Dog Registration

Quick Links: Complete a new or renewal dog registration 

  • online (credit card/echecks accepted 24/7) OR
  • by mail/in person/drop box at the Town Clerk’s office with this application (checks/cash only)

Dog Luna Kirsten Original Photo OK to use for Town purposes - CopyDog registration information is mailed to all households with the annual census at the end of December/early January. Please respond promptly as your speedy response allows us to be more efficient in processing. The quicker you respond, the less staff time and postage required to manage the program--all of which saves your tax dollars.

If you have questions regarding dog registration, please call the Town Clerk's office at 978-468-5520 x1 or reach out by email at

HOT TOPIC: 2024 Dog Licenses
Wenham loves its dogs, but they do need a current license and quite a few do not yet have them! Please check to see if your pup has a 2024 tag. You can complete the application and pay online here or complete this fillable form and return to the Wenham Town Clerk ASAP with a check or cash. The fee is $15 for neutered dogs and $20 for intact dogs. If you are age 70+, there is no fee to register up to three dogs! If we do not have a current rabies vaccination letter on file, you will need to provide a copy of the latest rabies vaccination certificate from your vet. (A scan or legible picture of it from your phone works for uploading for online orders. If you have any trouble uploading it, feel free to email to or mail it to us at 138 Main St. and we'll update the rabies certificate expiration date.)

If your dog has passed away, we're so sorry! Please let us know at so we can update the database.

Having current dog tags isn't just the law, it protects all our dogs--if they get loose (like mine does from time to time!), they can be identified by the Animal Control Officer and we can be sure they are up to date with rabies vaccinations.

State Regulations

All dogs six months and older shall be inoculated against rabies and licensed with the Town, as required by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 140, §137.

Dog registration can be completed online or via the Town Clerk’s office with this application.

Wenham Bylaw Chapter XXIII, B sections 2 & 3 explain that the annual license for dogs is valid from January through December. 

Licensing Fees

The annual cost to register a dog in Wenham is:

  • $15.00 - neutered or spayed
  • $20.00 -  intact
  • Dog licenses are FREE for Senior residents age 70+
Personal kennels (4+ dogs):

  • Four dogs - $50
  • Five to 10 dogs - $100
  • More than 10 dogs - $150

No fee is imposed for domestic charitable corporation kennel licenses operated exclusively to protect animals from cruelty, neglect, or abuse, or for relief from suffering.

Please call or email the Town Clerk about a kennel license so she can talk through your specific set up and advise you on which license to apply for. Call 978-468-5520 x1 or reach out by email at




Town Hall Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday Closed

Contact Town Hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984


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