Dog and Kennel Licenses


According to Massachusetts General Laws, the owner or keeper of a dog over the age of 6 months shall obtain a license for the dog from the Town Clerk.  The owner of the dog needs to provide the Town Clerk with a veterinary certification that the dog was vaccinated for rabies.  If the dog has not been registered in Hanover prior to this year, or is newly altered, a copy of the certificate or receipt from the veterinarian who spayed or neutered the dog must also be included.  Please refer to M.G. L. Chapter 140, Sections 136A – 174E for more details regarding these requirements.

Fees per dog: 

Spayed/Neutered - $10;

Not Spayed/Not Neutered - $15;

Late fee after March 31st - $10

Owner over age 70 - no charge


New for 2017! License your dog on-line!

Items you will need to complete this transaction either online, by mail, or in person:

  1. The information on the Dog license application, one per dog.  If you come in to town hall, you can just give us the information on this application verbally.  The Online Dog Licensing System will prompt you for this information.

  2. License fee, including late fee if April 1 – December 31.

  3. Copy of current rabies certificate

  4. Copy of spaying/neutering certificate (if applicable) and if the dog is not yet registered in Hanover.  Once we have the information in the system, you don't need to bring this certificate in every year.



The Annual Town Meeting of 2017 changed the way kennel fees are charged in Hanover.  The new fees are as follows, regardless of the age of the kennel owner:

Personal Kennel - $50 per year

Commercial Breeder's Kennel - $75 per year

Commercial Boarding or Training Kennel - $100 per year

The licensing period is still January 1 - March 31, as it is for individual dogs; the late fee begins April 1 and is also $10.  The requirement to provide proof of rabies vaccinations and proof of spaying/neutering is also the same.  Kennel owners are not currently able to use the on-line payment system, though, because an inspection is required prior to the kennel license being issued.

For more information and definitions regarding the above categories of kennel licenses, please refer to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 136A - 174E.  A kennel with multiple functions will be charged the higher fee.  If you have specific questions about your kennel and related fees, feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office.