State law requires that all dogs over the age of six months in the Commonwealth be licensed annually. It also requires a higher license fee for dogs that are not spayed or neutered. In Ashfield, the fee is $5.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $10.00 for an intact dog. In order to obtain the discounted rate, veterinarian’s verification that dogs have been neutered or spayed is required.
Proof of current rabies is also required for all dogs. We most likely have this information for dogs previously licensed in Ashfield. Usually, spaying/neutering information can be found on the rabies certificate. If in doubt, contact us to verify that we have up-to-date rabies and spaying/neutering verification on file.
The deadline for obtaining a license is on the last business in April of each year. A penalty fee of $35.00 will be added if an application/renewal is submitted past the deadline.
For 2022, residents can obtain a license online or by mail.
Online: The Town Clerk’s Office accepts online payments from your checking account or credit card (Discover, American Express, MasterCard, or Visa). Click here to pay online. The license and tag will be mailed to you.
BY MAIL/DROPBOX: After confirming current documentation listed above, complete the form below and mail (or deliver to the Town Hall drop box) with the following: self-addressed stamped envelope (71¢ postage for one dog; 92¢ postage for two or more dogs), any updated Veterinarian’s documentation, and a check (payable to the Town of Ashfield) for the appropriate fee to: PO BOX 560, Ashfield, MA 01330, Attn: Dog Licensing. The drop box is located by the flagpole outside of Town Hall.
In Person: You can visit Town Hall during office hours. You may also use the black drop box outside of Town Hall to deposit your materials (follow the mail instructions).