As a reminder, dog licenses are due as of April 30, 2023.
As long as your dog is licensed by May 31, 2023, you will not pay additional fines and late fees. Please remember our office cannot issue licenses for dogs with expired rabies vaccinations (Per NH Law 466:1-a), therefore, it is important to verify that your dog's vaccination is current. Rabies information is printed at the bottom of your reminder letter. You can also call our office to verify the information.
Dogs can be licensed in-person, through the mail, or online. Additional fees are collected for all online transactions.
It is important to know that beginning on June 1st, each dog that remains unlicensed will be assessed a monthly late fee of $1.00. This will start the process of more significant fees that will be applied after the second City Council meeting in June.
The fees will be as follows:
- $25.00 Civil Forfeiture Fine, assessed per dog.
- $7.00 Service Fee**
**The civil forfeiture notices will now be sent by certified mail, which means an additional $7.00 service fee will be collected at the time of licensing, per NH Laws 466:13 and 466:14.
To illustrate how quickly these fees can accumulate, an altered dog only costs $7.50 if licensed by May 31, 2023. However, beginning on June 26th, that same dog will cost $40.50 to license. It is very important to license on time to avoid paying these fees because once assessed, we cannot waive them.
If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Department at 603-448-3054.