Licensing & Permits

The Wenham Town Clerk's office issues the following licenses

DBA(business) Certificates

Whenever you are conducting business under a name other than your own, and you are not a Corporation or other legal entity registered with the Secretary of the Commonwealth, you must obtain a "doing business as" (DBA) certificate from the Town Clerk in the Town where the business is located.  (MGL 110 Chapter 5)
More information can be found here.  
The application can be found here.
The fee for a Business Certificate in Wenham is $20.00 and is valid for four years. 
Wenham Town Hall only accepts cash or checks made payable to the Town of Wenham.

Dog Licenses
All dogs, six months and older must be licensed as mandated by Massachusetts General Law 140 sec 137. 
A copy of the current rabies vaccine is required.
Neutered/Spayed dogs: $10.00, $15.00 for all others.
Licenses in Wenham are valid from January to December.  
Please note that after January 31, there is a $25 late fee applied to the fee.
Dog registration for 2021 will be due to the Clerk in January.  
**Wenham Town Hall now accepts online payments!  Please click here for our payment center.

Marriage Intentions
To apply for a Massachusetts marriage license, both parties must complete the marriage intention forms together at any town or city hall.  There is a mandatory three day waiting period from the application date to the date the license is issued.  The license is then valid for 60 days and may be used to wed in any Massachusetts city or town.  The fee for this is $15.00.
Wenham Town Hall only accepts cash or checks made payable to the Town of Wenham.

Pleasant Pond Stickers
Pleasant Pond in Wenham has a swimming area that requires a parking pass between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The area is run by the Wenham Police but the stickers can be purchased at the Town Clerk's office.  Stickers are available to Hamilton & Wenham residents for $25/car. Second cars at the same address are $10. Seniors may purchase 1 pass for $10.  The pond regulations can be found here.  The application for a sticker can be downloaded here.   Because the Pond has been closed due to COVID-19, there is no application for a parking permit.

Raffle Permits
Raffle permits are needed for any organization who intends to run a raffle.
Only non-profit organizations that have been in existence for at least two years qualifies for a raffle permit.
The permit costs $10.00 and is valid for one year.
Wenham Town Hall only accepts cash or checks made payable to the Town of Wenham.

Town Hall Hours

Monday 9am-4:30pm

Tuesday 9am-7pm

Wednesday & Thursday 9am-4:30pm

Friday 9am-1pm


Contact Town Hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984

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