Dog Licensing

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General Information

The Town of Dover cares about your dog’s health and safety!

Dogs over the age of four months must be licensed in the Town of Dover and licenses must be annually renewed through the Town Clerk’s Office or Online.

For questions, please contact the Town Clerk & Records Management Officer, Kathryn Palmer-House, at (845) 832-6111 Ext. 112.

The Town Clerk's Office is open during regular business hours from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.​; and the 2nd Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Apply for New License

Residents can apply for Dog Licenses by mail or in-person at the Town Clerk’s Office, located at:

Town Clerk's Office
126 East Duncan Hill Road
Dover Plains, New York 12522

The Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please download a Dog License Application & Renewal Form to submit with a copy of the dog’s current rabies vaccination information and annual fee.


Annual Fees

Spayed or Neutered Dog: $8.00 per year (with $1.00 per year discount for residents 60+ years); to renew for 2 or 3 years, multiply the number of years by annual fee applicable.

Unspayed or Unneutered Dog: $16.00 per year (with $1.00 per year discount for residents 60+ years); to renew for 2 or 3 years, multiply the number of years by annual fee applicable.

Therapy & Service Dogs: Licensed at no cost (with documentation).


License Renewals

If the dog’s rabies vaccination has expired, you need to renew by mail or in-person at the Town Clerk's Office, located at 26 East Duncan Hill Road, Dover Plains, New York 12522.  Please download a Dog License Application & Renewal Form to submit with a copy of the dog’s current rabies vaccination information and annual fee.

If your dog’s rabies vaccination is current, you can renew your Dog License online.  For online renewals, a credit card vendor’s convenience surcharge of $1.75 is automatically added to the renewal charge at the time of the transaction.  Please access the Town of Dover NY Online Dog License Web Application to renew online


Allocated Revenue

According to the 2011 Town of Dover Dog Enumeration project, there are approximately 1000 dogs that live with their owners in the Town of Dover.

Revenue from new dog licenses and annual renewals help maintain the Town’s dog shelter and defrays the cost of a part-time Dog Control Officer who helps residents recover lost dogs, rescues abused and abandoned dogs, and protects the public from dangerous dogs.


Report a Dog

To report a lost, abused or dangerous dog, please call the Dog Control Officer, Brett Johnson, at (845) 656-2361.

Please view the Dog Control department webpage for more information about dog services in the Town of Dover.