Dog Licenses

The license year is January 1st – December 31st.  

Dog licenses can be obtained Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, during the hours of 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM and 8:15 AM - 6:30 PM on Tuesday. 

Neutered or spayed animals cost $10.00 and non-altered animals cost $13.00 for a license. According to the Town Bylaws, once the previous year license expires, dog owners must obtain a new license beginning January 1st (or the second day) of the new year.

The fee schedule is as follows:


January 1st -  March 31st

Altered (Spayed/Neutered)


Not Altered (Not Spayed/Neutered)


April 1st - May 31st



June 1st - July 31st



August 1st - December 31st



A new license (first time) remains $10 for neutered/spayed and $13 for non-altered animals.  We need an updated rabies certificate and/or a neutered or spayed certificate (original copies).

We will also accommodate any dog owner unable to appear at the Clerk's Office.  One would mail in all the original documentation with the fee (check or money order) made payable to the Town of Wareham, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  We would register the animal and mail the tag and paperwork back to you.   However, we cannot mail the metal hook.  If one fails to enclose the envelope, it will be the responsibility of the owner to make arrangements to pick up the license. 

Checks are made payable to the Town of Wareham. No out of state checks will be accepted.

Please note a current rabies certificate must be on file with the Town in order to license your dog. Also, if applicable a spay/neuter certificate. (A bill of services rendered will not be accepted as proof of a rabies vaccination.)

If you no longer own a previously licensed dog, please contact the Town Clerk’s office so the dog(s) can be removed from the municipal dog list. This will assist in preventing delinquent notices for unlicensed dogs.