Dog License(s)

Dog License

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

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.

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. 

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.  A current/valid rabies certificate and/or a neutered or spayed certificate (original copies) will be needed to license any dog.

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. 

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

Per the Town of Wareham By-Laws, Division VIII, Article II, Section 6: Any person Seventy (70) years of age or older, shall be exempt from the annual fee for one dog, per household, per year. The owner of a kennel license, age Seventy (70) years of age or older, shall be excluded from this exemption. Proof of age will be needed in order to receive discount the first time discount is provided. Seniors are not exempt from late fees.

Kennel License Information

“Any owner or keeper of four or more dogs, three months of age or over, shall obtain an application for a kennel license from the Building Inspector. Upon approval of the application by the Building Inspector or the Board of Appeals, the applicant will submit the written approval to the Town Clerk, indicating the location of the kennel. Kennels are defined and classified in Section 1 of these Rules and Regulations.” Town of Wareham By Laws; Division VIII; Article II; Section 7

Please click here for the Rules and Regulations.

Please click here for information on obtaining a Kennel License.