Dog Licenses

State law mandates that all dog owners must obtain a license for their dog(s) each year. Licenses are available at Town Hall according to the following fee schedule:

  • Neutered/spayed dog: $10 each
  • Unneutered/unspayed dog: $15 each
  • Seniors (70+): no charge
  • Kennel Licenses:
    • Up to 4 dogs: $25 total fee
    • 5-10 dogs: $50 total fee
    • 11 or more dogs: $75 total fee

The licensing deadline without penalty is April 1. PLEASE NOTE:  After April 1, a $25 per dog late fee will be imposed. After May 1, the late fee rises to $50 per dog. Anyone who has not re-licensed their dog(s) by June 1 will be subject to a $100 late fee per dog and will have their names turned over to Ayer District Court by the Animal Control Officer.

Dog license applications are mailed out every January with the Annual Street Listing.  You may also come in person to apply at the Town Clerk's Office or click here to download an application. Send the completed application, together with proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination, evidence of neutering/spaying (if not already on file) and the appropriate fee, to the Town Clerk's office, 29 Middle Road, Boxborough, MA 01719.

Dog licenses can also be obtained through our Online Payments portal.  If your dog has an up-to-date rabies certificate on file, you can renew your dog's license online via electronic cash transfer from your checking account (ACH) or by credit or debit card.  Please note that there is a fee for credit and debit card purchases.  

Online Payments for Dog License Renewal

Seniors 70 years-of-age or older cannot use the Online Payment portal, since no payment is involved.  Seniors can submit an online application by clicking on the link below:

Online Dog License Application for Seniors

Dog owners are expected to have control over their dogs at all times.  Please refer to the town's Dog Licensing and Dog Control Bylaws for more complete information.

Dog Licensing Bylaw

Dog Control Bylaw