Dog License

Licensing your dog is an important public safety requirement and it is issued from the CITY CLERK'S OFFICE. In Chelsea, all dogs over six months of age must be licensed annually for the license period of April 1st through March 31st. Dog owners may bring or mail a completed Dog License Application, including a copy of the dog's up-to-date rabies certificate and applicable license fee, to the Office of the City Clerk, at City Hall, 500 Broadway, Room 209, Chelsea, MA  02150.

Once your dog has been licensed, you will automatically receive a renewal application each year. Dog license fees are as follows:

  • $15 - Spayed or Neutered Dog
  • $20 - Intact Dog (Not spayed or neutered dog)
You may apply online at Only online applications accept VISA/ MASTERCARD/AMERICAN EXPRESS / DISCOVER. A service charge of 2.95% or $1.00 minimum will be assessed. In-Person payments must be cash or check, payable to the City of Chelsea.

Your dog's rabies tag is not a license. It is given to you by your veterinarian after your dog receives a rabies vaccination. MGL, Chapter 140, Section 145B, requires you to keep both the rabies tag and the license attached to your dog's collar or harness at all times. If your dog is lost, both tags are a source of identification, allowing you to be reunited quickly with your pet.

Read the City of Chelsea regulations here.

More information regarding the Animal Control Division here

Contact Info

Clerk's Phone: 617-466-4050
Parking Phone: 617-466-4054
Fax: 617-466-4059

City Clerk's Office
500 Broadway, Room 209
Chelsea, MA 02150
United States
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