Every owner of a dog (six months or older) must license the dog annually in the Town Clerk's Office where the owner or keeper of the dog resides. Before the license can be issued, proof of current rabies vaccination is required. Any person who becomes the owner or keeper of a dog during the year must license the dog within thirty (30) days of ownership.
- All dogs are required to be licensed annually during the month of April for a fee of $6 per canine. A current rabies certificate must be presented before a license will be issued. For dogs not licensed in a timely manner, the licensing fee will be doubled.
- Dog licenses may be obtained at the Office of the Town Clerk or by mail with a stamped self-addressed return envelope.
- Dogs are required to be kept on a leash when outside their enclosed area. If found wandering, the owner is subject to a fine if the animal is impounded by the Animal Control Officer.
- Kennel licenses must be applied for during the month of March. There is a flat fee of $25 for all kennel licenses (despite the number of the dogs in the kennel).
Fishing (Fresh & Salt Water, including Clamming) and Hunting Licenses
Rhode Island fishing and hunting licenses ARE NOT available at the Town Clerk's Office for purchase. There are a number of approved vendors throughout the state that issue licenses for both residents and non-residents. Here is a list of vendors. You can also obtain your license online here: RI Department of Environmental Management