Dog Licenses

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"The Canine Quarterly"

Dog License & Off-Leash Permits

All dogs six [6] months and older must be licensed annually starting on April 1st each year.

Low Cost Rabies Clinics:  #4 Fire Station 195 Crafts Street. Vaccinations are $20.                                                                              Check back for 2020 dates.

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 your dog's rabies information has expired, you may upload a new rabies certificate.  Credit Card payment will incur a service charge, or you can pay by e-check for free. Please
click here to register your dog online. (Allow 10 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
Newton City Hall: City Clerk's Office 1st Floor, during regular business hours.

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

Dog Off-Leash Areas

There are currently 7 parks in the City of Newton where dogs may be off-leash as long as they have an 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.
  • 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, visit the Parks & Rec Dept. click here

Low Cost Rabies Clinics

Newton’s Health and Human Services Department holds 2 low cost Rabies
Vaccination Clinics at the #4 Fire Station 195 Crafts Street Newtonville.

  • May 4, 2019  Saturday  9:00am-12:00pm
  • September 4, 2019  Wednesday  5:30pm-7:30pm

Dogs and cats must be caged or leashed and escorted by someone over the age of 14.  The cost is $20.00 per vaccination. 

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 City Clerk’s Office at 617-796-1200.

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

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