Dog Licenses

All dogs over 6 months old need to be licensed by March 31st every year. Please send your check and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with additional postage ($0.69) in order for your tag to be mailed to you. You may also license your dog in person at the Clerk's Office. Dogs can also be licensed on-line.

Lancaster's Animal Control Bylaw requires that all dogs over 6 months of age must be licensed annually. An up-to-date rabies certificate must be on file before a license can be issued. The licensing period is January 1 through December 31, and licenses are due by March 31. The cost is $10 for a neutered male or spayed female, and $20 for an unaltered dog of either sex. After March 31 a $50 late fee is added for each unlicensed dog, and $10 per month after that.

For more information contact the Town Clerk's Office at 978-365-3326 ext 1013 or via email.You can download the application by clicking here; then mail it in or stop in at the Town Clerk's Office in the Town Hall at 701 Main Street. If you apply by mail, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (add $0.20 for special handling).

Please note that at the October 16, 2006 Special Town Meeting the voters of Lancaster accepted the provisions of Mass General Law Chapter 140, Section 139, which allow the Town to issue dog licenses free of charge to residents over 70 years of age. The application process is the same for residents of all ages. Dogs must be up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, and the rabies certificate must be on file in the Clerk’s Office. Anyone of any age who fails to license his/her dog by March 31st will be charged an $50.00 late fee (plus $10 per each additional month) and could be further subject to court action.