All dogs in the Town of Sterling must be licensed annually once the dog reaches 6 months old. You may license your dog under 6 months, if you choose. The licensing period is from January 1st through April 15th.
Note: State law requires a rabies vaccination certificate on file for every dog.
In order to license your dog(s), we will need:
1. A valid rabies certificate
2. The applicable Dog License Application.
3. The appropriate fee (see the table below)
4. A certificate of spaying/neutering, if appropriate
There are 3 types of dog licenses available: an individual dog license, a companion pet license and a kennel license. Please note that Kennel Licenses have additional requirements. Please read the Kennel License Application carefully.
Please send the application form, any required supporting documentation, the appropriate licensing fee and (if desired) an additional $2 for postage to the Office of the Town Clerk. If you would like us to mail the tag back to you, the $2 postage is required. Please make checks payable to the Town of Sterling and do not mail cash. We will mail the tag back to you as soon as possible. If it is more convenient for you, please feel free to stop by the Town Clerk's office to pick up your tag.
As a reminder, all dogs must be registered by April 15th, according to the Sterling Animal Control By-Law. Dogs registered after that date will be assessed a late fee of $25 to each owner for each dog in addition to the licensing fee. Failure to license your dog will result in a criminal complaint being issued, along with the additional fines.
Fees (see list of exemptions below)
License Fee Exemptions
This exemption applies to the license fee only; all other fees, e.g. a late fee, will apply.
You will not have to pay a license fee for your dog if: