Dog Licenses


Per CT State Statue Sec. 22-337, every dog, except dogs kept under a kennel license as provided in        Section 22-342, must be licensed when it becomes six months old and then annually every June. The town clerk issues the dog licenses. There are currently no kennels in Barkhamsted.

Licenses may be obtained either in person or by mail. Bring with you an updated rabies certificate and/or notice of spaying/neutering if necessary and the appropriate fee to license your dog. If submitting by mail, you must also include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license and any paperwork. We accept cash or checks made payable to “Barkhamsted Town Clerk”, or you  may use your credit or debit card with an additional 3% fee.

Spayed or Neutered dog$8.00
Unaltered dog$19.00
  • If renewing after the deadline of June 30th, there is a $1.00 late fee assessed per dog for each month late. Ex: July $1.00, August $2.00 etc.
  • If renewing by mail, please include the appropriate licensing fee and late fee per dog for the month in which your renewal will be postmarked, or your check will not be accepted.
  • We do ask that if our records include a dog that you no longer own, please email or call us so we can update those records.

Any blind, deaf or mobility impaired person who is owner or keeper of a dog trained to guide and assist him shall receive a license and tag for such dog, and no fee shall be charged. Also, dogs between six months and one year of age, placed for training as guide dogs, shall receive a license and tag at no fee, provided satisfactory evidence is presented that the dog was placed by an organization which supplies such guide dogs.

Anyone who becomes owner or keeper of an unlicensed dog aged six months old or older must license the dog within 30 days of acquisition. Any person becoming owner of an already CT-licensed dog may present the license and tag to the town clerk and, for a fee of $1.00, shall receive a new license and tag in his name. If a dog owner moves his residence to another town, he must present the license and tag to the town clerk of his new town who, for a fee of $.50, issues a new license and tag. The Town Clerk must retain the old license and tag in both these instances.

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  • 1829 was the first year the tax on dogs suceeded, after the first attempt by the State legislature in 1796. A state law was passed to allow the inhabitants of a town to establish a personal property tax on dogs not to exceed $1 and to enact regulations for the assessment, collection and appropriation of such taxes.
  • In 1855 sex discrimination was introduced (male dog fees $.50; female dog fees $1), penalties for failure to register your dog were established, minimum license age was set at 3 months, and sequential numbering of registrations was instituted.
  • In 1879 the penalty for failure to register a dog became a $7 fine and/or 30 days in jail.
  • In 1880, any dog without a collar or license was allowed to be killed by a constable or policeman who was then also able to collect a bounty of $1.
  • 1882 was the first year the concept of discrimination on fees for unspayed female dogs appeared. Fees for males and spayed females was $1.15, for unspayed females it was $6.15.
  • In 1935 the "tax" on dogs was replaced by a licensing fee for any dog valued under $100.00 and then in 1963, the tax on ALL dogs was replaced by the licensing fee.  Dogs continued to be deemed personal property but no longer subject to tax.
  • Then in 1976, equality reached the dog world when Public Act 76-361 imposed the same license fee on unneutered males as unspayed females.
  • The last significant change to the dog licensing laws now requires that all dogs be vaccinated against rabies prior to licensing. License and town clerk fees have varied slightly over the past 50 years.