Dog Licensing

Dog Licensing

Maine State Law requires dogs to be licensed in the town they live beginning at 6 months old or within 10 days of ownership.  The licensing year is from January 1 to December 31.  Licenses for each new year go on sale beginning October 15th.  Dogs not licensed by January 31, are subject to a $25 late fee in addition to the licensing fees.

Dog licensing ensures that dogs have rabies vaccinations.  The license fees help pay for the Town’s Animal Control Officer as well as help fight animal cruelty and abuse by funding 95% of the State Animal Welfare Program.  Thank you for doing your part.

If finances are a barrier to getting rabies vaccines for your pets, call the Town Clerk for assistance.

Obtaining Your Dog’s License

Dogs may be licensed on line from October 15 to January 31 at the Dog Licensing Online Purchasing and Renewal Service or by mail or in person with the Town Clerk.  There is an additional cost of $1 to license your dog on-line.

To license your dog at the Town Office, updated rabies information must be on file with the Town Clerk. If it is not already on file, please bring a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate when you come to license your dog.  If it’s not available, the Clerk can call your veterinarian for verification.


  • Altered Male or Female:                    $  6.00
  • Unaltered Male or Female:                $ 11.00
  • Nuisance Dog (Court Declared):        $ 30.00
  • Dangerous Dog (Court Declared):     $ 100.00
  • Replacement or Transfer License:     $  1.00
  • Late Fees:                                            per State law, an additional $25 after January 31

Updating Dog Ownership Records

If you no longer own a dog or are no longer a Westport Island resident, please contact us so that we may update our files.  Please phone (207) 882-8477 ext. 3 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)