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1/2/2019 - Time for 2019 Pet Licensing

All Dog and Cats must be licensed every year. Information regarding the Health Department sponsored rabies clinic will be published separately.


  • City Ordinance requires that all dogs/cats must be licensed by 7 months of age.
  • Licensing tags must be affixed to collar or harness.
  • Newly acquired dogs/cats must be licensed within 10 days of acquisition.
  • New residents must register their dog/cat within 10 days of moving into the City UNLESS LICENSED IN ANOTHER NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITY FOR THE CURRENT YEAR.
  • All dog/cat licenses expire on December 31st of the year issued, regardless of when the license was obtained.
  • A current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian must be provided in order to obtain a license.
  • In order to be "current" the vaccination cannot expire before November 1st of the licensing year.
  • If your pet's rabies shot expires mid-year, you may re-vaccinate prior to the expiration date.  Consult your veterinarian with any questions.
  • All dog/cat licenses are to be renewed by January 31st of the licensing year. There is a one-month grace period. After March 1st late fees will be assessed at $10 for each animal beginning on March 1st, $15 for each animal on April 1st, and $20 for each animal on May 1st or any time thereafter.
  • Licenses are not transferable between animals.


Renewal License

The City mails renewal notices to owners of licensed dogs/cats at the end of December.  Email reminders are also sent to all owners with email addresses on file by the 2nd week of January. Renewal notices and any required documentation must be returned to the Health Department by March 1st to avoid late fees.  If you do not receive a renewal application in the mail, it is your responsibility to contact us prior to March 1st in order to obtain a new license. (On-line renewal with credit card payment is available.)

First Time License

For those residents who are applying for a first-time license, proof of rabies immunization from a veterinarian is required showing the date the vaccine was given and the date it expires. The shot must be valid until (at least) November 1st of the licensing year. To receive the reduced fee, proof that your pet has been spayed or neutered must accompany the application. There is no late fee when applying for a new license.

License Fees Are as Follows



Spayed/Neutered DOG
(proof of alteration required for initial license)


Non-Spayed/Non-Neutered DOG


Spayed/Neutered CAT
(proof of alteration required for initial license)


Non-Spayed/Non-Neutered CAT


Late Fee after March 1st (For Renewals Only)


Late Fee after April 1st (For Renewals Only)


Late Fee after May 1st (For Renewals Only)