Dog Licenses

2018 Dog Licenses and Off-Leash Permits

Starting February 20

All dogs that have attained the age of six months or older must be licensed annually prior to, and effective on, April 1st each year.


Pet Waste Barrel Locations

  • For a list of pet waste barrel locations please click here
  • For a map of pet waste barrel locations please click here

Dog Off-Leash Areas

There are currently 7 locations in the City of Newton where dogs may be off-leash as long as they have an off-leash permit.  The locations are: 

  • Braceland Playground
  • Cabot Park 
  • Claflin Playground
  • Hunnewell Park 
  • McGrath Park 
  • Newton Centre Playground 
  • Old Cold Spring Park

Keep your dog on leash prior to entering and upon exiting the off-leash area.

Do not leave your dog unattended.  Unattended dogs may be impounded by the Newton police.

You are responsible for immediately removing and properly disposing of any fecal waste deposited by your dog.

Your dog must wear a collar with their dog license and off-leash permit at all times.

Dogs must be at least four months old to be allowed off-leash.

For all of the details regarding Newton’s Off-Leash Area, and any updates to the program, please click here to visit the City Parks website. 

Low Cost Rabies Clinics

Newton’s Health and Human Services Department holds low cost Rabies
Vaccination Clinics.  Clinics will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • TBD
  • TBD

Dogs and cats must be caged or leashed, and escorted by someone over age 14.  Fee is $15.

Pet Safety in an Emergency

Newton cares about your pet, but please be prepared in case of an emergency. Keep a file handy with:

  • A photo of your pet (with you in the photo)
  • Current Rabies Certificate
  • Current Printed Doc License

The Newton Massachusetts Animal Response Team (NMART) will operate shelters for pets in case of large scale emergencies or disasters.

For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 617-796-1200.

How to Order a Dog Tag - 2018 Tags Starting February 20

Order On-line:
If your dog's rabies information is up to date you can order and pay for a Dog Tag and have it mailed to you using your dog's unique account number. Payment processing service charges apply. Please click here to register your dog online. (Allow 10 to 14 days, from the day we receive the request)

By Mail (Allow 10 to 14 days, from the day we receive the request):

1. Dog License & Off-Leash Permit Application
2. Rabies Certificate
3. Check in exact amount made payable to the City of Newton

In Person:
City Clerk's Office -- First Floor, City Hall, during regular business hours.

For more information please contact the City Clerk's Office at (617)796-1200 or by e-mail at

2017 Fun Facts

Most Popular Names
Lucy (51), Bella (42), Maggie (38), Daisy (36), Bailey (30), Lily (30)

Most Popular Breeds
Golden Retriever (98), Labrador (93), German Shepherd (37), Shih Tzu (32), Maltese (27), Miniature Schnauzer (26), Yorkshire Terrier (25), Cocker Spaniel (23), English Bulldog (23), Chihuahua (19)

Forms & Resources

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