Dog Licenses

*****2015 dog tags are now available!*****

The State of Maine requires that dogs be licensed in the town of residence of the owner. Each dog six months of age or older must be licensed. Dog licenses expire on December 31st of each year. Late fees are imposed starting on February 1st.

The license is used to identify lost or stray dogs and make sure they are returned to the owner.  It is also proof that a dog’s rabies vaccination is current.  Older dogs must have a rabies vaccination every 3 years.  A puppy’s rabies vaccination is good for only one year then they need an adult vaccination.

City Ordinance limits the number of dogs to be kept at any one residence to 4 (more than six months of age).

Where can I obtain a dog license?
Dog licenses are available at the Tax Office on the lower level of Brewer City Hall Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.  Tags for the following year are available by October 15.  Renewals on or after February 1st will be subject to a late fee of $25 per dog.

Proof of current Rabies Shot and Neutering must be shown.
Please bring a copy of the current rabies certificate or call us at the Tax Office (207.989.7060) to see if the one we have on record is current.

What is the cost?

  • Spayed/neutered dog                            $6.00
  • Dog capable of offspring                       $11.00
  • Kennel license (1-10 dogs)                   $42.00
  • Late fee (after Jan 31)                           $25.00 for each dog

What do my dog licensing fees support?

  • Local Animal Control Officers and State Humane Agents
  • Investigation of animal cruelty complaints and enforcement of animal welfare laws
  • Compliance with rabies vaccination of dogs
  • Care for sick and injured stray animals
  • Return of lost dogs to their owners

Have you lost your dog’s tag and it is not time to renew the license?
You need to obtain a new tag from the Tax Office at Brewer City Hall at no charge.

May a dog run at large* in the State of Maine?
It is unlawful for any dog to run at large except when it is used for hunting.
(*At large means off the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person.)

The City of Brewer does have an ordinance on the disposal of dog waste.
Brewer City Ordinances, Chapter 26- Art. 2, Sec. 208.  DUTY TO DISPOSE OF FECES.  It shall be a violation of this Chapter for any person who owns or keeps a dog to fail to immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by his or her dog on any street, sidewalk, publicly owned property or private property of another. Is shall be a violation of this Ordinance for any person who owns or keeps a dog to appear with such dog on any City street, sidewalk or publicly owner property without the means of removal of canine feces that may be left by such dog. For the purpose of this section, the means of removal shall be any tool, implement, or other device carried for the purpose of picking up and containing such feces. Disposal shall be accomplished by transporting such feces to a toilet designed for the disposal of human feces, or by placing the feces in a sealed plastic bag and depositing it in a dumpster or container that is used to collect trash for appropriate disposal.

SECTION 801.  PENALTY.  The owner of any dog, cat, livestock, exotic animal, wild animal, or bees, upon conviction of violating any provision of the Ordinance, shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).

So please do your neighbors a favor by removing your dog’s waste.