The annual licensing period for dogs in the City of Pittsfield begins April 1. All dogs 6 months or older must be licensed.
A dog owner must apply for a license when a puppy turns 6 months of age or within 30 days of obtaining a new dog. If the adoption or purchase occurs after April, the owner must provide the bill of sale or transfer of ownership paperwork to avoid late fees. To prove ownership, one of the following is required: documentation from a veterinarian’s office, adoption paperwork or a bill of sale with the new owner’s information.
An annual license is $10 if the animal is spayed or neutered; the fee is $20 if the animal is unaltered. Dog owners are required to disclose the name of their veterinary service in order to verify anti-rabies vaccination and certification of spaying or neutering.
Dog licenses can be obtained by one of the following methods:
- In-person visit at the City Clerk’s Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (or by appointment).
- Submit a request with a self-addressed envelope in the city’s drop box located in the back parking lot of City Hall.
- Complete and mail the dog license application to the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield, MA The application is available on the City Clerk’s page on cityofpittsfield.org.
- Visit the city’s online payment portal also available on the City Clerk’s page. Please note there is a shipping and handling fee of $1 per online request.
For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 413-499-9361.