REMINDER: 2023 dog license applications/renewals due by April 30, 2023

City of Gloucester 2023 DOG LICENSES are now available for purchase online at and by mail. You may also submit your application directly to the City Clerk’s Office, but we are not processing applications in-person. The deadline to submit your application in person at the City Clerk’s office is Friday, April 28, 2023 during regular business hours. The deadline to register is April 30, 2023. Applications must be received – either submitted online or postmarked – by April 30, 2023.  A $10.00 late fee per dog will be charged beginning May 1, 2023. 

A CURRENT RABIES CERTIFICATE (NOT AN INVOICE) MUST BE PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. The cost is $15.00 for neutered/spayed dogs and $16.00 for non-neutered/non-spayed dogs. If applying by mail, include $2.50 for postage & handling (postage fee covers up to three dogs). The deadline to register is April 30, 2023. Renewals received after April 30, 2023 will be charged a $10.00 late fee per dog.  

Annual registration is required by law; all dog owners who did not renew their dog license for the previous year will be required to pay the previous year’s license and late fees before being able to purchase a 2023 license (MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 137 & GCO Ch. 4, Sec. 4-22). NOTE: If you are no longer the owner of a dog, please notify Animal Control so that you will not be assessed a penalty for not licensing your dog. For more information visit

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