Dog Licenses

Please be Advised.  Beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the City Clerk’s Office will be open by Appointment Only for In-person services.  Please call 617-796-1200 to make an appointment.

On-line services including Vital Records requests, Business Certificates, Dog Licenses, Public Records Requests, Mail-in Ballot Applications, and Voter registration may all be done through the City Clerk’s webpage.

This change is being put in place to allow the Clerk’s Office time to prepare for the November 3, 2020 State/Presidential Election.

2020 Dog License & Off-Leash Permits

How to Order a Dog License

Order On-line
Using your name as it appears on your application and your dog's Unique ID #, you can complete the payment process and the license/tag will be mailed to you. If you are registering a new dog, or your dog's rabies information has expired, you may upload a new rabies certificate.  Credit Card payment will incur a small service charge, or you can pay by e-check for free.

Please click here to order ONLINE:  Dog License & Off-Leash License Renewal

By Mail (allow at least 2 weeks for processing):

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

In Person
Newton City Hall-City Clerk's Office 1st Floor/Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. 

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


Dog Application-On & Off-Leash

Professional Dog Walker Application

Non-Newton Resident Off-Leash Application

Kennel License

Informational Flyer

2019 Most Popular Dog Names


Dog Off-Leash Areas

Currently, there are 7 parks in the City of Newton where dogs may be off-leash. Owner must have possession of the off-leash permit. 


  • Braceland Playground: Chestnut St. [bottom tier] 
  • * Cabot Park: Newtonville Ave. [corner entrance] 
  • Claflin Playground: Lowell Ave. [gate entrance] 
  • * Hunnewell Park: Grasmere St. [off Hunnewell Ave. parallel to MA Pike] 
  • * McGrath Park: Washington St. [gate entrance] 
  • Newton Centre Playground: Bowen St./Centre St./Homer St./Tyler Ter. [entrance] 
  • Old Cold Spring Park: Beacon St. [entrance and follow trail]   * = Fully Fenced In     


  • Keep your dog on leash prior to entering and upon exiting the off-leash area.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended, they may be impounded by the Newton police.
  • Immediately remove and properly dispose of waste deposited by your dog.
  • Owner [dog walkers] must have collar with license and off-leash permit at all times.
  • Dogs must be at least six [6] months old to be allowed off-leash.
  • For further details regarding the Off-Leash program, contact the Parks & Rec Department at 617.796.1500.

Low Cost Rabies Clinics [2020 Cancelled]

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Newton’s Health and Human Services Department [617.796.1420] have cancelled rabies clinics for this year. Future dates will be posted. 

Animals must be leashed or caged and escorted by someone over the age of 14. 

Pet Safety in an Emergency

Newton cares about your pet. 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 Animal Control Office at 617-796-2109.

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


For our current newsletter, click the link below and visit...

"The Canine Quarterly"

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