LICENSE WITHOUT THE RABIES VACCINATION). Also, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if using the Mail-In Registration option.
REGISTRATION PERIOD & LATE FEES:
All dogs, ages six months and older, must be licensed on or before APRIL 30TH, of each year. Failure to do so may result in a $50.00 late fee for each unlicensed dog; after September 30th the late fee increases to $100.00 (per dog). Non-payment could result with a court summons to FOURTH DISTRICT COURT IN WAREHAM, MA. (Late fees voted by Board of Selectmen 8/24/2016.)
FEES PER DOG:
- Male/Female- $16.00
- Spayed/Neutered- $10.00
- Replacement tag- $2.00
- Kennel with 5 to 10 dogs -$60.00
- Kennel with 10 to 15 dogs- $120.00
The licensing period is January 1 - April 30, as it is for individual dogs; the late fee begins May 1 and is $50. The requirement to provide proof of rabies vaccinations and proof of spaying/neutering is also the same. Kennel owners are not currently able to use the on-line payment system as an inspection is required prior to the kennel license being issued.
For more information and explanations/definitions regarding kennel licenses, please refer to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 136A - 174E. If you have specific questions about your kennel and related fees, feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office.
New! You may register your dog online if a current rabies certificate is on file. Visit the UniPayGold website here. There is a convenience fee per dog and the credit card service provider charges a fee.
PLEASE NOTE: Online renewals must have an up to date rabies certificate on file with the Town Clerks office.
The Town of Lakeville's Annual Town Census mailing will serve as a reminder to renew your dog license each year.
For any questions regarding dog licensing please contact the Town Clerks office at 508-946-8800
SEE ATTACHEMENT- to download the 2019 Dog Licensing Form.
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