Connecticut State Law requires that all dogs harbored in the state be licensed by the age of six months. The license must be renewed every year while the dog is living. Proof of a current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter certificate must be provided.
Annual fees are $8.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $19.00 for a non-spayed or unneutered dog. There is a $1.00 per month per dog late fee starting July 1st.
How do I apply for a Dog License?
To get your dog licensed, simply download, print and fill out the Dog License Mail-In Application (PDF), attach a copy of your rabies vaccination certificate signed by your veterinarian, your check or money order made out to the Town Clerk, your self-addressed/stamped envelope and mail it to the address on the form.
We will mail back your dog tag and your original rabies certificate.
Newly obtained dogs must be licensed within thirty days of new ownership.
How do I renew my Dog License?
Beginning June 1st, the Town Clerk's Office will accept dog license renewals or new dog license requests by USPS mail or the green Town Clerk locked drop box outside of Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Ave.
Renewal postcards are mailed during the month of May if you have registered with us. Renewals may be returned to the Town Clerk through the mail or drop box. Download the Dog License Mail-In Application (PDF).
The mail-in dog license application (download here) must be returned to us with the following:
- Valid current up-to-date rabies certificate
- Appropriate fees, including any late fees. (Checks or Money Orders ONLY)
- Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Make your Check or Money Order payable to:
‘HAMDEN TOWN CLERK’
Hamden Government Center
2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
DROP IN THE TOWN CLERK LOCKED DROP BOX OUTSIDE OF HAMDEN GOVERNMENT CENTER, 2750 DIXWELL AVENUE, HAMDEN, CT 06518. (Green boxes against bldg.- last on right)
FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT TOWNCLERK@HAMDEN.COM OR CALL (203) 287-7028.
As always, stay well and stay safe.
- A dog without a tag is presumed to be unlicensed and is not protected by law.
- A dog tag must not be used on any dog other than the dog described in the license bearing corresponding numbers.
Dog Park Usage
Users of Hamden’s Dog Park must have their dogs legally licensed to participate in the Dog Park located at Ridge Road and Waite Street (across from Bassett Park). Dog litter bags are provided. For rules regarding the Dog Park, visit the Hamden Dog Park website.
General Animal Licensing Information
For additional information on animal licensing, visit the State of Connecticut, Department of Agriculture website.
Review fees associated with dog ownership in Hamden.
Laws on Dogs
There are specific laws to help keep your dog on the straight and narrow.
Ordinance Regarding Dog Defecation
Read through an ordinance detailing owner responsibility to clean up after their dogs.
Learn about the importance of having your dog vaccinated for rabies, according to information provided by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association from June 2004.
Things We Can Learn from Dogs
Find inspiration in your dog.