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If you reside in Gloucester - and as is Massachusetts state law - you must license your dog!  2018 licenses are currently available for purchase online, by mail, or in person at the City Clerk's office during regular business hours. Registration is due by April 30th.

Online registration:
Online dog registration through ViewPoint Cloud (current rabies certificate is required with application)

Registration by mail:
Dog License Application Form (current rabies certificate is required with application)

Dog License Fees:

for neutered/spayed dogs
$16.00 for non-neutered/non-spayed dogs
$2.50 S&H (this fee will cover postage for up to three dogs)
Credit Card processing fee of $0.99 + 2.99% of each license purchased plus any other applicable fees.
$10.00 late fee for renewals received after April 30th


It is the responsibility of the dog owner to register his/her dog. Registration notices are included in the city census, are posted on the City of Gloucester homepage and published in the Cape Ann Beacon and Gloucester Daily Times. Expiration dates are also stamped on the Gloucester dog tag and placed on the receipt of the dog tag. Registration is required by law (MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 137 and GCO Ch. 4, Sec. 4-22).

"Can I walk my dog on Gloucester beaches?"

Dogs are NOT allowed on public beaches from May 1st to September 30th.
Leashed dogs are allowed on Good Harbor Beach and Wingaersheek Beach beginning on October 1st and ending on April 30th.

Dogs are allowed to be unleashed on Good Harbor Beach on even numbered days from October 1st to April 30th and allowed to be unleashed on Wingaersheek Beach on odd numbered days from October 1st to April 30th. Unleashed dogs are allowed on Plum Cove Beach and Cressy Beach on consecutive days beginning on October 1st and ending on April 30th. Dogs are allowed on Crab Beach year round.

Dogs must always remain under the control of their owner or keeper.

Recent changes to the Gloucester Code of Ordinances regarding dogs are listed below:

Veterinary Hospitals in Gloucester:

Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital
Seaport Veterinary Hospital
North Shore Veterinary Hospital

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